Forest City’s largest annual Community event!

 July 13-16, 2017

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Puckerbrush Days, Forest City’s annual community celebration will be July 13-16th 2017, and as always, there will be a number of exciting events and activities going on around town.

The history behind the unique name of the celebration is an unusual one. Early on, the town was surrounded by a dense bush called Puckerbrush. The bush had a berry on it and when eaten, it would make you pucker. Although the bush has long been gone from Forest City, the name stands as a symbol of city’s history.

Throughout the four day celebration, there are numerous events and entertainment opportunities available for families and community members to do, ranging from the Rotary Club’s chicken barbeque feed, to new events such a downtown party featuring musical entertainment! Don’t miss the fun of the Sand Volleyball Tournament, the Battle of the Businesses and the annual Parade.  Other activities include, authors meet and greet,  fire truck rides and a craft show.

“I think every town should have an annual celebration,” said Forest City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Rollefson. “Some people may have moved away, or are in town for a family reunion, and this gives them a place to meet and gives them more things to do while they’re here.”

This event is planned and coordinated by a volunteer committee under the Forest City Chamber of Commerce.  If you want to get involved with the committee or volunteer opportunities with this event, contact the Forest City Chamber of Commerce at 641-585-2092.


Schedule of Events:    

Thursday, July 13
Times Event Location
3:30-5:30 pm Farmer’s Market S. Clark St
3:30-7:00 DJ N. Clark St
4:00-10:00 Downtown Beer Garden N. Clark St
4:30-6:30 Authors Meet & Greet FAVA office
5:00 – close Boy Scouts Snack Shack Courthouse Lawn
6:15-7:00 Pet Parade  K St. Stage
7:00-10:00 The Hats performance K St. Stage
7:00-9:30 “Little Shop of Horrors” performance FCHS Auditorium
8:00- 10:00 Middle School Pool Party FC Aquatic Center
Friday, July 14
Times Event Location
10:00-11:00 Celebrity Story Hour  Public Library
11:00-1:00 Salad Luncheon  Immanuel Lutheran Church
3:30-7:00 DJ  Clark St.
4:00 – midnight Downtown Beer Garden  N. Clark St
4:30-6:30 Lions Corn/Pork Feed  S. Clark St
5:00 to close Boy Scouts Snack Shack  Courthouse Lawn
5:00-6:30 pm Free Watermelon sponsored by MBT Bank Courthouse Square
5:00-7:00 Ice Cream Social sponsored Stop Hunger Courthouse Square
5:15 -5:30 Flag Disposal Ceremony  S. Clark St
5:00-7:30 Bounce Houses  Courthouse Lawn
5:45-6:00 Crowning Little Mr/Miss Puckerbrush   S. Clark St
6:30-7:30 Battle of the Businesses  S. Clark St
7:00-9:30 “Little Shop of Horrors”  FCHS Auditorium
7:30-close K St. Stage Entertainment
sponsored by MBT Bank & Hanson Family Foundation:
K St. Stage
Gilbert Goldsmith 7:30-8:15
Pianopalooza 8:30-12:00
Saturday July 15
Times Event Location
6:30 – Finish 5K Walk/Run, 1/2 mi. Run Salveson Hall
6:30 AM Registration begins Salveson Hall
7:30 am start for 5K Walk/Run 6th Street
8:00 am start for 1/2 mi. Run start 6th Street
7:00-10:00 Pancake Breakfast American Legion
7:30-9:30 Kids Fishing Tournament (up to age 12)  Pammel Park
9:00-3:00 Craft & Vendor Show Courthouse Lawn
10:00- close Food Court Courthouse Lawn
10:00-11:30 Parade Begins (Theme is “Vegas Fun!”)  Downtown Route
11:00-done Bounce Houses Courthouse Lawn
11:00-gone Rotary Chicken BBQ West J St.
11:00- 3:00 “Chair”-ity Silent Auction  Courthouse Lawn
11:30 Reg Kid Power Pedal Pulls Clark St.
11:30- done Kiddie Power Train West I St.
11:30- done Rock Climbing Wall Clark St.
11:30- done IA National Guard 1133rd Transportation Co. Truck Clark St.
11:45-12:30 Monty Leichsenring Band peformance Gazebo
12:00 -close Downtown Beer Garden N. Clark St
12:00 – gone Pie & Ice Cream United Methodist Church
12:00-4:00 Iowa Historical Society Mobile Museum N. Clark St
12:30- done Archery Tag S. Clark St
1:00-4:00 1900 Memory Lane N. Clark St
1:00-5:00 Sand Volleyball Tournament Boman Park
1:00-5:00 Mt. Valley Vineyard & Winery Open Mt. Valley Vineyard
2:00 -done Bean Bag Toss Tournament N. Clark St
1:00-3:00 Firemans Waterball Tournament S. 6th St
1:00-3:00 Fire Truck Rides 6th Street
1:00-2:00 Municipal Band performance  Gazebo
2:30- 5:00 “Little Shop of Horrors”  FCHS Auditorium
4:00 Model A & Model T Cruise through Forest City  North Clark Street
5:00 -6:30 Bill Riley Talent Search Competition   K St. Stage
6:30 Quilt Raffle Drawing  K St. Stage
6:30-9:30 Andy Koester & The Skunk River Band K St. Stage
10:00-10:30 Fireworks Sponsored by Hanson Family Foundation Pammel Park
Sunday July 16
Times Event Location
7:00-11:00 Flight Breakfast Airport
8:00- 4:00 Heritage Festival Heritage Park
12:00- 6:00 Dale Jr. NASCAR car and simulator FCIS Insurance
1:00-4:00 Mansion Museum open N. Clark St
1:00-5:00 Mt Valley Vineyard & Winery Open Mt. Valley Vineyard
2:30- 5:00 “Little Shop of Horrors” FCHS Auditorium




Registration Forms

available for:

Little Miss/Mr. Puckerbrush

Battle of the Businesses

Puckerbrush Days 5k

Bean Bag Tournament

Bill Riley Talent Search

Sand Volleyball Registration

Parade Entry Form

Pet Parade


2017 Puckerbrush Days Sponsors