Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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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.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles



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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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



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.

Dysart Chocolate Walk


Dysart Entrance Sign #3

Dysart will be holding its annual “Chocolate Walk” downtown on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  While you browse from shop to shop, you will have several different styles and choices of decadent and delicious chocolates to try.  Get your golden ticket at any store for a drawing held at the end of the day.  www.dysartiowa.com

Fun Night for the Nature Center





The Tama County Otter Creek Nature Center will be holding its annual fundraiser for the facility on Saturday, March 28, 2015, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center, 2283 Park Road, Toledo, Iowa.  There will be a buffet meal, and silent and open auctions.  Auction items include kolaches, wood working, bird houses, pies, jewelry, quilts, dried flower arrangements, and photography. This year’s program, “Engaging Wilderness in Your Backyard”, will be presented by Chris Anderson of Cedar Falls, a former wilderness ranger and naturalist.  Advance tickets are required.  Contact Bob Etzel at 641-484-2231 for more information.


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