Make 2013 the year that you take part in Story City’s Story Festival! The event is designed to be entertaining and to boost interest in Story City. The Story! Festival committee with the support of volunteers and community businesses will hold the annual Story! Festival on September 20, 21 and 22. Some featured items for this year’s Festival include a Friday night "Dinner and a Story," and the Saturday "Story Market." All your Story Festival event information is available at https://www.facebook.com/StoryFestivalSC, including schedules and commentary.

The festival’s "Dinner and a Story" is an incredible opportunity for you and friends to enjoy an evening event. Dinner and a Story will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Story City Community Center at 503 Elm Ave. Chef Chris Hansen will create another delicious dinner as you are entertained with stories by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company and Lance Mack as Abraham Lincoln. Tickets for this incredible food, atmosphere and entertainment are $35 per person and are available at the GCC office (524 Broad St) or call 515-733-4214 for reservations. You will never know what you have been missing until you attend.

Continue your Story Festival! experience with Haunted Carousel Stories by Michael Cotter and Bev Jackson at 9:00 PM Friday evening at the historic Antique Carousel located in North Park. Stories are free, rides cost $1.00. Those who attended Dinner and a Story will be treated to a free ride at the Haunted Carousel Stories.

The Story Festival! continues on Saturday with "Story Stops" from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tour around the downtown Story City shops listening to stories told within the shops. Admission is free. Please also join us at the "Story Market" from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Penn Avenue just north of Broad St. In the event of inclement weather, we will relocate to the Community Center on Elm Ave. The Story Market will have a variety of vendors including: food, crafts, coffee, home based businesses, and antiques. The Story Festival! has several other features that you will want to check out on Facebook or call the GCC office.

Thanks to the Roland Story FFA, the Story City fire department and all the other volunteers and participants that made the Skunk River Duck Races a success this past Saturday. Thanks to all our local businesses that provided the incredible array of event prizes. Successful fundraisers are a key component to supporting all of the GCC’s efforts to Make It All Happen in Story City! The southerly breeze and warm temperatures made the ducks want to migrate upstream. However, the fire department applied some pressure and convinced the ducks that Fall was here, and south was the way to go. The FFA corralled the ducks and caught the winners before they escaped over the falls.

No date or trivia is too big or too small. The GCC is working on our 2014 GCC Calendar to support the Story City Fire Dept. We are adding events to the calendar this year for all non profits. If you have an event planned and would like it on our calendar please submit your information to the GCC Office no later than September 15th. Calendars will go to print the first part of October so they can be sold in November and December. This is a COMMUNITY Calendar and we want to be sure to get every organization’s IMPORTANT dates and events, plus it is for a great cause!! If you have any questions please contact Nicole at ACT insurance (515) 733-2266 or actins@iowatelecom.net.

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.