Registration is being offered to for-profit vendors to provide more diverse food offerings during the July 3rd and 4th Storm Lake Star Spangled Spectacular.
The Spectacular has historically offered opportunities solely to non-profits, but has noticed a participation decline in recent years. Non-profits will have the opportunity to secure their previous vendor locations in the parks, but must register a Star Spangled Spectacular food vendor by the May 26th priority date. Additional for-profit vendors such as area restaurants and food trucks may then register to sell food and drinks.
“We’ll continue to reach out and prioritize our local nonprofits who still want to raise money for their organizations, but we need to make sure we are providing enough food and drink in both quantity and variety,” says commodore Ty Eggers. “People down at the parks shouldn’t have to worry about running out of food this year or in the future.”
Spectacular Commodores Ty and Jared Eggers have made an exploratory effort to learn about the event’s needs, and create fair opportunity for all those interested in selling food and drinks at the Spectacular. Ty has held several conversations with area non-profits, the SALUD Multicultural Group, as well as Buena Vista County Environmental Director Ben Mueggenberg overseeing food/hotel programming. Food vendors may register by clicking here.
“We learned about some challenges and are working to find fair solutions for everyone,” says Ty. “Together with the committee, Jared and I want the food offerings to mirror the diversity of our town, create an opportunity for non-profits to raise money, to have enough to feed everyone throughout the day, and to continue growing one of Iowa’s greatest events.”
Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5pm on Monday, July 3rd in Sunset Park during the Kiddie Parade, Classic Car Show, and balloon art. The Storm Lake Municipal Band and Pork Tornadoes will kick off the celebration’s musical entertainment that evening. More food vendors will be on hand on the 4th of July beginning at 11 that morning.
The Star Spangled Spectacular theme this year is “Three Cheers to 150 Years” in commemoration of Storm Lake’s sesquicentennial.