Residents launch campaign to save the Cobblestone Ballroom
LAKESIDE, Iowa (KTIV) -
The doors have been closed since the late '80s, but some say they're ready for the Cobblestone Ballroom to be back in action.
"When we were teenagers, that's where we went to dance to the Rumbles. It's where we had a good time. It'd give a nice place for everyone to go to to have fun again. We don't have a lot of big areas anymore for events," Jackie Stief, of Storm Lake, Iowa, said.
"It has a big legacy for Storm Lake. It hosted plenty of well known entertainers through it's years, Lawrence Welk, Buddy Holly. I remember going there maybe twice before it closed when I was younger," Facebook Page Co-Founder Kirk Klaassen said.
"It's been an overwhelming response. We've had a lot of people that were really excited that somebody's taking interest in this project again," Facebook Page Co-Founder Clinton Bydo said.
Stief works in the quaint town of Lakeside, right across the street from the Cobblestone. She said she knew about the Facebook page and it seems to be the most progress she's seen yet.
"Off and on through the years, there's been talk of the Cobblestone being saved, but this is probably the furthest this conversation has ever gone. If they could make it so it was like it was when we were younger, that'd be great," Stief said.
Those behind the Facebook page say they've been in touch with the current owner. They said he is on board and willing to invest some money to restoring the building, as long as he gets a bit of extra financial help.
"We're just trying to raise funds in order to get enough money to get it going," Klaassen said.
So, what does the future hold for this historic ballroom?
"It could go either way. It depends on how much support we get from the community. If we don't see some big responses and if we don't get the right members, it's possible it could disappear," Bydo said.
Bydo hopes they get the response they're looking for, so they can create new memories down the road at the Cobblestone.
Those running the Facebook Page say they have no exact timeline for how soon they hope work can get started on the Cobblestone, but Klaassen hopes it's within the next year.
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