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Friday, March 27

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

MoneyUpper Iowa University Receives Carver Trust Grant

Iowa Road
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Today's Obituaries


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

Friday, February 6

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Receives $1.04 Million Unemployment Insurance Grant

helathIDPH Public-Private Partnership Targets Infant Safety

Thursday, February 5

!!Several Arrested in Manchester after Search

helathFebruary is Children’s Dental Health Month

DNRDNR to Discontinue Fish Production for Farm Pond Program

Wednesday, February 4

MoneySeven Watersheds Split $1 Million in Grants

DNRCold Weather Welcome Change for Ice Anglers, But Use Caution

Tuesday, February 3

downIowa Diesel Prices Continue Downward Trend

farmFrozen Ground Manure Application Rules Kick in February 1

Monday, February 2

celebrationManchester Recognized as Certified Connected Community

DNRWhat's the Difference Between a Groundhog and a Woodchuck?

!!National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month

Friday, January 30

helathThe HPV Vaccine is the Key to Cancer Prevention

DNRGet Lost in Backbone State Park This Winter

Thursday, January 29

!!State Fire Marshal Distributes Smoke Alarms

DNRIce Conditions Deteriorating Across Southern Iowa

Wednesday, January 28

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.1 Percent

helathApplication for Medical Cannabidiol Card Now Available

Tuesday, January 27

downHeating Oil Prices Fall for Tenth Consecutive Week

Judge Bars DM Convenience Store Owners from Selling Synthetic Drugs, Orders $50,000 Penalty

Monday, January 26

celebrationUpper Iowa University Ranked 13th in Online MBA Programs

MoneyUNI Receives Grant to Provide Development for Iowa Science Teachers

Friday, January 23

farm2015 Crop Cost Estimates Released - Drop is Expected

Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Allamakee County

Thursday, January 22

celebrationUSDA Selects Two Water Quality Focused Projects for Conservation Program

DNRAcres Remain for Landowners Wanting to Improve Pheasant Habitat

Wednesday, January 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support Capital Investment

DNRThe Chickadee Check-off Continues its Modest Rise on State Tax Form

Tuesday, January 20

MoneyU.S. Treasury Awards $4.4 Million to Iowa to Aid Small Businesses

DNREnter Your Best Trail Cam Shots in Iowa DNR's Facebook Photo Contest

Monday, January 19

MoneyIEDA Awards $52 Million in CDBG Funds to Cities in Iowa

farmGrants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Friday, January 16

downIowa Retail Gasoline Falls Below $2

DNRDuck Hunters in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan Find Success in Experimental Season

Thursday, January 15

helathHealthcare Marketplace No Longer Offering CoOportunity Health

!!New Year’s Resolutions Broken Already?

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000

Wednesday, January 14

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Awards Registered Apprenticeship Training Funds

DNRTips for Spotting Bald Eagles this Winter

Tuesday, January 13

!!President Obama to Visit Cedar Falls this Week

MoneyStatewide Business Grant Contest Accepting Entries

Monday, January 12

helathIowa Department of Public Health: January is Radon Action Month

!!Iowa DNR: Make Your Own Winter Survival Kit

Friday, January 9

MoneyVITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Preparation in Rural Counties

celebrationUpper Iowa University Online Bachelor's and MBA Only Iowa Program Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, January 8

helathKeeping Your Child Safe from Influenza

DNRTrees for Kids Grant Applications Now Available

Wednesday, January 7

Science of Parenting: All about Baby Talk

DNRFeeling Sleepy? Learn About Iowa's True Hibernators

Tuesday, January 6

!!Strawberry Point Man Arrested on Theft Charges

celebrationFor 3rd Consecutive Year, UNI is a Top 100 'Best Value in Public Colleges'

farmIowa State University Researchers Make Fish Food from Iowa Agricultural Commodities

Monday, January 5

helathInfluenza-Like Illnesses On the Rise: RMC Implements Visitor Restrictions

MoneyFarmland Values Fall from Historic High: Down to $7,943 per Acre

celebrationUNI Named to Presidential Honor Roll

Friday, January 2

MoneyBattelle Report: A New Economic Development Roadmap for Iowa

DNRDepartment of Natural Resources: Midwinter Bald Eagle Counts

Wednesday, December 31

helathDepartment of Public Health: Influenza Spreads Across Iowa

MoneyGrant Awarded to Dubuque to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Tuesday, December 30

helathInfluenza Activity Increasing in Delaware County

downNatural Gas Prices Drop Below $3.00, Motor Fuels Also Drop

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Similar to 2013

Monday, December 29

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Foundation Receives Walmart Foundation Grant

DNRMore than 100,000 Trout Spawning Indoors in Manchester

Friday, December 26

!!Dubuque Man Sentenced Again to 30 years for Heroin Death

DNRMush Your Way through Iowa with Dogsledding this Winter

Wednesday, December 24

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Assistance with More than $200 Million in Investments

farmNew Tool Evaluates Options for Reducing Odors In Livestock Operations

Tuesday, December 23

!!Consumer Alert: Iowans Report Surge of Government Imposter Scams

celebrationGovernor Branstad Appoints Sherry Bates to the Iowa Board of Regents

Monday, December 22

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent

T-Mobile to Refund Iowans under $90 Million Nationwide Cramming Settlement

Friday, December 19

MoneyIowa Land Value Survey: Farmland Values Fall from Historic High

farmIowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Farmers Are Concerned about Pesticide Resistance

Thursday, December 18

farmTips Help Small Farm Owners Prepare for Winter

celebrationREAP Supports Nationally Recognized Young Investigators Early Childhood Development Program

Wednesday, December 17

MoneyCommunity Promotion Board Accepting Grant Applications

Smokers: Make 2015 the Year You Quit

farmWinter Manure Application Rules Kick in December 21

Tuesday, December 16

helathRMC Auxiliary Project Linus Blanket Workshop

helathIowa Hospitals, EMS, and Lab Partner as Ebola Response Precaution

!!Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Counties in Southern Iowa

Monday, December 15

celebrationIowa Travel Guide Cover to Feature Dunning’s Springs Waterfall in Decorah

helathIDPH Urges Iowans to Get Influenza Vaccine

Friday, December 12

celebrationUpper Iowa University Earns Presidential Honor for Community Service

celebrationFacebook Fans to Decide Next Iowa Travel Guide Cover

Thursday, December 11

Deer Harvest up 19 Percent over 2013; Better Weather Likely the Reason

Iowa MarketReady Program Helps Food Producers Reach Beyond Local Consumers

Wednesday, December 10

SiriusXM to Refund Eligible Iowans over Misleading Advertising and Billing

Science of Parenting: Families Need Traditions

Tuesday, December 9

Iowa Judge Bars Las Vegas Telemarketer

DNRWater Conditions Remain Above Normal for Most of Iowa for November

Monday, December 8

helathThree Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

DNRDNR Works to Restore Rare, but Historically Important Habitat

Friday, December 5

celebrationHospice of Comfort Honors Dundee Volunteer

celebrationIowa Board of Regents Approve Third Consecutive Tuition Freeze

Thursday, December 4

helathNew Chief Nursing Officer at Regional Medical Center in Manchester

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support the Creation of Jobs

DNREasy to Catch Trout Too Tempting for Some

Wednesday, December 3

What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?

Basic Firearm Rules Are Important for a Safe Hunt

Tuesday, December 2

celebrationMREP Center in Manchester to Hold Open House December 17

downMotor Fuels Fall Again: Unleaded to $2.88 per Gallon

Consider Giving Deer Meat to Food Bank of Iowa

Monday, December 1

Consider an Iowa Grown Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

MoneyDNR 2014 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, November 26

MoneyMilwaukee Based Company to Purchase Henderson Products

farmCrop Report: 96 Percent of Corn, 99 Percent of Soybeans Harvested

DNRTutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

Tuesday, November 25

!!Emerald Ash Borer Is in Iowa - Now What?

celebrationIASourceLink Marks Beginning of Third Year

Monday, November 24

!!Guttenberg Man Facing Multiple Charges in Manchester

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent

DNRIt’s a Good Year to Revive Thanksgiving Pheasant Hunting Tradition



Groan of the Day

Two elderly men were sunning themselves on a Miami Beach when they started a friendly conversation.

"I was able to move here to retire in Miami after my business burned to the ground," the one man said. "The insurance payment sure came in handy."

The other replied, "I'm here living from an insurance claim when my factory was flooded out."

The first man pondered for a few seconds and then asked, "How do you start a flood?"


From A Joke A Day.com


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.


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Manchester Chamber Ambassador Visits


A Stitch in Time
The first visit was to meet and welcome Marie Millis as the owner of A Stitch In Time which is located in Lila’s Frame Studio.   Marie, who has lived in the Manchester area for over 30 years, began sewing when she was four when her grandma let her help make a dress for her self.   By the time she was eleven she was sewing some of her own clothes.  Sewing eventually led to quilting and that led to the purchase of a “longarm” machine so she can create quilts for herself and others. The computerized equipment lets her make quilts as large as king size or as small as you can imagine. The machine has many built in designs, but others can be added or she can create her own designs. Millis also has an embroidery machine and is looking forward to creating or accenting great pieces for the people in the area.   Stop in and see what Marie can do for you as original pieces or to help you put the finishing touches on your projects. 


Castle Theatre
The second visit was to Castle Theatre to meet and welcome new theatre Manager, Lisa Landers.  Lisa, who has worked in the hospitality industry for many years, will use those skills to continue making "every visit to Castle Theatre a special one."  Landers, who grew up on Lake Delhi and graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School, has many friends in the area and enjoys being back in Delaware County after almost 30 years in Atlanta.  Taking over the day-to-day responsibilities from retiring Al Remling and former Manager, Kelly Stogdill "has been both fun and challenging", according to Lisa.  "Al, Kelly, the Castle Theatre Board members and many of our volunteers all pitched in to show me the ropes.  Now I'm just looking forward to building upon all the great work that so many people have done to make the Castle Theatre such an enjoyable place for an evening of entertainment."  Lisa took the Ambassadors through a tour of the projection room and showed them how the computer works to scheduling the movies, direct the curtains, lights and movie at just the right times.  She also stressed how important the volunteers are to the theatre and encouraged the Ambassadors to consider volunteering.


West Delaware Bus Barn
The third visit was to see and tour West Delaware’s new school bus barn.  West Delaware Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey; Director of Finances Kelly Jared; Building, Grounds and Transportation Manager Ron Swartz and Head Mechanic Kevin Graybill greeted the Ambassadors and used the first portion of the visit to explain why the building was built, the steps that were taken to identify needs and uses so as to size the structure to meet both present and future needs, the cost and equipment savings that will come about because of the building design and how seven firms submitted construction bids before the lowest bid was selected. After looking at pictures of the interior of the old bus barn and seeing the layout changes made to accommodate today’s bigger buses, the Ambassadors could appreciate how this facility will save money by extending the physical life of the district’s 21 buses and 15 smaller vehicles while providing a safer work environment.  “I like this and look forward to bringing my family to this spring’s open house”, said one of the Ambassadors.
 
In addition, Dr. Ricky took the time to share some of the issues West Delaware faces in terms of present and future equipment and improvement needs and how the district management team, working with the School Board, uses the physical plant levy and sales tax funds to schedule purchases to meet district needs within the budget.



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 26 - 29, 2014

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. 
See more details here.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015

See more details here.

Anamosa Pumpkinfest

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. 
See more details here.

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

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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
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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 details here.

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

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Oelwein Heritage Days

Annually held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August 17-18, 2013. 

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!  
See more details here.




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