Forest City’s largest annual Community event!

Puckerbrush Days, Forest City’s annual community celebration will be July 18-21st, 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 three 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 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.

2019 Puckerbrush events:

Thursday, July 18 
3:00 – 5:30 PMFarmers’ Market on N Clark St. 
3:30 – 9:00 PMDJ on Clark Street
4:00 -10:00 PM       Downtown Beer Garden@ Clark St.
5:00 – Close     Boy Scouts Snack Shack
6:15 PM -7:00 PM   Pet Parade on K St.
8:00 PM -10:00 PM       Middle School Pool Party@ FC Aquatic Center  ($5Fee) 
Friday, July 19  
9:30 PM –-11:00 PMStory Hour @ Immanuel Lutheran Church 
11:00 AM – 1:00 PMSalad Luncheon @ Immanuel Lutheran Church 
3:30 PM – 7:30 PMDJ on Clark St. 
4:00 PM – CloseDowntown Beer Garden @ Clark St. 
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Flag Disposal Ceremony 
5:00 PM – CloseBoy Scouts Snack Shack
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Bounce Houses
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM Crowning Little Mr./Miss Puckerbrush
6:30PM – 7:30 PM Battle of the Businesses 
7:15 PM – Close K St. Stage Entertainment 
7:15 PM – 8:15 Levi Smith 
8:30 PM – 12:00  Pianopalooza

Saturday, July 20  
6:30 AMRegistration 5K Walk/Run, 1/2 mi. Run – Salveson Hall 
7:30 AM Start – 5K Walk/Run on S. 6th St. 

8:00 AM Start – 1/2 mi. run on 6th St. 
7:00 AM – 10:00 AMPancake Breakfast at American Legion 
7:30 AM – 9:30 AMKids Fishing Tournament (up to age 12) @ Pammel Park
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Craft and Vendor Show 
10:00 AM – Close Food Court
10:00 AM – Done Parade, Theme: Super Heroes. Begins on John K Hanson Dr. 
11:00 AM – Done Bounce Houses
11:00 AM – 12:15 Rotary Chicken BBQ
11:30 AMKids Power Pedal Pulls Registration Begins
11:30 AM – Done Hand-powered Kiddie Train Rides
11:45 AM – 12:30 DJ in Gazebo
12:00 PM – Gone Pie & Ice Cream @ United Methodist Church
12:30 – DoneMBT Bank Relay for Life Bean Bag Toss Tournament on N. Clark St. 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMWaterball Tournament – Open to the Public. 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMFire Truck Rides from corner of West J St. and 6th St. 
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMMunicipal Band performance in Gazebo
5:00 PM – MidnightJED’s Lights & Sounds DJ on N Clark St. 
7:00 PM – 11:00 PMDowntown Beer Garden @ Clark St. 
7:00 PM – MidnightK St. Stage Entertainment 

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Juni West 
7:45 PM – 9:15 PM Sydney Pederson 
9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Good Night Gold Dust

10:00 – 10:30 PMFireworks @ Pammel Park 
Sunday, July 21  
7:00 AM – 11:00AMFlight Breakfast @ Airport
8:00 AM – 4:00 PMHeritage Festival @ Heritage Park of North IA