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The agenda for the September 25, 2023, City Council meeting is available online. Council meetings begin at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 819 1st Ave S.

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The agenda for the September 25, 2023, City Council meeting is available online. Council meetings begin at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 819 1st Ave S. 

https://fortdodgeiowa.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=1244

*HELP SPREAD THE WORD!*

On Friday, September 22, 2023, Fort Dodge Senior High School will be holding its annual homecoming parade down Central Avenue. The parade will begin at approximately 2:30 pm at Central and 12th Street and proceed down Central Avenue to the City Square. Central Avenue from 12th Street to the City Square, including all intersections, will close to traffic at 2:00 pm; we respectfully request that vehicles parked along the parade route and staging area be moved to a side street. Parking in City lots will be free from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the convenience of parade attendees. In addition, two-hour on-street parking will not be enforced during this time.

Parade participants will stage along Central Avenue from 15th Street to 12th Street and will join the parade as directed by organizers.

Spectators should sit west of 12th Street along Central Avenue down to the City Square (5th Street).
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*HELP SPREAD THE WORD!*

On Friday, September 22, 2023, Fort Dodge Senior High School will be holding its annual homecoming parade down Central Avenue. The parade will begin at approximately 2:30 pm at Central and 12th Street and proceed down Central Avenue to the City Square. Central Avenue from 12th Street to the City Square, including all intersections, will close to traffic at 2:00 pm; we respectfully request that vehicles parked along the parade route and staging area be moved to a side street. Parking in City lots will be free from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the convenience of parade attendees. In addition, two-hour on-street parking will not be enforced during this time.

Parade participants will stage along Central Avenue from 15th Street to 12th Street and will join the parade as directed by organizers.

Spectators should sit west of 12th Street along Central Avenue down to the City Square (5th Street).

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Happy IT Professionals Day to the City's IT team. We appreciate your ability to do expert guesswork, based on questionable data, by sometimes confused individuals!Happy IT Professionals Day to the City s IT team. We appreciate your ability to do expert guesswork, based on questionable data, by sometimes confused individuals! ... See moreSee less

Happy IT Professionals Day to the Citys IT team. We appreciate your ability to do expert guesswork, based on questionable data, by sometimes confused individuals!

DOWNTOWN COUNTRY JAM 2023 in historic downtown Fort Dodge featuring Josh Turner with special guest Renegade Soul plus Jesse Wilson & Friends is today, Saturday, September 16th. We hope you have tickets to this potentially record-breaking event!

YOU VE GOT QUESTIONS, WE VE GOT ANSWERS. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Downtown Country Jam. As a major event with a ton of moving parts, know that we can t respond to everyone s posts and questions individually.

IN-VENUE PURCHASES
All food, beverage and tickets purchases at Downtown Country Jam are on a cash basis. There are ATM s on site near the food vendor area. Josh Turner merchandise is either cash or credit card.

WEATHER
The weather is looking fantastic for today's (Saturday, 9/16/23) show! For future reference, with a covered stage, we can generally deliver a show if it s raining unless its wind driven and coming in sideways. In the event of weather that poses a public safety threat or physical threat to the artists (wind driven rain, lightning, high winds, hail), we will go into a delay and resume when it s safe to do so. If the threat exists prior to gates opening, we ll delay opening up until the threat passes. We ll adjust the schedule accordingly by either going early or later depending on the conditions at the time. We also reserve the right to reduce set lengths or eliminate opening acts if necessary to preserve headliner set length. The show will not be canceled due to weather unless a threat would persist over the entire 6-hour timeframe. In the event an evacuation is necessary, there are multiple nearby establishments outside the gates where the public can find shelter and food & beverages. You can also retreat to your vehicle if preferred. In the event of a weather-related delay, we will update the public every 20 minutes via our Shellabration Inc. Facebook page. You can also get updates via local radio on K97, 96.9FM, KKEZ 94.5FM and The Eagle 92.1FM.

TICKETS
Tickets are still available at $40 in Fort Dodge at Hy-Vee, Availa Bank, First Interstate Bank, GreenState Credit Union, Northwest Bank and Peoples Credit Union (Fort Dodge & Webster City). They are also available online at Ticketweb.com until 12PM (noon) day-of-show. Tickets will also be available at each our three entrance gate tents for $45.00. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. For tickets ordered online via Will Call, there will be a Will Call table at each of the entrance gate tents. Tickets can be picked up beginning at 3PM.

SHOW SCHEDULE
4:30PM- Gates open
5:30-6:30PM- Jesse Wilson & Friends
6:45-8:00PM- Renegade Soul
8:30PM- Josh Turner
* Lineup, set lengths and start times are all subject to change pending weather conditions at the time

SEATING
All tickets for the Downtown Country Jam are general admission, festival style seating. You are encouraged to bring your own bag or lawn chair. We also have a large standing room only (SRO) area directly in front of the stage for those that prefer to stand or dance during the show. Out of respect for the people behind you, sitting on someone else s shoulders is strictly prohibited. Violator s will be removed from the concert by law enforcement. We have plenty of staff in venue to answer your questions and to help monitor the crowd for law enforcement including those in plain clothes.

ACCESSIBILITY
For Attendees with Special Needs, we work hard to make sure our events are accessible and enjoyable for everyone. There are two prominent, well positioned (with great stage view) accessible seating areas. One is located directly in front of First Interstate Bank and the other is on the corner of the bus stop green space directly east of the First Interstate Bank building. These areas are delineated with blues row lines and signage indicating that the space is for individuals with disabilities and their companions. Accessible porta potties are also strategically placed by each entrance for ease of access. We also have wheelchair ramps allowing curb to street transitions in each of three places for our wheelchair attending guests.

PARKING
There is plenty of parking in the public lots and on street parking throughout historic downtown Fort Dodge. There is accessible parking in the lots at the corners of...

1st Avenue North and North 10th Street
1st Avenue North and North 9th Street
1st Avenue North and North 8th Street
2nd Avenue North and North 9th Street

Given the vast amount of hard surface parking area and high number of streets leading away from the downtown area, our audiences can fully exit the area in 15 minutes or less. The venue is at 900 Central Ave (the corner of 9th Street and Central Ave). All parking for the Downtown Country Jam is free.

FOOD & BEVERAGES
We have a wide array of food and beverage available for purchase inside the venue. No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed. Adult (alcohol) beverages include Bud Light, Busch Light, Michelob Ultra, Seagram s Red White & Berry and Nutril in Mango, Pineapple, Raspberry and Watermelon. We also have Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Dew and Bottled Water for sale. Food selections include grilled brats, burgers, Cheese Burger and hot dogs (Hy-Vee), Brisket sandwiches, Pork Chop on a Stick, Brisket Nachos (B.B Que's) and pizza by the slice (Community Pizza).

PUBLIC SAFETY
In addition to delivering an exciting show, our top priority is keeping the public safe in the process. Attendee bag chairs and purses are subject to search. Patrons will be scanned for weapons including guns and knives. Know that there will be scores of uniformed officers guarding the venue perimeter at the entrance gates and interior venue. We also have uniformed officers deployed on surrounding roof tops providing aerial watch to deliver as safe an experience as possible.

RESTRICTED ITEMS
No weapons including guns and knives (over three inches)
No pets
No outside food, beverage or coolers (small, empty soft-side coolers only)
No canopy tents

Thanks in advance to everyone attending this year s Downtown Country Jam 2023! Here s to a fun, safe night of music featuring Josh Turner!

Always remember, Fort Dodge ROCKS (Classic-Gypsum-Country)!

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City Projects Update

Current Projects - Click here for more information

Name: Veterans Bridge (1st Ave S) Expected Completion: Fall 2023 

Name: N 21st St & 2 1/2 Ave N Reconstruction Expected Completion: Fall 2023 

Name: Wastewater Lab Building Expected Completion: Spring 2024

Name: Highland Park Bridge Expected Completion: Fall 2025 

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