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Plenty of summer holiday fun at final Party in the Park

  • Jesse Allen entertains the crowd up on the stage at the final Party in the Park on Friday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Dennis Donovan (left) and Randy Heitz (right) help serve popcorn at Party in the Park on Friday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The snowman brought some flurries at the Party in the Park on Friday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • A Golden State Warrior basketball fan plays with the snow on Friday at Party in the Park in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Kids play in the snow at Party in the Park on Friday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Dale Stern, a member of the Marine Corps League, sits down for a bite to eat at Party in the Park on Friday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Naomi Bienfang (left) and Michaela Ingersoll (right) juggle bean bags on Friday at Party in the Park in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Marines Dale Martin (left) and Roger Hunt (right) enjoy Party in the Park in Charles City on Friday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Marines Dale Martin (left) and Roger Hunt (right) enjoy Party in the Park in Charles City on Friday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

By Kelly Terpstra, kterpstra@charlescitypress.com

The “snowflakes” that fell in Central Park on Friday night in Charles City didn’t take long to melt.

It was “Christmas in July … in August” for the last Party in the Park on Friday.

Marble Rock’s own Jesse Allen kept the crowd happy with his talented mix of country tunes on this summer evening.

Even though it was August, a lot of folks were still in the giving holiday spirit. Michaela Ingersoll, KIMT Community Affairs Director, helped bring Toys for Tots to Party in the Park and she had plenty of help. Several veterans and members of the Marine Corps League from all over the area helped out with the toy drive. One such person was Dale Stern, who remembers back in the 90s help start the Toys for Tots program here in Charles City.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that hands out toys to children from families that can’t afford them. Stern said members of the Marine Corps League came from all over the area to help out, including Rock Falls, Nora Springs, Greene, Elma, Rockford, Sheffield and Charles City.

This last rendition of Party Park was a makeup event as it was originally scheduled for July 13 but was postponed due to rain.

The snow flurries that came down on Friday didn’t slow this celebration down one bit.

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