Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Tama County OHV Park


Formed in 2004 to provide a place to ride ATVs and dirt bikes in Tama County.  Public campground, running water, electricity, shelter house, rest rooms, dump station.  No ATV park entry fee.

South of Tama on U.S. Highway 63
Tama, IA  52339
Sponsor:  Club S.P.O.R.T.



Lincoln Bridge Inn Motel

Lincoln Bridge Inn Motel

Nightly and weekly rates available.  Cable tv, internet, microwave, refrigerator.  1/4 mile from Iowa Premium.

1209 E. 5th Street
Tama, IA  52339
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King Tower Cafe

King Tower Cafe

Serving breakfast all day, all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays, daily specials.  In business since 1937.

1701 E. 5th Street
Tama, IA  52339
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Mon, Wed, Thur 10am-8pm; closed Tuesday; Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 7am-8pm; Sun 7am-3pm

101st Annual Meskwaki Indian Powwow


Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department

The annual Meskwaki Powwow will be this Thursday through Sunday, August 6, 2015 through August 9, 2015, at the powwow site, which is 4 miles west of Tama, Iowa on Highway E49 and located along the east bank of the Iowa River.  Performances will be at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day.  During the four-day affair, the gathered Indians celebrate and perform, in full-dress regalia, dances that have been handed down for generations.  General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12; children age 5 and under get in free.  Thursday is children’s day, Friday is senior citizen’s day, and Saturday is veteran’s day.  For more information, go to http://www.meskwakipowwow.com.   (Photo courtesy Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department)

It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27


IVRC&D mystery
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.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles



The Tama-Toledo Lions Club is sponsoring a “Dad’s Belgian Waffles” breakfast at the Reinig Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo, Iowa, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  They will be serving all you care to eat waffles, sausages, toppings, & beverages.  Carryouts are available.  Tickets are $7.00 – children age 5 and under are free.  Proceeds will benefit STC Friends of the Middle School.

Volunteer Appreciation for Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association


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The Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association was organized in 2014 to promote the Lincoln Highway that runs through Tama.  The park area was cleaned up and a friendship garden was created near the memorial.  A fundraiser was begun to do repairs on the bridge itself.  Meet the officers and volunteers of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Association and learn about upcoming events on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 301 S. Broadway, Toledo, Iowa.  Cookies, coffee & juice will be served.  For more information call 515-520-1773.

Tama-Toledo Home Show


Tama Toledo Chamber of Commerce - TT section

The Tama-Toledo Chamber will be hosting the annual Tama-Toledo Home Show on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Reinig Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo, Iowa.  Area businesses will be showcasing new and innovative products and ideas.  The Tama County 4-H Young Guns will be serving breakfast.  There will also be a scavenger hunt for the opportunity to win chamber bucks.  For more information, contact the chamber at 641-484-6661 or tama.toledochamber@yahoo.com.

Tama Firemen’s Dance & Steak Supper


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The Tama-Toledo Eagles and Auxiliary are sponsoring the Tama Firemen’s Dance and Steak Supper on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Eagles Club, 112 E. 3rd Street, Tama, Iowa.  The steak supper is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Limited Edition will be performing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.  A $5.00 donation will be taken at the door.

Dreesman Buffalo Ranch



Dreesman Buffalo Ranch

Dreesman Buffalo Ranch


Over 400 acres of hills and heavily wooded land ideal for bison hunting (bow or firearm).  Hunts available throughout the year.  Bison meat sold year round.  Horse trail riding – bring your own horse.

3575 L Avenue
Tama, IA  52339
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