The Sugar Grove Sunshine 4-H Club, based at Dallas Center, will be teaching about Iowa State Fair History by presenting a pageant on Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Pioneer Hall.
In the pageant’s 15th year, the 23 members, including siblings and friends, will portray various scenes from Pioneer Days, the first fair in 1854, through the Civil War era, the School Marm, the flapper girl era, the filming of the movie “State Fair,” the Great Depression, World War II and into the poodle skirt era, showing 4-H uniforms through the years and progressing to the present.
The troupe handles all the work for costume changes, setting up and tearing down just as any traveling troupe. Of course, some parents help back stage, making the show run more smoothly. Off to the side will be a slide show that shows historical photos of past fairs.
Each year new members come on board, gaining help from many of the members who have participated even 7 -8 years. The cast is composed members of ages 6 to 18 and with three hectic practices the troupe manages to put on a great show, teaching about ISF History. Most of all they have fun performing at the Iowa State Fair.