The City of Dallas Center will celebrate 150 years at this year’s Fall Festival. Kicking off festivities on Aug. 23, the festival has been expanded to include 3 days of activities and promises a blend of both traditional and new sesquicentennial events.


“The Sesquicentennial Committee is a group of about 8 active members but we have worked really hard to ensure there are many fun activities to celebrate Dallas Center’s 150th birthday,” Sesquicentennial Committee Member Shelly Cory said. “We have also worked closely with the Fall Festival Committee, and are looking forward to 3 days packed with exciting events.”


Dallas Center’s Fall Festival will begin that Friday afternoon with the judging of the Ugliest Cake Contest. Then, at 5 p.m., past alumni and teachers are encouraged to celebrate Dallas Center’s history with an All School Reunion Night. The reunion will be held in the middle school gym with all the class composites on display in the hallways. There will also be refreshments and tables available for reminiscing along with a free professional photo booth.


“We are excited about all of the events but are expecting a large crowd for the All School Reunion Friday night. We are anticipating many alumni, staff, teachers and coaches will attend,” Cory said.


An Old Tyme Photo Booth will also be set up at the Wedding Chapel, along with a Town Memorabilia Museum at the Wells Fargo Building. Skating will be available at Mound Park starting at 7 p.m. and the evening will conclude with music by a DJ in the park.


Festivities will then continue Saturday morning with a 5K and 1 Mile Road Race. Along with the rotary pancake breakfast, parade, dodgeball tournament and cow pie drop, the Dallas Center Betterment Foundation will also host a new Mystery Theater Dinner Fundraiser from 6 - 8:30 p.m. that evening.


“It’s like playing a giant game of Clue. People will get a character and it is served over a four course meal and each time we have a new course we get new information and try to find out who did it,” Dallas Center Betterment Foundation Board Member Bob King said.


Saturday will also include the showing of the 1969 Centennial Video from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dallas Center Library. The video is narrated by Ray Chartier and will show people of Dallas Center (many of whom are dressed in period costume) celebrating the Centennial Festivities on Main Street. The video will also include a fashion show that was held at Mound Park, a threshing demonstration by local farmers and the pageant that was held on the football field.


The Fall Festival will then come to an end on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. following a historical tour of Dallas Center.


“We are doing a historical drive around Dallas Center starting at 2 p.m. Sunday in an air conditioned school bus. We have a tour of about 20 different places including where the old roller skating course was to just a lot of different things,” King said.


Sesquicentennial Events are funded by the Dallas Center Celebrations Committee Budget along with local fundraisers, such as calendars highlighting the town of Dallas Center and a quilt auction that will take place throughout Fall Festival Festivities.


For more information about the upcoming Dallas Center Fall Festival and Sesquicentennial events, a detailed schedule can be viewed on the Dallas Center Celebrations website, www.dallascentercelebrations.com/.