Another Iowa summer is starting to trail into fall. I have been driving by a local pond since the last of the snow left in May. A pair of Canada geese had hatched three goslings about the time of the first spring flowers. Each week the goslings changed slightly. This weekend all of the geese were gone. They had grown from yellow puff balls, getting their first feathers, and then wandering further and further from the pond. This week they apparently learned to fly.

While the geese are nowhere to be found, the locusts are raising their annual hum to remind us that fall is around the corner. I remember an old saying that the locusts signal "six weeks to the first frost." My grandfather taught me that there is always a little truth mixed with legends and stories. Actually, the locusts do not sing as a predictor of fall, but as a reflection of their actual summer experience. Much like our crops and gardens, locusts grow a little each day, and they do not sing until they have enjoyed enough summer heat. The locusts’ singing, like our corn and tomatoes, is about two weeks later this year.

The state and county fairs are also a benchmark of the end of summer. Celebrating that theme, downtown Story City businesses will be hosting their annual Progressive Dinner on Wednesday, August 21st, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Come celebrate fair season at Story City’s 9th Annual Progressive Dinner. Enjoy the opportunity to stroll downtown and tour businesses while sampling Story City’s finest foods on a stick! Tickets can be purchased in advance from the GCC office, or at the event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10-18, and free for ages under 10.

Much like the geese on my local pond, the Story City ducks are picking up speed. Will your ducks lead the way south to the finish line? We are in the midst of planning for the annual Skunk River Duck Race. The Race will be held on August 24 in the South Park. The Race will start at 6 p.m. and will last until the migration is complete. We will have an excellent list of prizes for the swiftest competitor. Please plan to spend a few minutes with us later this summer to see if your ducks are up to the challenge. Dinner and Duck Race tickets are available for you to purchase at the GCC office.

The Story! Festival committee is also in full swing for the annual Story! Festival to be held September 20, 21 and 22. Some featured items for this year’s Festival include a Friday night "Story and a Dinner," and Saturday the"Story Market." More information will be available as the event draws nearer. The Story City Greater Chamber Connection is completely dependent on your support, otherwise known as "partnership," to operate. The GCC can be contacted at (515) 733-4214. We encourage everyone to become a GCC partner. The GCC is Story City’s central connection to focus the energy of residents to volunteer or contribute to a wide variety of community projects and events including downtown preservation and Antique Carousel operations to make Story City a vibrant place to live for young and old. As part of our motto of "Making It All Happen" in Story City, the GCC also periodically collaborates with other community organizations such as the Historical Society to assist their fundraising or the Kiwanis Club to spread their message of supporting Story City’s children’s organizations. Your support is what makes it all happen