Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Return the Favor


Traer Memorial Building

For the 12th year now, volunteers have come together in Traer to make simple quilts to be given to the seriously ill and Children’s Miracle Network.  If you’ve never quilted before don’t worry, there are plenty of jobs including: sewing, pinning, pressing, cutting, tying, kitchen help.  Other fun things to do during the benefit include a quilt raffle.  A potluck lunch will also be available.   Come to the Traer Memorial Building, 414 – 2nd Street, Traer, Iowa, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to participate.

Elberon’s Fish & Shrimp Fry



Elberon’s volunteer fire department and EMS services will be hosting a fish and shrimp fry this Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at the Community Center, 106 Main Street, Elberon, Iowa.  Come on out to enjoy some great food and mingle with your neighbors.  Recurring event on the 3rd Friday of February, March, October, and November.

JEV Winery Chili Cook-Off



Chili aficionados wanted!  John Ernest Vineyard and Winery will be hosting its annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and is looking for contestants to share their famous chili.  Participants will bring their chili to the winery where a group of judges and the public will sample and judge who has the best!  The public pays only $8/person at the door and receives a bowl of Grandma DeDe’s famous chili, a drink, bars, and be able to sample and judge the contestants’ chili entries.  For more information, call the winery at 641-484-8048 or email johnernestvineyard@yahoo.com.

Garwin Revitalization Community Breakfast


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Enjoy the beautiful scenery around Garwin on a Sunday drive this weekend.  The Garwin Revitalization Committee is hosting its monthly community breakfast at the city park shelter house on 3rd Street in Garwin this Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Menu includes Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage, toast, coffee & juice.  All proceeds to toward community projects. Free will offering.  Recurring event on the 1st Sunday of each month.

Clutier Museum & Gift Shop


Preserves the Czech heritage of early settlers as well as the history of the town.  Includes country school and two-cell jail.

227 Main Street
Clutier, IA  52217
Open by appointment

Dreesman Buffalo Ranch


Trail rides, camping, buffalo/deer hunts.  Buffalo meat sold year round.  #1 hot dogs in the state by Des Moines Register.  Open house first Saturday in October 10am-2pm.

If you are interested in a healthy alternative to beef, a hunting experience of a lifetime, or looking for varying terrain to bring your horses for a trail ride, come to Dreesman Buffalo Ranch, located in central Iowa.  All cuts of quality buffalo meat (ribeye, New York strip, minute steak, sirloin, ground meat, etc.) are available for sale as well as hot dogs, sausage, bologna, and different flavors of jerky.  Will ship all over the United States.

3575 L Avenue
Tama, IA  52339
Open year round, please call ahead.

Dysart Historical Society


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Housed in an 1894 restored church; restored country school; agricultural interpretive center.  Dedicated to preservation.

 612 Crisman Street
Dysart, IA  52224
Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 pm May-Sept
also by appointment

A Place for Heroes


Several prominent New York actors and filmmakers have teamed up with local Iowans to make the independent film, “A Place for Heroes”, in Traer, Clutier, Toledo, and Tama County.  LaCrosse, Wisconsin area writer/director Scott Thompson teamed up with Staten Island, New York producer Sam Borowski to make this World War II era drama set in Iowa.  The film stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, 1990), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H, 1970), and Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, 1993), as well as up-and-coming actors Samatha Tuffarelli (Sesame Street), Bill Sorvino (Quantum Heaven, 2008), and Ben Easter (Pearl Harbor, 2001).   Dozens of local veterans served as extras in the film.

The ZCBJ Hall in Clutier got the attention of Thompson when he did an independent film in Clutier, “Hometown”.  The Hall has hardly changed since the 1940s and still contains some meomorabilia from the time period.   The old-fashioned streets of Clutier offer a unique backdrop for the movie, which includes flashbacks to the 1940s.

Folks from Clutier, Traer, the Meskwaki Settlement, and Tama County provided a major portion of the $200,000+ budget.  “A Place for Heroes” is set to be released in 2013, and will debut at several film festivals nationwide. The movie will then hit the big screens at selected theaters.

Our Events recommendations…


For a convenient contact info of local certified caterers, flower shops and decorators, photographers, customizable party favors, lodging options, tours and transportation, contact Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau (641) 484-3108 or info@traveltamacounty.com.

Our Shopping recommendations…


  • Art from the Farm
  • Be Inspired
  • Blacksmith Boutique & Garden Studio
  • The Bohemie Picker
  • Copper Beech Art Gallery
  • Custom Creations by Sheri
  • Dreamland Stained Glass Productions
  • Emmy Lou Candles / Polar Blair’s Den
  • The Faye Tree
  • Fleur De Lis
  • Front Porch Antiques & Primitives
  • Glass by Todd Gallery of Art & Decor
  • Iowa Country Store
  • K.E. Black Mercantile
  • Kathy’s Barn
  • McJulie Studios
  • NuCara Pharmacy
  • Sassy’s Boutique
  • Serendipity by Deb
  • Shoestring Garden
  • Simply Blooming
  • Smith’s General Store
  • Staker Furniture & Interiors
  • Summer Kitchen
  • Sweet Repeats
  • TJ’s Treasures & Furniture
  • Whannel’s Hardware
  • A Wild Hair Salon & Boutique
  • You “Art” My Sunshine
  • Vining General Fun Store
For a complete list of shopping options in Tama County, Iowa visit the online directory

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