A celebration a century in the making is expected to draw an estimated 20,000 people to Keokuk this weekend.
The 100th anniversary of the Keokuk Hamilton Dam kicked off this weekend.
Some came for the food, others for entertainment, but there was one major attraction at the festival.
"We're going to get a ride on the trolley," said Mark Erespe.
Erespe and his family are from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and are visiting family in the area, and says they bought tickets to ride across the Keokuk/Hamilton Dam.
It's a rare opportunity, that many attending today's festival took advantage of.
For Debra Linebaugh, she says the historic significance of the event brought her down.
"Oh just to share the great history of Keokuk. It's full of history I love it," said Linebaugh.
Linebaugh says she hopes her grand kids can take a lot away from the celebration.
"Kids in the third grade have to learn about it for local history and I just thought it would be a good experience for them to learn all about it," said Linebaugh.
Kirk Brandenberger of the Keokuk Area Tourism Bureau says the festival has been years in the making.
"It's great to see it come to fruition. Many people have put in many hours on this project," said Brandenberger.
Brandenberger says whether from near or far, this weekend's celebration is a chance to explore Keokuk from past to present.
"It's here everyday. We see it, but we don't see it. This gives everyone the opportunity to go inside the power plant, ride the trolley across the dam and back. It's just a unique opportunity," said Brandenberger.
Trolley ride tickets are sold out for Saturday, but are still available for Sunday.
You can pick them up at the information tent at the intersection of first and Water Street.
For information and a schedule of events click on the link below.
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