Events on the Tama Sesquicentennial Main Stage start on Saturday morning, July 28, at 9:30 a.m. with the Flag Presentation by the Tama American Legion Post 73 and Tama-Toledo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6607.
Leading off the Main Stage activities Co. A 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry in period dress will give a presentation of life of the infantry soldiers and weapons used during the Civil War. They will also have artifacts available for viewing and will be available to speak with the public after the presentation.
There are two groups of Native American Dancers scheduled- the Morning Star Dance Group and Meskwaki Woodland Dance Group) with the Meskwaki Woodland Dance group also giving a historic talk.
Also a performance of the Just For KIX youth dancers will take place on the Main Stage along with a period dress contest as well as a beard contest and a fiddle contest.
There are three bands "Hyway Home", "Seymour, Grimes & Co." and "Far From Famous" scheduled to play throughout the day with each band performing twice and a fourth band, REHTEK also will be performing in the evening so the committee aims to have music and entertainment going strong up until the huge fireworks display over Cherry Lake in the evening.
The 150th Anniversary Committee plans random drawing of prizes scheduled throughout the day for which you must be present to win. Some of the big prizes are a 32" TV, a chest freezer and an X BOX gaming system as well as many other prizes.
The free noon meal provided by the City of Tama will be served at the Tama Fire Station. It will include pulled pork sandwiches (meat prepared by Mrs. Spanky's Diner), baked beans, chips and cold bottled water.
Also on Saturday the committee will announce the winners of the pie judging contest from the Friday, July 27, pie contest as well as the children's coloring contest winners (Don't forget to turn in your coloring sheets by July 23 to City Hall in Tama). The coloring contest entries will be posted throughout the Tama Civic Center for viewing and may be picked up the Monday after the festival.
A Birthday Cake (prepared by Cakes By George) will be presented to the City of Tama in the afternoon and everyone should be prepared to sing "Happy Birthday!"
To cap it all off, on Sunday, July 29, there will be an Ecumenical Service performed by the Tama Toledo Ministerial Assoc. at Oak Park (the big Park in Tama on McClellan St.) with an old fashioned potluck picnic in the park after the service. Everyone should remember to bring a covered dish to share, your own table service and lawn chair and there will be Gospel Music provided by "Hyway Home".