Tama County, Iowa

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Dysart Old Iron Days 2017

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Dysart will be hosting an Old Iron Days celebration Friday & Saturday, July 28-29, 2017 at the City Park in Dysart, Iowa.  Vintage equipment will be on display and there will be a car show on Saturday night.  The Dysart Lions will be serving a giant tenderloin supper on Friday & Saturday nights and breakfast (biscuits & gravy) on Saturday morning at the park.  A tractor cruise will start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  There will also be kids activities and music.  www.dysartiowa.com

While you’re in the area, stop by Chelsea to check out their car show on Saturday, July 29.  Chelsea Car Show

Chelsea Car Show 2017

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Chelsea will be hosting its annual car show on Saturday, July 29, 2017 along Highway V18 between 1st Street and Iowana Streets in Chelsea, Iowa.  Registration goes from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with voting at 11:00 a.m.  The awards presentation will be at 1:30 p.m.  Awards will be given to the top 75 cars plus 25 judged awards.  There will also be an omelet breakfast and Bloody Mary bar at the Chelsea Community Hall at 7:00 a.m.

While you’re in the area, stop by Dysart to check out their Old Iron Days celebration on July 28 & 29.  Dysart Old Iron Days

Clutier Band Concert July 2017


Clutier will be hosting another summer band concert this Saturday, July 8, 2017.  Mollie B, Jim Busta, and Karl will be performing live on Main Street from 7-9 pm.  Pork loin sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips & drinks will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m.  And as always, there will be kolaches and other Czech bakery for sale.  For more information, call 319-442-7613 or 319-479-2518.

Toledo Stoplight Festival 2017


The 2017 Toledo Stoplight Festival will be at the courthouse square Friday, July 7, 2017 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The Toledo fire department will be having kids water fights; there will be a gigantic bounce house and food vendors.  And don’t forget the farmers market at 5pm.   Kari & Billy (country from Nashville) will be performing from 5:00-6:45 p.m.  FY5 (bluegrass from Colorado) will be performing from 7-9pm.  Sid and Hala will be performing at Bumblebee’s starting at 9:00 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and settle in for an evening of fun!


Tama-Toledo Fireworks 2017


Tama and Toledo, Iowa will be having a fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Toledo Heights Park at dusk.

Dysart 4th of July 2017


Dysart, Iowa has got lots of activities planned to celebrate the 4th of July this year.  Monday’s events include a kiddie parade, face painting, flag folding ceremony, slow pitch softball tournament and a dance featuring Box Canyon Entertainment & Karaoke.  There will be a beer garden at the tennis courts and Lions Club tenderloins.

Events on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, include a 5k run/walk, slow pitch softball tournament, grand parade, pork chop dinner, bingo, talent show, game show, and raffle drawings.  Events for the kids include face painting, cake walk, kiddie tractor pull, free throw contest, cow chip bingo, and egg toss.  There will be a pork chop dinner at noon as well as a beer garden.  Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Other attractions include a Jalopy Junction Train, inflatable slide, Vortex Tunnel Illusion walk-thru, bungee basketball & extreme jungle gym.  Food vendors will be selling mini donuts, funnel cakes, cotton candy, slushies, Chinese food, turkey legs, brats, fried pickles.

Garwin 4th of July 2017


Garwin, Iowa has a full weekend of events leading up to the 4th of July this year.  On Saturday, July 1, there will be an omelet breakfast at the city park shelter house, a bake sale & craft show, dunk tank, concession stand, and an antique tractor & power engine display.  An auction will start at 1:00 p.m. as well as a golf tournament at Collison’s Golf Course.  Jason & Kelsey Parks and Todd Apfel will be performing live on the bandstand at 11:00 a.m.  Steven Kienzle will be performing at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a bean bag tournament in front of the Garwin Bull on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Fireworks will start at dusk at the GMG football field on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

2017 Gladbrook Corn Carnival


The 95th Annual Gladbrook Corn Carnival will be June 22-25, 2017.  Daily events include midway rides & games, quilt raffle, sweet corn, food stand, beer garden; & free music & entertainment on Main.  Matchstick Marvels will be open daily as well so check out the Millennium Falcon while it’s still in Gladbrook.  The collectors’ fair will be on Thursday at the Memorial building and the Kiddies parade will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Grand parade is Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will include ISU’s solar vehicle and college mascots Cy, Herky, and TC.  A petting zoo will be open 4-9pm Friday.  Saturday’s entertainment includes breakfast, a tractor ride, 5k run/walk, sand volleyball, cribbage, kids activities, bean bag tournament, classic car cruise, and fireworks.  There will be a community church service and omelet breakfast on Sunday.  For more information, go to http://www.gladbrookcorncarnival.org.

2017 Tama County Fair


The 2017 Tama County Fair will be held Tuesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 23 at the Tama County Fairgrounds, 1217 – 175th Street, Gladbrook, Iowa.   Tama County youth from 4-H club organizations and FFA chapters will display exhibits and show animals.  ISU Extension -Tama County is sponsoring two new projects this year: a cookie challenge and a cucumber critter challenge.  The cookies should be made from a recipe provided by the extension office; and the cucumber critter should be decorated and be able to stand on its own.  Both projects are open to anyone in Tama County, any age.  The Tama County Fairboard is sponsoring a “repurposed from my home” challenge which dares participants to take any old item and create a functional decoration – all items will be auctioned off during the fair.  Call 641-484-2703, or visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/tama for more details.

Vining Fireworks


Vining is starting off summer with a bang!  They will be having a potluck supper and fireworks this Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Vining City Park.  Bring a dish for the potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. and stay for the fireworks.