There was some rumbling going on with the rocking and rolling Saturday as area students prepared for prom. In fact, Clay Central-Everly officials might want to consider moving that school's prom to January next year.
For the second year in a row, severe weather, tornado warnings to be precise, added some excitement to the traditional glitz and glamor of prom night. Last year, CC-E students rode out the severe weather that spawned the Mapleton twisters at the prom dance.
Luckily, the weak rope tornado that prompted the sirens to blow late Saturday afternoon touched down in a field south of Spencer briefly, causing no damage.
The storm didn't dampen the spirits of any of the teens from area schools celebrating the rite of spring that is prom.
It was a perfect storm, however, for those who cater to prom-goers. Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sioux Central, CC-E, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Spencer all held their proms on the same night. It's a phenomenon that area retailers can't remember ever happening before.
For Bob VanderTuig and his staff at the Squire Shoppe in Spencer, that meant a tidal wave of young men picking up their tuxes Thursday through Saturday. When I was there late Thursday afternoon, there were no fewer than a half dozen young dandies at the store, picking up and trying on their tuxedos. That early wave was proceeded by even more on Friday and Saturday.
The process reversed after the dance with a rather bedraggled sea of tuxedos coming back into his garage in west Spencer on Sunday, and into the store on Monday morning.
The same avalanche hit area florists and beauticians, with a very, very condensed prom season.
It was, by all accounts, a very successful prom night, with all those almost-adults making it home safe and sound, with memories to last a lifetime.
Thanks to all the hard work of administrators, parents and other volunteers for the wide array of after-prom activities. This is a tradition which wasn't around in the dark ages when I was young, and it's proven to be not only a great tool in keeping kids safe, but also a favorite with the prom-goers themselves.
Make your plans now to attend our annual Citizen of the Year reception this Thursday, April 26. We're holding the event at Iowa Lakes Community College's Spencer Center in north Spencer. The event, which coincides with the publication of our annual Progress edition, honors this year's recipient of the Citizen of the Year honor.
We had some great nominees this year, and I didn't envy the former Citizens as they made their selection. Any of the nominees would be a great addition to their ranks, and this year's recipient is very deserving of this public "thank you" for all their work for the community.
The reception will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a program slated for 5:30 p.m.
Watch the Thursday Daily Reporter for the announcement of this year's winner of the honor!