The Cambridge Events Committee is hosting a spring fling on April 26, from 5-7:30 p.m., at the Cambridge Community Center. The spring fling will include food and a silent auction. The event will raise funds for this summer’s first annual Skunk River Valley Days.
The committee began looking for ideas to increase interest in Cambridge’s annual summer festival, which was formerly known as Jubilee Days. The committee’s goal is to draw more volunteers, community members and families to the event. The committee decided a name change might inspire more participation and represent changes in the event, which will be held June 13-15.
"We hope to increase community involvement," said Becca Hasbrouck, Cambridge Events Committee chair.
Hasbrouck said the committee looked back at Cambridge’s history and noted the importance the Skunk River played in the town’s history and central Iowa’s history. The river was first named ChaCaGua by the Native Americans, which referred to the smell of wild onions rotting along the banks during wet weather. Settlers in the area renamed the river the Skunk.
The first summer festivals were planned as 4th of July celebrations. Later the celebration became known as the Cambridge Fireman Days and that was changed in the 1990s to Jubilee Days. The annual festival is now always held the second weekend in June.
"We want to emphasize our heritage, history and the sense of where this event came from," said Julie Chance, Cambridge Events Committee member.
This year’s Skunk River Valley Days parade will include a float competition. The committee is still finalizing plans for the three-day event, which includes fireworks, a dunk tank, kiddie tractor pull, inflatables, a horseshoe tournament, children’s games, face painting, a silent auction, ice cream social, a cribbage tournament, sidewalk chalk event, picnic in the park and entertainment by Danny Grouse on the evening of June 14.
Committee members include Hasbrouck, Chance, Angie Plager, Logan Hasbrouck, Marcia Kisner, Mollie Rhiner, Rhiannon Taylor, Stephanie Rosing, Melissa Kahler, Ronda Ceynar, Cassie Crannell, Heather Johnson, Jo Lynn Lund and Sarah Chubbic.
Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction can do so by contacting Becca Hasbrouck at firstname.lastname@example.org or the committee at CEC@hotmail.com. The committee also welcomes ideas and feedback on its Cambridge Iowa Events Committee Facebook page.