Meet Ottumwa shares preview of local events for Memorial Day and beyond

Meet Ottumwa says the summer is packed full of events. And they all kick off with Memorial Day.
Meet Ottumwa says the summer is packed full of events. And they all kick off with Memorial Day.(KYOU)
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Summer events in Ottumwa kick off with Memorial Day weekend and the newly rebranded Meet Ottumwa is excited to get things started after having to slow down for COVID-19 last year.

Meet Ottumwa’s Executive Director, Andy Wartenberg, believes the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get people outside. He says people have been kept inside for too long. “We’re all tired and we want to get out.”

So Ottumwa’s Memorial Day weekend is full of events just for that - outdoor activities.

Ottumwa’s Main Street will, for the first time, be decorated with banners of local veterans. Wartenberg says “it’s a great way to go downtown, patronize our local businesses, and see all our local veterans.”

For a patriotic time, the Wapello County Freedom Trail wraps around five historical landmarks.

And the Beach Ottumwa opens its doors for its summer season on Saturday. It’s something Wartenberg’s happy about. “We’re going to see people actually outside at the Beach.”

But those events only kick off the summer. Wartenberg says the next few months are full of multiple events each week, culminating with the Babe Ruth World Series in August. Wartenberg expects that event alone to bring $3 million (three million dollars) into Ottumwa.

He says, by the look of things, this summer is shaping up to be even more packed than 2019. “I think people are really excited about, in fact, getting out. Not just doing a barbeque, but actually getting out and enjoying what we have to offer here.”

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