Bringing a little country to WC

On July 19, starting at 4 p.m. right after Crazy Day and Crazy Day Car Show, the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing country into the city for this month’s Summer Nights theme of “Ag In Town.”

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is hosting Summer Nights on July 19 from 4 to 9 pm on 2nd street in downtown Webster City. The family friendly event gives visitors a glimpse into the agricultural world. Expect the music, food and fun at every Summer Nights event, and much more.

Returning again is the ice cream eating contest. The race to be the first one done eating their ice cream sandwiches is on. Ice cream will be provided by Hy-Vee and both kids and adults are invited to participate.

The Soybean Association will be giving away cookbooks to the first 500 people who ask for them. Katie Olthoff will be present to represent Food and Family Project. “Join My Journey” is an activity of the Iowa Food and Family Project. Created in 2011 by the Iowa Soybean Association and involving nearly 35 partners, IFFP sponsors innovative and engaging activities providing Iowans with the real scoop on food from the people who best know it and grow it Iowa farm families. Learn more at

Visitors will see a lot of large equipment parked in the middle of the street courtesy of Woolstock Equipment and Titan Machinery. Here’s a chance to take a close look at what these pieces are made of and learn what they can do. Find out how the farmers bring the food to your table. Both new and old equipment will be showcased with Vern Ratcliff presenting several antique tractors to visitors.

The Hamilton County Fair host many participants each year, including FFA members who bring their animals to the Fair. Summer Nights organizers are asking a few of those members to bring their animals down to Summer Nights and answer questions about getting ready for the Fair. For the little ones, McMurray Hatchery will have some week old chicks for them to hold. A fair booth will have pop passes and parking passes available for purchase. Each display will also have more information about how visitors can find those kind of items at the fair as well.

There will be food for sale at Summer Nights. Webster City Custom Meats is giving everyone a sneak peek at a new product burger. FFA boys and girls will do the cooking and serving. For $5, visitors can get a burger, chips and a drink. All proceeds go to support the FFA.

What’s a Summer Nights without music? Bill Robb and CPR will play car show music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then ag music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live music will be played in the plaza bring dancing shoes or lawn chairs.

Organizers are still planning the event. Other highlights may include sweet corn, a ring toss game, lots of ag related products to check out from local vendors and more food. For more information, visit the events page at or contact Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Brown at 832-2564.