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The first visit was to Textures Salon to visit with owners Kristal and
Chad Rave and to tour the new building. It was fun to hear
Kristal talk about the 4 beauticians, 3 massage therapists and 1
esthetician (skin beautician) who will be on staff and provide all of
the services you would expect plus manicures and pedicures.
Kristal told the Ambassadors of her plan to bring all of the big city
services to Manchester including “Little Princess” parties, “girls”
birthday parties, “pre-wedding” parties or “just having fun”
Kristal’s husband Chad, the building contractor, was on hand to
answer construction questions and to exhibit his carpentry skills and
abilities. The salon appears to be very will laid out, is very
attractive and is large enough to offer all the services Kristal had in
mind. Kristal would be pleased to offer tours so stop in and see
her building on East Delaware Street.
The second visit was to Innovative Ag on South 5th Street to meet and
greet new manager Ben Biver. Ben, who comes to the job after 12
years will the U. S. Army, told the Ambassadors he is pleased to be
working at the Manchester site and already appreciates his excellent
and helpful co-workers. Biver, with the assistance of grain
specialist Tim Kelly, answered questions and told us about
Innovative Ag ‘s 35 sites in Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.
The Ambassadors were surprised to learn that the Manchester location
offers 900,000 bushels of grain storage at the two sites, but that a
lot of the grain they handle is moved directly from the farm to market
via Innovative Ag’s trucks.
Ben and his nursing student wife, were high school sweethearts who grew
up in Dubuque. They have 3 sons and the opportunity to settle
down and come back to family and friends is what brought them back to
The third visit was to meet new Manchester Walmart Manager Brittany
Looney. Brittany, who has been the Manchester store manager since
mid-November, grew up in a small town in northwest Iowa and has been
working for Wal-Mart for almost 7 years. She started as a Vision
Center Manager and worked her way up to co-manager at the Cedar Falls
store before applying to become the Manchester store manager.
Brittany is married with two children and told the ambassadors she
enjoys working in Manchester as it was immediately apparent to her that
we have a close knit community. She feels good knowing that
helping the community means, helping her Walmart associates and she is
excited to be a part of the Chamber and eager to meet members of the
community. Stop out and say hi.
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.
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Version 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
For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here. Rhubarb Festival
Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
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☺ “Free Activities for
the Kids” the Kids”
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! See more detailshere.
Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014
See more detailshere. Delaware County Fair July 13 - 18, 2015
Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals Grant Wood Festival
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.
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.
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.”
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. See more detailshere. Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015
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. See more detailshere.
National Farm Toy Museum
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.
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 detailshere. Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie
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 detailshere. Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
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.
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 detailshere.
Elkader Opera House
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 detailshere.
Clayton County Fair
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 detailshere.
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 detailshere.
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 details here.
Center for the Performing Arts
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 detailshere.
held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August
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! See more detailshere.
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