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Children enjoy playing in a bounce house at the dam festival last year. There will be a variety of activities this year. 

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The Iron Mountain Lake 4th Annual Dam Festival kicks off this evening for their first three-day event.

The evening will start at 5 p.m. with food, beer, craft vendors and games. There will be a Battle of the Bands this evening playing their favorite songs in hopes of being named the winner.

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. there will be a parade, with line up starting at 9 a.m. on the Jetty. After the parade there will be a treasure hunt at 11 a.m. and will go until the treasure is found. At noon the chili cook-off and tasting contest will begin and the cost is $5 to enter. There will be a trophy and the first place winner will receive a gift card.

A Frisbee Golf Tournament will start at 1 p.m. on the east shore of the lake and registration will begin at noon. Also at 1 p.m. the car show will begin and there will be Bingo at the pavilion from 1 to 5 p.m. All Bingo proceeds raised will go toward the community center planned off Rolla Drive.

Prizes for Bingo include gift certificates from various restaurants, theater tickets, Six Flags passes, a month membership to Anytime Fitness and a winery trip for six people at Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyard in Potosi.

Throughout the day there will be games, a 50/50 raffle, cake walk and more. Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. there will be live music and dancing until 10 p.m.

On Sunday there will be a children’s fishing tournament from 9 to 11 a.m. and at noon a horseshoe tournament will take place.

There will be a dessert cook-off/tasting contest at noon and the cost is $5 to enter. There will be Bingo again at the Stodgell Pavilion from 1 to 5 p.m. and there will be food, games and crafts all day.

The city will be putting bathrooms in for the festival this year, so there will be bathroom facilities by the pavilion.

Also, they will be charging for parking this year. The park board is asking for a $2 donation to park to help raise money for several projects they have planned. This year is the first year they have planned a three-day event. They hope to have a carnival there in the future. 

Any questions should be directed to Sharon Hall at

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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