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Motown Christmas coming to Sioux City November 2024!

It felt like Christmas in July when I opened my email to a press release from the Oak View Group (they run the Sioux City Orpheum and Tyson Events Center) announcing that the spectacular Motown Christmas tour will be coming to the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre on November 10th, 2024! graphic courtesy of Oak View Group A Motown Christmas stars The Motortown All Stars which will include performers from three legendary Motown bands: The Temptations, the Miracles, and the Contours. Even if you don't immediately recognize the band names, I bet you've heard their songs! They seriously have more than 100 hits that have made the Billboard charts between them, and some of them are truly iconic, like Do You Love Me? , Love Machine , Papa Was a Rollin Stone  and My Girl . And in this new show, they'll be performing Christmas favorites with Motown flavor.  They'll bring their harmonies, their choreograph, their fun retro style, and their serious star power all to the stage at Sioux Ci

Sioux City's Rivercade Festival provides days of summer fun

One of the highlights of every July for Siouxland families is the annual Rivercade Festival! Since the Sixties, this festival has been celebrating the river and our local community, and it's still going strong. Here's what local families and visitors to Siouxland should know about Sioux City's Rivercade Festival: What is River-Cade River-Cade is a local festival that started in 1964. Since then, the annual fun has included a wide variety of events and activities including a parade, concerts, pageantry, and much more. Some of the traditions have changed or disappeared over the years, but many continue strong to this day, and occasionally new fun is added to the festival. Whatever each year holds, it is sure to be a lot of fun! The River-Cade festivities are organized by the Port of Sioux City River-Cade Association and supported by many local businesses and individuals.  Rivercade Parade The Rivercade Parade is one of Sioux City's best, and the 2024 parade will be held o

Siouxland County Fairs

From the funnel cake and pork tenderloins to adorable live animals, sack races, monster truck races, talent shows, and professional live music, to the glory and defeat from entering competitions, county fairs are one of the best parts of late summer around Siouxland! *Now updated for 2024, but please note that flood recovery and other unforeseen events could lead to further changes to this schedule. Please keep an eye on social media for the latest info*  If you live in Sioux City, our county fair, the Woodbury County will be July 31st through 4th, 2024 in Moville, Iowa. You can find more info in my Woodbury County Fair post.  But there are tons of great fairs in the area, and while some restrict competition entries to residents of their own county, all of them are fun to attend no matter where you live! Here's the scoop on as many other nearby county fairs as I could find details for, divided by state and then put in alphabetical order. This post will be updated frequently

Galloping Gourmet is the History Romp You Didn't Know You Needed

To be honest, I had never previously wondered what Buffalo Bill ate. But once I heard about the concept for Galloping Gourmet , I knew I needed to know more about the culinary adventures of the wild west's greatest showman. And I definitely wasn't disappointed, as this book provides a fascinating look at the food encountered by Buffalo Bill and his performers. Here's what readers should know about Galloping Gourmet: Eating and Drinking with Buffalo Bill . Thank you to the University of Nebraska Press for sending a free copy of the book for review purposes.  Who wrote Galloping Gourmet: Eating and Drinking with Buffalo Bill ? Steve Friesen wrote Galloping Gourmet and is the retired director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave site in Golden, Colorado. He is also the author of two other books, Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind and Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary and is a contributing editor of True West magazine What's

Kids' Corner provides hours of fun to little visitors at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center unveiled their new Kids' Corner in spring of 2024, and when I finally had a chance to check it out with my own kids, we were delighted! It's such a cute corner of the center with lots of options for playful fun! They put the kids' area in the corner of the hallway that leads from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's museum side to the Betty Strong Encounter side, and I think that was such a clever use of space that had been previously kind of underused. And then in that corner there are basically two nooks, and inside of two adorable canvas wall tents, there are now a variety of toys and other things that encourage imaginative learning. Here's what you can expect in the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Costumes and props: there was a big linen-ish shirt, a blue jacket, and a tricorn hat that kids could wear to dress up as members of the Corps of Discovery. One thing I'd love to see added in

Siouxland Splash Pads

Splash pads are popping up across Siouxland, and in this weather, we sure need them! Splash pads are park areas that don't have any standing water like a pool, but have lots of fountains, dumping buckets, sprayers, and other water features kids can run through, under, over, or past to get nice and wet on a hot day. Looking for more aquatic fun in Siouxland? Check out my   Guide to Siouxland Pools & Swim Lessons  and my post about the Siouxland Splash Waterpark opening in 2025! The Sioux City splashpads as a group get mostly rave reviews from local families, but the most common complaint when one comes up is kids slipping. To avoid this, make sure kids are in water shoes with good grip on the bottom, not in flip flops or other shoes with smooth bottoms. And don't forget your sunscreen! Here's where you can go to join in on the refreshing splash pad fun in and around Sioux City (listed alphabetically--they're too good to rank!) All of the splash pads in Si

Guide to Shaughnessy's Bakery in Sibley, Iowa

Shaughnessy's Bakery in Sibley, Iowa probably isn't on your radar yet, but it totally should be! This locally-owned bakery about an hour and 15 minutes northwest of Sioux City has tasty donuts, pastries, cakes, pies and more and I'm excited to share the full details: Where is Shaughnessy's Bakery? Shaughnessy's Bakery is located at 346 9th Street in Sibley, Iowa next to  the Max Theatres . There is street parking in front of the bakery, in front of other 9th street businesses, and just around the corner. We accidentally visited right before they had a town parade, so most of the parking was taken, but we were able to park on a side street and just had a very short walk to the bakery. Shaughnessy's and the rest of Sibley's cute main street are all just off highway 60, right on the way from Sioux City to Worthington, MN and other points north.  It's about an hour and fifteen minutes west from Sioux Falls, SD or about 4