Fun tonight

Activities abound for Iola’s sesquicentennial Independence Day celebration. Tonight’s activities will carry over into the wee hours of Saturday morning with the Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run for Your Life 5K run and 3K walk. Neighbors along the route are asked to turn on their porch lights for the runners. Most activities take place at the Iola square.
Below is a full listing:

Tonight:
5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Late registration for the Charley Melvin run; Allen County Historical Society, 20 S. Washington. Route maps for runners and walkers available at the registration table.
6-8 p.m. Crossroads of America Auto Club car show — Washington Street along the square.
6-9 p.m. Music Max Entertainment spinning discs in conjunction with the car show.
6-8 p.m. Molly Trolley tour of historic buildings on Iola square, board at Allen County Historical Museum; $2.
6-8 p.m. Allen County Historical Museum open, 20 S. Washington, free admission.
6-8 p.m. Free sno-cones in front of Shelter Insurance, 20 N. Washington. Sponsored by Iola Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for Masonic Lodge pancake feed available for purchase, $6 adults, $4 children. Percentage-off coupons for Annie’s Attic, Sidelines Bar and Grill and Party Girls also available.
9 p.m. Free movie — “Kung Fu Panda,” Iola Municipal Pool at Riverside Park. In the pool!!!
9-11:30 p.m. Free swimming at Iola Municipal Pool, Riverside Park.
11:30 p.m. Runner check-in begins at Allen County Historical Society, 20 S. Washington.
11:45 p.m. -12:15 a.m. The Four Days barbershop quartet (Jim Rausch, tenor; Ken Gilpin, baritone; Dan Johnson, bass; Jim Gilpin, lead) accompanied by Fern Marsh on keyboard, performance on post office steps, 120 West St.
12:15 a.m. Retelling of Charley Melvin story by historian Clyde Toland, post office steps.
12:26 a.m. Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run for Your Life 5K run and 3K walk. Begins at post office steps. Runners cross square, go north on Cottonwood Street to Highland Cemetery, exit on Jefferson Street and return to Iola square with one loop around the square, ending at bandstand. Walkers follow Cottonwood to Buchanan, go west to Jefferson and follow Jefferson to the bandstand. Neighbors along the route are asked to turn on their porch lights for the runners. Non-participants are encouraged to cheer on the crowd as they pass.

Saturday:
7-10 a.m. Pancake feed featuring “Chris Cakes,” Masonic Lodge, corner of Madison and Chestnut. Advance tickets required. (Purchase at Chamber of Commerce sno-cone table on Iola square Friday evening.)
10 a.m. Flag raising and reading of the Declaration of Independence by Iola citizens; Old Jail Museum, 100 block of North Jefferson.
12:30 p.m.-4p.m. Allen County Historical Museums open, 20 S. Jefferson. Old Jail closed.