Tama County, Iowa

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Clutier Bohemian Plum Festival

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Bohemian Plums

Clutier will be having its annual Bohemian Plum Festival this Friday and Saturday, July 31, 2015 and August 1, 2015.  Barefoot Becky will be performing live at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.  Saturday is packed with fun events, including a 5k run and walk, a flea market, kiddie parade, grand parade, library auction, street cruise, and kids activities.  Storm Seymour and Starwalker will be performing at 12:00 p.m.; and Richie Lee will be performing at 6:30 p.m.  There will be plenty of Czech bakery to buy, as well as funnel cakes and kettle corn, and Indian Tacos.  The Tama County Cattlemen will be grilling as well.  For more details, go to their Facebook page, “Bohemian Plum Festival  Clutier, Iowa”.

It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27

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IVRC&D mystery
Iowa has a lot of famous and interesting people who got their start in small rural towns before making it big. But a lot of the people of the past don’t come up in regular café conversation and aren’t mentioned in our school textbooks – a real shame considering how unique and fascinating their lives were.

This summer, for ten weeks, Iowa Valley RC&D invites you to participate in the Tama Town Mystery for a chance to learn about one fascinating person from the past who shouldn’t be forgotten.

The Tama Town Mystery takes place along the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway and will have participants traveling to the four Tama County towns of Montour, Tama, Toledo and Chelsea. There are ten clues to find, each one posted at a different town business. The mystery is solved when the person can be identified.

Event organizer and Iowa Valley Scenic Byway Coordinator Dora Bopp says the clues aren’t too easy. “With the internet just a smart phone away we were careful to craft each clue so that alone it wouldn’t be enough information, but together the set of ten clues make it possible to solve.” Although, she adds, “some very good detectives may be able to solve the mystery in only a few clues. We’ll see.”

Participants who solve the mystery can submit their answer and contact information for a chance to win one of three $50 cash prizes and an overnight murder mystery package at Chelsea’s Periwinkle Place Manor.

Bopp says that the mystery alone is worth the driving and sleuthing, but a benefit is also getting a chance to explore four small Iowa towns, the scenic byway, and a summer Iowa landscape.

What you need to know to get started:

Tama Town Mystery Clue Locations:

Rube’s Meat Shop – 200 Elm St., Montour

Shoestring Garden – 205 Business Hwy 30, Toledo

Fuzz’s Sports Pub – 201 W. High St., Toledo

Butter Cow Ice Cream – 105 Hwy 30, Toledo

Meskwaki Travel Plaza – 1494 Hwy 30, Tama

Fleur de lis – 127 W. 3rd St., Tama

King Tower Café – 1701 E. 5th St., Tama

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery – 3291 N Ave., Tama

Silver Dollar Bar & Grill – 705 Station St., Chelsea

Artique Boutique – 508 Station St., Chelsea

Each clue gives one detail about this famous person. You can read the clues in any order. There is no purchase necessary to participate. Only one entry per person. Once the mystery has been solved, answers and contact information can be emailed to Iowa Valley Scenic Byway Coordinator Dora Bopp at dora@ivrcd.org by Sun. Sept. 27th to be entered into the drawing. Four winners will be selected on Sept. 28th for three $50 cash prizes and an overnight murder mystery package for two at Periwinkle Place Manor. The murder mystery package for two includes a four-course meal, murder mystery, after party with music, overnight stay and breakfast.

Funds were provided by participating Tama County businesses and the Tama County Community Foundation. For additional information visit www.ivrcd.org or contact Dora Bopp at dora@ivrcd.org or 319.622.3264.

Please share with your family, friends and post on Facebook!

For more information about how to get started on the Tama Town Mystery visit Iowa Valley RC&D’s website www.ivrcd.org.

Gladbrook Corn Carnival

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Gladbrook Corn Carnival (3)

This weekend marks the start of Tama County’s summer festival season with the Gladbrook Corn Carnival from Thursday, June 25, 2015 to Sunday, June 28, 2015.  Daily events include carnival rides, a collectors fair, merchant & business exhibit, live musical entertainment, and food stands.  The big parade is Friday at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks are Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  Other Saturday events include a 5k run/walk, a car cruise, and a tractor ride.  Events wrap up on Sunday with a community church service and lunch.  For more information, go to http://www.gladbrookcorncarnival.org.

Live Musical Entertainment in Tama County

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The summer band entertainment is well underway in Tama County with live bands performing weekly at a number of locations throughout the county.  Check the contact information below for current events.

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery
3291 N Avenue
Tama, IA  52339
641-484-8048
http://www.johnernestvineyard.com

Fox Ridge Winery
1465 L Avenue
Traer, IA  50675
319-478-8080
http://www.foxridgewine.com

Garwin Entertainment in the Park
City Park Grandstand, Main Street
Garwin, IA  50632
Facebook at “City of Garwin, Iowa”

Clutier Band Concerts
Main Street
Clutier, IA  52217
319-479-2530

 

 

Farmers Markets

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Toledo Farmers Market 2011 (1)

Farmers markets are starting up across Tama County this summer.  You will find lots of great home grown produce and homemade bakery including breads, cookies, pies, kolaches, rolicky, and cinnamon rolls.

The Toledo Farmers Market is on Fridays and runs from May 1 through October 28 from 5-7 pm at the courthouse square, 100 W. High Street, Toledo.

The Dysart Farmers Market is on Tuesdays and runs from May 26 through October 6 from 4-6 pm at the city park on Sherman Street, Dysart.

The Gladbrook Farmers Market is on Wednesdays and runs from June 3 through September 30 from 5-7 pm at the United Methodist Church parking lot, 715 Lincoln, Gladbrook.

Garwin Lions Club Annual Pork Supper

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Lion's Club

The Garwin Lions Club will be hosting its annual pork supper on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the GMG Community School, 306 Park Street, Garwin, Iowa.  Take outs and delivery are available by calling 515-802-1887 or 641-750-2139 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5:00 for children age 10 and under and can be purchased at Carl’s Electric and Lincoln Savings Bank of Garwin.  Proceeds go toward community projects.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles

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The Tama-Toledo Lions Club is sponsoring a “Dad’s Belgian Waffles” breakfast at the Reinig Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo, Iowa, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  They will be serving all you care to eat waffles, sausages, toppings, & beverages.  Carryouts are available.  Tickets are $7.00 – children age 5 and under are free.  Proceeds will benefit STC Friends of the Middle School.

Oak Ridge Motocross Open Practice

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Oct 2013 - 6

Oak Ridge Motocross, 1324 – 280th Street, Garwin, Iowa, will be having open practice this weekend, Saturday, April 11, 2015, and Sunday, April 12, 2015.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and practice starts at 10:00 a.m.  There is a gate fee of $5 and a $30 fee per class to practice.  Saturday’s practice is for bikes only; Sunday’s practice is for bikes and quads.  Concessions available.  For more information, go to http://www.oakridgemx.com.

Volunteer Appreciation for Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association

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The Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association was organized in 2014 to promote the Lincoln Highway that runs through Tama.  The park area was cleaned up and a friendship garden was created near the memorial.  A fundraiser was begun to do repairs on the bridge itself.  Meet the officers and volunteers of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association and learn about upcoming events on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 301 S. Broadway, Toledo, Iowa.  Cookies, coffee & juice will be served.  For more information call 515-520-1773.

Ripley’s Annual Auction & Lunch

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auction

The Ripley United Church of Christ is holding its annual auction and lunch on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Traer Memorial Building, 414 – 2nd Street, Traer, Iowa.  The country store, featuring baked goods, homemade noodles, and holiday crafts, opens at 8:00 a.m.  The auction starts at 10:00 a.m., with all items being handmade by local artists and including antique chairs.  Ripley’s famous maid-rites, homemade pies, and ice cream will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit church projects and local missions.  For more information, call 319-478-2513.

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