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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


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


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.

Bohemian Plum Festival 2017

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Clutier, Iowa will be hosting its annual Bohemian Plum Festival on Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2017.  Barefoot Becky will be performing at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and there will be food & Czech bakery for sale starting at 5:00 p.m.  A flea market will be open Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as well.

Saturday’s events include a 5k run and walk, flea market, silent auction featuring vintage collectibles, and a library auction.  The grand parade will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and there will be lots of kids activities.  The Clutier firemen will be having a hog roast from 5-7 pm and Richie Lee will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  A street cruise will begin at 7:30 p.m.  A special event honoring the diamond jubilee of the Charging Czechs will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Tama County Cattlemen will be grilling and there will also be more Czech bakery, Indian Tacos, popcorn, and ice cream for sale.

While you’re in the area, stop by the Double D Rodeo which will also be on August 4 & 5, 2017, in rural Toledo.

A Rare Book Showcase


Lovers of old books and good stories are invited to a Rare Book Showcase where six special and rare books from around the Iowa Valley region will be shared.

The set of books is diverse, with the Tama County contribution being Arabesky, a well known book to many Czech immigrants who came to Iowa in the 1890s.  It is housed at the ZCBJ Lodge Hall & Museum in Clutier, Iowa.

As part of the showcase presentations, an excerpt from each feature book will be read. The audience will enjoy hearing German spoken aloud by Amana Heritage Museum Director Jon Childers as he shares ecstatic speech from the 1719 Wohl und Weh and Czech spoken aloud by Jenda Váňa in a reading of Arabesky from the library at Clutier’s ZCBJ Lodge & Museum. Julie Piper, a 1982 graduate of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, will read aloud from Gospel of Matthew and Mark, a braille version of the bible used in chapel services when Mary Ingalls was a student at the school. Lois Kovar, great niece of Mildred Benson, will share her early edition of The Secret of the Old Clock as well as personal memories of Mildred who practically no one has heard of but whose pen name, Carolyn Keene, is quickly recognized.  The Benjamin Franklin 1734 edition of Constitutions of the Freemasons guided the establishment of Masonic lodges in America.  A children’s story titled Peter and Polly was inspired by Grinnell native Cornelia Clarke’s photographs of her pet cats dressed in clothing.

This event is possible through the efforts of the recently formed Iowa Valley Cultural Council whose volunteer members span a six-county area. The council is interested in sharing the art, history, and culture of its region (Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, Poweshiek Counties) in new, engaging, and collaborative ways. Events like this book showcase are meant to connect new audiences to vibrant stories. Support is from Iowa Valley RC&D as well as a Partnership Grant from the Iowa Arts Council/Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant.

The Rare Book Showcase will be Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 3-5 pm in the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Whipple Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Questions about the event can be directed to Iowa Valley RC&D Director Jessica Rilling at 319-622-3264.

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