City of Raymond celebrates its Sesquicentennial
Raymond will be kicking off its 150th birthday party on Saturday, August 12, with a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Packet pick-up and check-in is at 6:30 a.m. at Reuter Hall, 313 E. Central Street.

All racers must be ready to go no later than 7:15 a.m. for the 7:30 a.m. race. Entry forms may be requested from the Raymond Fire and Rescue Assn., 101 1st Street, P.O. Box 156, Raymond IA 50667, or e-mail them at The cost is $15 before August 8, and $20 after August 8. Those checking in before August 8 receive a t-shirt as part of the packet. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those registering later. Proceeds of the race go to the purchase of a new fire truck for the Raymond community.

It is not too early to call City Hall at 319-232-6153 to enter a float, car, tractor, golf cart, business entry, etc. in the Sesquicentennial Parade. Participants will gather in the St. Joseph Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will leave from there at 10:30 a.m.

Following the race, the Chris Cakes “All you can eat pancake breakfast” will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at H.E. Pint Park. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under.

The Beer Garden opens at 9:00 a.m.

The Pint Softball Complex/City Park between 7th and 8th Street at the West end of town will be the site for many activities taking place the remainder of the day. The softball tournament begins at 8:00 a.m.

The tent at City Park will be the location of numerous events, including
• Raymond History presentations by Larry Lavenz, UPPress and Red Cedar Books at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

• Carnival games at 11:30 a.m.
• “500” Tournament at 1:00 p.m.
• Bingo Tournament at 3:00 p.m.
• Dessert Auction at 5:00 p.m.

Live music by “Ice Breakers” will entertain the crowd from 7:00 – 11:30 p.m., with a break at 10:00 p.m. for the fireworks display.
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