Celebrate Waukee is the class project of the Waukee Leadership Institute class of 2014-2015. The group was approached by city officials to revamp Waukee’s annual city festival held in August.
“It’s an enhancement of the current festival,” said Kat Sandie, a member of the leadership class and organizer for the event. “It’s the best Waukee has to offer.”
The event will start off at the historic downtown Triangle. The downtown scene was once the central hub of Waukee when it was founded, and serves to show off the history of the town’s humble beginnings, as well as its bright future.
“This triangle, when my great grandparents lived in town – this was where it was at,” Sandie said. “There was the grocery store, there was your car dealerships, your nickel-and-dime candy stores. This was the hubbub. Even when I was in high school out here, we went from a 2A school to a 4A school in the span of several years. So, really watching the growth and development is very exciting at this point.”
The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Waukee Rotary Club. At 8:00, a 6K and 2K race, starting at Triangle Park, will begin, sponsored by Price Chopper. From there, a parade will take the celebration down to Centennial Park. There will be a beer garden, food vendors, and a steak dinner in the evening. Admission is free.