The Great River City Festival


MASON CITY, Iowa – On March 13, 1934 a group of notorious gangsters including John Dillinger, entered the First National Bank in Mason City and demanded money leaving with $52,000.

Years later it’s still talked about and reenacted in Central Park for local residents.

“I think it’s great that people come because they can see you know experience history in a more tangible way, they can see the actual period vehicles and costumes and it’s very impactful,” says Jim Robinson.

And this year the event attracted some people for the first time.

Sue Orth and her husband are from Plainfield and came out to showcase their handcrafted bead baskets and to enjoy the festivities.

“We had heard about the evening shows and we went to a couple of those and we really enjoyed it and we enjoy the band they have a nice band here,” says Orth.

Jim Robinson is a musician and has been participating in the festival for the past three years.

“It’s nice to get to showcase that period of music at a historically appropriate event,” says Robinson.

As for Sue, she says she’s happy she and her husband came out to get involved in the community.

“I think that it’s great that the community does this and have something like this and the Dillinger Days was fun, we hadn’t seen that before.”

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