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and Dubuque County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices
offered Annie’s Project to educate farm women on various risk
management topics. Annie’s Project is a six week course designed to
empower farmwomen to manage information systems used in critical
decision making processes and to build local networks. The target
audience is farmwomen with a passion for business and involvement.
Twenty-four women from Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, and Jones counties
completed Annie’s Project in Dyersville. The women met for six weeks in
February and March at the James Kennedy Public Library. During these
sessions, local agribusiness professionals covered 16 risk management
topics including estate planning, farm succession planning, grain
marketing, crop insurance and financial statements and analysis.
Throughout the course women gained knowledge on topics presented
relative to their operation and enjoyed the networking opportunities.
The Annie’s Project class in Dyersville was funded by a grant from the
USDA/FCIC Risk Management Agency and supported by Delaware and Dubuque
County ISU Extension and Outreach and Farm Credit Services of America.
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Chamber Ambassador Visits
Manchester Chamber Ambassadors met at Regional Medical Center on
Thursday, March 13th to learn about RMC’s upcoming Facility Expansion
and to hear Dr. Lon Butikofer, Chief Executive Officer, share his
vision for RMC. Over the last two decades RMC has significantly
grown its patient services and will soon begin work to expand its
current facility. RMC will soon break ground for its largest
expansion in history, a two-story addition which will include a new
Medical Surgical/Inpatient Unit and Specialty Clinic. To learn
more about RMC’s facility expansion, please visit here.
Chris Cagle - 2014 Buchanan County Fair - July 19
self-proclaimed version of "redneck rock 'n roll," has been firing
people up for over a decade, and this time around, Chris is chomping at
the bit for an energetic reintroduction to the country music community
that's been a long time coming. Fans will still see flashes of the
Chris they know but they'll also see the joy and confidence that home
life provides him. "I'm happy. You're gonna hear the smile through the
Chris says of his new record. "For the first time since April 2001, I
am truly happy to do it; I have a new lease on all of it." Chris is
back with all the energy of a newcomer and the wisdom of a veteran and
the renewed passion is contagious. "I'm at a place in my life where I
think about everyone I'm working with, especially the fans. I thank God
that I'm in a place in my heart where I am grateful and aware. I am
very, very, very lucky."
Easton Corbin - 2014 Delaware County Fair - July 10
of country music’s up and coming stars is headed for Manchester to
headline country night for the 2014 Delaware County Fair.
Headlining the Thursday, July 10 show with his voice that was
made for country music is Easton Corbin.
When Easton broke on the scene in 2009 with not one, but two, No. 1
singles, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” and a
Top 15 hit, “I Can’t Love You Back,” the country music world was put on
notice. He became the first country male artist in 17 years to have his
first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Easton the
Top New Country Artist of 2010 and named "Roll With It" the No. 6 Hot
Country Song of the Year. He was ranked No. 9 on Billboard’s list of
Top Country Artists-Male, listed between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.
Corbin will be in Manchester on Thursday, July 10th. Seating for this
concert will include track seating at $35 with premium seating of the
first 8 rows in the center at $50. The premium seats will come with
three complimentary drink tickets to be used during the show.
Tickets for Easton Corbin will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on March 15th.
Tickets will be available at the Fair office, by calling 563.927-6449
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - July
11 - Delaware County Fair
Thorogood and the Destroyers will headline this regionally famous
headline event. A rocker debuting in the late 70’s and rising to fame
in the early 80’s, Thorogood promises to fill the grandstands with some
great traditional rock and roll. Known for penning some great classic
hits, this band is celebrating its 40th anniversary of performing for
audiences and laying down a phenomenal live show.
George Thorogood will perform in Manchester on Friday, July 11. Tickets
for this event go on sale to the general public in March and will once
again include all you care to eat and drink during the show. For more
information on this concert, please visit here.
Delaware County Fair’s Newest Event Boasts
Award Winning Act! - July 8
Delaware County Fair announces the addition of a new event.
Traditionally a festival stage has been
erected for a Christian concert on the North end of the grounds for a
Wednesday evening performance. This year the fair will construct the
stage a day early and host award winning a capella band, Home Free, as
a duel event on Tuesday evening of the week long fair. This talented
group of vocalists has most recently won the top spot on NBC’s
television show The Sing-off.
Five guys from Minnesota with five microphones and no instruments, Home
Free has sung all over the world. They
have also brought their love of a cappella music into public schools,
raising music awareness and thousands of dollars for local high school
music programs. With a musical style they call “an eclectic mix of
everything” they have taken a cappella in a direction that caters to
every generation. You can find more information about this
act and other events at the Fair here.
Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
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Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! See more detailshere.
Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014
See more detailshere. Delaware County Fair July 7 - 13, 2014
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 16-20, 2014
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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