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Tuesday, June 30

Crude Oil Up; Retail Gasoline Prices Remain Steady

MoneyEconomic Impact of Craft Beer Tops 100 Million in Iowa

Iowa Road

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries

Monday, June 29

MoneyIowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits to Increase

DNRWater Summary Update: Groundwater Conditions are Near Normal

Friday, June 26

farmIowa Crop Report: 83% of Corn is Good to Excellent

DNRIowa DNR: Where Do Your Recyclables Go?

Thursday, June 25

!!Iowa DNR: Operation Dry Water Starts June 26

MoneyTwo Awards made through Strategic Infrastructure Fund

Wednesday, June 24

MoneyFive Reinvestment District Projects Receive Provisional Approvals

!!Caution Advised as Peak Boating Season Approaches

Tuesday, June 23

MoneyIowa Demonstration Fund Assists Five Start-ups

celebrationIowa DOT Honors Public Transit Systems

Monday, June 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Assistance for 6 Companies

Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.8 Percent

Friday, June 19

celebrationRegional Medical Center Named a 5-Star Hospital

MoneyWorkforce Development Receives $5.2 Million Grant

!!Most Fatal-Crash Holiday Approaching

Thursday, June 18

Slight Increase In Unleaded Gasoline Prices

Youth Summit Focuses on Tobacco Use Prevention

Wednesday, June 17

celebrationManchester Whitewater Park Grand Opening June 20 During "Let it Flow" Riverfest

celebrationUNI is a 'Best College You Can Still Get Into for the Fall'

Tuesday, June 16

farmCrop Report: 84% of Corn Crop Good to Excellent

Florida “Sweepstakes Report” Company Agrees to Refunds

Monday, June 15

!!Officials Report Breach in Temporary Dam at Lake Delhi

!!Update on Iowa Avian Influenza Response

FY 2016-2020 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved

Friday, June 12

MoneyNational Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Receives $468,000 CAT Grant

DNRWapsipinicon River Expedition Set to Launch in July

Thursday, June 11

Natural Gas Prices Rebound, Crude Oil Also Up

helathHIV, STD and Hepatitis Conference Expected to Draw Hundreds

Wednesday, June 10

farmCrop Report: 96% of Corn has Emerged

Science of Parenting: Help Kids Learn This Summer

Tuesday, June 9

celebrationQuick and Easy Driver’s License Renewal Options at Several Locations Around Iowa

Iowa Students Encouraged to Participate in Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Monday, June 8

celebrationRegional Family Health Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

!!Phone Scam Targeting MidAmerican Energy Customers

celebrationIowa DOT Releases 2015-2016 Iowa Transportation Map

Friday, June 5

celebrationUIU Ranked 37th Best Online College in the Nation

farmFarmers Market Coupons Available for Older Iowans, Eligible WIC Recipients

Thursday, June 4

downNatural Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

celebrationState Trails Crew Receives National 2015 Youth Conservation Award

Wednesday, June 3

farmCrop Report: 97% of Corn, 78% of Beans Planted

!!No Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Tuesday, June 2

Supreme Court Approves Grants to Support Civil Legal Services for Low-Income Iowans

DNRJune is Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa

Monday, June 1

farmCelebrate Iowa's Dairy Industry this June

DNRLandowners Encouraged to Get Multiple Bids Before Selling Trees

Friday, May 29

celebrationManchester Looking for Volunteers to Help with Promotional Video

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

DNRIowa DNR: June is Great Outdoors Month

Thursday, May 28

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8 Percent

downAfter a Sharp Increase, Natural Gas Prices Retreat

Wednesday, May 27

farmCrop Report: Corn 96% Planted, Beans 70% Planted

DNRIowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 5-7

Tuesday, May 26

MoneyCredit Reporting Agencies to Add New Consumer Credit Report Protections

IDPH Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition

Friday, May 22

!!Exhibitions of Birds in Iowa Cancelled for 2015 Due to Avian Influenza

DNRBoaters Urged to Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Thursday, May 21

Sharp Increase In Natural Gas Prices: Motor Fuels also Rise

DNRIowa Naturalist Recognized for Fishing Education Efforts

Wednesday, May 20

All 50 States, FTC Allege in Lawsuit that Four “Sham” Cancer Charities Bilked $187 Million from Consumers

DNRDNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Tuesday, May 19

farmCrop Report: 92 Percent of Corn, 51 Percent of Beans Planted

DNRIowa DNR: Draft List of Impaired Waters Available

Monday, May 18

!!Iowa DPS Forms Multidisciplinary Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

celebrationEMS Week in Iowa: May 17 - May 23

Friday, May 15

Science of Parenting: Life with Easy Kids

farmStrawberry Season Starting Early This Year

Thursday, May 14

Regular Unleaded Gasoline Continues Upward Trend

!!Click It or Ticket This Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, May 13

MoneyIowans to Receive Refunds through $158 Million "Mobile Cramming" Settlement with Sprint & Verizon

DNRIowa DNR: Peregrine Falcon Recovery Takes a Big Step

Tuesday, May 12

farmCrop Report: Wet Weather Hindered Fieldwork Last Week

!!County Profiles Examine Poverty and Food Needs

Monday, May 11

celebrationFour Added to Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

farmJune 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Friday, May 8

!!Department of Health: Tick Season Underway in Iowa

DNRWater Summary Update Shows Conditions Continue to Improve

Thursday, May 7

Natural Gas, Motor Fuels Prices Climb

MoneyDebtor Education Course Helps Those in Bankruptcy

Wednesday, May 6

farmCrop Report: Over Half of Corn Planted

celebrationUIU Online Nursing Program Receives Top 20 Ranking

Tuesday, May 5

helathHIV Diagnoses in Iowa Fall to Lowest Level in 11 Years

DNR14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

Monday, May 4

!!Pedestrian Fatality Awareness Campaign Launched

celebrationMain Street Iowa Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

Friday, May 1

!!ISU Extension: Eggs and Poultry Safe to Eat

DNRAvian Influenza Not Suspected in Waterfowl Deaths on Upper Mississippi

Thursday, April 30

Money$21.8 Million Awarded to 57 Iowa Communities

DNRWalleye Season Opens May 2 on Iowa's Great Lakes

Wednesday, April 29

farmIowa Crop Report: Fourteen Percent of Corn Planted

DNRNew DNR Online Fishing Atlas Available May 1

Tuesday, April 28

MoneyGoogle Adds $1 Billion Investment in Council Bluffs

College Admissions Assistance Company Required to Change its Marketing, Make Refunds, and Pay $25,000

Monday, April 27

MoneyIowa DOT: RISE Grant Applications Approved

DNRSoil and Water Conservation Week is April 26 To May 3

Friday, April 24

Gasoline Prices Trending Up for the Week

DNRWater Summary Update: Rainfall Improves Conditions

Thursday, April 23

farmCrop Report:  7% of Corn Planted, 74% of Oats

DNRIowa DNR Offers Guidance for Turkey Hunters in Areas Near Avian Flu

Wednesday, April 22

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.0 Percent

Iowa DNR: Increased CWD Surveillance in Northeast Iowa

Tuesday, April 21

!!USDA Confirms Case Of H5N2 Avian Influenza In Iowa

celebrationRetired Trooper Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

Monday, April 20

Crude Oil Prices Up 11% Since Last Report

DNRIowa DNR: Leave Wildlife Babies in the Wild

Friday, April 17

MoneyUK-Based Psychic Scheme Pays $7,000 for Refunds to Iowa Victims

DNRWhite-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Iowa; More Than Half of all States Now Affected

Thursday, April 16

farmIowa Crop Report: Wet Conditions Slowing Things Down

DNRMaquoketa Caves to Host its 4th Annual Pancakes in the Park Event

Wednesday, April 15

helathPublic Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

Iowa DNR: State Park Campgrounds in Need of Hosts

Tuesday, April 14

!!April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

MoneyMore than $630,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Danville, Mills County

Monday, April 13

MoneyGrants Available to Enhance Swine Industry

DNR6 Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

Friday, April 10

celebrationJones Regional Medical Center Named A Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Ethanol Prices On The Rise, Up $.12 this Week

DNRWater Summary Update: Dry Conditions Remain, Flood Outlook Normal

Thursday, April 9

DNRIowa DNR: Lack of Snowfall Benefits Pheasants

IowaWORKS Services Offered to Offenders Before Release

Wednesday, April 8

MoneyFoundation Gives $75,000 to Delaware County Nonprofits

!!4 Charged in Jones County Bank Robbery

Allamakee CWD Surveillance Complete - No New Cases Found

Tuesday, April 7

helathWhat is Public Health? National Public Health Week April 6 - 12

MoneyIEDA Awards $20 Million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

Monday, April 6

farmReminder: Grants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

helathGovernor Branstad Declares April Minority Health Month in Iowa

Friday, April 3

downNatural Gas and Other Heating Fuels Prices Fall

!!Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Options Recently Revised

Thursday, April 2

DNRSpring Trout Stocking Season Begins with Limited Stockings

MoneyNine Urban Water Quality Projects to Receive Funds

Wednesday, April 1

celebrationVeterans Find Success in UNI's Business School

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Awards to Support Almost $75 million in Capital Investments

Tuesday, March 31

Crude Oil, Wholesale Ethanol Prices Rise

!!Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Clinton County

Monday, March 30

helathHow IDPH is Getting Iowans Talking about Colorectal Cancer

DNRWhere Does Water Go After it Goes Down the Drain?

Friday, March 27

celebrationIowa State University Extension and Outreach Week Is March 22-28

MoneyUpper Iowa University Receives Carver Trust Grant

Thursday, March 26

!!When Gambling Becomes More than a Game, No One Wins

DNRIowa DNR: Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Wednesday, March 25

!!State Fire Marshal Forms B-SAFE Team to Aid in Disasters

DNRIowa's Spring Turkey Seasons Begin April 13

Tuesday, March 24

celebrationBranstad Appoints UNI Student to Board of Regents

Texas Business Agrees to Cease Misleading Solicitations

Monday, March 23

!!Additional Arrest Made in Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation

MoneyNearly $400,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Sutherland, Nora Springs

Friday, March 20

MoneyMoney Smart Week Is April 18-25

celebrationUNI Selected as a 'Best Graduate School' by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, March 19

Iowa DOT Releases Evaluation of Automated Traffic Enforcement

farmFunds Available For Conservation Research And Demonstration Projects

Wednesday, March 18

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent

downNatural Gas, Heating Oil Prices Fall: Motor Fuels Steady

Tuesday, March 17

!!AG Miller Warns about Pervasive Telephone Scams

celebrationDigital Photo Archive of Iowa's History Launches at UNI

Monday, March 16

Judge Orders Deed Documents Solicitor to Refund Iowans, Cease Solicitations and Pay $25,000

helathLatest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Abuse Stabilizing, Bullying Decreasing

Friday, March 13

!!Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) March 13 - 17

DNRAlliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Thursday, March 12

Sharp Rise In Retail Fuel Prices: 22 Cent Jump

DNRCold Water and Above Normal Temps Greet Spring Paddlers

Wednesday, March 11

!!Iowa DPS: Be Safe This St. Patrick's Day

"Fund Recovery" Agrees to Stop Mailing Deceptive Unclaimed Property “Credit Memos” to Iowans

Tuesday, March 10

Science of Parenting: Does Parenting Style Matter?

MoneyIowa Financial Literacy Summit May 5 in Des Moines

Monday, March 9

Collection, Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease Enters Third Week

DNRThree Watershed Projects To Receive Water Quality Funding

Friday, March 6

farmISU Extension Offers Farm Financial Planning Support

DNRAcres Remain for Landowners Wanting to Improve Pheasant Habitat

Thursday, March 5

celebrationManchester Named “River Town of the Year”

Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Going Quickly

helathAttention Baby Boomers: Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening!

Wednesday, March 4

celebrationMatt Maher to Headline Christian Concert for 2015 Fair

DNRIowa Water Quality Initiative Funds Available For Innovative Practices

helathMarch is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 3

celebrationIowa Tourism Office Looking for State’s Best Pie

Money‘Honey, We Need to Talk -- about Money’

Monday, March 2

Minnesota Fundraiser Agrees to Reform Telephone Solicitation Practices

DNRApplications Now Being Accepted for the Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards

Friday, February 27

helathIowa State Professor Working to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

farmIowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shows Slight Increases for 2015

Thursday, February 26

MoneyIowa Governor Terry Branstad Signs Fuel Tax Increase into Law

DNRTurkey Federation Recognizes Southern Iowa Conservation Effort

Wednesday, February 25

Cold, But Successful Start to CWD Deer Sampling in Allamakee County

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Awards to Companies in 7 Cities

Tuesday, February 24

farmIowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications

DNRCourt Ruling Lists Gray Wolf as Endangered in Iowa

Monday, February 23

helathAmerican Heart Health Month at Regional Medical Center

Hunters and Landowners will Collect Deer Samples for CWD in Allamakee

helathBirth Defects Program Leads Study Focusing on Muscular Dystrophy

Friday, February 20

!!Concerned about Gambling? Have the Conversation

DNRWaterman Prairie to Become Official Bird Conservation Area

Thursday, February 19

!!Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed by February 20

Memorial Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservation

Wednesday, February 18

farmWater Quality Initiative Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

Actions Taken by the Iowa Transportation Commission at its February 10 Meeting

Tuesday, February 17

Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against New York-Based “International Astrology Foundation”

celebrationUNI's Rod Library to Receive Four Donated Paintings

Monday, February 16

Sharp Rise In Heating Oil Prices, Motor Fuels Also Rise

85 Enterprises Connecting Iowans to Local Food

Friday, February 13

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Incentives for Rembrandt Enterprises

DNR2015 National Pheasant Fest Returns to Des Moines February 20-22

Thursday, February 12

!!Water Monitoring Continues on Mississippi Following Train Derailment

DNRSpring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

Wednesday, February 11

S&P to Pay Iowa $21.5 Million in Ratings Settlement

Local Food Producers Use Iowa MarketReady Training to Reach Local Wholesale Markets

Tuesday, February 10

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Reinvestment District Funding for Waterloo

DNR to Discuss Chronic Wasting Disease February 17 in Allamakee County

Monday, February 9

farmCentury And Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged To Apply

!!Recovery and Assessment Process Begins Following Train Derailment Near Dubuque

Groan of the Day

Little Peter was taking his new puppy for a walk when a policeman stopped him.

“Has your dog got a license?” The policeman asked.

“Oh, no,” answered Peter.

“He’s not old enough to drive.”

From A Joke A

In summer 2012, a free-to-the-public live music concert series began to be held at Manchester’s beautiful Tirrill Park bandshell.   The goal was to provide live music including classical, bluegrass, folk, western, blues, salsa, and jazz with local/regional high caliber professional musicians.  Concerts are held on weekend evenings.  (Rock, rap, metal, R&B, DJ dance, garage band, or novice artists are not permitted).    Artists to date include:
  • The Dale Thomas Band :   5-piece western swing band from West Branch, IA;  Iowa Music Hall of Fame member; ;    Concert attendance was 300+
  • Tuxedo Junction:   18-member Big Band Music era group from Independence, IA in  existence for 29-years
  • The Hart-Smith-Wagor-Goen Quaret:   All-Star Jazz group made up of music professors Rich Wagor (bass) and Cassius Goens (drums) and semi-pro musicians Richard Hart (sax) and Pat Smith (guitar)   
  • Orquesta Alta Maiz (The Salsa Band) Cedar Falls based  11-piece salsa band with 26-year history playing regionally and nationally
  • Dave Zollo & the Body Electric feat. Matt Woods: Iowa Veteran blues & honky tonker Zollo & his band combined for an exclusive performance with bluesman Matt Woods
  • Five Seasons Festival Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble :  Since 2003, this festival orchestra is made of professional musicians from throughout the country, intern and colliate caliber, and young people ….
  • Orquesta Alto Maiz (The Salsa Band) :   Back for the second time, this Cedar Falls based  11-piece salsa band 26-year history playing regionally and nationally is sure to spice up a hot July night !
  • The Henhouse Prowlers  :   Nine years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own.
Tirrill Park provides a wonderful setting to house musical concerts with its beautiful, large band shell,  176 in-place weather duty seats, two large event shelters, playground, gardens, and scenic view of the Tirrill Park pond. 

It’s our goal with these concert events to simply enrich the community by providing great quality concerts in a beautiful park setting that people from the area and out of the area can come enjoy for FREE.

We continue to try to build the events’ notoriety by having solid entertainment so that it becomes a stable attraction for our community, with attendance a 300-plus attendance goal.  Additionally, we want to hold concerts that will expose adults and youth alike to enriching music and styles they’ve possibly never heard before.

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Manchester Chamber Ambassador Visits

Corner Stop
Al Kruse and Tiffany Rave (father and daughter) saw an opportunity to start a business in a great community doing something they always aspired: running a convenience store and having a family owned business. Their convenience store has the basic gas, grocery, snack, and beverage needs along with their well-known Charley Biggs chicken and homemade pizzas. The Corner Stop serves lunch daily, has weekly night specials, and can accommodate large party orders. The Earlville Corner Stop would like to thank their employees, families, friends, and the community of Earlville for their overwhelming support!
EIP Manufacturing
The second visit was to EIP in Earlville to meet, and welcome back, Mary Kay Kellogg Strong who is Chief Operating Officer for The Mills Group.   Mary Kay, who grew up in Strawberry Point and started her career in Manchester, has strong skills in production management, quality, human resources & safety operations.   The Ambassadors enjoyed hearing about how the EIP facility was used to assist Mills Manufacturing – another Mills Group facility located in Earlville - after that plant was damaged by fire last October and how EIP’s 4 – 10 hour day work week benefits both the company and the employees.  One staff member shared that she came to work for EIP because of the 4 day work week and how she loves having 3 day weekends. Also of interest was learning about the methods being used to transition Mills Group company’s EIP, Mills Manufacturing and Stronghold Manufacturing in Clarion, Iowa to support each other through purchasing, sales, and overall vertical integration.

Matt Maher to Headline Christian Concert for 2015 Fair

Chart topping Christian artist Matt Maher will headline this year’s Wednesday evening concert at the Delaware County Fair. Maher, a devout Catholic, his music crosses theological boundaries, and focuses on the power found in laying aside denominational differences for the greater kingdom work of the Gospel.

The two-time GRAMMY nominee’s most popular hits, such as “Hold Us Together,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” “Christ Is Risen” and “Turn Around,” receive a new backdrop with the addition of live voices recorded during tour stops in 2012 at the University of Notre Dame campus and in Detroit, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Baltimore. His latest hit, “Because He Lives” is currently moving its way up the charts to add another great hit to his artist portfolio.

Maher will be in Manchester on Wednesday, July 15th. Seating for this concert will be free with your admission to the Fair. Adult admission is $10 and kids are $3. You can find more information about the Matt Maher concert and the upcoming Delaware County Fair by visiting here.

Trace Adkins Headlining Country Night at the Delaware County Fair

Trace Adkins is best known for his fun classic country hits such as “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk”, “Chrome”, “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “Songs About Me”.  While many of his fun loving songs are great classic sounds, his trademark baritone voice lends beautifully to timeless ballads such as “Arlington”, “I Wanna Feel Something” and “You’re Gonna Miss This”.

The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.  As a dedicated supporter of the troops, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.

Adkins is the second Celebrity Apprentice winner this year to join the list of the Delaware County Fair lineup.  Manager Jeannie Domeyer said, “It’s actually just a unique coincidence that 2015 will bring two Apprentice winners to the Fair.  We hope to do something fun with this, maybe set up a mock job where participants get fired through the process but the winner gets to meet the star.  Plans are in the work but we’re communicating with the acts to find out for sure what we are allowed to do with just such a promotion.  We’d love the opportunity to tell some lucky person out there…you’re hired! And you get to meet Trace Adkins!”

For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Brett Micheals to Headline VIP Night at the Delaware County Fair

Bret Michaels is best known as the front man for the glam rock band Poison with big hits in the 1980’s and 90’s such as “Nothing But A Good Time”, “Talk Dirty To Me”,  “Your Mama Don’t Dance”,  “Unskinny Bop”, “Fallen Angel” and their patriotic classic, “Something To Believe In”. This long list of top ten hits also includes one of the most popular power ballads of the 1980’s in the hit single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”.

The 2015 edition of VIP Night at the Delaware County Fair will have some big changes. Most notably, the track area will go to standing room only. Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Fair said, “We have noted over the years that the fans love to stand up and sing and dance during the show, typically the benches just get in the say and when the fans stand on them, it makes it difficult to see in the back. We are still going to have the benches on the back of the track seating area if people want a seat for the show. We think this will be a good mix of opportunity whether you want to sit and relax or be up front by the stage.” Tickets for the Friday, July 17th show will still be $60 if bought in advance and will include all you care to eat and drink during the show.

For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
♪ ♫ MUSIC ♪ ♫
☺ “Free Activities for
the Kids” the Kids”
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! 
See more details here.

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 25 - 28, 2015

See more details here.

Delaware County Fair July 13 - 18, 2015

See more details here.

Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

Grant Wood Festival

Grant Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa on February 13, 1891. He displayed early evidence of his artistic ability and upon graduation from Grant High School in Cedar Rapids, enrolled at the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis. His subsequently taught school, attended night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, served in the Army, and later was appointed an art instructor at the University of Iowa.

During the 1920s, he traveled to Europe several times. On his last journey, his contact with Flemish and German primitive art forms resulted in his decision to return to the Midwest, settle in Iowa, and paint scenes he knew best in the style for which he would become famous.

Grant Wood died on February 12, 1942 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa.

The annual Grant Wood Art Festival honors the heritage of Grant Wood and the legacy of the early Irish immigrants who settled in Stone City. Attracted to the natural beauty of the terrain, Grant Wood chose this area for his art colony during the summers of 1932-33.  The aim of the original art colony, as outlined in the school’s brochure, was “…to join in working together toward the development of an indigenous expression.  To this end we do not strive for any particular formula or technique.  We rather seek for a stimulating exchange of ideas, a cooperation of a variety of points of view.”

A journey back in time to view architectural landmarks of the mid 19th century is promised to those who visit the area.  The legend is that early immigrants came to Stone City in the 1800s and carved a legacy of stone in the bluffs of the Wapsipinicon River Valley.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 3, 2015

Named by the Iowa legislature in 1993, for great family fun at the annual Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off!  The event is scheduled for the 1st Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games and much more!

The Iowa record for a big pumpkin was broken several years in a row in the pumpkin capital of Iowa, Anamosa.  In 2007, Anamosa received national recognition by weighing in the second largest pumpkin in the world at 1662 pounds from Don Young of Des Moines, IA.

Downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be closed to showcase Food and Craft Vendors. Pumpkinfest activities include Pumpkin Carving Exhibitions, Pumpkin Recipe Contest, Kids Games and Rides, Parade, Scarecrow Contest, Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament, Hay Bail Toss, Live Music and 5K Run. The annual Chili Cook-Off benefits the free medical clinic.

National Farm Toy Museum

Hidden amongst the patch worked fields of green and gold, the National Farm Toy Museum, has been home to thousands of farm toys and collectibles since 1986. The idea of a farm toy museum came from the growing awareness of the farm toy hobby through passionate and enthusiastic collectors, and the demand for additional space to house the National Farm Toy Show. Taking note of these two elements Dave Bell, then of the ERTL Company, and Claire Scheibe, founder and past president of the Toy Farmer Ltd. met with the Dyersville Industries, Inc. (DII) Board of Directors to propose the National Farm Toy Museum.

As was expected, the DII Board did not immediately accept the idea of building a museum. One major concern the Directors focused on was the expense to construct the facility. To help defray the costs a fund raising campaign was put together that included introducing and selling a series of collector tractors. The first series was a line of vintage Cockshutt tractors. The series consisted of a three-tractor set that was produced from 1986 thru 1990. Those who purchased the first set are still acknowledged in the museum today. The result of the fund raising campaign and the sales of the Cockshutt series tractor sales was the National Farm Toy Museum. Every year the National Farm Toy Museum selects an exclusive collector's series tractor to produce for the benefit of the Museum.
See more details here.

Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

Come see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays, July 6 & 20 August 3, 17, 31 at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The ghosts will appear at 1 pm and perform their "Greatest Show on Dirt."  Come play some ball and have some fun!  Free admission.  See more details here.

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier

The Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic parish for the residents of Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of 70 basilicas in the United States. The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church was named in honor of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.

The basilica features Gothic architecture. This includes columns and vaulted ceilings. The church has a seating capacity of about 1200 people. There are about 5000 people total in the parish.  It has 64 large stained glass windows. There are two notable windows in the church. 
See more details here.

Elkader Opera House

The beautifully renovated 1903 Elkader Opera House is nestled in the scenic Turkey River valley in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House is best known as Northeast Iowa’s entertainment leader. With its rich cultural heritage the Elkader Opera House provides a charming and unique setting for any event.
See more details here.

Clayton County Fair

See more details here.

Turkey River Corridor

As an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its geographic size and potential. It truly is a regional great place. The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River corridor. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities. The corridor communities are linked in a common mission to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey River Corridor through the creation of land and water trails infrastructure.
See more details here.

Heartland Acres

Heartland Acres Agribition Center is located off Highway 20 Exit 252, in Independence, Iowa. Dedicated to exhibiting the past, present and future of agriculture in the National Heritage Area, Heartland Acres has something fun and educational for people of all ages. Heartland Acres has seasonal livestock, new and antique farm equipment, a classic car museum, events center and a one-room schoolhouse.  See more details here.

Buchanan County Fair
See more details here.

Brew BQ

Overwhelm your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood smoke. New vendors for 2014 will bring a delicious new flavor to the menu selection. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing tickets at the event.

Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone are available in advance or at the gate.

Bring your lawn chair, music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m.   
See more detailshere.

Williams Center for the Performing Arts

Opened in the Fall of 2003.  The construction of the center was part of a project which included a wellness center and other festures.  The williams center for the arts includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a multi-funtional, sound/light booth, a spacious work area, several spacious dressing rooms and multi-level storage.  See more details here.

Fayette County Fair

See more details here.

Oelwein Heritage Days

Annually held 3rd Weekend in August.

A great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our past. Railroad History - Large Flea Market - Beautiful Quilts - 5K Race - Vintage Cars - Arts & Crafts - Street Dance - Musical Entertainment - Games - Window Displays - Sidewalk Sales - Lunch Stands. Out-of-town guests can make Oelwein their weekend destination and area residents can renew their local heritage. Fun for the entire family!  
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