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Centerville Iowa Pancake Day

On the Square Centerville Iowa

The Courthouse Square Historic District in Centerville, Iowa, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 through the efforts of the Centerville Historic Preservation Commission. The district consists of an area centered on the town square and bounded by Van Buren Street, Haynes Avenue, Maple Street and 10th Street. The Appanoose County Courthouse is located in the center of the Courthouse Square District.

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Pancake Day 2014 Dedicated to 3 long-time supporters
September 17, 2014
Pancake Day 2014 will be dedicated to three long-time Pancake Day supporters who passed away in the past year, Jim Irelan, John Holeman and Ruth Ann Dickerson.

Irelan was a volunteer for numerous years and a strong financial supporter. He loved Pancake Day and recognized the importance of the community festival. In 2008 he was the parade marshal and remarked during and interview, “There is no other organization or event that’s held the community together like Pancake Day.” He also expressed an appreciation for his hometown. “I love this town and I owe everything I have to Centerville and the surrounding area. The people have been so good to me.” Irelan’s family donated money his memorial funds for a new trailer that will be used to store the tent and serve as the information booth on Pancake Day.

Holeman, a former CHS band director, helped coordinate the bands in the parade. He continued his involvement even after retiring from teaching and assisted each band director who followed. According to his wife, Marcia, he felt Pancake Day was a great way to show off the community and the band. “He always wanted to include bands from surrounding communities. He felt that was very important,” she said. Holeman enjoyed Pancake Day and thought it was a great family event, Marcia noted. The John Holeman trophy sponsored by the Reznicek Family will be presented by Holeman’s family following the Big Parade to the top high school marching band and the top junior high marching band.

Dickerson was a member of the TTT Chapter AS and organized the milk tent for many years. Each year she was responsible for securing volunteers to sell milk and she worked in the tent herself along with the family members she recruited. According to Dickerson’s daughter Robin Salsberry, Pancake Day was about tradition and bringing family together to enjoy the day and help where they could. “She loved Centerville and the people. Volunteering was second nature to her and slowing down was never in her vocabulary.” The milk tent will be permanently dedicated to Dickerson and volunteers are staffing the booth in her memory.

Joyce Bieber , Executive Director
641-437-4102 ; joyce@centervilleia.com

Pancake Day



Pancake Day
Since 1949 the city has conducted an annual Pancake Day festival. For the first five years the celebration was held the first Thursday in October until 1954 when it was moved to the last Thursday in September. In 1965 the celebration was moved to the last Saturday in September. Pancake Day is a time for local businesses and organizations to cook up pancakes which they provide for free to their customers to show thanks for their continued patronage. The event that is held in the Courthouse Square Historic District features a morning kiddie parade, a larger afternoon parade with a unique double loop parade route, a beauty queen contest and free entertainment.
Pancake Day has been attended by many well-known celebrities including Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver; J. C. Penney; Philip W. Pillsbury; former Governor of New York, W. Averell Harriman; Muriel Humphrey; Rocky Marciano; and Centerville Native Simon Estes. Entertainers have included Thomas Ian Nicholas, Barbara Mandrell, and Minnie Pearl.


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