It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Santa arrives at the Santa House located on the Historic Centerville Square the day after Thanksgiving during the Christmas lighting of the square. Visit Santa the day after Thanksgiving from 1-3 p.m. or every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas. Enjoy the Tour of Homes, our Holiday Sampler, carriage rides, live windows and more!
Volunteer opportunities include: decorating the square before Thanksgiving, helping with the Tour of Homes committee, taking photos in the Santa House, helping with the Live Windows, and taking the Christmas decorations down after the first of the year. Please contact the Centerville Chamber at 641- 437-4102 if you would like to help us make the magic happen!
Friday Night Live
Friday Night Live is a free concert held to kick-off the Annual Pancake Day celebration. The event is held the held on the last Friday in September, the evening before Pancake Day, on the Historic Centerville Square. A beverage garden and food vendors are available for refreshments! Information on band and performance times will be updated when available.
Each June, the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce holds an 18-hole golf tournament at the Appanoose Country Club. Net proceeds go to fund the Silver Cord Volunteer Scholarship program at Centerville Hight School.
Call us at 641-437-4102 to sign up a team, sponsor a hole, donate hole prizes, or to volunteer!
Held on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00pm to 11:00pm, Kaffee Klatch is an opportunity to find out what is going on in the community. Each month the event is hosted by a different business. If you would like to host Kaffee Klatch, please call the Chamber at 641-437-4102. We hope to see you there!
Kaffee Klatch 2020
January – Rathbun Area YMCA
March – IHCC
April – 2nd Baptist Church
May – Lee Container
June – Appanoose County Museum
August – Centerville Schools
September – Main Street Centerville
October – City Hall
December – Alliant Energy
Centerville’s famous “Pancake Day” began in 1949 as a way to say “Thank You” to the people in the Centerville area for their patronage of Centerville businesses. It was originally held on a Thursday. In 1964, it was changed to the last Saturday in September where it has remained. Main attractions of the day include a Kiddie Parade, the Pancake Day Queen contest, entertainment throughout the day, and the Big Parade.
Centerville’s Pancake Day has become famous! It has been mentioned in TIME magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, and was featured on Iowa Public Television’s broadcast of Iowa Ingredient. In 1988, a group of citizens gathered in front of the courthouse to be filmed while proclaiming, “Good Morning America!”, which aired on ABC. Since the early years, WOI, KTVO, and KCCI television stations have covered the event at some point in time. Over the past 70 years, Pancake Day has changed in many ways, but it has kept its original claim – FREE PANCAKES to thank the patron of Centerville businesses!
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Each year before school starts, the chamber invites all teachers, school employees and their families to attend a free picnic in appreciation for all they do! It’s a “Welcome Back to School” celebration including food and fun door prizes.
Please contact the chamber at 641-437-4102 if you would like volunteer at the picnic or donate towards the door prizes.
Centerville Wine & Vendor Fair
Wine & Finds is scheduled on the second Saturday in June from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse District. Sample Iowa wines and select Iowa craft beers. Browse craft vendors while enjoying live musical entertainment. Other events include grape stomping, Pancake Day Queen fundraising events such as pie eating contests, beer tent, and more! Check the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or our events calendar for more information in June!
Please call the chamber at 641-437-4102 if you would like to volunteer for this fun event!