Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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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.  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.

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.

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


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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)

Midway rides & games, contests, shows, car cruise, food & of course sweet corn!  Kids’ parade Thursday evening, main parade Friday evening.  Luethje Auto fireworks on Saturday.

Gladbrook, IA  50635
Last full weekend in June

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.

Tama County Family STEM Festival


2014 Tama County STEM Festival, North Tama

The Tama County Family STEM Festival will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the South Tama County Elementary School, 1611 Country Club Drive, Tama, Iowa.  Over 25 exhibitors will be providing quick, fun, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities and interactive displays for elementary aged students and their families.  Attendees can drive robots, fly a flight simulator, conduct amazing science experiments, and much more.  For more information call 319-273-7397 or go to http://www.neiowastem.com.