Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Tama County Harvest Gala



Tama County Tourism will be hosting a Harvest Gala, on Sunday November 1, 2015, at Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, 3005 E Avenue, Montour, Iowa.   The Harvest Gala will begin at 5:00 p.m. with social time and wine tasting with John Ernest Vineyard & Winery and Fox Ridge Winery.  Appetizers are sponsored by Farmers Savings Bank of Traer.  A silent auction will also begin at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment to follow.  The South Tama High School variety club will be doing various skits throughout the evening.  A recent grad of North Tama will emcee the event.
Items on the silent auction include an overnight stay at the Meskwaki Hotel as well as dinner and spa discounts, wine baskets, gift baskets from the Dysart Business Builders and Dysart H.A.T. team, overnight camping, lunch certificates at Shoestring Garden, handmade items and food as well.
Tickets are $25 per person.  Contact joanne@tamacountyiowa.org or 641-484-3108 for more information.

Double D Rodeo


Double D horses

The Double D Rodeo will be this Friday and Saturday, August 7, 2015, and August 8, 2015 at 2017 Highway E29, Toledo.  Kids wooly-bully rides are at 6:00 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m.  There will be live music both nights as well as the Equestrian Drill Team, 4-horse hitch stagecoach, and pony rides.  Proceeds to benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.  For more information, call 641-484-4375.

Traer Winding Stairs Festival


Winding Stairs, Downtown Traer, Iowa

Traer will be hosting its annual Winding Stairs Festival this Friday and Saturday, August 7, 2015 and August 8, 2015 along the 400 block of Second Street.  Fridays events include kids inflatables and games, zip line, caricature, kolaches, TMU bucket rides, and a “load em’ up” contest in which teams will have three minutes to see how many people they can load into a 1960 Buick.  Also on Friday, the Barefoot Becky Trio will be performing at 6:00 p.m. and Cody Hicks will be performing at 8:30 p.m.  Saturday’s events include a 5k run/walk, free pancake breakfast, dodge ball tournament, laser tag, petting zoo, face painting, caricature, inflatables, and grand parade at 5:00 p.m.  Live entertainment on Saturday includes Dueling Pianos at 7:00 p.m. and Sweet Siren Band at 9:00 p.m.  For more information, go to http://www.traer.com.

101st Annual Meskwaki Indian Powwow


Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department

The annual Meskwaki Powwow will be this Thursday through Sunday, August 6, 2015 through August 9, 2015, at the powwow site, which is 4 miles west of Tama, Iowa on Highway E49 and located along the east bank of the Iowa River.  Performances will be at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day.  During the four-day affair, the gathered Indians celebrate and perform, in full-dress regalia, dances that have been handed down for generations.  General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12; children age 5 and under get in free.  Thursday is children’s day, Friday is senior citizen’s day, and Saturday is veteran’s day.  For more information, go to http://www.meskwakipowwow.com.   (Photo courtesy Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department)

Clutier Bohemian Plum Festival


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


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


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


Barefoot Becky in Clutier - squared

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

Fox Ridge Winery
1465 L Avenue
Traer, IA  50675

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



Farmers Markets


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


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.


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