Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Dysart 4th of July 2018

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Dysart, Iowa has lots of activities planned for the 4th of July in 2018.  Attractions include inflatable golf & slide, rock climbing wall, pop-a-shot, toddler zone, face painting, & raffle items; and lots of treats including mini donuts, funnel cakes, cotton candy, slushies, Chinese food, turkey legs, brats, and fried pickles.

Events on Tuesday, July 3 include a slow pitch softball tournament, kiddie parade, and firemen’s dance featuring Guilty Pleasure.  The beer garden will be open and the Lions Club will be serving tenderloins, rootbeer floats & ice cream.

Events on Wednesday, July 4 start with a 5k run/walk, grand parade, pork chop dinner, kiddie tractor pull, bingo, free throw contest, cow chip bingo, talent show, and fireworks at dusk.  Club Dysart will be serving a pork chop dinner, brats & turkey legs.  DJ with a Beat will be on from 12:30 to 4:30.

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Haunted Hayrack Ride 2017

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Join the City of Tama, Iowa for a free haunted hayrack ride around Cherry Lake on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  The first ride starts at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a chili supper (free will offering) at 5:00 p.m. provided by the Tama County Humane Society.  Also, kids ages 0-12 can come to the Trick or Treat Trail inside the Tama Civic Center between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.  Bring the whole family – this all happens at the Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel Street, Tama, Iowa.  For more details, go to their Facebook page: “Tama-Toledo Chamber”.

Taste of Dysart Fall Festival 2017

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The Dysart Development Corporation and Dysart Business Builders are sponsoring the 13th annual Taste of Dysart Fall Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in downtown Dysart, Iowa.  There will be food, including BBQ, as well as tastings of Iowa wines.  Billy Heller will be performing live.  For more things to do in Dysart, check out their Facebook page at “Downtown Dysart”.

 

 

Tama-Toledo Car Show 2017

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The Tama-Toledo Chamber will be hosting a car show in downtown Tama, Iowa on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Registration will be at the Tama Civic Center.  The car show opens at 10:00 a.m. with the judging beginning at 12:00 p.m.  The awards ceremony will be at 3:00 p.m.  There will be trophies for the top 20 and $400 for the best of show.  For more information, check out their Facebook page at “Tama-Toledo Chamber Car Show”.

Check out another car show in Tama County on September 9: the Traer Car Show & Cruise.

Traer Car Show & Cruise 2017

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Traer, Iowa will be hosting a car show along 2nd Street on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration begins at 10am.  Judging starts at 1pm and awards will be given out at 2:30 p.m.  The cruise begins at 3:00 p.m.  Food and drink will be available for purchase and music will be provided as well.  For more information, check out their Facebook page at “Traer Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Cruise”.

Check out another car show in Tama County on September 16: the Tama-Toledo Car Show.

Beats, Burgers, Brats, Brews, & Bicycles

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The Dysart Development Corporation and Dysart Business Builders are sponsoring the annual Beats, Burgers, Brats, Brews, and Bicycles on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from noon to 4:00 p.m. along Main Street in Dysart, Iowa.  Bicyclists should meet in Vinton at noon or depart from Garrison and pedal to Dysart on the Old Creamery Nature Trail.  Beats will be provided by the Buck Hollow Band from 3-6pm.  Burgers, brats, & brew will be served as well.  Buy a raffle ticket for a TREK Verve 1 bicycle.  For more information, go to http://www.dysartiowa.com.

 

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

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Experience the circus under a real big top as it was meant to be seen, right here in Tama County, Iowa!  An American tradition you can share with your kids.  See beautiful big cats, horses, trapeze artist, contortionist, American Eskimo dogs, wire walker, unicyclists & more. Performances will be at the Dysart City Park on Sherman Street, Dysart, Iowa, at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Sponsored by the Dysart Lions Club.  319-476-4949, http://www.dysartiowa.com

Traer Winding Stairs Festival 2017

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Fun in the Sun is the theme for this year’s Winding Stairs Festival on August 10-13, 2017 in Traer, Iowa. On Thursday, the junior and high school will be having a glow-in-the-dark six hole 2 person best shot golf tournament at 8:30 p.m.  Friday’s events include a giant lawn twister for kids of all ages, a sand castle building contest, kids inflatables, TMU bucket rides, and kids activities.  There will be free kolaches at the beer garden at 7:00 p.m. while they last.  Mollie B and the Jim Busta Band with Karl will be performing at 5:45 p.m.; and Farm Rock will be performing at 8:30 p.m.  A 5k run/walk will start off Saturday’s events along with a slow pitch softball tournament.  A free pancake breakfast will be offered at the Traer Memorial Building.  Other events on Saturday include a bean bag competition, human foosball, a beach themed cooking contest, sand volleyball and the grand parade at 5:00 p.m..  Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds Dueling Pianos will be performing at 7:00 p.m. and Sweet Siren will perform at 9:00 p.m. The softball tournament will wrap up on Sunday.

While you’re in the area, check out the Meskwaki Pow Wow in southern Tama County.

Meskwaki Pow Wow 2017

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The 103rd annual Meskwaki Pow Wow will be August 10-13, 2017, in rural Tama, Iowa.  Grand entry is at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day, with Thursday being children’s day, Friday is seniors’ day, and Saturday is veterans’ day.  The Powwow site, historically known as the “Old Battleground” is 4 miles west of Tama on Highway E49, along the eastern bank of the Iowa River near the original 80 acres of the Meskwaki Settlement.

While you’re in the area, stop by Traer in northern Tama County for its Winding Stairs Festival.

Double D Rodeo 2017

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The Double D Rodeo & Pony Express Riders of Iowa will be hosting its 40th annual rodeo on Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2017, at the Dostal family ranch which is 7 miles north of Toledo, Iowa on Highway 63, then 1/2 mile east on Highway E-29.  There will be wooly bully rides at 6:00 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m.  Entertainment includes an equestrian drill team, a wild cow race, sheep scramble, and petting zoo.  Food concessions and beverages will be available. A dance both nights will feature Eight Seconds.

While you’re in the area, stop by Clutier for the Bohemian Plum Festival on August 4 & 5, 2017 as well.