Gladiolus Days

St. Charles Press

By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor As the clock ticked closer to 1 p.m. on Sunday, rain began to pour over St. Charles, causing the many people that came to see the parade to run for shelter...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor After eleven years of participating in the Gladiolus Days pageant program, it was Sonia Howen’s turn to shine as she was crowned the 2018 Teen Miss...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor A local axiom states, ‘It never rains on the Gladiolus Days parade.’  This year, the phrase was put to the test as weather reports predicted a weekend beset...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor St. Charles has a new Teen Miss Gladiolus Days Queen.  On Monday, August 21, Elle Karlen received the top crown, after an evening of close and intense...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre performances have been a Gladiolus Days staple since 1992.  Now in its 24th year, the youth theatre remains as popular as...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor Monday, August 22nd was a magical evening filled with wonderful talents, beautiful evening gowns, and thoughtful and insightful answers to onstage questions...
By Craig Hilmer, St. Charles Press Staff Writer As the 2016 Gladiola Days Festival nears, here, drawn from area newspapers of the era, is a look back at the history of the event. Likely many of our...
  By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor Gladiolus Days 2016 might be over eight months away, but planning has already begun for the annual late August city festival.  On Wednesday, December 9th...
By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor   St. Charles’s 52nd annual Gladiolus Days celebration began on Sunday, August 23rd and continued through Sunday, August 30th.  This week-long celebration...
  By Jill Veerkamp, St. Charles Press Editor On August 24th, five hopeful young women competed for the chance to become Miss Teen Gladiolus Days 2015.  After an evening filled with incredible talents...

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