Tama County, Iowa

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Toledo Stoplight Festival 2019

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Toledo, Iowa will be hosting its annual Stoplight Festival on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the courthouse square.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets and settle in for an evening of fun!  Toledo’s weekly farmers market will be happening from 5-7pm.

Festival events include kids water fights sponsored by the fire department, inflatables, and food vendors.  My Fellow Americans will be performing from 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Straight Up (Seymours) will be performing from 7-9 pm.

For more details, call 641-481-3002.

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Gladbrook Corn Carnival 2019

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Gladbrook, Iowa will be hosting its annual Corn Carnival Thursday, June 20, 2018 through Sunday, June 23, 2019.  Open daily will be Matchstick Marvels, the Gladbrook Museum, merchants exhibits, food stands (with sweet corn!), beer garden, midway rides & music and entertainment on Main Street.

Thursday’s events include the collectors’ fair, Little Miss & Mr. Corn Carnival and Corn Cob Queen crowning, kiddie parade, bingo, and live music featuring Country Classic Four.

Friday’s events include a display to remember our fallen heroes, a movie at the Gladbrook Theatre, the Hovick Petting Zoo, grand parade at 6:30 p.m. and live music featuring Vinyl Frontier.

Saturday’s events include Breakfast on Main, a 5k run/walk, tractor ride, sand volleyball, cribbage & pepper tournaments, a waterball contest, golf cart rodeo, a movie at the Gladbrook Theatre, classic car cruise, talent show, and fireworks at 10pm.

Sunday closes out the carnival with a community church service and omelet breakfast.

For more details, go to www.gladbrookcorncarnival.org.

Double D Rodeo 2019

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The Double D Rodeo will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 2 & 3, 2019, at the Dennis Dostal farm, 2017 Highway E29, rural Toledo, Iowa.  (7 miles north of Toledo on Highway 63, then 1/2 mile east on County Road E29)  There will also be kids wooly-bully rides at 5:30 p.m., Diamonds N Dust Equestrian Drill Team, a wild cow race, ladies’ goat race, mechanical bull rides, face painting, chuck a duck, sheep scramble, food concessions, and a beer tent.  Lonesome Road will be performing live both nights.  All proceeds will benefit Easter Seals.  For more information, call 641-750-7757.

Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival 2019

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The 35th annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival will be May 15-18, 2019 in downtown Tama, Iowa.  The carnival will be in town and ready to go on Wednesday.  Popcorn with Police will be on Thursday from 5-7pm at the Tama Civic Center.

Friday’s activities include a brownie sundae bar at the Civic Center, the Tama Citizen of the Year presentation, performances by the Tri-County Community Band, the Harding Street Singers, the STC Middle School Jazz Band and the STC High School Jazz Band.  There will be a street dance at The Pump featuring Final Mix.

Saturday’s activities include the firefighters’ pancake breakfast, a Bloody Mary bar at the Tama-Toledo Eagles Club at 8am, a 5k run which takes runners over the historic Lincoln Highway Bridge, and the grand parade is at 10am.  Entertainment in front of the Civic Center includes performances by the Iowa Steel Band, Gail’s Academy of Dance, a bean bag tournament, a wing-eating contest, and an Abe Lincoln photo booth.  Lots of kids activities are planned as well.

For more details, go to the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Vining Flea Market & Auction 2019

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Vining will be hosting its 42nd annual Flea Market of antiques and collectibles on Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the C.S.A. Hall in Vining, Iowa.  Vendors will be indoors and outside and there will be a bake sale and lunch available.  A consignment auction of farm machinery and farm related items will begin at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 641-751-4357 or 641-485-0794.

Fun Nite for the Nature Center 2018

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Due to the weather, the Fun Nite has been postponed to April 7, 2018.

Otter Creek Lake & Park will be hosting a Fun Nite for the Nature Center fundraiser on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and a all-you-can-eat buffet meal will be served by “My Mother’s Place”.  A silent and live auction will take place as well, with donations ranging from kolaches, wood working, art, bird houses, pies, jewelry, and crafts.  This year’s program is entitled “Iowa Falcons: A Conservation Story” and will be presented by Shawn Hawks from the Iowa Raptor Project; he will have a live American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon on hand, to help tell the story of the decline and success of their populations.  For more information on this and other programs at the Nature Center, call 641-484-2231 or go to http://www.goo.gl/aYNLZP.

Dysart’s Shop Hop

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Join us in Dysart on March 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Dysart Shop Hop featuring the annual chocolate walk.  The Easter Bunny will make a grand appearance at 12:15 p.m. followed by an old fashioned cake walk for kids in the center of Main Street with 25-30 fabulous cakes provided by local businesses.  The event is sponsored by the Dysart Development Corporation.  For more information, check out their Facebook page: “Downtown Dysart”.

Pancake Breakfasts

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If you’re hankering for some pancakes after the O.W.L.S. program about maple syruping at the Otter Creek Nature Center in Toledo on Valentines Day, we’ve got a couple of opportunities in Tama County to satisfy your appetite.

The Gladbrook Legion will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the Memorial Building, at 421 Johnston Street in Gladbrook, Iowa, on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  They will be serving pancakes, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, and French toast.  All proceeds will go to student scholarships.

Also on February 18, Clutier will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the American Legion, 281 – 4th Street, Clutier, Iowa.  They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk, juice, and coffee.  It is a free will offering.

Lincoln Omelet Breakfast

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The Lincoln Fire Department will be hosting its annual omelet breakfast at the Amvet Hall in Lincoln, Iowa, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vining Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival

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Vining is having its annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival this Friday, February 2, 2018, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the CSA Hall on Main Street in Vining, Iowa. They will be serving rocky mountain oysters, fish, baked beans, chips, and drinks.  There will be games, raffles, and door prizes.