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Park Inn Hotel scheduled to open this summer
Band Festival runs through this weekend with music every day
Municipal bands offer schedule of summer performances The Up In Smoke BBQ Bash returns for an eighth year
Clear Lake offers fun downtown, at the parks and on the water Beach Boy Brian Wilson is among performers at the Surf Ballroom
Art events aim at all ages: activities for kids, exhibits for adults
Countdown to Charles City’s kayak course completion
North Iowa communities celebrate Independence Day
The Britt National Hobo Convention is back for the 111th year
Area anglers should find lots of opportunity to catch their limits
Hampton is just the latest town to offer a new aquatic center
Cannonball Day theme this year focuses on kids, healthy living
Britt Draft Horse Show showcases horsepower on the hoof
From corn to sauerkraut, towns celebrate something unique
Explore North Iowa at a leisurely pace from the seat of a tractor
Charles City plans a busy summer for residents and visitors
Free fishing weekend the basis for several events aimed at kids
County fairs offer wide range of activities; North Iowa Fair goes 4-H
Area racetracks plan weekly features of flashing speed, thrills
Meservey notes 125th anniversary with a community celebration
Could be a busy year for North Iowa’s state parks
Preserving the popcorn palaces: Towns rejuvenate movie theaters
Public trails offer opportunity to meet nature, get some exercise
Forty Christian bands will Bash on the Farm this year in Garner
Your comprehensive day-by-day Summer Events Calendar
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Park Inn Hotel opens this summer Remodeling of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building part of Vision Iowa project By JOHN SKIPPER email@example.com
t won’t be long before Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will be able to get a better look at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. Their focal point for the past few years has been a construction zone — and even that has been difficult to navigate through because of street closings. But as of June 30, enthusiasts won’t have to settle for standing across the street in Central Park to take their photographs, because on that date the hotel should be ready for occupancy. Ann MacGregor, executive director of Wright on the Park Inc., the nonprofit citizens group that purchased the hotel five years ago, has waded through mountains of red tape but has always remained confident the deadline would be met. “It’s going to happen,” she said. All the rooms are booked for the night the hotel opens — and a wedding is planned for the hotel in December with wedding guests also being overnight guests at the hotel. A gala will be held in September that will include many special events to commemorate the restoration of the century-old hotel, the last remaining hotel designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Financing for the hotel renovation was helped in great part by a Vision Iowa state grant — and the June 30 occupancy date is three months ahead of the Vision Iowa deadline. But June 30 is the deadline for the project to receive necessary tax cred-
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The Historic Park Inn Hotel is expected to be open June 30 after a multimillion renovation project. Rooms are already booked for the grand opening and other special events. its, according to Martha Huntington, project engineer and an architect with Bergland & Cram. So that’s the date planners have always focused on. Wolf Meier, project supervisor for Henkel Construction Co., has been with it from the start and has seen the steady progress that outside observers have missed. “We used to talk month to month, and then week to week. Now we talk day to day,” he said. The first floor of the hotel will have
a restaurant and ballroom. The basement will have a conference room and a billiards room named in memory of the late Herb Kennedy, a longtime Mason City builder who worked on the project in its early stages. The mezzanine overlooking the ground floor will be a place for guests to relax and will be equipped with a grand piano. “We’ve had an average of 50 to 60 people working on this every day,” said Meier.
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Pieces to Vision Iowa puzzle coming together By JOHN SKIPPER firstname.lastname@example.org
hen the doors swung open on May 14 at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, it marked another milestone in the city’s quest to complete its commitments in the Vision Iowa project. The Interpretive Center, at 520 First St. N.E., is next to the Stockman House, a home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The center is expected to be a haven for architecture enthusiasts who will be able to view scale models of some of Mason City’s architectural gems and enjoy programs and presentations held there. The Vision Iowa program is one in which the state donates money to cities for cultural enrichment projects but requires a financial commitment from the city. Two years ago, the Vision Iowa Board approved a $9 million grant to Mason City for work on the Interpretive Center, the Historic Park Inn Hotel, parking for the hotel, the building of the Federal Avenue Streetscape and ren-
ovation of the Mason City Public Library. The library was closed for more than a year while $9.2 million in renovations were done. It reopened in October 2010. The Historic Park Inn Hotel, the last remaining hotel designed by Wright, is expected to be ready for occupancy by June 30. Work on the Streetscape has been beset with numerous problems including underground repairs that needed to be done as well as delays caused by bad weather. The Vision Iowa contract called for all work on the Streetscape, the hotel and the hotel parking to be done by June 30. The city asked for and received an extension to Oct. 31. The Vision Iowa Board agreed to extend all deadlines until then but officials think the projects will be done sooner. The hotel needs to be ready for occupancy by June 30 or it will lose valuable tax credits. City officials have said the Streetscape and parking work will be done by the end of August.
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The Mason City High School Marching Band was the first band in the 2010 annual Band Festival Parade in Mason City.
Band Festival runs through the weekend By JOHN SKIPPeR email@example.com
he 73rd North Iowa Band Festival has a theme that contains a thought North Iowans have known for years: “Music is Magic.” This year’s festival, May 26-30, features Boogie & the Yo Yo’z, The Dweebs, the Mason City High School Jazz Band, the Mason City Municipal Band, a middle school band concert and, of course, the annual parade
Band Festival Schedule THURSDAY, MAY 26 6 p.m. — Festival Sponsor Recognition, Southbridge Mall, center court. 6:15 p.m. — All Middle School Band, Southbridge Mall, center court. 7 p.m. — Mason City Municipal Band, Southbridge Mall, center court. FRIDAY, MAY 27 5 p.m. — Carnival, craft show and concessions open, east Park Stage. 5 p.m. — Car cruise and show begins at Sears, ends at east Park. 5 p.m. — Stu Nevermann Run, Pre-race packet pickup Aquatic Center (5 p.m.-7 p.m.). 6 p.m. — Boogie & the Yo Yo’z, east Park Stage.
through Mason City featuring high school bands from throughout the area. Globe Gazette Publisher Howard Query is this year’s parade grand marshal. Jorinda Brant is the honoree of the annual Klempnauer Award for service to the festival. This year’s festival features many popular activities such as the carnival, craft show, car cruise and concessions as well as the 22nd annul Stu Nevermann Memorial Run. SATURDAY, MAY 28 8 a.m. — 22nd Annual Stu Nevermann Memorial Run, Aquatic Center. 8 a.m. — Car show, carnival, concessions, craft show open, east Park. 10 a.m. — 73rd North Iowa Band Festival Parade, North Pennsylvania Avenue and east State Street. 1 p.m. — Mason City High School Jazz Band, east Park Stage. 1:30 p.m. — Sheltered Reality, east Park Stage. 2 p.m. — Awards ceremony, east Park Stage. 3 p.m. — United States Marine Corps Band, east Park Stage. 6 p.m. — The Dweebs, east Park Stage. SUNDAY, MAY 29 Noon — Carnival open, east Park. MONDAY, MAY 30 Noon — Carnival open, east Park.
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Mason City Community Schedule of Events For more details go to www.visitmasoncityiowa.com. June 1 - 18: Art of Africa, MacNider Art Museum. 641-421-3666. June 1 -25: Cerro Gordo Photo Show: 31, MacNider Art Museum. 641-421-3666. June 3: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. June 4: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.noon, Central Park. June 4-5: Hy-Vee Invitational Baseball Tournament, Holcim Park baseball complex. June 4-5: Iowa NBHA District 2 Barrel Race, North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 4-5: Sectional Duplicate Bridge Tournament, Senior Activity Center, 326 Fourth St. N.E. June 5: I-35 Speed Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds, 6 p.m. June 5: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., East Park. June 5: Vintage Car Day, Kinney Pioneer Museum. June 7: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. June 7-9: Insectigations; children ages 7-8 learning all about bugs, 10:45 a.m. - noon, Lime Creek Nature Center. June 7-9: Tiny Tot Nature Camp, children ages 4-6, Lime Creek Nature Center. June 7-12: Midstates Summer Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 8: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Southbridge Mall. June 9-19: Crimes of the Heart, Mason City Community Theatre. June 10: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m, Kmart parking lot. June 10-12: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. -6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11: MacNider Arts Festival, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., MacNider Art
Museum. June 11: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. noon, Central Park. June 11: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, MacNider Art Museum, 4 p.m. June 12: Heartland Bowhunter Extravaganza, 9 a.m., Highway 65 North at B20 East. June 12: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 14: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. June 15: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 15-19: Midstates Summer Horse Show, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 17: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. June 18: Greek Festival, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. June 18: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. - noon, Central Park. June 18-19: Spring Classic, Amateur Trapshooting Association and Ventura Gun Club. June 19: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 20-24: Day Camp: Those Amazing Animals, for children entering third and fourth grades, Lime Creek Nature Center. June 21: Farmers Market: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. June 24: Farmers Market: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m/, Kmart parking lot. June 24-26: Dressage Lite Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 25: Cannonball Day, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., East Park. June 25: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. June 25-26: Mason City Swim Club meet, Mason City Aquatic Center. June 26: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. June 26: Mason City Municipal Band
Concert: 7:30 p.m., East Park. June 27 - July 1: Day Camp: Outdoor Adventures, for children entering fifth and sixth grades, Lime Creek Nature Center. June 28: Farmers Market, 3 pm. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 1: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 1: Montgomery Gentry at Surf Ballroom. July 1-2: Monster Truck Racing, North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 2: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. July 3: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds, 6 p.m. July 3: Mason City Fireworks put on by Mason City Exchange Club, Mohawk Stadium. July 5: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 7-31: Area Show: 42 Best in Show, MacNider Art Museum. July 8: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kmart parking lot. July 8-10: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 9: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. July 10: Conestoga Cookout, noon to 4 p.m., Kinney Pioneer Museum. July 10: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 10: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., East Park. July 12: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 14-17: Ridiculous Days, Southbridge Mall. July 15: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 15: Friday Night Live, 6 p.m., Central Park. July 16: HII Youth Show, 9 a.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 16: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. July 17: HII NISCA Open Show,
North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 17: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 19: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 19: Middle School Adventures: Floating and Fishing: Quarry Lake, Lime Creek Conservation Area. July 20-24: North Iowa Fair, North Iowa Fairgrounds. July 21: Cinderella in Concert, Surf Ballroom. July 21: Middle School Adventures: Biking and GPS Challenge, for children entering seventh and eighth grade,Wilkinson Pioneer Park. July 22: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 22-23: Up In Smoke Barbecue Bash, East Park. July 23: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. July 24: Heartland Bowhunters Extravaganza, Highway 65 North and B20 East. July 24: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds, 6 p.m. July 25-28: Iowa Choral Directors Summer Convention, North Iowa Auditorium. July 26: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 29: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. July 30: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. July 31: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 1-27: Area Show 42, Best in Show, MacNider Art Museum, featuring work of Larry Gregson. Aug. 2: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 5: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 5-6: Paso Fino Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 5-6: Sales tax holiday on Continued on next page
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clothes, shoes. Aug. 6: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Aug. 6-7: Bara TracII Dressage Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 7: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 9: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 12: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 13: Back to School Style Show, 11:30 a.m., Southbridge Mall. Aug. 13: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Aug. 14: Heartland Bowhunter Extravaganza, 9 a.m., Highway 65 North and B20 East. Aug. 14: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 14: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 16: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot.
North Iowa Municipal Band Schedule Mason City Municipal Band June 5 — 7:30 p.m., East Park. June 8 — 7:30 p.m., Southbridge Mall. June 11 — 4 p.m., MacNider Art Museum. June 26 — 7:30 p.m., East Park. July 3 — 9 p.m., Mohawk Stadium. July 10 — 7:30 p.m., East Park. Clear Lake Municipal Band All concerts will be at the band shell in the Clear Lake City Park. June 11 — 7 p.m.
Aug. 19: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 19: Friday Night Live, Central Park. Aug. 20: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Aug. 21: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 21: Kids Day, Kinney Pioneer Museum. Aug. 23: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 26: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Aug. 27: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Aug. 27-28: Pony of the Americas, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 28: I-35 Speedway Races, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Aug. 28: Kids Day, Kinney Pioneer Museum. Aug. 30: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 2: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6
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p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 3: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Sept. 3: Newman Catholic High School 50th Year Reunion. Sept. 3-5: Cowboy Mounted Shooting, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Sept. 4: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. Sept. 5-11: Celebration of the opening of the Historic Park Inn Hotel. Sept. 6: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 9: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 9-11: Civil War Battle and Encampment, East Park. Sept. 9-11: Regional Dressage Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Sept. 10: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Sept. 11: Fall Festival, Lime Creek Nature Center. Sept. 12-18: Midstates Fall Horse Show, North Iowa Fairgrounds.
Sept. 13: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 16: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 16: Mason City Fall Citywide Garage Sales. Sept. 16-18: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, North Iowa Fairgrounds. Sept. 17: Cemetery History Walk, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Sept. 17: Mason City Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park. Sept. 20: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 23: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 25: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fairgrounds. Sept. 27: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 30: Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Fall Arts &Crafts Show, Southbridge Mall.
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he Mason City Municipal Band is one of many that will perform throughout North Iowa this summer. Band Director Russ Kramer said the East Park concerts will either be in the band shell or on the portable stage, depending on when renovation work begins and ends on the band shell. Here are the dates, times and places where North Iowans can enjoy many hours of music this summer. — By John Skipper
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BBQ Bash returns Patrick’s Sports for 8th year of food, Bar & Grill fun, competition July 22-23 event By RICHARD JOHNSON email@example.com
he eighth-annual Up In Smoke BBQ Bash is Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Mason City’s East Park. Barbecue chefs will compete for more than $14,000 in prize money during the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned Iowa State BBQ Championship contest — Iowa’s largest with more than 70 teams registered for the 2010 Bash. Contestants prepare beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulders and chicken. There are cash awards from first through 10th places. The winners earn $3,000. Confirmed entrants include the Swine Assassins of Mason City, ranked second in KCBS’ overall national ranking. Others in the top 10 that have competed in Mason City: Quau of Brimfield, Ill.; Pellet Envy of Kansas City, Mo.; and the Smokin’ Triggers of Alvarado, Texas, led by Johnny Trigg, aka the “Godfather of Barbecue.” More than 70 teams competed last year, and that many are expected again in July, Up In Smoke coordinator Ruth Miller said, adding that the early lineup includes six new teams — several from North Iowa. “I think it’s really wonderful that people around here are getting teams together,” she said. “And we have had some exceedingly successful North Iowa teams nationally, like the Swine Assassins and Farm Boy (from St. Ansgar). “Our contest is known far
BBQ Bash Schedule FRIDAY, JULY 22 5 p.m. — Beer garden, food court and kids playground open; music by Endless Summer. 5:30 p.m. — Hy-Vee Chili Cookoff and Chili-Tasting. 7:30 p.m. — Music by Bob Dorr & The Blue Band. 9 p.m. — Kids’ playground closes. 10 p.m. — Food court closes. 11 p.m. — Beer garden closes. SATURDAY, JULY 23 11 a.m. — Beer garden, food court and kids playground open. 11:30 a.m. — KCBS barbecue competition judging begins 2 p.m. — Beer garden, food court and kids playground close. Music by The Chocolate Crackers. 4 p.m. — Awards ceremony. 4:30 p.m. — More music by The Chocolate Crackers.
and wide,” Miller said. Up In Smoke also features contests for the best margarita, Bloody Mary and dessert, and Anything Butt, in which competitors grill anything but those competitive meats. The public can again find great barbecue and other food and drink from a host of vendors, and sample chili during Friday evening’s Chili Cook-Off contest. Friday’s entertainment includes ’60s music by Charles City-based Endless Summer and blues, soul, rockabilly and rhythm and blues by Bob Dorr & The Blue Band from Cedar Falls. The Clarksville-based Chocolate Crackers will play rock, classic rock and country music Saturday afternoon. See www.upinsmokebbqbash.com or the North Iowa Up In Smoke BBQ Championship site on Facebook for more information.
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Sailboats gather near the starting line for the beginning of a race during the 2010 Inter-Lake Regatta at Clear Lake.
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here’s summertime fun in the water and on land in Clear Lake. Sailors from around the United States will be in Clear Lake this July as the Clear Lake Yacht Club hosts the INLAND LAKES YACHTING ASSOCIATION X CHAMPIONSHIP July 27-30. The Clear Lake Yacht Club was founded in 1935 to promote pleasure and competitive sailing for all ages on Clear Lake. The club sponsors various kinds of races throughout the summer months. Several of the races are for specific types of boats such as X,C, E, MC-AM, hobie fleets and cougar fleets. For something a little differ-
ent, you might want to attend the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s TASTE OF CLEAR LAKE on June 22 held aboard the Lady of the Lake. Along with a relaxing boat tour of the lake, guests get to enjoy some of the finest food Clear Lake restaurateurs have to offer. The Third Annual TOUR OF GARDENS will be held Saturday, June 25. The event is hosted by Central Gardens of North Iowa. Six area gardens will demonstrate a wide variety of possibilities of uses for horticulture in North Iowa. On the heels of Independence Day, BICYCLE, BLUES AND BBQ will roll into town from July 8 through July 10. The 16th annual Clear Lake
ANTIQUE AND WOODEN BOAT RENDEZVOUS is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Seawall. Wooden, aluminum and fiberglass boats built from the 1920s-1960s will be displayed on land and in the water. LAKEFEST WEEKEND, July 22 through 24, combines Dixieland music, art and storytelling into one weekend full of fun. The Iowa Storytelling Festival, Clear Lake Art Sail and Lakeside DixieFest are part of LakeFest weekend. the exact details have not been announced yet. The CLASS CAR SHOW and SUMMER DANCE CRUISE is scheduled Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 5 and 6. The CLEAR LAKE AUTOMOBILE SOCIAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL EVENT kicks off Friday night with a Car Cruise around Clear Lake with a concert to follow. On Saturday, the Car Show is held downtown around City Park. For details and registration visit www.classcarclub.com. A new addition to the fun, END OF SUMMER BEACH PARTY, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3. The summer season in Clear Lake rounds out with ANTIQUES IN THE SQUARE, Sunday, Sept. 4 in City Park. The SCAMP CAMP RALLY comes back to Clear Lake from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18. The rally was held in Clear Lake in 2004.
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Clear Lake Summer Events JUNE 25 — TOUR OF GARDENS www.central-gardens.org See exceptional gardens and homes in the Clear Lake area. See unique perennials, annuals and creative use of garden art. Get ideas for your own garden. Locations to be announced. Proceeds provide support needed for general operations of Central Gardens of North Iowa. Tickets may be purchased from Central Gardens 641-357-0700. JULY 8-10 — BICYCLES, BLUES AND BBQ Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to combine their love of bicycling with this eighth Annual weekend event that includes great food and blues music. The fun begins Friday night at 5:30 p.m. with free blues music in City Park, and barbecue vendors will again be offering delicious barbeque creations. All ages and biking abilities are encouraged to set out Saturday morning for fun bicycle rides of varying lengths and difficulty. Routes will be planned and marked by organizers. A Criterium Bicycle Race will be held on Saturday afternoon, with music continuing on in the evening at City Park. Sunday, a USCF-sanctioned road race will begin at 10 a.m. at the Surf Ballroom. For additional information visit www.bicyclebluesbbq.com. Proceeds from the event will be used to help build bicycle and hiking trails in North Iowa. There is a registration fee for bike rides and races. Friday, July 8 5:30 p.m. — Kickoff Party in City Park. Mouthwatering barbecue available for purchase from several vendors and free blues music featuring Ross William Perry and Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys. Saturday, July 9 7-10 a.m. — Fundraising Ride.
Register at City Park. Several routes to choose from for all skill levels and interests. 7-11 a.m. — CL Lions Pride Belgian waffle fundraiser in City Park. 11 a.m. — Barbecue vendors begin serving in City Park. Noon — Iowa Criterium State Championship Race — Action packed lap races around the streets of downtown Clear Lake. 5 p.m. — Blues performances by Lisa Wenger & Bruce McCabe and the Rich Poor Men. Sunday, July 10 8-10 a.m. — USCF Sanctioned Iowa Cup Series Road Race. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the riders will be staged by 9:30 a.m. The race is a point to point route running through the beautiful North Iowa countryside and is sure to be a memorable competition. JULY 16 — ANTIQUE AND WOODEN BOAT SHOW 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — The 16th annual Clear Lake Antique and Wooden Boat Rendezvous will be held at the Seawall area adjacent to City Park. Wooden, aluminum and fiberglass boats built from the 1920s-1960s will be displayed on land and in the water. JULY 22- 24 — LAKEFEST WEEKEND Lakefest Weekend includes the Iowa Storytelling Festival, Art Sail, and Lakeside DixieFest. AUG. 5-6 — CLASS CAR SHOW AND SUMMER DANCE CRUISE The Clear Lake Automobile Social Society’s annual event kicks off Friday night with a Car Cruise around Clear Lake, with a concert to follow. On Saturday, the Car Show is held downtown around City Park. For details and registration visit www.classcarclub.com. SEPT. 4 — ANTIQUES IN THE SQUARE 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — The 19th annual event featuring more than 60 antique dealers selling primatives, pottery, glass, furniture, collectibles and more. Held rain or shine in City Park. Free admission.
Surf’s up! Iconic Beach Boy Brian Wilson among the acts at the famous ballroom this summer By MARY PIEPER firstname.lastname@example.org
he surf is up at the Surf Ballroom this summer in Clear Lake, with Brian Wilson performing on July 31 and many other concerts scheduled. “There’s a lot of different genres represented this summer,” said Laurie Lietz, executive director of the Surf Ballroom and Museum. Besides Wilson, who cowrote, arranged, produced and performed numerous hits with The Beach Boys, other highlights of the summer include former The Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings on July 15, ’80s rockers Cinderella on July 21 and ’90s rock band Blues Traveler on Aug. 19. A show featuring country artist Montgomery Gentry with special guest Randy McAllister on July 1 is already sold out. Returning to the Surf this summer is the Big Band Series, which kicks off June 12 with the Hunter Fuerste
Orchestra. Other bands coming to the Surf for the Big Band Series are the Lonny Lynn Orchestra, the Sammy Jensen Orchestra, the Sentimental Swing Orchestra, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the Austin Big Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Al Welsh Orchestra. The $125 season members price includes admission for two to each big band show, plus the booth or table of your choice. Tickets also can be purchased for individual dates. The Surf summer lineup is mostly finalized, but Lietz is still hoping to add a few more shows. “We want to have a nice, full schedule for the summer and the fall,” she said. Box office hours at the Surf, located at 460 North Shore Drive in Clear Lake, are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 641-357-6151. Tickets also can be ordered online at www.surfballroom.com.
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The arts shine in North Iowa By MARY PIEPER email@example.com
rt Safari is the theme for this year’s MacNider Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11. The theme ties into the “Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins” traveling exhibit that recently opened at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Art activities during the festival will include making beaded jewelry, masks, macaroni lions, snakes made out of paper plates, and safari journals. “It’s a great opportunity to get messy,” said Edith Blanchard, MacNider director. Parents can participate with their children in the art activities, according to Blanchard. “It’s fun for all ages,” she said. Other activities will include an inflatable bouncy house, soap bubbles, HulaHooping and painting at easels. The festival will include the annual Art Market with 30-40 vendors selling
handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and other items. People won’t have to spend a lot of money to get something from the Art Market, according to Blanchard. “If you only have $10 to spend you might be able to buy a piece of jewelry,” she said. The Cerro Gordo County Association of Independent Insurance Agents will serve a free breakfast of pancakes, sausages and juice from 9-10:30 a.m. or until they run out of food. The musical lineup will include Paul Christiansian and his four-piece band, Central Standard Time, and the Mason City Municipal Band. Kalimbaman, who plays the kalimba, an African instrument, will stroll through the crowd. The museum will sell food at the festival, including some African cuisine. Blanchard said the sale of the food is one way the museum pays for the festival. Volunteers for the festival are always welcome, Blanchard said.
akefest Weekend in Clear Lake, which includes the Iowa Storytelling Festival, Art Sail, and Lakeside DixieFest, is set for July 22-24. The Iowa Storytelling Festival’s Ghost Boat Cruise is 9-10:30 p.m. July 22. Ghost stories are told aboard the Lady of the Lake. The storytelling festival continues from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 23 with free performances by the Midwest’s finest storytellers for a multigenerational audience in City Park. The 19th annual Lakeside DixieFest, featuring free professional jazz band performances, is the evening of July 23 and from noon to 9 p.m. July 24. The lineup includes The New Red Onion Jazz Babies from Kansas City; Reverend Al Townsend’s Wonderful World Jazz Band from La Crosse, Wis.; Raiders of the Lost Art from Mason City; and the DixieFest Student All Star Band. Art Sail is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23, featuring more than 75 juried artists showcasing and selling art in City Park.
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Summer Arts Events June 11 — MacNider Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., front lawns of the MacNider Art Museum and Mason City Public Library. June 9-19 — “Crimes of the Heart,” Mason City Community Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m. June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. on June 12 and 19. More details to be announced. June 15-19 — “James and the Giant Peach,” Stebens Children’s Theatre, Mason City. More details to be announced. July 15-17 — Iowa Independent Film Festival, Clear Lake. New and original films will be presented at this fifth annual festival. For more information visit www.iowaindie.org. July 22-24 — Lakefest, Clear Lake City Park. Lakefest consists of three separate events: the Iowa Storytelling Festival on Friday and Saturday, a juried Art Sail on Saturday and DixieFest on Saturday and Sunday. July 29-Aug. 7 —“Little Shop of Horrors,” Iowa River Players Theatre in Rowan. Performances are July 29, 30 and 31 and Aug 6, 7 and 8. More details to be announced. Aug. 20 — Art-A-Fest, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park in Charles City. More than 40 exhibiting artists will offer works for sale. The event also includes children’s activities, food and entertainment.
Celebrate the 4th By PEGGY SENZARINO
t’s no small undertaking putting on a six-day party for some 40,000 guests. That’s the task facing the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce each year as the organization and dozens and dozens of volunteers begin planning for the biggest and best Fourth of July celebration ever. This year’s event will run from Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4. The annual parade, a fixture of the Clear Lake July 4th celebration, will take off at 10 a.m. Monday running down Main Avenue in Clear Lake. Thousands of people line the parade route each year. The carnival opens for business at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Free musical entertainment in the City Park band shell will begin Wednesday evening with a performance by The Sean Bright Band. The band takes the stage at 7 p.m.
Entertainment on the band shell is scheduled nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. Arch Allies are a Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon tribute band will perform Thursday night on the band shell. The Blue Band plays Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Friday is Wrist Band Day at the carnival from noon to 5 p.m. Kilroy Band Live with a mix of blues and classic rock and roll will play Saturday night, July 2 in the band shell. Sunday, July 3, is CL Tel Family Fun Day as well as Wrist Band Day at the carnival from 12 to 5 p.m. Country music star Neil Hewitt will play in the band shell at 7 p.m. On Monday, July 4, visitors can enjoy a variety of musical acts on stage. The Sheltered Reality Drumline will play at noon after the parade. At 8:30 p.m. the Clear Lake Municipal Band will perform its annual Fourth of July concert. Fireworks on the lake will follow the municipal band concert.
North Iowa honors independence CHARLES CITY — Celebrate July 4 in America’s Hometown, July 1-4. To see the full schedule of events, check out www.charlescitychamber.com closer to the celebration. A Charles City Bike Ride is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, July 2. Registration is at First Security BanK parking lot at 809 Clark St. The cost is $5. Available routes are 25, 35, and 55 miles. Contact Dick Neal at 641-398-2289 or 641-3309228. Kids Day is scheduled for Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Central Park including a kids parade, games and inflatable fun. BELMOND — The details of Belmond’s July 4 celebration are still being worked out. Check www.belmond.com under Special Events for details closer to the event. MASON CITY — Mason City Exchange Club Fireworks on July 3 — Mason City
High School Football Stadium. The celebration will include musically choreographed fireworks display featuring entertainment by the Mason City Municipal Band beginning at 9 p.m. The fireworks are sponsored by the Mason City Exchange Club. Admission: Free OSAGE — The annual Osage Fourth of July Parade will feature a Civil War theme this year. First, second and third-place prizes of $100, $74 and $50 in Chamber dollars will be given for the best themed entries. All entries need to register with the Chamber of Commerce, 641-732-3163. The parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by the annual Town and Country Barbecue at City Park. A Civil War re-enactment will also be featured in Osage that day, to be held in the grandstand at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.
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Anglers should have a good season By TIM ACKARMAN For The Globe Gazette
hings are looking up for Clear Lake fishermen this year, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Scott Grummer. After several down years, forage production and weather have been better the past two years, Grummer said, and the walleyes are responding. “There’s no denying there are more walleyes, and more legal walleyes, than there were at this time last year.” Most fish are taken trolling spinners or crankbaits near deeper offshore habitat such as reefs and the artificial weed bed. Excellent fry survival from stocking last spring should lead to good walleye numbers in the future, Grummer added. “That 2010 year-class is really going to help us out down the road.” Anglers have been targeting spawning yellow bass in shallow rocky areas for the past month. The yellow bass spawn normally wraps up around Memorial Day, although cool weather earlier this spring might help to prolong it this year. Things slow after the spawn, with most yellow bass harvested in June or July taken incidentally by walleye anglers. In August “yellows” begin feeding more aggressively and can be targeted by drifting or vertical jigging in deeper water in the Little Lake as well as near Dodge’s Point and Woodford Island. They gradually move shallower as the fall progresses. Walleyes and yellow bass are the primary targets of most Clear Lake anglers, but there are several other species pursued by a handful of enthusiasts.
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Stuart Schultz of Clear Lake proudly displays a walleye he caught from the city dock near Clear Lake City Park earlier this month. Clear Lake is North Iowa’s premiere fishing destination in the minds of most anglers. White bass (known locally as “silvers”) are frequently caught in sandy areas in the late spring and early summer. Grummer noted the lake currently sports a strong population of white bass in the 10- to 12-inch range. Although not considered as tasty as walleye or yellows, white bass are
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aggressive feeders and excellent fighters. “They’re one fish that will really jump on a crankbait,” Grummer said. Water-quality improvements have increased vegetation in many parts of the lake, which should bode well for crappies, yellow perch and bluegills.. Muskies are stocked in Clear Lake as year-old fish and usually have excellent survival, Grummer said. Anglers enjoyed good success in 2010, which he attributes to improved water clarity making baits more visible to fish. Grummer said a strong population of muskies from 25-44 inches was noted during spring netting. “There are definitely some quality fish for those who choose to target muskies.” The lake hosts strong populations of channel catfish. Grummer said they are an underutilized resource, with most taken incidentally by those targeting other species. “We seem to have lost our catfish anglers.” Depending on your perspective, the only bleak news for Clear Lake could be the bullhead population. Several years of poor reproduction have led to a significant population reduction. “Bullheads are still pretty weak (on Clear Lake),” Grummer said. “There are definitely better places to go locally.” Despite a significant die-off in 2010, active zebra mussel populations remain present on most solid surfaces in the lake. Grummer encourages lake users to avoid transferring this and other invasive species by thoroughly draining, washing and drying boats, trailers and other equipment before traveling between water bodies. Fish or live bait should not be transferred between water bodies.
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Other North Iowa Fishin’ Holes BUTLER COUNTY: The Shell Rock River offers smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. “Walleye stockings have been very successful in the Shell Rock along that stretch,” Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Scott Grummer noted. River fishing is normally best in slack water below rock riffles during the spring and summer. CERRO GORDO COUNTY: Bluebill Wildlife Area southeast of Clear Lake on Indigo Avenue features a 40-acre borrow pit with a large concrete boat ramp and a dock. It’s stocked with largemouth bass, bluegills and some catfish.“There’re some really nice bluegills available, up to 10 inches,” Grummer said. Most bass run 12-16 inches (the statewide length restriction is 15 inches), although Grummer believes the pit could harbor fish up to 6 pounds. The Shell Rock River offers smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish while the Winnebago offers walleye and catfish, primarily below the Fertile Dam. FLOYD COUNTY: Both the Shell Rock and Cedar rivers offer smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish. FRANKLIN COUNTY: Beeds Lake
three miles northwest of Hampton offers an excellent largemouth bass fishery from June through August. The yellow bass population is increasing, with many fish in the 7-to8-inch range. Yellows frequently overpopulate smaller impoundments like Beeds. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the resource and help minimize the damage by harvesting as many yellows as possible. Grummer said catfish numbers are strong on Beeds. Bluegill and crappie are also available. The Iowa River cuts through the southwest corner of the county and features smallmouth bass, walleye, Northern pike and catfish. HANCOCK COUNTY: Crystal Lake is coming back strong after a major renovation in 2008, Grummer said. Bluegills are now reaching angleracceptable size, while there is a strong population of largemouth bass. Most are between 10 and 15 inches. Good numbers of Northern pike from 20 to 25 inches are also noted, along with a few “bonus” walleyes from 12 to 17 inches. Indian Lake in Eldred-Sherwood Park northeast of Goodell is a 25-acre lake featuring bass, bluegill and catfish. Sorting of smaller bluegills is usually required, but some nice fish are available. West Twin Lake west of Goodell is a
good bullhead destination. KOSSUTH COUNTY: Smith Lake located three miles north of Algona offers a good largemouth bass fishery. “The 18-inch size limit gives the potential to catch some quality bass,” Grummer said. Bluegills of good size are present, as are strong classes of crappie in both the 6-7- and 10-12-inch ranges. Channel catfish are also available. The East Fork of the Des Moines River offers excellent catfish action as well as good walleye angling. MITCHELL COUNTY: The Cedar River offers smallmouth bass, walleyes and catfish. The Little Cedar and Wapsipinicon Rivers also run through the county. The DNR stocks trout in Turtle Creek, Spring Creek and the Wapsipinicon River. Check www.iowadnr.gov for stocking times and regulations. A trout stamp is required. WINNEBAGO COUNTY: Lake Catherine located in Thorpe Park (5½ miles west and 1½ north of Forest City) offers bass, catfish and bluegills. Rice Lake between the communities of Lake Mills and Joice offers good numbers of crappie and yellow perch. Anglers enjoyed good success on both species last fall, primarily fishing in the deeper water near Rice Lake State Park. Some bullheads are also available, along with a limited number of walleye and northern pike.
WORTH COUNTY: Silver Lake about five miles west and two miles north of Northwood has suffered back-to-back partial winter kills. Grummer expects reduced numbers of northern pike and yellow perch, although some fish remain available. Bullheads from 6-8 inches are abundant. Rice Lake lies partially in Worth County, as does the Shell Rock River. WRIGHT COUNTY: Lake Cornelia, four miles south and two miles west of Belmond offers a growing population of yellow and white bass. Most are 5-7 inches with some larger fish available. There are strong numbers of yellow perch from 8-10 inches. DNR stocks the lake with channel catfish, which are kept in cages throughout the summer and fed by Wright County Conservation Board employees before being released in the fall. Largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill and crappie are also available. Bullhead fishing is excellent throughout the summer. Morris Lake two miles west of Belmond experienced a winter kill and has not yet been surveyed. It is normally a good destination for bullheads and perch. Surviving fish usually experience a strong growth rate due to reduced competition. There are some northern pike in the Iowa River. — By Tim Ackarman
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Hundreds of walkers expected in North Iowa for Volkssport By MARY PIEPER email@example.com
undreds of people from all over the country will be walking around Mason City and Clear Lake June 20 to see the sights. The walkers are members of the American Volkssport Association, a walking organization that is having its national convention in Des Moines June 18-26. As part of the convention, members will be taking side trips to other communities in Iowa to walk while learning about those towns. Libbey Patton, director of tourism for the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, said 1,000 people are attending the convention and at least half of them are expected to come to North Iowa. “We are excited to have them here,” she said.
Cedar Valley Memories show has engines, demonstrations By RICHARD JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
he 16th annual Cedar Valley Memories Power Show, featuring Minneapolis-Moline tractors and equipment, is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1314, at the Mitchell County Historical Society, two miles west of Osage on Highway 9. It features rare antique steam tractors, operating steam engines, tractors, gas engines and an old-time saw mill demonstration, a
threshing crew, craftsmen, domestic art demonstrations (basket weaving, blacksmithing, rug hooking, spinning and screw-making), music, food, nature exhibits and a parade. Visitors can check out the farm house and Chicago Great Western Depot. Admission is $5 for both days. Youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Email may be sent to email@example.com.
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Cannonball Day theme: ‘It’s All About Kids’ By RICHARD JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
he sixth annual Cannonball Day is Saturday, June 25, at the 1912 Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad steam locomotive in Mason City’s East Park. This year’s theme: “It’s All About Kids.” Cannonball Day provides a venue for kids and their families which encourages healthy living and lifestyles, event coordinators said.
Funds raised help maintain and restore the steam-era locomotive, which has attracted more than 38,000 visitors since a preservation project began in 2003. The 457 is maintained and restored by the Friends of the 457, a volunteer group working with the city. It is open for tours 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October, weather permitting, and subject to volunteer availability.
Cannonball Day Schedule SATURDAY, JUNE 25 10 a.m. — Cannonball Kids Fun Run, with four age divisions, for youngsters age 5-13. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Mason City Evening Lions Club Famous Barbecue Chicken Dinner, with drive-up curbside service off East State Street or dining in the big tent. Diners are encouraged to bring their used eyeglasses to deposit in the eyeglass depot for distribution to people in need. The Lions’ goal is to collection 5,000 pairs of used eyeglasses. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. — The Friends of the 457 will serve root beer floats for $1 and Cannonball Hot Dogs for $2. 11 a.m. — Kids pedal tractor pull. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Tours of the Cannonball, kids’ inflatable playgrounds (including a new inflatable train), steam train rides by Stan Gentry (kids can drive hand-powered train cars on a track), National Guard climbing wall, facepainting and balloon creations by Half-Pint the Clown. 1 to 5 p.m. — Kids rides on Smokey the Train. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Bill Riley Talent Search with cash prizes for winners in the Sprout (ages 2-12) and Senior (ages 13-21) events, encouraging area youth to display their talent and possibly advance to Iowa State Fair competition. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Musical revue by the Branstad Family. 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Musical entertainment. 7 to 8 p.m. — Mark and Connie Suby sing the oldies. 8 to 10:30 p.m. — Music by Bill Dewey and the Dynammics, with a tribute to Johnny Cash. See www.friendsofthe457.org to download an entry form for the Kids Fun Run and Bill Riley Talent show, or pick them up at Mason City Hy-Vee stores, the Mason City Family YMCA or City Hall. Call 641-423-5328 or 421-3372 for more information.
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Most North Iowa communities have at least one special summer event planned By LAURA BIRD email@example.com
f you’re looking for something to do this summer look no further than the annual events in North Iowa communities. Whether it’s Duesey Days in Garner or Corn Days in Dows, there’s something just about every weekend. Here’s a rundown of the events by city: ACKLEY: The 109th Sauerkraut Days will be June 2-4. The event celebrates the community’s settlers and began as a gathering of German farmers who were drawn together by one meal — franks and kraut. The celebration includes a parade, carnival rides, the sauerkraut queen ceremony, free entertainment, fireworks, beverage garden, live bands at night and free franks and sauerkraut. For more information visit www.ackleyiowa.net/events.htm. ALGONA: This community has two annual events — Founder’s Day and ABATe Freedom Rally. The ABATe Freedom Rally is June 30-July 2. The motorcycle rally usually attracts more than 10,000 people and includes live bands, food and merchandise vendors. Visit www.abateiowafreedomrally.com for more information. Founder’s Day will be July 710. It includes trolley tours, food
vendors, children’s activities, inflatables, a talent show, craft show, live entertainment and a free street dance. ALLISON: Wilder Days will be July 23-24. The community celebration includes a parade and games. Sunday will be a family day with old fashion games. BELMOND: Prairie Homestead Antique Power and Craft Show will be Aug. 19-21. This year it is home to the 2011 National Plowing Contest. The event also includes antique tractors and a craft show. For more information visit www.belmondartscenter.org/ph_ tractor_show.php. BRITT: This community has two annual events — National Hobo Convention and Britt Draft Horse Show. The National Hobo Convention will be Aug. 11-14. Celebrating its 111th year, it includes the crowning of the hobo king and queen, free Mulligan stew, parade, inflatables, food, entertainment and flea market. The Britt Draft Horse Show will be Sept. 2-4. The show will feature 18 of the finest six-horse hitches in the United States and Canada, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale performance horses. For more information about both events visit www.brittiowa.com. CHARLES CITY: Pioneer Day will
be Aug. 27. It includes old-time demonstrations, food and children’s games. CLARION: Festival in the Park will be June 11. The celebration includes a parade, food vendors, craft show, entertainment and inflatables. COULTER: Coulter Fun Day will be June 25. The community event includes a parade, food, various activities and fireworks. DOWS: Corn Days will be Aug. 6-7. The event includes a parade, sweet corn feed, entertainment, inflatables, petting zoo and other activities. DUMONT: Sandbaggin’ Day will be July 9. The event will feature garage sales, a home business expo, United Methodist Church breakfast and bake sale, a tractor ride, a motorcycle ride, kids’ games and entertainment, bingo, a beanbag toss, parade, brat and burger fry, obstacle course race and a free dance with music by WildCard. FERTILE: Fertile Days will be Aug. 6-7. The celebration includes children’s activities, a parade, flea market, community meal and other activities. FOREST CITY: This community has two annual events. Puckerbrush Days will be July 14-17. The annual event draws its named from a kind of plant that once lined the streets where people gather to watch the parade each year. Besides a parade, the
event also includes a Peewee Baseball Tournament, fireworks, pancake breakfast and other feeds, entertainment and inflatables. This year will also include an All-School Reunion. Steam Threshing Days will be at the Heritage Park of North Iowa on Sept. 17-18. It celebrates history through various demonstrations involving old steam engines. GARNER: Duesey Days will be July 8-10. The celebration is dedicated to Fred and August Duesenberg, who began their first bicycle shop on Main Street in Garner. It includes activities such as Cow-Chip Bingo, parade, craft show, inflatables, community meals and entertainment. For more information visit www.garneriachamber.com. GRAFTON: Turkey Day will be July 16. A wide variety of turkey will be available including grilled turkey, turkey drumsticks and smoked turkey. Other activities include a parade, musical entertainment, sports tournaments and a street dance. GREENE: River Days will be June 17-18.The annual event celebrates the Shell Rock River, which runs through the community. It usually includes live entertainment, inflatables, food vendors, parade, children’s activities and a beer garden. HAMPTON: This community has two annual events — Summerfest and BLAST. Summerfest will be Aug. 12-13
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and includes inflatables, live entertainment, a tractor ride, ice cream eating contest and pedal tractor pull. BLAST (Beeds Lake A Story to Tell) will be Aug. 27 at Beeds Lake State Park and include live music, games, swimming and other activities. HANLONTOWN: Sundown Day celebrates summer solstice. A parade, kids tractor pull and lunch in the park will be on Saturday, June 18. A bike ride and ice cream down by the railroad tracks will be on summer solstice, June 21. KANAWHA: The city’s big Labor Day celebration will be Sept. 5. It usually includes a parade, pedal tractor pull and food stand. KLEMME: Klemme Ag Days will be June 17-18. Friday night will include a barbecue chicken dinner followed by a teen dance. Saturday will include children's activities including inflatables and a coin search; Porky’s Revenge, which is a chili and barbecue cookoff with cash prizes; live music all day; a parade; firemen’s supper and street dance. LAKE MILLS: July Jubilee will be July 2-3 and includes a parade, community picnic, entertainment in the park, children’s games, street dance, antique tractor show and radio-controlled airplanes. LATIMER: Latimer Fun Day will be July 30. The celebration typically includes a parade, children’s activities, a community meal and live entertainment. MANLY: Railroad Ag Days will be Aug. 27. In past years the celebration has included a parade, train ride, inflatables, contests, games, food, vendors and live entertainment. MARBLE ROCK: Marble Rock Fun Days will be Aug. 6. It usually includes a parade, children’s rides and games, food vendors and community games in the park. NASHUA: Water Over the Dam Days will be June 24-26.The annual celebration includes a parade, golf tournament, kids pedal push tractor pull, meals and music. NORA SPRINGS: Firemen’s Ball will be June 25. The event will include buffalo meal, parade and other activities. OSAGE: Bike Around Mitchell County will be June 25. The bike ride includes five different routes. ROCK FALLS: Rock Falls Fun Day
will be Aug. 20.The 26th annual event includes games for adults such as volleyball and a beanbag tournament, children’s games, a carnival including inflatables, pedal tractor pull, a 5k walk/run with wine tasting in the afternoon, a steak fry and a dance feature the Pharm Boys Band in the evening. ROCKFORD: Rockford Fun Day/Firemen’s Ball will be July 23. It will include a parade, children’s activities/games, activities for adults and the Firemen’s Ball at night. ROCKWELL: This community has two annual summer events. The eighth annual Kicken N Chicken Weekend will be Aug. 1214. It includes a rodeo, softball tournament, chicken dinner, street dance, live music and car show. The National Truck and Tractor Pull will be July 8-9. ST. ANSGAR: This community has three summer events. Oatmeal Days (former Town and Country Day) will be June 18. It typically includes several vendors, children’s activities, a pork chop supper and evening parade. St. Ansgar will also host an Herb Festival on July 16. The downtown event includes herbs and herbal bake goods for sale, vendors, lectures, tours and children’s workshops. St. Ansgar’s Fall Festival will be Sept. 10 and include food, games and vendors. SHEFFIELD: Sourdough Days will be Aug. 20. The celebration includes a parade, live music, fireworks and lunch and activities in City Park. Octoberfest will be Sept. 24 in City Park. The annual event will feature the Killer Hayseeds at night and various games and activities during the day. STACYVILLE: Bratwurst Daze will be July 23. The event includes children’s games, adult games such as basketball and bean bag toss, grilled bratwurst, live music, a dance and parade. SWALEDALE: Swaledale Big Day will be June 25. Event details are still being worked out, but past years have included a parade, street dance, lunch and entertainment in the park. TITONKA: Indian Day will be July 16. The event includes a kiddie parade, parade, community meal, games and Bill Riley Talent Show.
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tractor ride, car shows, youth fest and art show are among the many activities offered throughout the summer in Charles City. “We’re bringing back the ever-popular Party in the Park event, now in its ninth year,” said Keanna Smith, events coordinator for Charles City Community Development. The Charles City Arts Council will also have a Half Century Celebration Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Wildwood Golf Course Clubhouse. America’s Hometown July 4th Celebration — Charles City’s biggest event of the year — has been expanded with the addition of a barbecue competition. The competition will be held during a Red, White and Blues Family Festival that also features family games and blues music. The July 4 weekend opens
Charles City Events May 27 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. June 1 to 5 — Citywide garage sales. June 3 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. June 10 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. June 11 — Relay for Life, Central Park. June 11 — Cedar Valley Engine Club Tractor Ride, begins and ends at Floyd County Fairgrounds. June 17 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. Cruise through town begins at 8 p.m. June 18 — YouthFest 2011, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lions Field Park. Music by Sheltered Reality. Event is free. June 24 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. July 1 to 4 — America’s Hometown July 4th Celebration. July 8 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. Cruise through town begins at 8 p.m. July 10 — Custom Antique and Rod (CAR) Association Car Show, Central Park. July 15 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. July 20 to 24 — Floyd County Fair, Floyd County Fairgrounds.
Thursday, June 30, with an alcohol-free Teen Street Dance, 7 to 11 p.m., at the beverage tent. Friday, July 1, is Kids Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., complete with a Kids Parade around Central Park, numerous activities and inflatables. Saturday, July 2, is the day of the Annual Charles City Bike Ride. A talent show is also planned. Sunday, July 3, is the new Red, White & Blues Family Festival, which begins during the day and runs until 10 p.m. in Central Park. The event includes a barbecue competition, lots of food and music by Bob Dorr & the Blue Band at 6 p.m. Family games such as bed races and a tug-of-war are also planned. Monday, July 4, begins at 7:30 a.m. with the annual “Firecracker 5” Run/Walk on the Charley Western Trailway. The Fourth of July Parade is at 10:30 a.m. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. July 22 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. Cruise through town begins at 8 p.m. July 29 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. Aug. 2 — National Night Out, Central Park. Aug. 5 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. Cruise through town begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 — Party In The Park, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park. Aug. 17 to 21 — Back-To-School citywide garage sales. Aug. 19 — Classic Car Night, 4 to 8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant. Cruise through town begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 — Art-A-Fest, Central Park. Aug. 20 — 19th Amendment Society Open House, Carrie Chapman Catt home. Aug. 27 — Pioneer Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Floyd County Museum. Aug. 27 — Encouragement Corp. Christian Music Concert, downtown Charles City. Sept. 3 to 5 — Cedar Valley Engine Club 46th Annual Threshers Reunion. Sept. 9 to 10 — Floyd Gospel Sing, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Floyd Community Center/Park. Sept. 17 — Charles City Arts Council Half Century Celebration, 4 to 8 p.m., Wildwood Golf Course Clubhouse.
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Emphasis on 4-H, but still plenty to do at N. Iowa Fair By LAURA BIRD email@example.com
ig stage acts and a carnival are out this year at the North Iowa Fair, Mason City, but there will still be something to do every day. â€œOur goal is to have as many activities as we can without losing money,â€? said Katy Elson, fair volunteer. This yearâ€™s fair, July 20-24, will largely focus on 4-H activities, but will include other things as well. â€œWeâ€™re having some fun things like cutest cat and darling dog contest,â€? Elson said. â€œWe havenâ€™t had that in a few years.â€? New this year will be an exhibit called Winds Spirit Trading, which sells and demonstrates merchandise related to 18th century re-enactments. Edward Hill will do three demonstrations a day related to historic events, Elson said. Also new this year is how the All Seasons and Olson buildings will be utilized. The All Seasons Building will have a
stage and then a flea market and commercial exhibits set up along the outer walls, Elson said. The Olson Building will be set up similarly with open-class items and a craft fair along the outer walls. Other activities for this yearâ€™s fair include free laser tag, remote-control airplane demonstrations, woodcarvers, a bicycle rodeo and car audio competition. Returning activities include the Miss North Iowa Fair coronation, Little Miss North Iowa Fair contest, Bill Riley Talent Show, open-class livestock show, food vendors, cribbage, races Sunday night and the Kinney Lindstrom Little Farmer Area, which teaches children about farm life. Other events are possible and still being planned, including a music event sponsored by a radio station and rodeo Saturday night, Elson said. Admission and parking to the fair is free. For more information visit www.northiowafair.org.
North Iowa Fair Schedule Daily activities: â€˘ Craft/home business show; open-class family living competitive exhibits. â€˘ Flea market, commercial exhibits and exhibits by North Iowa Quilters Guild and Remote Control Airplane Club. â€˘ Owen School House, Kinney Lindstrom Little Farmer Area. â€˘ Edward Hillâ€™s Winds Spirit Trading offering 18th century re-enactment items for sale and three demonstrations per day. â€˘ Laser tag will be available for a fee.
Wednesday, July 20 â€˘ Judging of open-class family living competition in food, fabric, arts, crafts and photography. â€˘ North Iowa Fair Membership/Sponsor Appreciation Meal. â€˘ Little Miss North Iowa Fair Contest. â€˘ 4-H Little Olympics; 4-H Family Picnic. â€˘ Miss North Iowa Fair coronation.
Thursday, July 21 â€˘ Judging of open-class family living competition in field and garden and floriculture. â€˘ 4-H swine show; 4-H poultry show. â€˘ Pork Producers-sponsored lunch. â€˘ North Iowa Woodcarvers demos. â€˘ Clark Band for senior dancing. Continued on next page
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Daniels, Pickler, Lincoln Brewster star at Franklin County Fair By LAURA BIRD email@example.com
hree nights of concerts, a rodeo, races and other events are planned for the Franklin County Fair July 13-17 in Hampton. “We’re excited about our grandstand entertainment,” said Mari Ann Wearda, publicity director for the Franklin County Fair. Barnes PRCA Rodeo will kick off the fair Wednesday, July 13, followed by concerts the next three nights. Contemporary Christian singer Lincoln Brewster will perform Thursday, July 14. It’s the first time the fair has featured a Christian artist in the grandstand. “We’ve had a lot of people who have wanted us to do a contemporary Christian artist,” Wearda said. “So they decided to try it.” The concerts will continue Friday, July 15, with the Charlie Daniels Band. American Idol contestant and country singer Kellie Pickler will give the final concert Saturday, July 16. Figure 8 and Cruiser Car races will close out the fair Sunday, July 17. Other activities are also planned for the fair, which offers free admission and parking. New this year will be The Great Bear Show, which will feature North American bears. “They will do educational shows and also be on display,” Wearda said.
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Franklin County Fair Parking and admission to the Franklin County Fair is free, however tickets are required for grandstand shows. Fairgoers can see all five nights of grandstand entertainment with a Pay One Price “POP” Pass. Passes are $25 through July 7, and then $35 July 8 through the fair. Single tickets are available for $15 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night shows. A POP pass is required for admittance to the Kellie Pickler and Charlie Daniels Band concerts on Friday and Saturday. Children 5 and under are free. For more information call the fair office at 641-456-2049 or visit www.franklincountyfair.com.
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For more information visit www.thegreatbearshow.com. The Franklin County Fair will also feature returning activities including Grandpa’s Farm. At Grandpa’s Farm all phases of farming will be demonstrated with antique machinery powered by vintage tractors, steam engines and horses. The farm also features Grandpa’s Tractor Cruise on Wednesday, an overload draft horse pull by the Iowa Draft Horse Pullers on Sat-
urday and an antique tractor pull on Sunday. Also returning this year is a full midway by Smith’s Amusements; the fair parade at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12; 4H exhibits, livestock and activities; commercial exhibits; food vendors; openclass exhibits; the Franklin County Historical Museum; and Pleasant Hill, a complete turn of the century town. For more information about the Franklin County Fair and a full schedule when it becomes available visit www.franklincountyfair.com.
County fairs/State Fair • North Iowa Fair, Mason City, July 20-24. www.northiowafair.org. • Butler County Fair — Allison, June 22-26. www.butlercountyfair.com. • Clay County Fair — Spencer, Sept. 10-18. www.claycountyfair.com. • Floyd County Fair — Charles City, July 20-24. www.floydcountyfair.org. • Franklin County Fair — Hampton, July 13-17. www.franklincountyfair.com. • Hancock County Fair — Britt, July 26-Aug. 1. www.hancockcountyfair.com. • Hardin County Fair — Eldora, July 6-10. www.hardincountyfair.com. • Kossuth County Fair — Algona, Aug. 2-7. www.kossuthcountyfair.com. • Mitchell County Fair — Osage, July 27-31. www.mitchellcountyfair.org. • Winnebago County Fair — Thompson, July 21-24. http://winnebagocofair.com. • Worth County Fair — Northwood, June 15-19. www.worthcountyfair.com. • Wright County District Junior Fair — Eagle Grove, July 6-11. www.wrightcofair.com. • Iowa State Fair — Des Moines, Aug. 11-21. www.iowastatefair.com.
Meservey celebrates 125th anniversary with weekend of fun By KRISTIN BUEHNER firstname.lastname@example.org
he Fourth of July weekend will be even bigger this year in Meservey, as the community also celebrates its quasquicentennial. The celebration of Meservey’s 125th anniversary will be all day Saturday, July 2, ending with Church in the Park on Sunday, July 3. Activities are in the two city parks. “We are incorporating our July 2 fireworks display into this event,” said Joey Dickman, chairman of the organizing committee. Dickman said, “The Quasquicentennial Committee started about 18 months ago with the planning process and has been doing fundraisers as our goal has
Saturday, July 2 Prior to parade — 5K Run. 10 a.m. — Parade. Noon-6 p.m. — Bagpipers show; cloggers; 3-on-3 basketball tournament, volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament, cribbage tournament; children’s sanctioned pedal pull, ages 4 to 11; kids’ races, kids’ carnival-type games, kids’ train, kids’ temporary tattoo stand, kids’ face-painting; magician, puppet show; Local entertainment, local children’s dance group; car show; Cabin Fever Band 6 p.m. — REMIXX Band. 9 p.m. — Lost Highway Band. 10 p.m. — Fireworks display.
Sunday, July 3 9:30 a.m. — Church in the park, School House Park.
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Disc golf increasingly popular By KIRK HARDCASTLE email@example.com
ack Esser’s summer consists of playing baseball for the Mason City Mohawks. He also gets in an occasional round of golf. And the senior-to-be also plays a little disc golf down at East Park. “About the same,” he said of how much he plays the two golf games. “I used to play real golf a lot more, but this is free.” Good point. Of the more than 3,000 established disc golf courses nationally as of 2010, approximately 87 percent are free. Even though his father is the NIACC golf coach (Chris Frenz), Isaac Frenz will pick the disc variety every time. “It’s pretty relaxing,” Frenz said. “There’s not much
stress to it.” Frenz, who was playing with Esser and three other friends recently on a Saturday afternoon, said it does get competitive at times. “Sometimes we’ll put a little money on it, too,” Frenz said. Frenz, who started playing disc golf last year, claims to have two holes-in-one on the East Park course. Esser, however, is not so sure and wasn’t a witness to the aces. “I don’t know if I believe that,” Esser said. “I’ve been close.” Frenz said that he plans on getting his dad down to East Park this summer to play disc golf for the first time. He is sure of one thing. “It’s the only golf game I can beat him at,” Frenz said.
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Preserving the popcorn palaces By DEB NICKLAY firstname.lastname@example.org
heir names were as exotic as the movies they boasted: The Gem, the Fox, the Palace, the Roxy, the Grand. Movie theaters — affectionately called “popcorn palaces” by some — popped up all across the U.S. during much of the 20th century. Unfortunately, many of them closed their doors in recent years. But a renaissance has taken place in many small communities. Marquees across North Iowa are lighting up the night skies once again. Among the newest is the still-to-be-completed Avery Theatre in Garner, slated for opening in 2012. It is representative of a group of theaters whose communities created non-profit organizations to purchase and restore them. “We treasure small towns,” said Barb Eisenmenger, chairwoman of Garner Main Street Inc., the non-profit agency that owns the movie theater, built in 1930. “Small town theaters were part of the small town culture — and more are embracing that culture again.” The theater will open its doors again, she said. A new roof and tuckpointing have been completed. A new concrete floor and internal ceiling work will follow this year. “We are keeping in mind the integrity of the theater,” she said, “but still bringing it into the 21st century.” Others that have been borne of non-profits include The Mills Theatre in Lake Mills, the Lyric Theatre in Belmond, the Windsor in Hampton and the Charles in Charles City. Some believe the gold standard for small North Iowa theaters is the Watts
Theatre in Osage. The privately owned theater has gained national attention for its back-to-the’50s look. It has been featured in a number of publications, including USA Today which in 2005 named it among the “10 Best Places To Revel in Cinematic Grandeur,” keeping company with Ziegfield’s Theater in New York City and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Aquamarine and salmon colors envelop the 1950 theater, built by the Jim Watts family and restored by the Paul Bunge family beginning in 1994, with more work undertaken by the Bob Williams family in the early 2000s. In 2006, Mark and Tracy Walk of Osage purchased the property. Soon a new digital sound and projection system will be installed, Mark Walk said, and the former apartment in which the Watts family lived is being restored. The area will be rented for parties or those just wanting to watch a movie from a different perspective. The Watts is successful for a number of reasons, Walk believes. Ticket prices — $4.75 — are an obvious one, but the real draw is first-run movies. Not all small theaters can provide the needed number of seats or pay for the privilege of opening firstruns. Walk often has 12:01 a.m. premieres for big movies such as “Spider-man” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.” He admits that his operation is low on profit, but says it is high on meeting the needs of the community. “We did not do this to make money,” he said. “But North Iowa has been really good to me and my family; this is our community service.”
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The Watts Theatre in Osage has been featured in national publications for its renovation. THE LYRIC, BELMOND The theater, a fixture in the downtown since 1914, sat vacant for about five years before the Arts Council bought it in 1992. • Shows, 7:30, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Admission, $2 for adults, $1 for children 15 years old and under. THE CHARLES, CHARLES CITY An amazing Art Deco facade is just one of the attractions of the 1935 theater, located at 409 N. Main St. • Showtimes every night, 7 p.m.; adults $2; children and seniors $1; North Main Street, 641-228-3821 LAKE THEATRE, CLEAR LAKE The Lake Theatre was built during the summer of 1890. Although damaged by fire in the early years, it reopened as a theater in 1936. • Shows, 7, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Matinees, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission, $5 adults, $4 children 12 and younger. FOREST THEATRE, FOREST CITY The Forest Theatre opened in the early 1930s. From the early ’40s through the mid-’50s it was operated by Central States Theatres. Today it is independently operated. • Shows, 7, 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3, 5, 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. MondayThursday. Admission, $4 for adults, $2.50 for children (11 and under); www.foresttheatre.com. WINDSOR THEATRE, HAMPTON The Windsor Theater was built in 1913. From 1917 to 1974 the Peterson family owned and managed the Windsor Theatre; after that time, several owners operated the theater until it ceased operations in May 1996. The Windsor Theatre Development Corp. was incorporated and, in December 1998, purchased the building and
inventory. • Shows 7 p.m. nightly; closed Mondays. 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission, $3 for youth, 16 and under, $4 for adults; senior Sundays (50+), $2; Tuesdays and Thursdays, all tickets $2; www.windsortheatre.com. THE MILLS THEATRE, LAKE MILLS Days are bright for the restored Mills Theatre — and so are the nights, thanks to the installation of a new LEDlighted marquee. A non-profit group reopened the 200-seat theater in July 2008 after a $490,000 renovation. It first opened in 1937. • Shows, 7 p.m. nightly, matinee 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission, $3 for students, $4 for adults; children 3 and under, free; Movieline, 641-592-6455; www.TheMillsTheater.com. NORTHWOOD THEATRE, NORTHWOOD The Northwood Theatre was constructed inside the historic J.B. Thompson building that was built in 1891 as a general merchandise store and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Shows, 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission, $4 for adults, $3 for ages 3-18; children 2 and under, free. Movies shown in 2D; www.northwoodtheatre.com. WATTS THEATRE, OSAGE This gem of a theatre is well known for its 1950s atmosphere and restoration. It advertises proudly of first-run movies and “the best popcorn in Iowa.” • Shows, 7 p.m. Friday, 4:15 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Admission, $4.75 for adults and $3.75 for children 11 and under; under 3, free. Sunday matinee, all seats $3.75; www.wattstheatre.com. AVERY THEATRE, GARNER Opening in 2012.
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SUBMARINES SANDWICHES:- Include: Roll, Meat, Butter, Mayo TAXED 1. ROAST BEEF ............................. $6.00 ...$6.42 2. DELI HAM.................................. $5.75 ...$6.15 3. ITALIAN SAUSAGE .................... $6.50 ...$6.96 (With Provolone Cheese) 4. PASTRAMI................................. $6.00 ...$6.42 5. TUNA (With Lettuce & Tomato ) .. $6.00 ...$6.42 6. TURKEY BREAST....................... $6.25 ...$6.69 (With Lettuce & Tomato) 7. CLUB (Ham & Turkey)................. $6.25 ...$6.69 (With Lettuce & Tomato ) HALF SANDWICHES ...................... $3.50 ...$3.75 EXTRAS:- CHEESES: American, Swiss, or Provolone........................ $0.75 ...$0.80 LETTUCE & TOMATO ..................... $0.75 ...$0.80 BAR-B-QUE SAUCE....................... $0.30 ...$0.32 JALAPENOS (Sliced Peppers) ........ $0.30 ...$0.32
COMBOS:- Include: Roll, Meat, 2 Cheeses, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Sauce TAXED 8. COLD CUT COMBO .................... $6.75 ...$7.22 (Bologna & Salami)
Tuesday thru Sunday 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
9. TUNA COMBO............................ $6.75 ...$7.22 10. TURKEY COMBO ..................... $7.00 ...$7.49
11. HAM COMBO ........................... $7.00 ...$7.49
12. BEEF COMBO .......................... $7.25 ...$7.76 13. PASTRAMI COMBO ................. $7.25 ...$7.76 14. CLUB COMBO (Ham & Turkey) . $7.00 ...$7.49 HALF COMBOS.............................. $4.25 ...$4.55 GYROS & PITA SANDWICHES ....... $5.00 ...$5.35
Sandwiches Include Choices of: GYROS MEATS: Lamb-Beef or Chicken PITA MEATS: Ham, Turkey, Pastrami, Club (Ham & Turkey) CHEESES: Swiss, American, or Provolone, LETTUCE, TOMATO, & ONION SAUCES: Sour Cream Cucumber, Italian, or Honey Mustard
3 Pc Chicken Dinner (Wing, Thigh, Breast).........$7.79 4 Pc Chicken Dinner (Wing, Thigh, Breast, Leg) ....$8.49
SLICE HALF PAN WHOLE PAN TAXED TAXED PLAIN CHEESE ................................................................................ $15.50 ...........$31.00.......$33.17 ITALIAN SAUSAGE ............................... $3.00 ..........$3.21 ............. $17.25 ...........$34.50.......$36.92 PEPPERONI .......................................... $3.00 ..........$3.21 ............. $17.25 ...........$34.50.......$36.92 SPECIAL Cheese, Sausage, ............................................................ $18.75 ...........$37.50.......$40.13 Mushrooms & Onions SPECIAL DELUXE:- Cheese ............................................................. $24.75 ...........$49.50.......$52.97 Green Peppers, Onions Mushrooms, Black Olives, Sausage, & Pepperoni EXTRAS: Choices of Cheese or Meat.............................................. $3.00 .............$6.00 Choices of Green Peppers, Black Olives, Mushrooms ................................................................ $1.50 .............$3.00 (Onions FREE with 1 Extra) SPECIALTY SANDWICHES: 1/4 LB. CALIFORNIA CHEESEBURGER .....................................................................$5.00.........$5.35 BREADED CHICKEN BREAST SANDWICH ................................................................$5.00.........$5.35 Sandwiches Include; Meat, Cheese, Choices of: Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo DESSERTS: CARROT CAKE (Whole Cake) ....................................................................................$8.50.........$9.10 (Slice) ...............................................................................................$1.85.........$1.98 ECLAIRS...................................................................................................................$1.85.........$1.98 APPLE CRISP ...........................................................................................................$1.85.........$1.98 BAKLAVA .................................................................................................................$1.75.........$1.87 CHEESECAKE (Cherry, or Plain) .................................................................................$2.50.........$2.68 DRINKS 12 OZ. CANNED SODAS............................................................................................$1.35.........$1.45 16 OZ. BOTTLES (SNAPPLE OR WATER) ....................................................................$1.75.........$1.88 Notice: All Prices Are Subject To Change. Revised: APRIL 26, 2011
All White Meat Dinners
Mon. - Fri. 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. | Sat. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
All Dark Meat Dinners
Hamburger Chicken Leg
Shrimp Dinner (Appr 16 pc med. size) ...............$6.99 Fish Dinner (3 Cod Fillets) .................................$8.99 All dinners include a lettuce salad with Barrel French dressing (or at your request Diet French, 1000 Island, Ranch, Blue Cheese or Italian), French fries (or at your request Broasted Potatoes, Potato Salad or Coleslaw), and a roll.
Hot Dog 3 Chicken Nuggets
Children meals served with Fries and Small Drink
-NO SUBSTITUTIONS ON CHILDREN MENU-
Sandwiches Sandwich Basket Bacon Cheeseburger ....................$3.99 ........$6.29 (Tomato & Lettuce)
BBQ Hamburger ............................$2.49 ........$4.79 (Loose Hamburger)
Breaded Pork Loin Fritter ..............$4.29 ........$6.59 Cheeseburger ...............................$2.69 ........$4.99 Chicken Breast Fillet .....................$4.29 ........$6.59
6 Pc Chicken Nuggets ......................................$4.19 2 Pc Dark (Leg & Thigh) ...................................$4.69 2 Pc White (Wing & Breast) ..............................$5.99
(Toasted Bun, Lettuce & Tomato) To ensure the best taste and quality we ﬁllet the breast meat from fresh chicken each day!
Served with French Fries
Chicken Sandwich ........................$4.29 ........$6.59
Boxes of Chicken To Go 1/2 White & 1/2 Dark
4 Pc ...................$6.13 8 Pc .................$12.26 9 Pc .................$13.53 10 Pc ..............$14.64
Wing ................$1.39 Breast ..............$3.29
(Toasted Bun, Lettuce Tomato & Sauce)
Coney Island .................................$3.09 ........$5.39 (Hot Dog with BBQ Burger, Onion & Relish)
12 Pc ............ $18.39 15 Pc ............ $22.04 20 Pc ............ $30.65 21 Pc ............ $31.91
Single piece of Chicken Leg ................$1.39 Thigh .............$1.59
Children's Menu ...............$3.99
DELIVERY SERVICE: ORDERS MUST BE CALLED IN 1 ½ HRS. PRIOR TO DELIVERY TIME TOTAL ORDER MUST EQUAL $35.00 OR MORE FOR DELIVERY
629 6th Street S.W 1 Block West of Shopko, Mason City, Iowa 50401 In a Hurry? Call Ahead!
2 Pc Chicken Dinner (Wing & Breast) ..................$6.69 3 Pc Chicken Dinner (Wing & 2 Breasts)..............$9.29 4 Pc Chicken Dinner (2 Wings & 2 Breasts) .........$9.99 2 Wing Dinner ...................................................$4.89
2 Pc Chicken Dinner (Leg & Thigh) .....................$5.29 3 Pc Chicken Dinner (Leg & 2 Thighs) .................$6.69 4 Pc Chicken Dinner (2 Legs & 2 Thighs).............$7.69
FETA.........................................................$6.50 CHEESES: (All Prices Are Per Pound) SHREDDED MOZZARELLA........................$6.00 AMERICAN ...............................................$5.00 GRATED PARMESAN ................................$9.00 SWISS ......................................................$7.00 GRATED ROMANO....................................$9.00 PROVOLONE .............................................$6.00 MEATS: (All Prices Are Per Pound) SALAMI....................................................$8.00 HAM .........................................................$6.00 BOLOGNA.................................................$4.25 TURKEY BREAST .....................................$7.00 BEEF ......................................................$11.75 PASTRAMI .............................................$11.75 GREEK SPECIALITY ITEMS: DISCONTINUED JALAPENOS or PEPPERONCINI PEPPERS (PINT) ......................$2.00 POTATO SALAD: 8 OZ.................................$1.85 ......................$1.98 (TAXED) DELIVERY SERVICE: ORDERS MUST BE CALLED IN 1/2 HRS. PRIOR TO DELIVERY TIME TOTAL ORDER MUST EQUAL $35.00 OR MORE FOR DELIVERY $0.65 TO $0.78 = $0.05 $0.22 TO $0.35 = $0.02 IOWA 7% SALES TAX TABLE $0.79 TO $0.92 = $0.06 $0.36 TO 0.49 = $0.03 $0.00 TO $0.07 = $0.00 $0.93 TO $1.07 = $0.07 $0.50 TO $0.64 = $0.04 $0.08 TO $0.21 = $0.01 TAXES ON SALES OVER $1.08 ARE COMPUTED AT 7%
Salads & Soup Lettuce Salad (Lettuce Only) ............................$1.69 Garden Salad ...................................................$4.99 Grilled Chicken Garden Salad ..........................$7.99 Potato Salad or Coleslaw Single $1.69 ............Pint $3.99 ............Quart $5.99
Small Large Family Broasted Potatoes ......... $1.69 .......$1.99 ......$5.19 French Fries ................... $1.69 ........$1.99 ....... $5.19 Onion Rings ..................$1.89 .......$3.29 ......$6.49 Single pint Quart Barrel Dressing ...................................$3.99 ........ $5.99 Coleslaw .......................... $1.69 .........$3.99 ........ $5.99 Potato Salad ................... $1.69 .........$3.99 ........ $5.99 Cheese Balls ........................................................... $3.49 Coniques (Ooh Lala’s - Fried Mashed Potato) ............................ $2.49 Letttuce Salad ....................................................... $1.69 Side of Sour Cream .................................................. 39¢
Corn Dog ......................................$1.99 ........$4.29 Double Cheeseburger ...................$4.29 ........$6.59 Fish Sandwich ..............................$3.99 ........$6.29 (Cod, Tartar Sauce & Lettuce)
Ham & Cheese ..............................$4.29 ........$6.59 (Toasted Bun, Lean Ham & Melted Cheddar)
Hamburger ...................................$2.49 ........$4.79 Hi-Boy ..........................................$3.79 ........$6.09 (2 Beef Patties, Cheese, Lettuce & Sauce)
Hot Dog ........................................$1.99 ........$4.29 Pizza Burger .................................$4.29 ........$6.59 Turkey & Cheese ...........................$4.59 ........$6.89 (Toasted Bun, Turkey, & Melted Swiss)
Vegetable Burger ..........................$3.09 ........$5.39 (Tomato & Lettuce)
Baskets include: French Fries and Lettuce Salad
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Pick Two Choices for $5.99* Soup
Soup of the Day Jim Beam® Chili French Onion Baked Potato Soup
House Side Salad Caesar Side Salad Apple Walnut Side Salad Caesar Pasta Side Salad Marinara Penne Side Pasta
Pick Two Choices for $7.99* Soup Salad/Pasta Soup of the Day Jim Beam® Chili French Onion Baked Potato Soup
House Side Salad Caesar Side Salad Cobb Side Salad Chicken Caesar Pasta Side Salad Pollo Penne Side Pasta
Sandwiches Meatball Sliders
New Pork Belly Mac Sliders
Two sliders, just like Mama used to make, with meatballs covered in marinara sauce and parmesan cheese served on toasted slider buns.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
Whiskey Creek® Original! These sliders are ﬁlled with homemade macaroni and cheese, caramelized onions and pulled pork with our Signature Chipotle Lime BBQ sauce topped with a spicy pickle.
Two sliders of pulled chicken, Legend BBQ Sauce and provolone cheese.
Whisky Creek® BLT
*Pick Two Choices Must Come From Two Separate Categories.
Applewood smoked bacon, bibb lettuce, tomato and chipotle lime mayo served on a whole wheat bun.
Pick Two Choices for $6.99* Salad/Pasta Soup Soup of the day Jim Beam® Chili French Onion Baked Potato Soup
House Side Salad Caesar Side Salad Chicken Apple Walnut Side Salad Chicken Tender Side Salad Penne Alfredo Side Pasta
Prime Rib Sliders Two sliders of shaved prime rib, provolone cheese and a spicy horseradish ranch sauce.
California Croissant Sliced turkey, tomato, bibb lettuce and provolone cheese served on a buttery croissant with avocado ranch sauce.
New Oriental Chicken Wrap
Two sliders of Pulled Pork Bar-B-Q, hand rubbed with special seasoning and slow cooked over hickory with our legend BBQ Sauce.
Marinated chicken wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with oriental rice, red cabbage, shredded carrots, and toasted almonds with a Korean BBQ dipping sauce. Patty Melt Sliders Two mini steak burgers topped with melted provolone cheese, sautéed onions, spicy pickle, and Chipotle Lime BBQ Sauce. Baja Fish Tacos Two ﬂour tortillas ﬁlled with seared tilapia, diced tomatoes, red onions, shredded lettuce, cheddar jack cheese, and topped with a creamy cilantro lime sauce. Double Decker Club A classic double stacked club, half sandwich with smoked turkey, ham, Applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, bibb lettuce, and mayo on Texas Toast.
*Pick Two Choices Must Come From Two Separate Categories.
*Pick Two Choices Must Come From Two Separate Categories.
Sandwiches New Chicken Fajita Wrap Grilled chicken with sautéed onions, red and green peppers wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with cheddar jack cheese, shredded lettuce, Salsa Ranch sauce, sour cream, and salsa.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders Two crispy chicken tenders coated in a spicy buffalo wing sauce, covered with melted pepper jack cheese and served with blue cheese dressing.
Pulled Pork Sliders
Lunch Sized Pasta Served with garlic toast
Lunch Sized Salads Chicken Waldorf Salad
Chicken Tender Salad
A smokey blend of our pulled pork, button mushrooms, and red onions tossed with a creamy A decadent Waldorf Salad consisting of grilled chicken, sliced grapes golden raisins, dried cranberAlfredo sauce and Penne. $9.29 ries, diced celery, pineapple red delicious apples, and mayonnaise, served on a bed of mixed greens Marinara Penne Pasta with red onions, grape tomatoes, cheddar jack cheese and your choice of dressing. $7.99 Sweet Italian Sausage, sautéed onions, roasted red and green peppers, and mushrooms Chicken Apple Walnut Salad tossed with a hearty Marinara Sauce and Penne Pasta. $9.29 Grilled chicken, red delicious apples, spring mix and walnuts, tossed in fat free Raspberry Pollo Fettuccini Vinaigrette. $7.99 Tossed in a parmesan cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and ﬁre, grilled chicken. $9.49 Crispy breaded chicken served over fresh salad greens, cheddar jack cheese, red onions, grape Fire-grilled chicken breast on fettuccini with onions and red peppers in a spicy creamy Alfredo tomatoes, and bacon bits with your choice dressing. $7.99 Sauce. $9.69
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, and Penne pasta tossed with Caesar dressing and topped with croutons and Parmeson cheese. $8.29
Sandwiches New Chicago’s Original ltalian Beef
Italian Seasoned Prime Rib, thinly sliced with sautéed onions, sweet red and green peppers, on a crusty toasted Cuban roll. Served with fries and a side of spicy Au Jus. $8.99 Fresh mixed greens, grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes, yellow sweet corn, black beans, New Chicken and Mushroom Panini ‘ . cilantro, red onion, tortilla strips, and cheddar jack cheese, tossed together in a house made Grilled chicken and sautéed mushrooms with melted Provolone’ cheese on a hearty ranch dressing. $8.29 Sunﬂower Wheat bread. Served with choice of fries, caesar salad, house salad, or Cobb Salad cup of soup. $7.99 Garden fresh greens, with smoked turkey, bacon, red onion, cheddar jack cheese, slices of hardboiled egg, diced tomato and fresh gguacamole. Served with your choice of dressing. $8.99 © Whiskey Creek® Franchise Systems, LLC 4/11
BBQ Chicken Salad
1519 4th St. SW Mason City
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PubPourium™ Favorites are each served with Bennigan’s recommended sides. We would be happy to substitute any side at your request.
Oh, Baby™ Back Ribs Available in half or full rack Sweet and tender ribs slathered in tangy BBQ sauce. Served with kettlecooked pub chips and coleslaw.
Drunken Pot Roast
Generous Pours Generous Portions
Tender pot roast in a red ale gravy with roasted carrots and red onions. Served with red skin mashed potatoes and choice of Caesar or garden salad.
Stacked Chicken & Shrimp Two chicken breasts topped with sautéed shrimp, provolone cheese, spicy lobster cream sauce, tomatoes and green onions. Served over rice pilaf with steamed broccoli and Caesar or garden salad.
Southwest Fajitas Served with sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese and rice pilaf. Available with chicken, steak or combination
Hand-Battered Fish & Chips Served with French fries and coleslaw.
New York 12 oz. Choice Strip Steak* Served with red skin mashed potatoes, broccoli and choice of Caesar or garden salad.
Pan-Seared Tilapia Drizzled with beurre blanc. Served with rice pilaf, broccoli and Caesar or garden salad.
Chicken Tenders Platter Served with French fries, coleslaw and smoky honey Dijon dressing. Try it with grilled chicken!
Tuscan Chicken Grilled chicken breast topped with a Bruschetta blend of diced fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Served with red skin mashed potatoes, broccoli and Caesar or garden salad. *Hamburgers and steaks that are served rare or mediumrare may be undercooked and will only be served upon customer request. Consuming undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellﬁsh or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.
Simply grilled, BBQ or sesame ginger glaze. Served with rice pilaf, broccoli and Caesar or garden salad. Simply Grilled Served with red skin mashed potatoes, broccoli and choice of Caesar or garden salad.
Pub Bites™ Choose any pair from: Cheeseburger*, Monte Cristo, Buffalo Chicken, Drunken Pot Roast.
Bacon Cheeseburger Chips* Thin & crispy kettle-cooked pub chips topped with ﬁre-grilled 100% Choice Beef, peppered bacon bits, Cheddar cheese sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions and pickles with ketchup and mustard drizzle garnish.
Kettle-Cooked Peel ‘n Eat Jumbo Shrimp Eight jumbo shell-on shrimp kettle-cooked and spiced with Irish Sea seasoning. Served with creamy Irish Whiskey sauce.
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Southwest Sampler Nachos, Southwest Egg Rolls and Fajita Chicken Quesadillas served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and pineapple pepper cream sauce.
Southwest Egg Rolls A trio of crispy egg rolls loaded with chicken, corn, beans and spices. Served with pineapple pepper cream sauce.
The American Cheeseburger BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger
Chicken Tender Bites
Black & Bleu Burger
® Served with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. GUINNESS Stout glaze, bacon, Cheddar cheese, crispy fried onions.
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Menu items less than 700 calories. (Entrée selections exclude the side salad.)
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Irish Chicken Melt
A Bennigan’s original. Sliced ham and turkey with Swiss and American cheeses on wheat bread served crispy, dusted with powdered sugar and served with red raspberry preserves.
Grilled chicken breast smothered with creamy spinach and topped with bacon. Served on a crispy garlic roll.
Ultimate Buffalo Chicken Salad
Served with kettle-cooked pub chips or your choice of any of our sides.
Puts a French dip to shame! Thinly sliced roast beef in red ale au jus topped with caramelized onions, crispy fried onions and melted American cheese on a crispy garlic roll. Served with red ale au jus and creamy horseradish for dipping.
Turkey O’Toole™ Freshly sliced turkey breast, melted Swiss cheese and smoky honey Dijon dressing. Served on a pretzel bun.
Emerald Isle Club™ Stacked corned beef, roast beef and turkey with grilled peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato and creamy Irish Whiskey sauce. Served on a pretzel bun.
Hand-breaded chicken tenders rolled with lettuce, tomatoes, Colby cheese and bacon. Served in a ﬂour tortilla with smoky honey Dijon dressing. Try it with grilled chicken!
Spicy Chipotle Burger
Cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, bacon, and mustard.
Soup and Salad Combo
Half-pound fresh (not frozen) ﬁre-grilled 100% Choice beef burgers served on a pretzel bun (white or wheat also available) with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickle. Includes French fries or your choice of any of our sides. Cooked to order. Substitute a grilled chicken breast or veggie patty.
GUINNESS® Glazed Bacon Cheeseburger
Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Wrap
Any pair of Pub Bites™ or a half Bennigan’s Traditional Club (Freshly sliced ham and turkey topped with bacon, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and smoky honey Dijon on honey wheat bread) plus a crock of soup or a salad (Caesar or garden)
Ultimate PubPourium™ Burgers*
Fajita Chicken Quesadillas
Hand-breaded bites served traditional or tossed in Buffalo sauce, with your choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing.
Pub Bites™ or 1/2 Bennigan’s Traditional Club with Soup or Salad Combo
Available as a crock or bowl. Ultimate Baked Potato French Onion
Fire-Grilled 8 oz. Choice Sirloin*
Soup & Salad Combos
Sides French Fries Onion Rings Coleslaw Rice Pilaf Garden Salad
Crispy or grilled Buffalo chicken, ﬁeld greens, bleu cheese, carrots, tomatoes, celery and pico de gallo tossed in ranch dressing. Served inside a spicy, crispy tortilla shell.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Slices of grilled chicken breast over romaine lettuce, tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with grated Parmesan cheese and croutons.
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Steak rub seasoning, crispy fried onions, Pepper Jack cheese, chipotle garlic mayo. BUILD YOUR OWN Choose up to 4 of the following toppings: PubPourium™ Burgers BBQ sauce American cheese Bacon Swiss cheese Crispy fried onions Cheddar cheese Sautéed onions Pepper Jack cheese Guacamole Bleu cheese crumbles Jalapeños GUINNESS® Stout glaze
Kettle-Cooked Pub Chips Sweet Potato Fries Steamed Broccoli Red Skin Mashed Potatoes Caesar Salad
Chicken Spinach Salad C G Grilled chicken breast atop baby spinach, bacon, pecans, sun-dried tomatoes, rumbled bleu cheese, raisins, red onion and egg tossed in sweet-pepper vinaigrette dressing.
Chicken BLT Artichoke Salad Chopped combination of garden greens, grilled chicken breast, crispy bacon, tomatoes, red onions, sliced garlic and artichoke hearts tossed in ranch dressing.
Apple Pecan Salad A Blend of garden greens, spicy pecans, Granny Smith apples, Craisins® and bleu cheese crumbles tossed in maple vinaigrette dressing. Also available with grilled chicken breast.
Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Salad Crispy or grilled chicken with garden greens, bacon, Colby cheese, eggs, and tomatoes tossed in smoky honey Dijon dressing.
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The Quarry We Invite You to Enjoy Our Menu 10 S. Federal • Mason City, IA
SANDWICHES AND MORE
Homemade Soup De Jour All sandwiches are served with Wok fried with jalapenos, lemon house made chips unless a different Cup $3 ................... Bowl $5 zest, and seasoned with salt and side is requested. Crab Bisque pepper. .......................................$5 Cup $5 ................... Bowl $6 Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Hot Wings Griddled and served on a hard roll SALAD 10 regular style wings tossed in hot with pickles, mustard, onion, and The Quarry Salad sauce and served with celery and lettuce. ......................................$7 Romaine and spring lettuce your choice of ranch or blue cheese. garnished with tomato, Kalamata ...................................................$8 Gyro olives, onion, cucumber, and a Your choice of beef and lamb or Avocado Fries chicken on pita bread with tzatziki Pickle Spear. ....................... $6 Lightly breaded avocado slices Add Chicken ........................ $3 sauce, tomatoes, onions, and served with a jalapeno remoulade. cucumbers. ..............................$8 Salmon ................................ $5 ...................................................$6 Steak ................................... $5
Q Q Steak Sandwich
Artichoke & Feta Dip 8 oz Ribeye served on a hard roll Served with pita chips. ...............$7 with sautéed onions, lettuce, and a Fried Pickles horseradish mayo. ...................$10 Hand breaded fried pickle slices Chicken Tender Melt served with ranch dressing. ........$5 Breaded Chicken tenders served on sourdough bread with bacon, mayo, BURGERS tomato, and cheese. ..................$8 California Burger
Chorizo and beef patty served Corned beef and sauerkraut served on with sautéed onions, avocado, rye bread with a Russian sauce. ....$8 pepper jack cheese, and jalapeno remoulade. .................................$8 Club Sandwich Turkey, ham, bacon, avocado, The Quarry Burger lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo on Beef patty with lettuce, tomato, sourdough bread. .......................$8 onion, pickle, cheese, ketchup, and mustard. ....................................$7 Crab Cake Sandwich Add Bacon for ............................ $1 5 oz crab cake served on a ciabatta bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and Cajun mayo. ........$10
PO BOY SANDWICHES
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
All po boy sandwiches are served on Grilled and served with mayo, a soft hoagie bun. lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and Midwest Po Boy cheese. ......................................$7 Sautéed beef tips served with fried Classic Grilled Cheese onions, mozzarella cheese, and Provolone, American, horseradish mayo. ...................$10 & mozzarella. ............................$4
Shrimp Po Boy
Roasted Garlic Chicken Fried shrimp served with lettuce and Sandwich topped with shrimp sauce. ........$8 Chicken salad mixed with onion, Muffuletta Po Boy garlic, celery, and mayo served open Marinated olive relish, Mortadella, face on French bread. ................$7 Salami, Provolone, and mozzarella BLT cheese. ....................................$10 Classic BLT on sourdough. ........$6 Walleye Sandwich SOFT DRINKS
lattes, cappuccinos, and Oregan Chai Tea.
A 20% gratuity charge will be added to parties of 6 or more.
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40 bands will Bash on Farm Christian music festival June 10-11 in Garner By MARY PIEPER email@example.com
he Christian music festival Bash on the Farm, to be held June 1011 in Garner, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The festival started in 2002 as a gettogether for friends and neighbors on John and Cindy Wacker’s acreage near Garner. Four bands performed and about 150 people attended. Over the years attendance grew to more than 3,000 annually. This year 40 bands are scheduled and organizers are hoping 5,000 people will attend. John Wacker said one reasons for the success of the festival is admission is free. “We want it to be free for the kids to attend,” he said. Another key is it appeals to the entire family, Wacker said. Multiple stages allow teens to listen to hard rock/heavy metal while their parents listen to adult contemporary music and their grandparents listen to acoustic gospel music. About 100 Christian musical acts apply each year to perform at the event. “We try to give the local bands the best chance to play,” Wacker said. Inflatable games for younger children will be available. There is a charge for this to recoup the cost of renting the games. Food is sold at the event, including hotdogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, Belgian waffles, ice cream and cotton candy. Camping is available on-site. Bash on the Farm is a Do Right Inc. production. The Wackers founded Do Right Inc. in the early 1990s and began
Barlow Girl will perform Saturday, June 11, at Bash on the Farm in Garner. sponsoring Christian dances and other activities. The organizers are bringing in some nationally-known acts this year because of the 10th anniversary. Headliners include Barlow Girl, a Dove Award-nominated rock group consisting of three sisters from Illinois; FFH, a pop act from Pennsylvania; and Children 18:3, a punk band from Minnesota. Chris Sligh, an “American Idol” sixth-season finalist, will open for FFH. Between 150 to 200 volunteers are needed to help run the event. The organizers are always looking for donations. A donation bucket at the Bash usually raises $3,000 to $4,000. The rest is raised throughout the year. Wacker said the family wants to provide quality Christian entertainment with a focus on outreach. “Hopefully they (the audience) will leave with a good feeling,” he said. The Wacker acreage is located on Highway 69 four miles south of Garner.
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Ty Graham tries out some of the features of a kayak course being built in the Cedar River along downtown Charles City.
Countdown to kayak course completion By DEB NICKLAY firstname.lastname@example.org
harles City project superintendent Tracy Meise is anxious to get the city’s new whitewater course done. That way, she can tell a persistent kayak lover in Kansas City, “Come on up.” “He called me first a few months ago saying, ‘I’m coming up.’ I said, “Uh, no, not quite yet.” She chuckled.
“The word about the course has spread.” She regularly fields inquiries from other states. It should be no surprise. The course is the first of its kind in Iowa. The $467,000 course and park course is located between the Main Street Bridge and the Brantingham Bridge. Rock and concrete structures placed within the river create different flows and
promise kayakers good fun. It should be open in July, said Meise. The project included the removal of a low-head dam. Features carry names such as “Dam Drop,” “Doc’s Drop” and at the end, “Exit Exam.” Those areas are done except for a structure near the pedestrian bridge called “The Tynacious Wave” and a deflector area. Rock-themed seating areas, an amphitheater, a boat
ramp, a stormwater fountain and a children’s play area will eventually grace the river banks along a six-block area. Meise cautions that no kayakers should take a dip in the area until it is open. “It is still a construction site until July,” she said. She cannot wait, she said. Then she can answer her enthusiasts with an equally enthusiastic answer. “It will be nice to say, ‘Come on down.’ ”
Cedar River Rendezvous, Outdoor Days set Sept. 23-25 By DEB NICKLAY email@example.com
The first-ever Cedar River Rendezvous and Outdoor Days is set for Sept. 23-25 in and around the Mitchell County Nature Center in Osage. The event will feature seminars and activities that combine Native American history with outdoor fun. Friday, Sept. 23, will be a day for schools to enjoy a field trip back in time with activities planned from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. There will be four, one-half-hour educational stops for students: Native American Dance and history with Frank Arciniega of Osage, a native from the Mescalero Apache Tribe; blacksmithing in an original shop; early American archeology and arrowheads; and the history of conservation and furs and trapping in early America. In the evening, everyone will pitch tents in the field next to the nature center one mile west of Osage and activities will be held
around tents and campfires. A request can be made for one of a limited number of transportation funding grants that will be given to schools for busing costs. On Saturday, Sept. 24, seminars and programs will start at 8 a.m. and run until 6-7 p.m.A rendezvous-type setting will again be featured with activities around the tents and campfires. If you have a tepee you are more than welcome to bring your setup and enjoy the weekend. There will also be a trap shooting tournament for ages 12 and older on Saturday. Trophies will be presented to different age groups for males and females. Entry fee is $3. On Sunday, Sept. 25, a sportsmens and outdoor auction will be featured. Visitors can bring items, boats, guns, campers and any outdoor or sporting items to be auctioned. These items can be auctioned on consignment, with a portion of the monies going back to the Mitchell County Environmental
Education Foundation; or 100 percent of proceeds raised from donated items will be given to the foundation. Food and refreshments will be available. There will be hogs roasting and food served all weekend for a cost, but there is no charge for activities or camping. Bring your tents. No alcohol will be allowed on the premises. For entry forms for the trap shooting or for spot reservations for booths or demonstrations or any other information call 641-8327246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Booths will house a variety of programs and groups, from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Trappers Association to fly fish tying and maple syrup collecting and processing. Other activities include trapping seminars, rock-climbing wall, black powder shooting, canoe trips, raffles and bow and arrow shooting. The steam power museum will also be open.
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CEDAR RIVER CANOE FLOAT The Cedar River Canoe Float will be held June 1115 beginning in Mitchell County and ending in Black Hawk County: • Saturday, June 11 (8 miles). Otranto Park, 1233 480th St., St. Ansgar, to Halvorson Park (1.5 miles south of St. Ansgar, on County Rd T26, 4080 Foothill Ave., St. Ansgar. Camp at Halvorson. • Sunday, June 12. Portage to Interstate Park, 650 W. Commercial St., Mitchell; paddle to Osage Spring Park, 3540 Spring Park Road, Osage, 10 miles; or Idlewild Access, 19 miles. Camp at Nashua; 15 Wabash Ave., Nashua. • Monday, June 13 (12.6 miles). Put in at Nashua boat landing behind the elevator in town. Paddle to Plainfield’s North Cedar Park (1 mile east of Plainfield), 1163 140th St., Plainfield. Camp at Nashua. • Tuesday, June 14. (8.3 miles). Plainfield to Waverly Cedar Bend Park , Business 218 north of Waverly Airport, then northeast on Casper Avenue (County Rd. T77), east on 205th Street, 1267 205th St., Waverly). Camp at Waverly. • Wednesday, June 15 (16.7 miles). Put in below Waverly Dam at Brookfield Park, 415 Sixth Ave. S.E., Waverly. Paddle from Waverly to Janesville, 130 W. Barrick Road, Janesville. For more information,contact Jim and Laura Hughes at email@example.com or call 641-228-7855. WINNEBAGO RIVER Canoeists will enjoy Iowa’s newest water trail
found along a 27-mile stretch of the Winnebago River in Winnebago County. The north access is at Dahle Park, four miles northwest of Lake Mills on County Road A16.The south access is at Pammel Park in Forest City. Much of the area travels through the Winnebago River Greenbelt, a series of park, recreation and wildlife areas. Other put-ins are at the Lande River Conservation Area and at the Ambroson Recreation Area. For a map, go to www.winnebagoccb.com/winnebagocounty-parks.shtml. A good way to get familiar with the trail is participating in the river cleanup planned when the Winnebago Streamkeepers hold a Winnebago River Cleanup at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. Pickup will take place along the Winnebago River, from Dahle Park to Pammel Park. It will take about four hours to complete. A couple of canoes will be available, but people are encouraged to bring their own. For more information, contact Russ Garfin at 641-590-5617 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kayakers with more in mind will enjoy a stretch between 12th Street and Averydale Access off Birch Drive in Mason City which offers some of the best whitewater for those looking for a ride. There is about a 60-yard stretch of Class I and Class II rapids, according to Nate Hoogeveen of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in his book, “Padding Iowa.” Best time for whitewatering here is in the spring
when the water levels are high. Whitewatering is best left for the experienced paddler. Lesser rapids are found along a 10-mile stretch that ends at Wren Avenue. Other access areas: In Cerro Gordo County south of county roads B20 and S14 intersection on west side; one mile north of B20 and Cardinal Avenue intersection; two miles north of B20 on Jonquil Avenue and ¼ mile east on Wheelerwood Drive; on B20 ¼ mile east of Highway 65 (short portage to river); Lime Creek Conservation Area, north of Mason City east of Highway 65 (short portage to river); Averydale Access south of B30 on Birch Drive; and Claybanks Forest, ½ mile north of Wren Avenue and 225th Street on the west side. SHELL ROCK RIVER The Shell Rock River has its source at Albert Lea, Minn. Flat and shallow near Northwood, the river deepens as it flows south. Put-ins are are Ochee Yahola Park four miles north of Northwood, Swensrud Park in Northwood, Strand Park on the north edge of Plymouth, Wilkinson Pioneer Park at Rock Falls, the Shell Rock River Greenbelt and Preserve just northwest of Nora Springs, Nora Springs Mill Dam Park in Nora Springs and Wyatt Park in Rockford. • Check streamflow at waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. • Check county conservation offices for special events by going to www.mycountyparks.com.
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Hobo Convention back for 111th year By PEGGY SENZARINO email@example.com
he 111th National Hobo Convention will be held in Britt Aug. 11-14. The first national convention was held in Britt on Aug. 22, 1900. According to historical information published by the Britt Chamber of Commerce, three men, Thomas A. Way, T.A. Potter and W.E. Bradford, proposed to do something a little different. They wanted to show the rest of the world that Britt was a “lively little town” capable of anything that the bigger places could do. Way and Potter read a story in a Chicago newspaper that reported the results of an election held by Tourist
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Union No. 63, the organization representing the interests of the hobos. They wrote to union officer “Grand Head Pipe” Charles F. Noe inviting him to bring the union’s annual convention to Britt. Noe visited Britt in the fall of 1899 and after being wined and dined by the best of Britt society, Noe agreed to their plan. A 1962 newspaper report detailing the history of the Hobo Convention said the townspeople in 1900 looked on the convention as a joke. Most Britt residents did not expect many hobos or spectators to show up. They were wrong. More than 250 hobos and reporters from 16 major daily newspapers traveled to Britt.
National Hobo Convention Highlights AUG. 11-14 The Hobo Jungle open to public throughout the Hobo Convention. MONDAY- THURSDAY, AUG. 8-11 9 a.m. — Hobo Park Tours with Connecticut Shorty. THURSDAY, AUG. 11 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Hobo Rummage Sale at the Hobo Museum. 5:30 p.m. — Miss Britt/Little Miss Britt Contest at the Gazebo. 7 p.m. — Fire Lighting and Hobo Entertainment at the Hobo Jungle. 7 p.m. — Night of 1,000 Stars races at Hancock County Speedway. 8 p.m. — Hobo Cemetery Tour at Evergreen Cemetery. FRIDAY, AUG. 12 9 a.m. — Hobo Memorial Service at Evergreen Cemetery. 4 p.m. — Hobo Poetry with Jerry and Frank at Queens Gardens. 6:30 p.m. — Alumni Banquet — West Hancock Grade School. 6 p.m. — Doc Anderson’s Medicine Show on Main Street. 6:30 p.m. — Chuck Williams, entertainer in front of Hobo Museum. 7 p.m. — Hobo Entertainment at the Hobo Jungle. 8 p.m.-midnight — Dance to Vent Band. 8:30 p.m. — Doc Anderson Medicine Show on Main Street. SATURDAY, AUG. 13 7 a.m. — 5K/10K Walk/Run — Lions Park. 10 a.m. — Hobo Day Parade. 11 a.m. — Basketball tournament begins uptown. Noon — Free Mulligan Stew in City Park; Inflatable rides open after parade; Doc Anderson Medicine Show on Main Street; Bar-B-Que Bash uptown. 1 p.m. — Hobo King and Queen Coronation in City Park. 3 p.m. — Jerry and Frank Hobo Poetry in City Park. 3:30 p.m. — Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pull uptown. 5 p.m. — Polka Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 6 p.m. — Chuck Williams, entertainer in front of Hobo Museum. 7 p.m. — Hobo entertainment in the Hobo Jungle. SUNDAY, AUG. 14 8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Cheerleader Omelet Breakfast at Municipal Building. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Classic Car Show on Main Street. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Craft Show in the Park with Malek’s Fisherman Band. 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pie and Ice Cream Social in City Park.
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Hampton latest city to update pool Family Aquatic Center expected to open this summer By RICHARD JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
olks have waited almost a yearand-a-half for the new swimming pool in Hampton. It’s almost time to dive back in. The $3 million Hampton Family Aquatic Center will open this summer, Hampton Public Works Director Doug Tarr said. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, as long as Mother Nature doesn’t give us a major setback,” he said. “No doubt we will be open this year. Just not sure of the exact date yet.” The old pool, said to be leaking 70,000 gallons of water per day, was closed in July 2009 when a small amount of chlorine from the pool reached Squaw Creek. Residents voted in August 2009 to allocate all revenue from a 1 percent local option sales tax to build the new Aquatic Center in Progress Park, on the site of the old pool at 600 First St. N.W. The city also received a $100,000 Community Action and Tourism (CAT) grant and private donations to the Make a Splash! Campaign for the pool and a related Progress Park Regional Recreation Complex project. The center will feature more than 7,000 square feet of water surface area with slides and play structures. The overall goal: to “get things back to the way things used to be when we had a swimming pool,” Tarr said. “A lot of people overlook the small towns as far as being able to take on big projects,” he said. “I think Hampton came together and proved that theory wrong.”
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North Iowa Pool Opening Dates Algona Aquatic Center — Opens Memorial Day, Monday, May 30; 515-295-9103. Britt Family Aquatic Center — Opens Memorial Day weekend; 641-843-3056. Buffalo Center Swimming Pool — Opened Wednesday, May 25 (tentative); 641-5622796. Charles City Municipal Swimming Pool — Opens Memorial Day weekend; 641-2571188. Clear Lake Aquatic Center — Opens Saturday, May 28; 641-357-7010 or 357-5267. Forest City Family Aquatic Center — Opens Memorial Day, Monday, May 30; 641-5852650. Garner Aquatic Center — Opened Tuesday, May 24; 641-923-2995. Hampton Family Aquatic Center — Opening
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Raw horsepower Britt show celebrates the animals that once powered the nation By MARY PIEPER email@example.com
he Britt Draft Horse Show is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The show will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds Sept. 2-4 and feature 18 of the finest six-horse hitches in the United States and Canada, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale performance horses. These horses, known as gentle giants, once did all kinds of work, from hauling loads through the streets of early cities on the East Coast to providing the necessary power to cultivate the soil of the farm fields of the Midwest to helping move the population all the way to the West Coast. Thousands of spectators enjoy the show each year.
The grandstand shows, held at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, provide two to three hours of entertainment for all ages. Competition is held in the men’s and ladies cart, team, unicorn, four-horse and six-horse hitch classes. At the Sunday afternoon show, the supreme six-horse hitch is chosen and all 18 six-horse hitches return to the arena at once in the Classic Series SixHorse hitch class. The weekend events also include junior classes, a driving competition, eight-horse hitch class and halter classes. The Britt Draft Horse Show is one of the recognized qualifying shows for the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series. Each year more then 175 six-horse hitches across the United States and
Canada compete at state and county fairs and agricultural exhibitions throughout North America to accumulate points for the Classic Series. At the end of the series, the four highest-point hitches in each of three breed classifications are invited to compete at the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Final Championship. The show is sponsored by the Britt Draft Horse Association. The fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. each day of the show and the public is invited to come early to wander through the barns and visit with the crews. Food is available on the grounds and camping facilities are also available. Admission for Friday is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $8 for adults and $1 for children age 6-12. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.
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May 28-29 — Dressage Bara Trac I Horse Show. June 4-5 — Iowa Barrel Horse Association Show. June 10-12 — Midstates Hunter/Jumper. June 17-19 — Midstates Hunter/Jumper. June 24-26 — Dressage Lite Horse Show. July 16 — Youth Horsemen of Iowa.
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6 to 10 p.m. one Friday a month July through September at Central Park: July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. Entertainment planned July 15 is Stream of Consciousness band. Jon Hepperly performs Aug. 19. Entertainment for Aug. 16 be determined.
5 to 9 p.m. every other Friday in Central Park: May 27 — Chocolate Crackers Band. June 10 — Equilateral. June 24 — Easy Street. July 15 — Neil Hewitt. YMCA Strongman Competition. July 29 — PV & The Phantoms. A surprise event is also planned. Aug. 12 — Endless Summer Band.
Clear Lake Thursday Night on Main 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, June 16 through Aug. 11 with the exception of June 30. Shops are open late; live entertainment downtown; kids activities and Bounce House, classic cars; food and other vendors. Movies in the Park at 9 p.m.
Algona Party In The Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Once a month on Fridays on the lawn of the Carnegie Library building in Algona. Entertainment and dates are: May 20 — The Muscle Shirts. June 24 — Three Gals and a Guy. July 29 — Doubting Daniel and Deliverance. The Fire Department will also provide a free meal in honor of the department’s 125 years of service to the Algona area. Aug. 26 — Jerry and Heidi Behnkendorf and Amber Blome.
Osage Friday Night Out 5 to 9 p.m. every other Friday at Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Osage. Entertainment lineup is: June 3 — Endless Summer Band. June 17 — Endless Summer Band, back by popular demand. July 1 — The Dweebs. July 15 — Saint Bernadette with Joe Roberto & Poverty Hash. Aug. 5 — Crossfire. Also features food vendors and kids games.
Hampton Tuesdays On The Town 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays June 7, 14, 21, 28 downtown. Retailers will have in-store specials. Some stores will be open late. Free musical entertainment is provided 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Hampton Municipal Band plays from 8 to 9 p.m.
Freedom Rally June 30-July 2 By KRISTIN BUEHNER firstname.lastname@example.org
full lineup of entertainment, headlined by country music singer Clint Black is planned for the 27th annual ABATE of Iowa Inc. Freedom Rally June 30 through July 2 in Algona. The event is held at ABATE’s 140-acre Freedom Park, three miles east and three miles north of Algona on County Road P56. Fourteen bands and 30 vendors are scheduled. Other activities include a bike rodeo, sled pull, burnout pit, Bike Dyno, mechanical bull, tattoo contest, bike show, fun run and fireworks. The event is open to the public. You must be 18. Following is the entertainment lineup:
Thursday, June 30 1 to 4 p.m. — Joe Santanna 7 p.m. — Planet Rock 8:30 p.m. — Silver Bullet (Bob Seger Tribute) 10:30 p.m. — The Vic Ferrari Band 12:30 a.m. — Joe Santanna
Friday, July 1 2:30 to 4 p.m. — Powers of the Mind (hypnotist) 7:30 p.m. — The Magnificent Board of Directors 10 p.m. — Guitar Gods of the 70s: Pat Travers, Derek St. Holmes, Ronnie Montrose, Mark Farner 12:30 a.m. — Jammer
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Tractors parade down Nettle Avenue in rural Hampton during the 2010 KGLO/KWMT tractor ride.
Explore the country at leisurely pace from the seat of a tractor Former farmer still enjoys scenery, people that are part of rides erry Butters of Mason City will travel in two tractor rides this summer, including one in Worth County and the KGLO ride. This is his third year participating in rides. His brother usually rides with him on a 1943 red International tractor, which is set up with an extra seat and a tool box. All tractors in the ride have been restored completely, Butters said. His dad bought the tractor from a neighbor, and after Butters inherited it, the tractor sat unused for five years. Then it was a decision to fix it or get rid of it. Butters fixed it. The tractor was gone through three years ago, with an oil change and “other stuff.” Butters said he got out of farming years ago, but he still keeps the tractor. He said the rides are a pleasure trip with the scenery and the people, which are what he enjoys the most. — By Joy Drennen
By JOY DRENNEN For The Globe Gazette
t least three tractor rides this summer, from slow to faster, will help celebrate the scenery of North Iowa and the rich heritage of farming in the area. Restored antique tractors will be featured in one ride; two others will have a variety of tractors of all colors.
North Iowa Broadcasting Ride July 7 — Registration, Cresco July 8 — From Cresco through Bluffton and Hesper, then to Decorah overnight. July 9 — Leave Decorah, break at Calmar with tour of Dairy Foundation. Lunch in Ridgeway then back to Cresco for closing ceremonies. ••• North Iowa Broadcasting will hold its fourth annual ride. Riders will meet in Cresco July 7, with registration from 2 or 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Some 200 tractors are expected, up from last year, and they will be divided into four groups. Tractors will leave Cresco the morning of July 8, going through Bluffton and Hesper.
The morning break will be in Bluffton. The lunch break will be at the Hesper Lutheran Church. After lunch they will head for Decorah and will stay there overnight at Decorah Implement. Saturday, July 9, tractors will leave Decorah and have a break in Calmar, where they will tour Dairy Foundation. Lunch will be at Ridgeway Community Center before heading back to Cresco for closing ceremonies. “Last year’s ride was very beautiful, and Cresco did a fantastic job welcoming our group,” ride director Tami Ramon said. “We had a record year and many riders asked to go back to this same area,” she said. “We think this year’s ride will rival last year and expect a large turnout once again.” The $100 registration fee includes ride participation, a color tractor ride T-shirt, a tote bag, commemorative tractor ride gift and professional tractor picture. Ride openings are available on a first-come first-served basis. The ride is sponsored by Auto Edge and radio stations KISS Mason City, KIOW Forest City and KCZE New Hampton. Continued on next page
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Applications are available at the radio stations and at 987kisscountry.com, kiow.com and 951thebull.com. See the route map at 987kisscountry.com. Call North Iowa Broadcasting at 641-4217744 for more information.
KGLO Antique Tractor Ride July 10 — Registration, Diamond Jo Casino, Northwood All rides will begin and end at the casino. July 11 — Hanlontown, Fertile, Joyce, Clear Lake and Ventura, with lunch in Clear Lake. July 12 — Twin Lake and Albert Lea, Minn. July 13 — half day up to Glenville, Minn., with a stop at the POET Ethanol Plant. ••• For the 10th annual ride, riders and their restored antique tractors will meet Sunday, July 10, for registration at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood. The ride from July 11 to 13 will begin and end at the casino. “We’re very excited about this year’s ride,” said Dalena Barz, KGLO general manager. Up to 350 tractors are expected. On Monday, July 11, the ride will be through Hanlontown, Fertile, Joyce, Clear Lake and Ventura. Lunch will be in Clear Lake. Tuesday, July 12, the ride will be through Twin Lake and Albert Lea, Minn. Wednesday, July 13, will be a half day, from
Northwood to Glenville, Minn., with a stop at the POET Ethanol Plant. Information and registration forms are available at www.discovernorthiowa.com. Click on 2011 Tractor Ride. A route map is also on the site. The registration fee is $115, with a $60 fee for secondary riders. For further information, call KGLO at 641423-1300.
Shell Rock Historical Museum Ride Aug. 20 — unloading starts at 6:30 a.m. at Feldmeier Implement. Leave at 8 a.m. Routes and stops are known only to ride leaders for the sake of surprises. Return, 5 p.m. ••• For the fifth annual tractor ride, the Shell Rock Historical Museum will sponsor the Paul Franken Memorial Tractor Ride on Saturday, Aug. 20. The ride is named for Franken, an event coordinator who died in December. “Paul could not read a map, but he loved Iowa back roads. He knew them so well that a lot of the routes were thought up in his head before he went out and drove them to check the mileage,” said Sandy Soash, a member of the board of directors. The tractor ride grew out of plans in 1996
and 1997 for an annual event with the intent of advertising the beauty of the Shell Rock River, said Soash. The first ride five years ago involved “lots of planning” and getting support from various businesses she said. Routes will be led by Jack Willey and Jim Spett, and the routes are always a surprise, said Soash. The lunch stop and the food are also surprises. There are two routes — one for slow and one for faster-moving tractors. The $38 registration fee covers doughnuts and coffee, lunch, a T-shirt, photo and morning and afternoon soda breaks. The ride is limited to 100 tractors. Riders can start unloading at Feldmeier Equipment parking lot Aug. 20, at 6:30 a.m. and will leave at 8 a.m. They will be back by 5 p.m. Those wanting to receive a form can mail a request to SRCHM, c/o Sandy Soash, 1031 Third Ave. N.E., Waverly, IA 50677, or email email@example.com. Requests can also be ailed to SRCHM, c/o Linda McCann, P.O. Box 57, Shell Rock, IA 50670, or email lindave@Butler-Bremer.com. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 1. Checks received after that date will be returned.
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Several events take advantage of state’s free fishing weekend By TIM ACKARMAN For The Globe Gazette
any area counties, cities or private organizations offer fishing clinics or contests for kids and families. Most are held in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend June 3-5 when a license is not required for anglers of any age. At other times Iowa residents under 16 may fish without a license under the supervision of a licensed adult. Fish caught by the children apply toward the adult’s daily bag limit, and all other state regulations apply. SATURDAY, JUNE 4: • DNR staff will host a kids fishing clinic at McIntosh Woods State Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Topics will include fish identification, fishing tips and water safety. (641-3573517) • Immediately afterward the Clear Lake Fishing Club will hold its annual Take-a-Kid Fishing tournament. Lunch is provided and numerous prizes are awarded. (www.clearlakefishingclub.com) • Mason City Parks and Recreation will host a fishing derby from 1-3 p.m. There will be a casting contest and prizes. Registration is at East Park shelter house No. 2. There is a $1 charge. • The Mitchell County Conservation Board will host a Fish Iowa Fishing Derby at Riverside Park near Stacyville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes are awarded and concessions provided by Mitchell County 4-H. (641-832-7246). • The Morwens Kiwanis will host a kids fishing contest at Smith Lake near Algona. Specific times and details to be set. (515-3411692) SUNDAY, JUNE 5: • A Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by local businesses will be held 9:30-11 a.m. at Prairie Bridges Park in conjunction with Ackley Sauerkraut Days. Bait is provided and prizes and trophies will be awarded. (319-240-3995) OTHER: • The Friends of Beeds Lake State Park will host a kids fishing tournament in conjunction with the Beeds Lake Blast Aug. 26-28. Plans are also in the works to host a carp fishing tournament at Beeds this summer, at a date to be determined. (641-425-0723).
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Roger Kopacek of Britt helps his grandson Matthew Steffensmeier cast his line during the 2010 Take a Kid Fishing Tournament at McIntosh Woods State Park.
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Area racetracks offer a full schedule of high-speed excitement By JARED PATTERSON firstname.lastname@example.org
ommunication at area racetracks this year stepped into the wireless age. All racers in the Hobby Stock, Sport Mod, Stock Car and Modified divisions are mandated to wear the RACEceiver, which allows track personnel to communicate instantly with drivers. Some like the concept. Others do not. They all agree, though, that it makes the races safer. “I think it’s an excellent deal,” Modified driver Shane Monson said. “I remember back in my Hobby days in Britt when I was leading and someone had rolled. I slowed up and the secondplace guy ran into me and my car started on fire and was destroyed.” Another thing many drivers can agree on is nothing beats a good special on a hot summer’s night. There are plenty of those in the area in the coming months. The marquee event for dirt-track fans in the area, the Night of 1,000 Stars, will be held Aug. 11 at the Hancock County Speedway. The United States Modified Touring Series stops at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City on June 21 while the Hawkeye Dirt Tour makes stops at all three area tracks.
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A Night of 1,000 Stars race at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt in August 2010. Aug. 14 — Graham Tire and Premium Beverage/SportMod Shootout Aug. 21 — Kabrick Distributing of Mason City and Wayne Huntley Group Aug. 28 — Harrison Truck Center and the OP of Clear Lake Sept. 4, Season Championship — Electronic Engineering and Harley-Davidson of Mason City Sept. 25, Fall Special — Kaiser Auto Repair Oct. 29 — Banquet at the Senior Citizen Center in Mason City
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Weekly racing on Sunday nights May 29, Skip Rose Memorial — Heartland Asphalt and OP of Clear Lake. May 30, Hawkeye Dirt Tour — Electronic Engineering and NICCU. June 5, Mechanics Race — Kraft Foods. June 12 — Farmers Coop Elevator of Forest City and Mathahs Farms. June 19 — Yohn Ready Mix, River City Auto & Detailing. June 21, USMTS, IMCA SportMods — Mike’s Auto Body/C & W Used Cars and Ray’s Collision. June 26 — Hacks Pest Control and Graham Tire. July 1-2 — Monster Truck Show. July 3 — Kuykendall Trucking and Auto Edge July 10 — Stac Schroeder Racing/Schroeder Plumbing & Heating and Hy-Vee of Mason City July 17 — Kraft Foods July 24 — Armour Ekrich Meats and Graham Tire Chevrolet and Arnold Motor July 31 — Schukei Chevrolet and Arnold Motor Aug. 7 — Mike’s Auto Body/C & W Used Cars and Wayne Pals Auctioneering
Weekly racing on Thursday nights June 9 — Premium Beverage of Mason City and Britt Chamber of Commerce June 16 — Arnold Motor Supply of Garner and Schroeder Racing Products June 23 — MaxYield Cooperative and Double K Trucking June 30, IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals — Reutzel Excavating and Gisch Repair July 7 — Premium Beverage of Mason City and Monson Trucking July 14, Hobby Stock Special — Johnny’s of Wesley and Jon Hiscocks July 21, Hawkeye Dirt Tour — Farmers Trust & Savings Bank and Stellar Industries July 27, Wednesday Night Fair Races — McNeese Tire and iWireless Communications Aug. 4 — Schlueger Trucking/Zuehl Trucking and Gisch Repair Aug. 11, Night of 1000 Stars — Doug Studer Farms Aug. 18, weekly racing Aug. 25, season championship — Yohn Ready Mix Nov. 4, race banquet at the Wesley Community
Algona Raceway Weekly racing on Saturday nights May 28 — Aluma LTD and Quality Motors/Challey Repair and Kossuth County Cattleman June 4, Mechanics Race — KTB Farms, Erpelding Excavating June 11 — Britt Brew Crew, Monson Salvage June 18 — Ron Monson Trucking, American Glass Co. and Bormann Lawn Service June 25 — Crop Production Service of Irvington, Kemna Auto Center July 2 — Aluma LTD, MS & Sons July 4, Hawkeye Dirt Tour/Fireworks — Southside Builders/Bruce Wickman Racing, Jacks OK Tire Service and MaxYield Coop July 9 — Tri-Square Construction, Pfeffer Precast July 16 — Kossuth County Pork Producers, Detrick Trucking/Kraft Trucking July 23 — Hankins Trucking,Commercial Services July 30 — Water Connection, Motor Inn Aug. 6 — Fair Races — Doocy Repair/Mike and Barb Schroeder Aug. 13 — Steve Krapp Racing/Gisch Repair and Nielsen Racing Aug. 20 — Algona Machine, Tom Eischen Seeds/Toms Tasty BBQ, MaxYield Coop Aug. 27 — Meyer Racing, Jeff Feaster Racing Sept. 3, Season Championship — 3F Faber Racing, Louscher Dentistry Sept. 24, Fall Special — Meyer Home Improvement, Mitch’s Towing/Sathoff Racing Nov. 5 — Banquet at the Burt Activity Complex
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Could be a busy year for state parks High fuel prices could keep people closer to home this summer By TIM ACKARMAN For The Globe Gazette
f past experience is any indication, it could be a busy year at North Iowa’s state parks. High fuel prices in 2008 had more folks vacationing close to home and area parks and campgrounds saw plenty of traffic. With gas climbing toward $4 and the economy still sluggish, the same might hold true in 2011. Budget cuts the past three years mean park rangers will have significantly less summer help. Mowing will be scaled back in non-core areas as a result, and cleaning and maintenance may take a little longer. All park facilities are expected to be up and running, however, and visitors may even notice a few improvements at some sites. Campers at Clear Lake State Park should enjoy less congestion in the bathroom and shower facilities. Earlier this spring a new building replaced an older bathroom on the campground. In addition to men’s and women’s restrooms, the building features four unisex showers with lockable doors. “It will really help out with the traffic in the other building,” Ranger Josh Rembe said. A new pit latrine was also built to replace a similar outdated facility. Volunteers will be working on two improvement projects at McIntosh Woods State Park this summer, according to ranger Tammy Domonoske. An Eagle Scout will build a single-table picnic shelter near the playground, while an AmeriCorps volunteer is updating the boardwalk to the observation blind in the wetland near the park entrance. “(With) a lot less staff running around, those volunteers are critical,” Domonoske said.
Residents of Opportunity Village have installed used fishing line recycling tubes at McIntosh and several other sites around the lake.Visitors may also notice new riprap,which was installed by DNR along portions of the McIntosh shoreline this winter. The rocks and permeable fabric will reduce wind and ice erosion. Domonoske is also responsible for Lynne Lorenzen Park and the Ventura Grade. A new sidewalk was completed at Lynne Lorenzen last fall, with a bit of landscaping and a new bench still to be added. A second fishing jetty was completed last year at the grade. Ongoing construction related to the Ventura Marsh restoration project may slow traffic in the area and impact parking, but all facilities at the site are still accessible, Domonoske said. The volunteer spirit is also alive at Beeds Lake, according to Friends of Beeds Lake State Park President David Heyden. “There’s lot’s going on.” The group hosted a cleanup day earlier this month, assisting park staff with litter and stick removal as well as light maintenance. Volunteers will be constructing a 12-by-16foot covered campground registration station over the summer. An omelet breakfast fundraiser will be held 8 a.m. to noon July 3 at the park lodge. The Beeds Lake Blast from Aug. 26-28 will feature canoe and kayak races, swimming races, a golf ball driving contest, horseshoes, Frisbee golf and a kid’s fishing tournament. The Restoration Run on the 26th includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon options. Call Heyden at 641-425-0723 for details. A major attraction at Pilot Knob State Park is the stone observation tower on Iowa’s second-highest point (1,450
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A tree-clearing project around the tower at Pilot Knob State Park near Forest City has opened up the view from the tower to what it was like when prairie dominated the area. feet). The tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. “The Knob” was mostly open prairie at that time, and the tower offered a spectacular look at the surrounding countryside. Over time, however, trees encroached on the open space and obstructed the view. Ranger Deb Coats oversaw a project to remove about two acres of trees around the
tower last summer and fall. Cleanup of the downed trees should be completed this summer. While Coats is hopeful clearing the trees will release some remnant prairie, she is already impressed with the restored view. “I’m telling you, it took my breath away. I thought, ‘That’s how it’s supposed to look.’ It’s the way it looked when it was built.”
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North Iowa state parks offer camping, fishing, hiking Campsites are available online or on a first-come basis orth Iowa has six state parks in a variety of sizes and offering a variety of amenities. Reservations for state park campsites, shelters and other facilities can be made online at iowastateparks.reserveamerica. com or by calling 877-427-2757. Reservations cannot be made by contacting individual parks. Half of the campsites at most parks are offered online with the rest available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to call or email parks staff with specific questions. BEEDS LAKE (641-456-2047, Beeds_Lake@dnr.iowa.gov, Ranger Terry Manning): Located three miles northwest of Hampton, this park surrounds a 90-acre impoundment fed by Spring Creek. Fishing, swimming and boating (no-wake speed) are popular. A long causeway crosses the lake and a hiking trail surrounds it. The CCC-constructed spillway is among the most photographed dams in the Midwest. The lodge, ranger’s house and other structures are from the same era. The park includes several picnic shelters as well as an updated stone-and-timber lodge. There is a 144-site campground (99 electric) featuring a modern restroom and shower. CLEAR LAKE (641-357-4212, Clear_Lake@dnr.iowa.gov, Ranger Josh Rembe): This 55-acre park on the southeast shore is best known for its 900-foot beach and adjacent picnic area with numerous tables and grills. There is also an open picnic shelter and a WPAera lodge with modern updates. There are 168 electric and eight non-electric campsites, modern restroom and shower facilities and a small playground. The Ritz picnic shelter and boat ramp is nearby. Downtown Clear Lake is only a few miles up South Shore Drive. The park includes a sidewalk that parallels the beach as well as about a half mile of mowed-grass trails through wooded areas. MCINTOSH WOODS (641-8293847, McIntosh_Woods@ dnr.iowa.gov, Ranger Tammy
Domonoske): On the northwest side of Clear Lake in the city of Ventura, McIntosh covers 62 acres. Concrete boat ramps, a courtesy dock and a large parking lot make this a popular spot with boaters and anglers. A fish-cleaning station is maintained with assistance from the Clear Lake Fishing Club. (Donations are welcome and can be made on-site or at the Crazy Minnow bait shop.) The park has a small swimming beach, a playground and an open picnic shelter. A one-mile nature trail with interpretive signs winds through wooded areas and around a small wetland with a blind for wildlife viewing. The park includes 45 electric and four non-electric campsites with a modern shower and restroom. Also available are two yurts: round, wood-framed tents with clear domed ceilings. There is a small playground. PILOT KNOB (641-581-4835, Pilot_Knob@dnr.iowa.gov, Ranger Deb Coats): Located three miles east of Forest City and a mile south of Highway 9, this 700-acre wooded park is known for its trails, its natural diversity and its year-round scenic beauty. A large amphitheater, two open picnic shelters and the observation tower are of CCC-vintage. eight-acre Dead Man’s Lake includes a four-acre floating sphagnum bog, the only one in the state. Many unusual plants inhabit the bog and the surrounding area, attracting a diversity of wildlife. The 15-acre man-made lake is stocked with bluegills and bass. Boating is permitted, but no gasoline motors. Ice skating and fishing are popular in winter. The campground includes 48 electric and 12 non-electric sites, a modern restroom and shower, and a playground. AMBROSE A. CALL (Deb Coats): This 138-acre park sits 1.5 miles southwest of Algona near the east Fork of the Des Moines River and consists primarily of hilly oldgrowth woodlands. Shade from the forest’s closed canopy reduces understory, creating favorable conditions for hiking
and wildlife viewing. There are about two miles of maintained hiking trails. Thirteen electric and three nonelectric campsites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. A log-cabin-style lodge built in 1928 can be reserved through the state reservation system. There is a modern vaulted restroom in the campground and a pit toilet near the lodge.
Other attractions include a Frisbee golf course and an authentic 19th-century log cabin. RICE LAKE STATE PARK (Deb Coats): Located on the lakeshore just southeast of Lake Mills, this park includes 15 wooded acres and a CCC-era stone shelter. It is a popular destination for picnicking, fishing and wildlife viewing. There is no camping. — By Tim Ackarman
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Public trails offer North Iowa Trails N great opportunity to contact nature, get some exercise By TIM ACKARMAN For The Globe Gazette
ne sure way to beat high gas prices is to keep the car parked. North Iowans who are so inclined have a variety of options in the way of trails. While local scenery may lack the in-your-face impact found on the coasts or in the mountains, there are subtle bits of beauty folded between our endless rows of corn and beans. Want a quiet walk on a narrow path through a wooded area or a tall-grass prairie? A relaxing stroll beside a lake, marsh or river at sunset? A challenging trek through pastures and fields? Perhaps just a stress-free ride across town? All of the above are available not too far from home. Most North Iowa state parks offer a trail or two. Most counties maintain trails at their campgrounds and, in many cases, on public hunting and other wildlife areas.
Such trails are normally simple affairs of packed earth or mowed grass. Often they are great places to enjoy little pockets of solitude. Wildlife encounters are not uncommon. Jaunts are usually short and the terrain in most cases isn’t terribly challenging. There are also more extensive paved or crushed limestone trails for those seeking to put on a few miles. Many run adjacent to paved roadways while others follow abandoned rail corridors. Many pass through parks, woodlands or restored prairies. Several North Iowa communities feature biking and walking trails through city parks and between points of interest, offering a great way to get around while shopping or sightseeing. Some offer safe options for children traveling to area pools, parks or playgrounds. The vast majority of these trails are publicly maintained and free to all users.
orth Iowa state parks, counties and cities offer a wealth of trails. For more information contact your local state park headquarters, county conservation board or city parks and recreation department. BUTLER COUNTY • The 15-mile Rolling Prairie Trail runs from Shell Rock through Clarksville to Allison. It follows an old Iowa-Pacific rail corridor and includes many bridges. One bridge was damaged by arson, meaning trail users must detour ½ mile (each way) to C33 or Highway 188. Repairs are anticipated this year. • Heery Woods Park (19195 Highway 188 near Clarksville) has a one-mile straight trail plus several mowed trails around smaller fields. There is a rock-chip trail around the Heery Woods Nature Center. Portions of these trails wind through timber and overlook the Shell Rock River. CERRO GORDO COUNTY • The Lime Creek Conservation Area offers 11 trails totaling eight miles, with interconnecting loops ranging in length from 0.32 to 1.3 miles. The wheelchair-accessible Easy Access Trail is closed to cyclists and equestrians. • The Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve between Rock Falls and Nora Springs offers nearly seven miles of roadway trail along limestone bluffs overlooking the Shell Rock River. • The paved Trolley Trail runs beside Highway 106 between Mason City and Clear Lake. • The Sisters’ Prairie Trail winds through a privately-owned restored prairie, wetland and woodland complex just south of Ventura. The trail begins adjacent to the driveway at 2868 235th St. (County Road B35) and ends near the Ventura Grade on S14. • Deer trails, old cow paths and access roads cross nearby Clausen’s Cove and adjacent Lone Tree Point. Most of the wooded lakeshore between Cedar Avenue (Farmer’s Beach Road) and Ventura Heights is within these areas, which are open to non-consumptive public recreation. • Clear Lake and McIntosh Woods state parks both feature small trails, as do several county parks and public hunting areas. FLOYD COUNTY • The Prairie Trail in the Fossil and Prairie Park (1227 215th St.) includes both a one-mile and a 1.5-mile loop. A second trail leads from the Prairie Trail to the quarry and beehive kilns, over the Winnebago River and into Rockford. • Charles City offers the paved Charlie Western Recreational Trail, which encompasses nearly four miles of converted railroad right-of-way and utilizes public streets through downtown to complete a five-mile loop. It also ties in with another hard-surface trail Continued on next page
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running through downtown along the north side of the Cedar River. FRANKLIN COUNTY • Maynes Grove four miles south of Hampton features about five miles of trail through woodlands, wetlands and prairie. • WKW Conservation Park, one mile north and one mile east of Hampton, features an approximately ¾-mile loop nature trail with recreated animal homes for visitors to explore. • There is a small trail system at Ingebretson Memorial Park, two miles west and one mile north of Sheffield. • Beeds Lake State Park offers lakeside hiking. HANCOCK COUNTY • Pilot Knob State Park is popular with mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers. It features 13.5 miles of trails (including roads), five to six miles of which are designated for hiking only. • Eldred-Sherwood Recreation Area, three miles east and one mile north of Goodell, includes a two-mile trail around Indian Lake. The adjacent Eldred-Sherwood Timber features a half-mile hike down a county road and a small trail to the Indian Lake outflow. • Eagle Lake Park (three miles east and a half-mile north of Britt) has a half-mile loop trail, while Crystal Lake Park (on the east side of Crystal Lake) has a one-mile fishing access trail along the lakeshore. • There are mowed trails at Torkelson’s Pits northeast of Garner along the Winnebago River and the Eagle Lake Heritage Prairie south of Duncan. KOSSUTH COUNTY • Smith County Park three miles north of Algona features a
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The burned-over area (at left) of the Sisters’ Prairie near Ventura may not be terribly attractive now, but the prescribed fire will encourage new growth of native flowers and grasses this summer. 1.5-mile trail around Smith Lake and through prairie areas. There is a one-mile mowed path through wooded areas and around the lakeshore at Burt Lake Park northwest of Swea City. • Algona features a 1.3-mile paved bike trail that originates at Ernie and Gladys Williams Park and runs along the Bull Ditch before ending at Clark Street. • Ambrose A. Call State Park is a popular hiking destination. MITCHELL COUNTY • The Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail begins at the welcome center in Riceville and runs into Minnesota, where it eventually connects with the Shooting Star Trail. It passes through the heart of Old Amish country and incorporates a variety of natural habitats. • The Harry Cook Trail goes from Osage about one mile west to Spring Park. Just across the Highway 9 bridge is the Mitchell
County Nature Center. From there the Cedar River Greenbelt Trail parallels the river for about four hilly miles, ending at the town of Mitchell. • New Haven Potholes (six miles east and 1.5 miles north of Osage) is an outdoor classroom featuring four loop trails of various lengths. The area includes woodlands, prairie and wetlands. WINNEBAGO COUNTY • Thorpe Park (6.5 miles west and one mile north of Forest City) features a 1.5-mile loop trail through a small wooded area and around a large marsh. An additional one-mile trail goes through prairies and wetlands on the adjacent Russ Wildlife Area. • Forest City offers the twomile Hynes Spur that begins at J Street on the north end of Pammel Park, runs along the Winnebago River and adjacent to Heritage Park, and ends at the Hancock
County Winnebago River Canoe Access near the airport on B14. • The nine-mile Hanson Loop begins at the head of Hynes Spur, takes J Street east to Golf Course Road and then goes north to a paved trail adjacent to Highway 9. The paved trail goes east to 205th Avenue, which runs south to the northwest entrance of Pilot Knob State Park. • Cyclists can either take a side trip into the park on the Pilot Knob Loop or complete the Hanson by taking 340th Street west to Golf Course Road and then going north to J Street. • Lake Mills offers a 1½-mile trail that begins at the Promise of America Monument on Highway 105, runs past the baseball fields and ends near the high school and the softball field. WORTH COUNTY • Ochee Yahola Park about two miles north of Northwood features nearly two miles of mowed grass trails with three different loops passing through timber and skirting wetlands. WRIGHT COUNTY • Lake Cornelia Park four miles south and two miles west of Belmond has a one-mile walking path extending about halfway around the lake. • The Three Rivers Trail follows an old rail line and stagecoach route. From the eastern trailhead at Eagle Grove the crushed-limestone trail runs three miles in Wright County, where it crosses the Boone River. Continuing through Humboldt County, the trail crosses the East Fork of the Des Moines River and runs parallel to its West Fork for several miles before ending near Rolfe in Pocahontas County. — By Tim Ackarman
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Summer Events Calendar MAY EVENTS THROUGH JUNE 18: Art of Africa, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 641-421-3666. Free admission; www.macniderart.org. THROUGH JUNE 25: Cerro Gordo Photo Show: 31, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 641-421-3666. Free admission; www.macniderart.org. MAY 26: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 6:45 p.m., Southbridge Mall. MAY 26-28: North Iowa Band Festival, East Park, Parade downtown Mason City at 10 a.m. Saturday. Carnival, free entertainment, craft show, car show, food at East Park. Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission; www.nibandfest.com. MAY 27: Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m. Central Park, Charles City. Children’s activities, food, beverages; music by Chocolate Crackers. www.charlescitychamber.com. MAY 27: The Fabulous Armadillos will perform A Tribute to The Eagles, Surf Ballroom, doors open at 8 p.m., $12 advance, $17 at the door; www.surfballroom.com. MAY 27-29: Mid-America Youth Basketball Tournament, NIACC and Mason City Community School gyms. Games start at 6 p.m. Friday; www.northiowabasketballacademy.com. MAY 28-29: Dressage Bara Trac 1 Horse Show, North Iowa Fair Facility; 641-423-3811. Talented horse and rider teams perform intricate patterns and difficult moves. MAY 29: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. MAY 31: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot.
JUNE EVENTS THROUGH JUNE 18: Art of Africa, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 641-421-3666. Free admission; www.macniderart.org. THROUGH JUNE 25: Cerro Gordo Photo Show: 31, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 641-421-3666. Free admission; www.macniderart.org. JUNE 2-4: Ackley Sauerkraut Days. Midway, free sauerkraut and wieners, entertainment, parade; www.ackleyiowa.net. JUNE 3: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. JUNE 3: Friday Night Out, Osage. 5-9 p.m. Endless Summer band, food, beverages and games for the kids.
JUNE 3: Classic Car Night, 4-8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant, 809 S. Grand Ave., cruise through town begins at 8. JUNE 3: Savoy Brown, with special guest Crow, Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake. Doors open at 8 p.m.; tickets, $20 advance, $25 at the door; www.surfballroom.com. JUNE 3-5: Free fishing weekend. JUNE 4: MotoFest II motorcycle/motor scooter rally, from noon, City Park, Clear Lake. Bike show, vintage bike and scooter displays, food, bands, stunt shows, demonstrations, skill competitions, rally fun run. Rally ride registration, 9 a.m.-noon. Pre-event ride, 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the Surf. www.northiowamag.com. JUNE 4: Clear Lake Fishing Club Kid’s Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 641-357-4151. Ages 16 and under with an adult. Food and prizes; www.clearlakefishingclub.com. JUNE 4: Take Me Back Festival. Johnny Holm Band, 8 p.m.-midnight, Surf Ballroom. Admission is a $5 suggested donation; www.surfballroom.com. JUNE 4: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003, www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. JUNE 4-5: Hy-Vee Invitational Baseball Tournament, Holcim Park Baseball Complex, 641-424-8558; www.mcyouthbaseball.com/tournaments.html. JUNE 4-5: Iowa NBHA District 2 Barrel Race, North
Iowa Fair Facility, 641-423-3811. Timed barrel racing events; www.ianbha.com. JUNE 4-5: Sectional Duplicate Bridge Tournament, Senior Activity Center, 326 Fourth St. N.E., 641-4238731. JUNE 5: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. JUNE 5: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., East Park. JUNE 5: Vintage Car Day, 1-5 p.m., Kinney Pioneer Museum, 641-423-1258. North Iowa Vintage Automobile Club will display vintage automobiles on the lawn. Food, music and exhibits. Museum admission, $3 adults, $1 children. JUNE 7: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. JUNE 7: Tuesday on the Town, Hampton. JUNE 7-9: Insectigations! 10:45 a.m.-noon, Lime Creek Nature Center, 641-421-3673. Hands-on camp for children ages 7-8, $20. Registration required;. www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us. JUNE 7-9: Tiny Tot Nature Camp, 9-10:15 a.m., Lime Creek Nature Center, 641.421.3673, children ages 4-6, $20. Registration required; www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us.
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E52 • EXPLORE! SUMMER 2011 • THE GLOBE GAZETTE Concert, 7:30 p.m., East Park. JUNE 20: AVA Volksswok. Walkers from across the United States will walk in Clear Lake as part of the American Volkssport Association convention. 5K and 10K routes between 7 a.m. and noon. start at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake. Admission, $2; www.ava.org. JUNE 20-24: Those Amazing Animals! day camp, 911:30 a.m., Lime Creek Nature Center, for children entering third and fourth grades. Cost, $20; pre-registration by June 15, 641-423-5309. JUNE 21: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. JUNE 21: Tuesday on the Town, Hampton. JUNE 22: Taste of Clear Lake, 6 p.m. Lady of the Lake, Clear Lake; reservations required. Tickets, $20, at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office, 641357-2159. JUNE 23: Thursdays on Main, 5-9 p.m. downtown Clear Lake; music, crafts, vendors, family fun activities including a bounce house. JUNE 24: Surf Ballroom Annual Gala featuring the High & Mighty Band, 6-11:55 p.m., Surf Ballroom; wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction; www.surfballroom.com. JUNE 24: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. JUNE 24: Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m. Central Park, Charles City. Band: Easy Street; kids activities, food and beverages. JUNE 24-26: Dressage Lite Horse Show, North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-423-3811. Region 4 Junior Rider team champions. Talented horse and rider teams perform intricate patterns. JUNE 24-26: Water Over the Dam Days, Nashua. Parade, games, food, contests; www.nashua-ia.com. JUNE 25: Cannonball Day, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m., East Park, Mason City. Celebrate North Iowa’s railroad heritage — kids’ fun run, kids’ pedal tractor pull, Bill Riley Talent Show, Lions Club barbecue chicken, music by Connie and Mark Suby, and Bill Dewey’s Tribute to Johnny Cash and more. Free admission; www.friendsofthe457.org. JUNE 25: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003, www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. JUNE 25: Tour of Gardens and Homes, Clear Lake. Tickets, 641-357-0700; proceeds support Central Gardens of North Iowa; www.central-gardens.org. JUNE 25: Ice Cream Social, 3:30-5 p.m., Rose Cottage Tea Room, 114 N. Third St., Clear Lake. JUNE 25: Clear Lake Municipal Band, 7 p.m. City Park. JUNE 25: Nora Springs Fireman’s Ball, parade at 4 p.m., barbecue and live music. JUNE 25: Fourth annual Bike Ride Around Mitchell County (BRAM), Osage. Ride starts on Main Street at 8 a.m. JUNE 25: Coulter Fun Day; parade, food, activities and fireworks.
JUNE 25: Swaledale Big Day. JUNE 25-26: Mason City Swim Club Swim meet, Mason City Aquatic Center, 641-494-7540; www.usaswimming.org/IA/MCSC.club. JUNE 26: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. JUNE 26: Clear Lake Municipal Band, 3 p.m. City Park. JUNE 26: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., East Park. JUNE 26: Lonny Lynn Orchestra, 5:30-10 p.m., Surf Ballroom, Big Band Dance Club Series; www.surfballroom.com. JUNE 27-JULY 1: Outdoor Adventures day camp, Lime Creek Nature Center, for children entering fifth and sixth grades. Cost, $20; pre-registration by June 22, 641-423-5309. JUNE 28: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. JUNE 28: Tuesday on the Town, Hampton. JUNE 29-JULY 4: July 4th Celebration, downtown Clear Lake, 641-357-2159. Midway with amusement rides, live music. Parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks over Clear Lake at 10 p.m. July 4. Free admission; www.clearlakeiowa.com.
JULY EVENTS JUNE 30-JULY 2: ABATE Freedom Rally, Algona. Live bands, food, vendors; 515-295-7201, www.abateiowafreedomrally.com. JUNE 29-JULY 4: July 4th Celebration, downtown Clear Lake, 641-357-2159. Midway with amusement rides, live music. Parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks over Clear Lake at 10 p.m. July 4. Free admission; www.clearlakeiowa.com. JULY 1-4: America’s Hometown July Fourth Celebration, Charles City. Parade, Firecracker Five walk/run, music, food vendors, sporting events, family activities, Bill Riley talent show, fireworks. Kids’ Day July 1, with children’s parade, carnival, inflatables. 641-228-4234, www.charlescitychamber.com. JULY 1: Montgomery Gentry, Surf Ballroom. Doors open at 8 p.m. JULY 1: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. JULY 1: Friday Night Out, Osage. The Dweebs band, food, beverages and games for the kids. JULY 2: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003, www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. JULY 2-3: July Jubilee, Lake Mills; parade, community picnic, entertainment in the park, children’s games, street dance, antique tractor show and radio controlled airplanes. JULY 3: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa
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JULY 8-10: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-423-3811; free; www.northiowafair.org. JULY 8-10: Duesey Days, Garner. Boogie & the Yo Yo’z Saturday night, Cow-Chip Bingo, parade, craft show, inflatables; www.garneriachamber.com. JULY 9: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003, www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. JULY 9: Sandbaggin’ Day, Dumont; garage sales, a home business expo, United Methodist Church breakfast and bake sale, tractor and motorcycle rides, kids’ games, bingo, parade, brat and burger fry, obstacle course race and free dance with music by WildCard. JULY 9: Lions Breakfast by the Lake, fundraiser for the Clear Lake Lions Pride Lions Club, 7 a.m.-noon. JULY 9: Second Saturday, artist demonstration, 1-2 p.m. Clear Lake Arts Center. JULY 9: The Clear Lake Municipal Band, 7 p.m., City Park band shell. JULY 10: Conestoga Cookout, noon-4 p.m., Kinney Pioneer Museum, 641-423-1258. Old-fashioned pork barbecue, special entertainment and exhibits. Admission fee includes the meal. JULY 10: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. JULY 10: The Clear Lake Municipal Band, 3 p.m., City Park band shell. JULY 10: Mason City Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. East Park. JULY 10: Custom Antique and Rod Association car show, Central Park, Charles City. JULY 10: Summer Garden Party, 6 p.m. Central Gardens, Clear Lake. Food, beverages, music, live and silent auctions. Tickets available from Central Gardens, 641-357-0700; www.central-gardens.org. JULY 10: Sammy Jensen Orchestra, 5:30-10 p.m.,
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ties, community meal and live entertainment. JULY 31: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. JULY 31: Greene Herb Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 115 N. Main, Greene, 641-823-4562; vendors, seminars, free admission. JULY 31: Clear Lake Evening Lions Hamburger and Sweet Corn Feed, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Clear Lake City Park. Sweet corn eating contest in the afternoon. JULY 31: Brian Wilson, Surf Ballroom; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 advance, $40 at the door; www.surfballroom.com.
Clear Lake Public Library, 641-357-6133. JULY 23: Iowa Storytelling Festival, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. City Park; free performances by the Midwest’s finest storytellers; Clear Lake Public Library, 641-3576133. JULY 23: Clear Lake Arts Center’s Art Sail, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., City Park, featuring 75 juried artists; 641-3571998, www.clartscenter.com. JULY 23-24: 19th Annual Lakeside DixieFest, band shell, Clear Lake City Park. Dixieland Jazz by professional jazz bands Saturday evening, and noon-9 p.m. Sunday; showcase.netins.net/web/dixiefest/index.html. JULY 23-24: Wilder Days, Allison; parade and games. JULY 23: Rockford Fun Day/Firemen’s Ball; parade, children’s activities, Firemen’s Ball. JULY 24: Heartland Bowhunters Extravaganza, 9 a.m., Highway 65 N.-B20 East; www.mohawkarchery.org; 3-D and 600 Round. JULY 24: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. JULY 24: Sentimental Swing Orchestra, 5:30-10 p.m., Surf Ballroom, Big Band Dance Club Series; www.surfballroom.com. JULY 25-28: Iowa Choral Director’s Association Summer Convention, North Iowa Auditorium; choral conventions with clinicians and performers from across the country; www.iowachoral.org. JULY 26: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. JULY 27-30: Inland Lakes Yachting Association X Championships, Clear Lake; national event with a senior fleet, ages 14-16, and junior fleet, 11-14; www.clyciowa.com. JULY 28: Thursday’s on Main, 5-9 p.m. downtown Clear Lake; music, crafts, vendors, family activities; www.clearlakeiowa.com. JULY 29: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. JULY 29: Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m. Central Park, Charles City. Kids’ activities, food and beverages. Music by PV and the Phantoms; www.charlescitychamber.com. JULY 30: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003, www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. JULY 30: Latimer Fun Day; parade, children’s activi-
THROUGH AUG. 27: Area Show: 42 Best in Show, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, featuring the work of Larry Gregson, Mason City. Free admission; www.macniderart.org AUG. 2: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. AUG. 3-7: Kossuth County Fair, 515-295-7201, www.algona.org AUG. 4: Thursday’s on Main, 5-9 p.m. downtown Clear Lake; music, crafts, vendors, family activities; www.clearlakeiowa.com. AUG. 5: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot. AUG. 5-6: Summer Dance Cruise/C.L.A.S.S. Car Show, Clear Lake, 641-357-2675, 641-357-6366.“Cruise Around the Lake” Friday night, car show Saturday afternoon and 1950s-’60s dance Saturday night. AUG. 5: Friday Night Out, Osage, 5-9 p.m. Crossfire band, food, beverages, and games for the kids. AUG. 5: Classic Car Night, 4-8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant, 809 S. Grand Ave., Charles City, cruise through town begins at 8. AUG. 5-6: Paso Fino Horse Show, North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-423-3811 AUG. 5-6: Sales tax holiday AUG. 5-7: Dows Corn Days; entertainment Friday night, Depot Run, parade, free sweet corn Saturday. Church service Sunday; 515-852-4151. AUG. 5-7: Wapsi Days, Riceville. Games, food, 5K race on the WGWL Trail, Howard County barbecue contest, crafts, antique farm equipment, teen dance, street dance, grand parade, beanbag tournament. AUG. 6: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003; www.mainstreetmasoncity.org AUG. 6: Marble Rock Fun Days. AUG. 6-7: Fertile Days; children’s activities, parade, flea market, community meal. AUG. 6-7: Bara Trac II Dressage Horse Show, North Iowa Fair Facility. Region 4 adult team champions. Talented horse and rider teams perform intricate patterns and difficult moves in a competition setting. AUG. 7: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. AUG. 7: Marriage Reunion at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, 2730 Cheyenne Ave., Nashua; 641-4352027, www.littlebrownchurch.org. AUG. 7: Guy Lombardo Orchestra, 5:30-10 p.m., Surf Ballroom, Big Band Dance Club Series; www.surfballroom.com. AUG. 9: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. AUG. 11: Thursday’s on Main, 5-9 p.m. downtown Clear Lake; music, crafts, vendors, family activities; www.clearlakeiowa.com. AUG. 11-14: 111th National Hobo Convention, Britt; crowning of the hobo king and queen, free Mulligan stew, parade, inflatables, food, entertainment and flea market. AUG. 12: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City.
THE GLOBE GAZETTE • EXPLORE! SUMMER 2011 • E55 AUG. 12: Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m. Central Park, Charles City. Music by Endless Summer. Kids’ activities, food and beverages. AUG. 12-13: Summerfest, Bandshell Park, Hampton. Live entertainment, food vendors, inflatable games for kids, and contests. AUG. 12-14: Cedar Valley Memories Steam Engine Show, Osage. See a working Reeves 40-140 Cross Compound built in 1914, a 1910 Phoenix log hauler, 1910 Blumentrit two cylinder, and the 1901 Frazee auto built in Osage. AUG. 12-14: Eighth annual Kicken N Chicken Weekend, Rockwell; rodeo, softball tournament, chicken dinner, street dance, live music and car show. AUG. 13: Back to School Style Show, 11:30 a.m. Southbridge Mall, 641-423-6688; www.southbridgemall.net AUG. 13: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003; www.mainstreetmasoncity.org AUG. 13: Second Saturday, Clear Lake Arts Center; local artist demonstrations, 1-2 p.m.; www.clartscenter.com. AUG. 13: Children’s Pirate Party, 1-3 p.m., Lady of the Lake; www.cruiseclearlake.com. AUG. 13: Pirate Party Cruise, 7-9:30 p.m., Lady of the Lake. Cruise for adults with pizza and cash bar, costumes encouraged. Tickets, $22; www.cruiseclearlake.com. AUG. 14: Heartland Bowhunter Extravaganza, 3-D and 600 Round, 9 a.m. Highway 65 North — B20 East; www.mohawkarchery.org AUG. 14: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-424-6515, www.I-35speedway.com. Admission: $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; ages 5 and younger free. AUG. 12-14: North Iowa Fair Flea Market, North Iowa Fair Facility, 641-423-3811. Free admission; www.north-
iowafair.org AUG. 16: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. AUG. 19: Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Kmart parking lot, Mason City. AUG. 19: Friday Night Live, 6-10 p.m. Central Park, Mason City, 641-494-0003. Food, fun and music. Free admission; www.mainstreetmasoncity.org. AUG. 19: Classic Car Night, 4-8 p.m., Dave’s Restaurant, 809 S. Grand Ave., Charles City, cruise through town begins at 8. AUG. 19: Blues Traveler, Surf Ballroom; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door; www.surfballroom.com. AUG. 19-21: Prairie Homestead Antique Power and Country Craft Show, Jenison-Meacham Memorial Art Center and Farmstead, Belmond. National Plowing Contest, entertainment, food, antique tractor pull; www.belmondartscenter.org. AUG. 20: Art-a-Fest, Central Park, Charles City. Artisans, vendors, live music and entertainment, food, children’s activities. 641-228-6284, www.charlescityarts.com. AUG. 20: 19th Amendment Society open house, Carrie Chapman Catt home, Charles City. AUG. 20: Rock Falls Fun Days. 5k run/walk, 8 a.m.; wine tasting, bean bag tournament, kids pedal tractor pull and Main Event DJ at 8 p.m. AUG. 20: Sourdough Days, Sheffield; parade, live music, fireworks and lunch and activities in City Park. AUG. 20: Mason City Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Central Park, 641-494-0003; www.mainstreetmasoncity.org AUG. 21: Kids Day, 1-5 p.m., Kinney Pioneer Museum, 641-423-1258. Special day devoted to kids with handson activities, games and prizes. Admission: $3 adults, $1 children. AUG. 21: I-35 Speedway Races, 6 p.m., North Iowa
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