Tama County, Iowa

Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Traer Pizza Palace


Pan and thin pizzas & sandwiches.  Carry-out or dine in.  Party room available.

Traer Pizza Palace
104 S. Main Street
Traer, IA  50675
Daily 4:30-10:00 p.m. (summer)
Daily 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. (winter)

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.

Ripley’s Annual Auction & Lunch



The Ripley United Church of Christ is holding its annual auction and lunch on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Traer Memorial Building, 414 – 2nd Street, Traer, Iowa.  The country store, featuring baked goods, homemade noodles, and holiday crafts, opens at 8:00 a.m.  The auction starts at 10:00 a.m., with all items being handmade by local artists and including antique chairs.  Ripley’s famous maid-rites, homemade pies, and ice cream will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit church projects and local missions.  For more information, call 319-478-2513.

Return the Favor


Traer Memorial Building

For the 12th year now, volunteers have come together in Traer to make simple quilts to be given to the seriously ill and Children’s Miracle Network.  If you’ve never quilted before don’t worry, there are plenty of jobs including: sewing, pinning, pressing, cutting, tying, kitchen help.  Other fun things to do during the benefit include a quilt raffle.  A potluck lunch will also be available.   Come to the Traer Memorial Building, 414 – 2nd Street, Traer, Iowa, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to participate.

A Place for Heroes


Several prominent New York actors and filmmakers have teamed up with local Iowans to make the independent film, “A Place for Heroes”, in Traer, Clutier, Toledo, and Tama County.  LaCrosse, Wisconsin area writer/director Scott Thompson teamed up with Staten Island, New York producer Sam Borowski to make this World War II era drama set in Iowa.  The film stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, 1990), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H, 1970), and Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, 1993), as well as up-and-coming actors Samatha Tuffarelli (Sesame Street), Bill Sorvino (Quantum Heaven, 2008), and Ben Easter (Pearl Harbor, 2001).   Dozens of local veterans served as extras in the film.

The ZCBJ Hall in Clutier got the attention of Thompson when he did an independent film in Clutier, “Hometown”.  The Hall has hardly changed since the 1940s and still contains some meomorabilia from the time period.   The old-fashioned streets of Clutier offer a unique backdrop for the movie, which includes flashbacks to the 1940s.

Folks from Clutier, Traer, the Meskwaki Settlement, and Tama County provided a major portion of the $200,000+ budget.  “A Place for Heroes” is set to be released in 2013, and will debut at several film festivals nationwide. The movie will then hit the big screens at selected theaters.

A Wild Hair Salon & Boutique


A full service salon with a unique variety of purses, jewelry, clothing, baby stuff, and much more.

 408 – 2nd Street
Traer, IA  50675
Facebook: A Wild Hair
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Whannel’s Hardware



Locally owned, providing you with the expert advice and products you need for retail-hardware and cellular phones.

508—2nd Street
Traer, IA  50675
Mon-Sat 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Traer Chamber of Commerce



You’ll want to “Wind up in Traer” for all our annual events!  Car Shine & Show – judging, awards and cruise.  Plus our Holiday Happenings – lighted parade, ice sculptures, food, carolers, Santa, free movie, craft fair, raffles and trolley rides through Taylor Park’s nostalgic Christmas light display.

Traer, IA  50675
Facebook @ TraerChamber

Traer Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery



















Midwest’s largest collection of salt & pepper shakers.  Features the Ruth Rasmussen collection of nearly 15,000 pairs.  Includes nodders, huggers, kissers, go-withs . . . and don’t miss the “naughty corner”!  Guided tours.  Bus tours welcome.  Accessible to all.

411—2nd Street
Traer, IA  50675
Apr-Nov: Tue-Sat 1-5 pm
Dec-March: call for tour  

Traer Historical Museum


Items and displays pertaining to northern Tama County history.  Civil War era 3” ordnance rifle, an area honoring James “Tama Jim” Wilson, hand-carved folk art, business, home, agriculture, and school memorabilia.

514—2nd Street
Traer, IA  50675
Find us on Facebook – Traer Historical Museum
Open  Apr-Dec by appointment