The Iowa Tournament.
The annual firemen’s tournament at Sioux Cita, Ia., last week, was the largest affair of the kind ever held in the State. The parade was the handsomest and biggest known in this section.
The public verdict on the parade was not only one of approval, but it was enthusiastically manifested, and from beginning to end of the long column and all along the line of march the crowds on the sidewalks and in windows burst forth in applause, as company after company appeared, each with some distinguishing mark entitling it to favor.
A number of the companies had brand new uniforms, and nearly all looked very neat. There were all kinds, from the old approved red flannel shirts and black trousers of the Sioux City Excelsiors, to the exceedingly neat and natty gray of the Cherokee Department.
Cedar Rapids won the prize for having the largest number in attendance. The C. L. Root Drill Company of Lyon won the prize for the best appearing company. The prize for the best appearing company with apparatus, drill companies barred, was awarded to the Vinton Hand Engine Company. The Fullerton Company of Marion captured the prize for the best appearing company without apparatus.
The various contests were well attended, and close scores were made generally.