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Harry Burd in his 1902 Oldsmobile for the Waterloo Centennial celebrations in 1954. -- Courtesy Grout Museum Archives

Harry Burd in his 1902 Oldsmobile for the Waterloo Centennial celebrations in 1954.

Courtesy Grout Museum Archives

Prairidrama and Waterloo's Centennial Celebration

In 1954 Waterloo enjoyed their centennial with a weeklong celebration. They had different events each day, including a parade, Centennial Ball, and a show put on every evening at the Waterloo Baseball Stadium called “Prairidrama”.

A car pulling the Miss Centennial float for the centennial celebration, 1954. -- Courtesy Grout Museum Archives

A car pulling the Miss Centennial float for the centennial celebration, 1954.

Courtesy Grout Museum Archives

Each day of the celebration featured a different theme including Old Settlers’ Day, Freedom of Religion Day, Youth Day, Transportation Day, Veterans and Patriotic Day, Labor and Industry Day, and Agricultural Day. There was even a midway with rides, attractions, and shows for the children.

Jim Friedl, Phil Friedl, and Joe Cowin with Clydesdales for Waterloo’s Centennial Celebration, 1954. -- Courtesy Mary Friedl Nadeau

Jim Friedl, Phil Friedl, and Joe Cowin with Clydesdales for Waterloo’s Centennial Celebration, 1954.

Courtesy Mary Friedl Nadeau

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