The Le Mars, Iowa Ice Cream Days/Sesquicentennial Committee is in the process of planning the
Parade. This year’s parade will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, with line-up
starting at 7:00 a.m. on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School (see
page 2 for parade route). We hope to see all individuals, businesses and organizations that
have participated in past parades and would like to invite any new parade units that are unique
and entertaining. We encourage you to decorate your entry to reflect an Ice Cream or Historical
Due to extensive planning involved, entries received after May 24th will not be accepted.
After May 24th, You will be mailed a letter with detailed line-up information and line-up number.
Dollars from the parade entry fee will be used to improve the quality of our parade and to
reinforce and demonstrate why “Life is Sweet” in Le Mars, Iowa.
Le Mars is on the threshold
of a momentous event:
our 150th Birthday!
It is a tremendous opportunity to showcase
our community and how it has evolved over
the decades. It is a way to honor those who
have made our community what it is and
inspire future generations to continue to
make Le Mars a wonderful place to live,
work, raise a family and retire.
Perhaps most important it presents a unique
opportunity for present citizens to renew a
sense of ownership and build relationships
on the basis of our community. From
children to seniors, “old timers” to newly
arrived, this is a moment to seize for the
continued quality of life we have as a
community. The “welcome mat” is out in a
very special way as we celebrate this
A special invitation to chamber
members: you are needed to make this
event all it can be. Please choose to
participate and avail yourselves and
resources when called upon. We desire to
maximize this unique opportunity and need
the participation of everyone to assure it will
fulfill its potential!
may register their
parade entry online
use this downloadable
Sportsman’s Club in Pioneer Village
Show off your pie baking skills in a pie
contest. Entries will be received from
11:30-12:30 p.m. with judging to follow.
Pies must be a fruit pie and baked in a 8-9
inch (no more than 10 inch) disposable pie
pan. Entrants need to be at least 6 years
of age, may have assistance from an adult,
and at least one person must be a
Plymouth County resident. Place recipes
on 3”x 5” card. Contact ISU Extension and
Outreach Plymouth County for questions
and contest rules 712-546-7835 or visit
www.extension.iastate.edu/plymouth . No
prior registration needed. Awards given to
Champion and Reserve Champion pies.
Founder’s Day Luncheon Plans Announced
A Founder’s Day luncheon will be held during the Sesquicentennial to honor the
history of our community over the past 150 years.
The Founder’s Day Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 15 11:30am to
1:30pm at the Le Mars Convention Center lower level. Cost is $35 a person.
Reservations are required.
The luncheon will feature short vignettes on the settling of Le Mars, the history of
schools and churches. Speakers will be Iris Hemmingson, Rich Ziettlow and Dr.
Wayne Marty. During the luncheon “Did you Know” segments will provide
attendees with tidbits about Le Mars that they may never have known.
Presenting these segments are Linda Mayrose, Dr. Steven and Barb Collins and
Jessica Brownmiller. Julie Beitelspacher will present “Le Mars—A special place
in my life.” A buffet luncheon, served by Habitue’ Catering, will include roast beef,
roasted potatoes, green beans, lettuce salad, corn bread and fruit cobbler.
Dave Grosenheider will serve as Master of Ceremony. There will be a special
reading of two of Valda Embree’s poems by Dr. Robert Embree. Jennifer
Scholten will perform two songs that were written during the early days in Le
Mars. Invocation will be given by Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow. Founder’s Day
Luncheon Committee includes Mary Reynolds, Cheryl Bolser and Lu Langel.
To make a reservation, call the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 712-546-
8821. Limited seating capacity.
"make your own family time capsule and bring
to city hall to be put in the official time capsule"
View an exhibition cricket
on Sunday, June 16 Noon at the Plymouth
County Fairgrounds. Cricket was played
in Le Mars in the 1880s. It was played
Location – by the clock tower
Local people will play the game: Mitch
Christoffel, Allie Freking, Trent Powell,
Stacie Mahlke, Dustin Wright, Michaela
Brown, Trish McCannon, Sam Van
Wettering, Joanna Guhl, Kylie Petty, Brad
Cave, Andrew Brown, Leah Adler, Tiffany
Howell, Hunter Rowe, Megan Sneller, Terri
Martin, Darci Athens, Adam Brown, Josiah
and Todd Dempster.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
After the exhibition game, anyone can try
their hand at batting a cricket ball.
Polo Exhibition game
Saturday, June 15
26 polo horses and 16 riders
Starting behind Donegal Insurance
running southwest across the fair
parking lot Field is 150 yards by 90
No cost to attend.
There will be bleachers, bring a
cooler and enjoy the fun!
Get ready to press in divets during
the chuckers. Half-time, all are
welcome on the field for the
traditional “divot stomping.” During
polo play, small patches of grass and
dirt are torn up by the polo ponies'
quick starts, stops and turns, creating
divots that can be dangerous for the
Ice Cream Bash
Olson Cultural Event Center
33 1st St NE
Gates open at 6:30pm
Music starting at 7:30pm
4 hours of music
Cost is $15.00 a person
Find at the Chamber, City Hall and numerous businesses throughout Le Mars.
Michelle Connor – Le Mars Physical Therapy
May Employee of the Month
Mat Trotzig – Trotzig &
Bauerly Law Firm
2nd Quarter Boss of
Nominated by Tricia Ernst, Amy Berding & Jill Young
On behalf of the staff of Trotzig & Bauerly Law Firm we would
like to nominate Mat Trotzig as the LeMars Area Chamber of
Commerce 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter.
Mat is retiring from practicing law on June 1, 2019. He has
been an attorney for 40 years, 35 years here in our LeMars
and Akron offices.
Mat is a dedicated and detail oriented attorney who gives 110% to each and every client. When Mat says “EXACTLY” to you – that is the highest compliment one can
receive and you know you have done an outstanding job.
Mat has a great sense of humor. We will never forget his priceless reaction to our office antics.
We will miss Mat dearly. We wish him a great retirement and hope he enjoys every minute in Colorado with his wife, children and grandchildren. With big hugs from your
hardworking employees - Tricia Ernst, Amy Berding & Jill Young
It is with both appreciation and pride that we nominate Mat Trotzig as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter.
Get them in the line up for 2019. Contact Kevin.
Michelle Connor – May Employee of the Month
Nominated by Sandy Norby
Sandy Norby has a special congratulation to extend to Michelle Connor, OTR/L, CHT. Michelle has been selected as the May 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of
Commerce Employee of the Month.
Michelle joined the LeMars Physical Therapy team in June 2006 and continues to be a trusted and valued team member. Michelle and husband, Paul, chose to live in
LeMars when they moved here from South Dakota. Their decision has impacted hundreds of lives in such a positive manner. Michelle is an excellent and talented
Occupational Therapist who also has the distinction of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). The CHT distinction is earned through many hours of experience and passing a
rigorous exam, in which only one third pass the first time, which Michelle did pass the first time.
The residents of LeMars and the surrounding community have enjoyed her expert level of care so close to home. Hand surgeons send her patients from outside
LeMars because of her reputation.
This nomination is not made solely on Michelle’s professional skills. What sets her apart is her commitment and passion for people. Michelle truly cares for her
community and will do anything to make it better. There are so many examples to share, that I would be dismayed to forget the stellar ones. Throughout her life, she
volunteers, plans, contributes and prays for members of this community. Her presence as a volunteer for her daughters activities to her steadfastness in supporting her
church to putting together gift bags and organizing prayer chains for our neighbors who need it, are just a few examples of her love for this community.
Michelle is a role model and we are so lucky to have her practice her profession with us, but most importantly, what she gives back to our community is the real honor in
Congratulations Michelle Connor for the May 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.
Chamber Annual Golf Tournament Tuesday August 6th
Le Mars Open 4 Business Contest Winner – Sugar-N-
The Le Mars competition for the State of Iowa Main Street Open
4 Business contest was recently held. The Le Mars Area
Chamber of Commerce Main Street program oversees the local
portion of the competition.
Two Le Mars businesses participated – Sugar-N-Spice and Bling-
The Iowa Main Street Program Open 4 Business contest,
launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within
a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance
to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to assist with business
development or an expansion project that will benefit the local
community. The two Le Mars competitors completed a 5 minute
video outlining their business idea and how it would benefit the
local economic climate downtown
Each business had 15 minutes to present their business
proposition. Then they were questioned by the judges. “The two
presentations were very good and the scoring was very close.
I’m excited about the plans presented,” stated Le Mars Area
Chamber of Commerce Main Street Manager Mary Reynolds.
Judges were: Tom Schuch, 2018 Open for Business winner (Get
Branded 360 $14,500), Renee Billings, Economic Development Specialist with the City of Sioux City and Michaela Brown, 2017 Open for
Business winner (The Brown Century Theater $18,500).
The Le Mars local winner was Sugar-N-Spice. They won a $500 cash prize to be used for their business.“ Jill Mescher will now submit
sub-state materials to the Des Moines Main Street office,” said Reynolds. Dr. Steve Collins, Rich Ziettlow and Reynolds will write the
Open for Business grant with Mescher.
Each designated Main Street community across the state may submit one local business to represent their community. Next Mescher
will compete to be selected as one of the 12 semi-finalists. Skype presentations will be made to judges in Des Moines. Sub-state
competition will be held on June 27, 2019.
Five sub-state winners will each receive $8,000 and advance to the state contest which will be held in Dubuque, Iowa the evening of
August 27, 2019. The state winner could win up to an additional $20,000.
At the sub-state and state competitions, a 25% cash match is required from the winning business. The grant funds are administered by
the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.
Ice Cream Days and Sesquicentennial Events
Brochure is available and may be picked up at
the Chamber of Commerce office.
Chamber Coffee Schedule
Continue the legacy. Participate,
encourage and stand tall.