August 2, 2017

Glidden is celebrating 150 years this weekend — and the four-day bash the city has planned will be anything but staid.

The city’s sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Thursday evening and runs through Sunday, and activities planned range from a greased pig contest, live performances from two bands and a beard contest and ponytail cutting to a communitywide church service on the football field.

The celebration’s theme is “Generations of Pride.”

“The main focus is to bring families back to Glidden who grew up here — we want to bring everyone back,” Glidden City Clerk Suzy Danner said.

The celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with a carnival, tour of homes and FFA greased pig contest, followed by human foosball and slow-pitch softball at 7 p.m.

Friday’s schedule includes face-painting, chainsaw carving, a superhero pool party, zap laser tag, an all-school reunion, live music and fireworks.

Saturday will offer a barbecue contest, a car show, performances from the Glidden-Ralston dance team and the Des Moines-based Isiserettes drill and drum team, a petting zoo, tractor pull, time capsule ceremony, alumni band performance, beard contest and more live music that evening.

The celebration will wind down Sunday with a church service combining Glidden’s six churches that will be held at the high school football field; all visitors are invited, Danner said.

“We’ll be bringing back alumni that went into the ministry and also people that are in the clergy here, and we’ll have the community choir,” she said. “We hope people can dress in their sesquicentennial outfits for this and enjoy the outdoors.”

Sunday also will include a tractor ride, antique machinery show and storytelling event.

Tickets for the band performances — Pop Rocks, performing at 9 p.m. Friday downtown and Arch Allies, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Club — are available for two for $15 at City Hall until noon Friday and at the gate for $10 each. Tickets also are required for the community dinner, which will be held at noon Sunday at the pool park after the joint church service, and should be purchased ahead of time at City Hall as well before noon Friday, also for two for $15.

A full schedule and more information about the celebration is available at The site also includes a sesquicentennial gift shop. The city is selling a “Memories of Main Street” print, local cookbooks and calendars, ornaments, frisbees, footballs, playing cards, T-shirts and more.