Thursday, June 27th – Sunday, June 30th
The engine roars as the locomotive picks up speed heading down the tracks towards its final destination: Red Oak Junction Days. Junction Days is Red Oak, Iowa’s annual community summer celebration that’s always hosted the last full weekend of June. Junction Days is the prime opportunity for the community to embrace one another and to celebrate the relationships and memories we have, or those to come, with our families, friends, and alumni. It’s not necessary for you to be a native of Red Oak to partake in the weekend events; Junction Days is an open invitation to experience life in the heart of Southwest Iowa.
This year marks Red Oak’s sesquicentennial; a 150 years of Red Oak, Iowa. Our community, just like all communities on this pale blue dot, have experienced many changes over the years being that of the nature of time; people come and go, economies boom and bust, technologies advance and obsolete, resources abundant and dry up, and cultures adapt and shift. With all this movement, Red Oak is rolling with the changes. But for those of us who are alive during this chapter of Red Oak’s story, we must understand that the pen is in our hands; how shall we ink the pages that have yet to be written?
Junction Days is also rolling with changes. This year we have several new events and changes from last year:
Remembering Our Fallen Tribute Towers: A national traveling war memorial for those who have Fallen since 9/11. This display will be escorted into our community on the morning of Thursday, June 27th by area law enforcement agencies and numerous motorcycle riders; if you’re interested in helping with this escort, please meet at the McDonalds in Glenwood by 9:30 AM. The display will arrive to Red Oak around 10:15 AM, all depending on traffic. This display will be viewable day and night over the Junction Days weekend until it’s escorted out-of-town again on Sunday.
Junction Days Show & Shine Car Show: Have a vehicle you’d like to show during the Thursday opening ceremony of Junction Days? Feel free to bring it downtown and park it on the west side of the Square. This will be just a taste of what’s to come in August during the Classy Chassis Car Club’s Old Car Days in downtown Red Oak.
Peel & Shuck Shrimp Feed: The Elks are hosting an all-you-can-eat shrimp feed that’s open to the pubic Thursday night after the Junction Days opening ceremony.
Movies at the Depot: Friday and Sunday afternoon the Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Museum will be featuring various train movies and serving popcorn.