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from A to Z A is for Aquatic Center. The Rosedale Rapids/Fort Dodge Aquatic Center/Schmoker Family Park includes a large lap pool with diving boards and a slide, a shallow pool filled with water toys for young children, three large slides and a lazy river.

from County Clare, Ireland. Many of their descendants still call the community home. J is for July Fourth. Gowrie, the second-largest town in Webster County, is well known for its Fourth of July celebration, which has had coverage from CNN and the New York Times.

B is for Bandshell. The Oleson Park Bandshell, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, has been restored and is used as a concert venue. The bandshell is a rare example of a totally cast-in-place, reinforced concrete structure. C is for Corridor of Commerce. Signs along Fifth Avenue South and Kenyon Road proclaim the Corridor of Commerce, an outgrowth of the Envision 2030 strategy plan. The project includes widening and beautification of the corridor area. D is for Dragoons. The country’s first mounted military unit, the Dragoons conducted the first official exploration of the Des Moines River Valley. They selected two sites for future military posts, which became the cities of Fort Dodge and Des Moines. E is for Eating. Dining choices range from casual to fine dining, from fast food and pizza to international menus, and from national chains to homegrown cafes. F is for First. The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, a gift to the city in 1932, was the first permanent art museum in Iowa. Works by Chagall, Whistler and Rembrandt are among its permanent collection.

K is for Karl King. The bandleader, musician and composer’s legacy is carried on through performances by the Karl L. King Municipal Band, which offers free concerts throughout the spring and summer seasons. L is for Lizard Creek. The stream that runs through the northwest part of Fort Dodge is a popular destination for canoe paddlers and kayakers. G is for Gypsum. Gypsum mining began in Webster County in the 1860s. The first plaster mill was built in Fort Dodge in 1872. At one time, the town was home to 13 gypsum mills. H is for Huge Horse. Callender, a community west of Fort Dodge, was home to Brooklyn Supreme, billed as “the largest horse in the world,” when he was exhibited all over the country from 1935 to 1948. Brookie weighed 3,200 pounds, wore a 40-inch collar and stood 19 1/2 hands high. I is for Irish. Most of the early residents of Clare, a railroad town in northwest Webster County, immigrated

M is for Mansions. The Oak Hill Historic District features large, stately homes that were built between the Civil War and World War I. Open to the public for special occasions, one of the homes, the Ringland-Smeltzer House, built in 1903, epitomizes the Golden Age in Fort Dodge. N is for Name change. Fort Dodge was originally known as Fort Clarke. It was renamed in 1851 in honor of Wisconsin Territory Gov. Henry Dodge because another Fort Clarke existed and having two was causing mixups in the delivery of mail and supplies. O is for Oakland Cemetery. The 40acre cemetery, which was designed in 1859, is on the National Register of Historic Places. A fund-raising cemetery walk, featuring costumed re-enactors, is held annually in June.


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P is for Parades. Fort Dodge is home to the Frontier Days Parade down Central Avenue each June, in conjunction with Frontier Days events at the Fort Museum. Gowrie holds an annual Fourth of July parade, and Lehigh features a parade during its annual River Days. Q is for Quality natural areas. Webster County Conservation maintains more than 900 acres that are managed as wildlife habitat areas. R is for Robbers. Infamous bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow camped across the railroad tracks in Barnum, west of Fort Dodge, after knocking over a nearby bank in Calhoun County. S is for Shopping. The Crossroads Mall features four wings of shopping opportunities. Regular events include craft shows, boat and car shows. Naturally, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus visit during holiday seasons. T is for Tusk. In 1933, to commemorate the issuance of circus postage stamps, everyone in Barnum was given a chance to attend the Barnum and Bailey Circus in Des Moines. Accompanying the tickets, to everyone’s surprise, was the largest visitor to ever set foot in town — an elephant known as King Tusk. U is for Unknown. More than 100 years ago, when soldiers crossed a creek in northern Webster County, they came upon a feisty animal they had never seen before. The critter, which they eventually identified as a badger, lent its name to a town, a township and a lake. V is for lovely Views. Huddled deep in the Des Moines River Valley, the town of Lehigh boasts views of scenic woodlands and ample outdoor opportuni-

ties. The Des Moines River cuts the community in two and provides some spectacular scenery. W is for Webster County Fair. Events at the Webster County Fairgrounds include 4-H exhibits, mini tractor pull, the king and queen contests, motocross, free watermelon, a sweet corn feed, rodeo and the Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractors. X is for EXtreme outdoor sports venue. The Gypsum City OffHighway Vehicle Park is one of only four ATV parks in Iowa. Y is for Young cowboys. More than 70 years ago, three young Dayton cowboys began entertaining picnickers with rope tricks in the city park. Today, ropers and bronc riders from throughout the United States converge on Dayton every Labor Day weekend for one of the top rodeos in the state. Z is for Z-z-z. There are 14 existing

hotels in Fort Dodge with more than 700 rooms where travelers can get a good night’s sleep. Construction of a Sleep Inn is scheduled to begin in the summer on the west side of town.


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A little bit about Fort Dodge is a community with a colorful past, an optimistic present and an unstoppable future. One of Iowa’s most valuable mineral resources is found in a small area of central Webster County, in and around Fort Dodge. The resource is gypsum, and the local deposits are one of the most pure gypsum deposits on Earth. Today, gypsum is primarily used to produce wallboard. Gypsum mining began in Webster County in the 1860s, and the first plaster mill in the area, Fort Dodge Plaster Mill, was built in 1872. In all, there were 13 gypsum mills, and today four plants still exist: Certainteed, Georgia-Pacific, National Gypsum Co. and USG. Iowa ranks second only to Oklahoma in annual gypsum production in the nation, and 75 percent of the gypsum mined in Iowa comes from Webster County. Signs along Fifth Avenue South and Kenyon Road today proclaim the Corridor of Commerce, an outgrowth of the Envision 2030 strategy plan. The project includes the widening and beautification of the corridor area. Signs mark the Dragoon Trail, a scenic drive along the Des Moines River that follows the path of the 1st United States Dragoons. Dragoons were the country’s first mounted military unit. In 1835, the Dragoons were ordered to conduct the first official exploration of the Des Moines River Valley. They left their post near modern-day Montrose on the Mississippi River with 165 Dragoons, five four-mule teams and

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fort dodge wagons, tents, provisions, pack horses and beef cattle. The men moved northwesterly, until reaching the mouth of the Boone River, north of present-day Stratford. On Aug. 4, the Dragoons camped on the banks of Deer Creek, six miles north of Fort Dodge, and the next day crossed the “Lizard River,” naming it for the numerous creatures seen scampering along its banks. The Dragoons, who returned to the starting point on Aug. 19, had ridden 1,100 miles in a little more than two months. They selected and recommended sites for two future military posts which would eventually become the cities of Fort Dodge and Des Moines. In 1850, U.S. Army soldiers, charged with building a garrison in the area, pitched their tents on a site near the mouth of Lizard Creek where they found plentiful timber, good water and plenty of stone for building. They also found a land full of wild game. By one early account, there were elk, deer, bear, panthers and wildcats. “Buffalo wallows and trails were to be seen in every direction,” according to Major William Williams, considered to be the founder of Fort Dodge.

Building began in late August and by Nov. 12, buildings were habitable at the new post, Fort Clarke. In the fall of 1851, the post was renamed Fort Dodge in honor of Wisconsin Territory Gov. Henry Dodge because another Fort Clarke already existed and having two was causing mixups in the delivery of supplies and mail. The fort was abandoned by the military in 1853, and Williams purchased the property from the state of Iowa. He began to lay out the original plat of Fort Dodge in 1854. A marker, situated in the 300 block of First Avenue North, shows the original location of the military fort that later became the community of Fort Dodge.


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A little bit about

webster county It’s impossible to appreciate the present in rural Webster County without taking a few glances at the past. More than 100 years ago, as a group of soldiers crossed a creek, they came upon a badger — an animal they had never seen before. The feisty badger scared the soldiers’ dogs, but didn’t deter families from settling in the area in the mid-1800s. And badgers couldn’t keep families from living in the town, which was later named after the determined animal, as was the creek, a township and a lake. Badger has three city parks, which include a baseball diamond, and tennis and basketball courts. There is a multiple-use county park, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, four miles southwest of Badger, offering fishing, boating, camping, picnic and playground areas. The Lakeside Municipal Golf Course is adjacent to the park. The Des Moines River is four miles west of Badger, and eight miles north of Badger is the Three Rivers Bike-Snowmobile Trail. One of Barnum’s claims to fame also involves an animal, but a much different creature indeed. The entire population of the community was once given tickets to the Barnum and Bailey Circus. To celebrate the issuance of commemorative circus postage stamps, everyone in town was given a chance to attend the circus in Des Moines. Accompanying the tickets, much to the townspeople’s delight and surprise, was the largest visitor ever to set foot in Barnum — an elephant

named King Tusk.

housed the horse and was his handler.

Of course, King Tusk isn’t necessarily the most famous visitor in Barnum. After knocking over the nearby Knierim bank in Calhoun County in 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow camped across the railroad tracks.

The horse weighed 3,200 pounds, wore a 40-inch collar and stood 19 1/2 hands high. “Brookie,” as he was known, was exhibited all over the country from 1935 to 1948. When he died, he was buried in his stall on the Fogelman farm.

A railroad town in the truest sense of the word, Barnum was laid out by the Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad in 1875. It was named after a U.S. senator from Connecticut who, at that time, owned vast tracts of land in the area. Callender, another railroad town, can also claim a famous large animal in its midst. One of the town’s most famous residents was Brooklyn Supreme, the “largest horse in the world.” Ralph Fogelman, who lived near Callender,

Yet another railroad town, Clare, packs a whole lot of heritage into a small package. Most of the early residents, being from County Clare, Ireland, decided to give a nod to their homeland. And, many of the people of Clare today are their descendants. The earliest residents lived in log and sod homes. During the mid-19th century, the Pre-emption Act gave settlers a chance to buy land at $1.25 an acre.


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area celebrations Frontier Days at the Fort Museum in Fort Dodge kicks off the summer schedule of events. The festivities will be June 5-7. Among the highlights is a Saturday morning parade down Central Avenue and plenty of live music all weekend at the Fort Museum. Lehigh River Days will be June 19-20 and will include its own Main Street parade, games, a flea market and a street dance. Gowrie will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration July 35. Festivities will include a craft fair, food stand, old-fashioned chicken dinner, carnival, car show and fire department water fights. The Independence Day Parade is a 10 a.m. July 4.

Otho is also famous for its annual Fourth of July Festival which typically includes a pancake breakfast a parade, water fights in the park and fireworks at dusk. Harcourt Appreciation Day, a day jam-packed with family activities, typically including a car show, will be held Aug. 1-2. And, as always, the Dayton Rodeo provides a wrap up to summer with four days of bronc-busting, boot-wearing fun. The annual Dayton National Championship Rodeo will be held Sept. 4-7.


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a bustling town

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Gowrie is the second-largest town in Webster County behind Fort Dodge and is well-known for its Fourth of July celebration — with reporters from CNN and the New York Times at past festivities. This bustling town is approximately 24 miles southwest of Fort Dodge and features numerous attractions for young and old. Its city park is the Betty Nyght Hamilton Bandshell. The original was built in 1916; the new version was constructed in 1996. Gowrie Municipal Golf Course, which first opened on Labor Day in 1956, features nine holes of golf for the links enthusiast. The city’s pool and its bathhouses have a new look, thanks to a $1.1 million renovation project. Other features include a museum, a nature trail, summer concerts the Gowrie Arts Council’s summer concert series and dozens of businesses. For more information on Gowrie businesses, contact the Gowrie Development Commission, gowrie@wccta.net.


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home of the rodeo Ropers and bronc riders from throughout the United States converge on the small town of Dayton each Labor Day weekend — Friday through Monday — for what is considered to be one of the top rodeo events in the state — the Dayton National Championship Rodeo. Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts crowd the hillside and natural amphitheater of the rodeo grounds each year to watch both professional and amateur bronc riders compete for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.

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dayton The rodeo is also known for its wildly famous Budweiser Wild Horse Race. This event is one of the most exciting spectacles at the Dayton Rodeo as unridden mustangs are released into the arena and teams comprised of three cowboys are sent out to tame the wild beasts. In fact, participants of the Wild Horse Race say that the key to winning the event is to nibble on the mustang’s ear while saddling it up in order to keep it from bucking. As each team tries its own method to saddle up the mustang, the crowd goes wild in this exciting event that is a favorite of most spectators. The rodeo also features a number of entertainers including the ever-popular rodeo clowns who keep the cowboys safe from the broncing bulls.

PRCA-sanctioned events at the annual rodeo include saddle bronc, bareback riding, calf roping, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and women’s barrel racing. Novice events include bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding.

The annual rodeo event is more than 70 years in the making as three young Dayton cowboys began entertaining picnickers with rope tricks in the town park years ago. Their fancy footwork and toss of the rope quickly drew the eye of county rodeo hounds and birthed the concept of the Dayton Rodeo.

In its early days, the rodeo became so popular that the event actually outgrew two locations — the pasture of cowboy Allen Porter and the local golf course. The event’s current location is on Iowa Highway 175. Sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and at 1:30 p.m. Monday. However, there’s more to Dayton than just the rodeo. The community in the southern part of Webster County is believed to have been settled since 1848. The town was laid out in 1856 by Benjamin Allison, who also built the first house in town and started the first saw mill. Some of the early settlers made their homes in caves in the hillsides until their log cabins were built. The city’s official website relates the tale of The Dayton Riot, in which troublemakers from Boone caused a commotion, wrecking Burnquist’s Hall. Dayton citizens attempted to help their town marshal, who was shot and later died of his wound. The “whole gang of rioters” was sent to Fort Dodge for trial.


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A lovely river town

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lehigh

Huddled deep in the Des Moines River Valley, the town of Lehigh boasts of scenic woodlands and ample outdoor recreational opportunities. The community is wedged between Dolliver Memorial State Park and Brushy Creek State Recreation Area. The Des Moines River cuts the community in two and provides some spectacular scenery. Descending into the valley from the hill atop the west bank of the river is a downtown where Main Street is still a bustling place. Also on the west bank is the Lehigh Historical Society Museum where the hard-working, blue-collar past of the community is kept highlighted. Built on seams of coal and large deposits of clay and shale, Lehigh was originally called Slabtown. Settlers were drawn to the beauty of the area in the 1850s, but by the fall of 1860 the population had dropped to 16 people after a couple years of poor wheat crops. “Those who remained

did so because they were unable to leave,” wrote Basil Williams in the 1976 edition of “Webster’s Prairies: the Township History of the County.” But the town hung on, making its way with timber, coal and clay, In 1880, it was renamed Lehigh. The east bank of the Des Moines is the side of the river where logrolling competitions have been held in June during the town’s summer festival —

Lehigh River Days. River Days highlights typically also include a parade, car show, flea market, street dance and community church service. This year, River Days will be held June 19-20.


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Fort Dodge Public Library 424 Central Ave. 573-8167 www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and closed Saturday and Sunday.

Fort Dodge Regional Airport 1639 Nelson Ave. 573-3881 www.fortdodgeiowa.org>Departments

Webster County Law Enforcement Center 702 First Ave. S. Emergency: 911 Non-emergency: 573-2323, police; 573-1410, sheriff Crime Stoppers: 573-1444

Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau 822 Central Ave. , No. 406 573-4282 www.fortdodgecvb.com Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. daily

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Webster County sites on the National Register of Historic Places Webster County Court House 701 Central Ave. The Beh Building 629 Central Ave. Corpus Christi Church 416 N. Eighth St. Webb Vincent House 824 Third Ave. S. Oakland Cemetery 1600 N. 15th St.

Lorenzo S. Coffin burial plot Northwest of Fort Dodge off Iowa Highway 7 Oleson Park Music Pavillion 1400 Oleson Park Ave. Dolliver Memorial State Park North of Iowa Highway 50 on the Des Moines River, Lehigh

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Who’s here? What’s it like? Population Climate Fort Dodge — 25,136

Webster County — 40,235

Average winter temperature — 19.6 degrees

Iowa — 2,926,324

Average summer temperature — 71.5 degrees Average annual rainfall — 33.9 inches Average annual snowfall — 39.5 inches

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Fort Museum and Frontier Village

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One quarter mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Kenyon Road at 1 Museum Road Open daily from May 1 to Oct. 15. Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free, cost for adults is $7 and students ages 5 to 17 are admitted for $3. The museum recalls the community’s beginnings as an army post built in 1850 along the river valley and includes its rich historical background as the community continued to grow. A replica 1862 fort/blockhouse contains collections from Fort Dodge’s past. Within the stockade is the sutler store, the blockhouse, the adjutant’s office and the Company E barracks. Inside the walls of the buildings are exhibits of period furniture, pioneer, Native American and military collections as well as exhibits relating to the town’s gypsum history. Visitors can learn about one of the country’s greatest hoaxes, the Cardiff Giant. Just a short stroll from the fort stockade lies Front Street, a set of original and replica buildings including an 1855 log home, a small-town jail, one-room school house, print shop, blacksmith shop, general store, chapel, livery stable, cabinet shop, drugstore and tinsmith shop. Historic artisans and entertain frequent the buildings, and the museum will be the site of the international tinsmiths and coppersmiths convergence June 26-28 with demonstrations and classes open to the public.

Oak Hill Historic District Between Second Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South. Eighth Street is it western boundary; 13th Street is its western boundary The large, stately homes located there were built between the Civil War and World War I by prominent Fort Dodge businessmen, industrialists and bankers who helped develop the young town. The development of Oak Hill was in three major phases (pre-1880, 1880-1885, and 1890-1910) and reflected major stages of growth in the town. The entire neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Webster County Museum and Thrift/Gift Shop 515 School St., Otho Open Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by freewill donation. 972-4544. Appointments can also be made for tours of the museum by calling 972-4804. It contains a number of artifacts and collections from throughout Webster County including railroad, military and mining items. Also on display at the museum are arts, crafts, photography, farm and dairy items, quilts, fashion, music and medical and hospital items.

Gowrie City Museum Gowrie, named after a city in Scotland, grew along the old Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad. Its railroad past and the rest of its heritage is preserved in an old red-and-white train depot that serves as the city’s museum. It is located on the north edge of town, adjacent to the sports complex.

Oleson Park Bandshell South end of 17th Street The bandshell, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1935-36 by the Federal Works Progress Administration. It was designed by internationally known architect Henry Kamphoefer. In recent years, it has been restored and is used as a concert venue.


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Ringland-Smeltzer House 1019 Second Ave. S. Built in 1903, the house epitomizes the industry and success of its owner and the community. George Ringland’s patent for improving plaster contributed to the growth of the gypsum industry. He was a founder of one of the nation’s leading corporations, U.S. Gypsum Co. The home was last occupied by his granddaughter, Ann Smeltzer, who died in 1999. She set up a charitable trust, and the house, which is available to rent for public gatherings, is in the process of a 12-year renovation and restoration.

Oakland Cemetery North 15th Street A rural cemetery movement that started on the East Coast influenced Oakland Cemetery’s winding roads and hills. The 40-acre cemetery, located off North 15th Street, was designed in 1859. The graves of many influential people from the community’s past are in this graveyard, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historical Marker 300 block of First Avenue North A marker shows the original location of the military fort that later became the community of Fort Dodge. The map on the marker, which was constructed through grants from the Fort Dodge Community Foundation, Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust and State Historical Society of Iowa, shows the original plat of the community, as drawn by Major William Williams in 1854.

Lehigh Historical Museum The museum has photographs from the old high school as well as displays of arrowheads and samples of the bricks once made at a brickwork


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ARTourism William King’s ‘Parade’ Intersection of Fifth Avenue South and South Eighth Street A silvery sculpture, it embodies the essence of community spirit. The elongated and larger-than-life forms of King’s sculptures often poke fun at the realities of human action and interaction. King is an internationally renowned sculpture known for his simplified figurative cutouts in metal.

Blanden Memorial Art Museum 920 Third Ave. S. Works by Chagall, Whistler and Rembrandt are among the permanent collection at the museum, which was the first permanent art facility in the state. In 1930, Charles G. Blanden, a businessman and poet, decided to donate $40,000 to build an art gallery in honor of his late wife, Elizabeth. Today, the museum features a changing slate of exhibits, classes and a summer arts festival. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.


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Webster County Courthouse 701 Central Ave. The building was re-dedicated in 2001, following a morethan-$4 million renovation. Cleaning and repairing the limestone exterior of the building began in 1985. The copper clock tower was restored at that time.

Karl L. King statue Karl King Memorial Park, surrounding the Fort Dodge Public Library on the City Square Karl L. King’s distinguished career as a musician and composer made him a legend in his own lifetime. But his bond and continued service to Fort Dodge also made him one of the most prolific musicians the state of Iowa has ever seen. He was a master at writing music that matched the rhythm of the circus and rose to leadership positions with some of the most famous circus bands in the country, including Barnum and Bailey. His legacy lives on throughout the Fort Dodge area as the Karl L. King Municipal Band continues to play Sunday night concerts throughout the spring and summer. The life-sized bronze statue of King was installed in 2006.


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Downtown murals Artists have taken to the walls to depict the past and present in Fort Dodge. At the Plaza on Central, a mural shows Fort Dodge’s agricultural and railroad history. Across from the City Square, a mural serves as a reminder of the Eilers Hotel that once stood on the Square.


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Lodging Comfort Inn — 2928 Fifth Ave. S., 573-3731

AmericInn — 100 Kenyon Road, 576-2100 Country Inn by Carlson — 3529 Fifth Ave. S., 955-2259

Budget Host Inn — 116 Kenyon Road, 955-8501 Countryside Inn — 324 Kenyon Road, 955-8575 Days Inn — 3040 Fifth Ave. S., 576-8000

Budget Travelers Inn — 300 First Ave. S., 576-2191


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Economy Inn — 3003 Fifth Ave. S., 573-8173 Super 8— 3755 Fifth Ave. S., 576-8788

Hilltop Motel — 1149 Third Ave. N.W., 573-2351

Holiday Inn Express — 300 S. 31st St. 576-3313

Quality Inn — 2001 U.S. Highway 169, 955-3621 Cobblestone Inn and Suites — 23 Kirkberg Blvd. (888) 693-8262

Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites — 1518 Third Ave. N.W., 573-7177


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Corridor of Commerce Fifth Avenue South There are an array of new and longtime retail businesses, offering everything from clothing and cosmetics to cold medicines and car parts.

Farmers Market Northwest Corner of the Crossroads Mall Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays May 30 through Oct. 31; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays June 3 through Oct. 28 Locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally baked goods are available for sale.


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Market on Central Along Central Avenue 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held the second and fourth Saturdays June through September, the event is ranked No. 80 among the Top 101 farmers markets in the nation. With a location in historic downtown Fort Dodge, Market on Central includes locally fresh produce along with homemade baked goods, wines, jams, salsas, cheeses and pasta as well as art work, crafts and entertainment.

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keeping the faith African Methodist Coppin Chapel African Methodist Episcopal

329 First Ave. S. — 576-0073

Assembly of God Hope Assembly of God 805 Central Ave., No. 509 — 573-4171

Baptist Emmanuel Baptist Church 513 S. 19th St. — 955-5482 First Baptist Church 28 N. 10th St. — 573-3517 Harvest Baptist Church 614 Second Ave. S. — 955-3074 Second Baptist Church 1827 Fourth Ave. S. — 955-5530

Catholic Corpus Christi Worship Site 402 N. Eighth St. — 573-3616 Sacred Heart Worship Site 211 S. 13th St. — 573-3616

Christ the King Worship Site Dayton — 573-3616

Pathfinders Church 519 Central Ave. — 955-5864

St. Matthew’s Worship Site Clare — 573-3616

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Worship Site Moorland — 573-3616

First Evangelical Free Church 3058 10th Ave. N. — 573-5763

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The Salvation Army 126 N. Seventh St. — 576-1281

Church of Christ West Side Church of Christ 1132 A St. — 955-3737

Episcopal St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1007 First Ave. S. — 576-2019

Evangelical Evangelical Covenant Church Harcourt — 354-5214 First Covenant Church 201 Ave. H. — 955-3528 Evangelical Covenant Church Lanyon — 879-2414

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2100 N. 15th St. — 576-4675

Lutheran (LCMC) Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Callender — 548-3423

Lutheran (ELCA)

Grace Lutheran Church 211 S. Ninth St. — 576-4106 Lutheran Immanuel Church Burnside — 359-2152

Badger Lutheran Church Badger — 545-3350

South Enes Lutheran Church Vincent — 356-4792

Christ Lutheran Church 2220 10th Ave. N. — 576-4925

St. Olaf Lutheran Church 239 N. 11th St. — 576-2103

Emanuel Lutheran Church Dayton — 547-2405

Trinity Lutheran Church Dayton — 547-2431

Faith Lutheran Church Harcourt — 354-5225 Fulton Lutheran Church of Roelyn Moorland — 549-3560

Washington Lutheran Church Duncombe — 543-8107 Zion Lutheran Church Gowrie — 352-3645


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First United Methodist Church 1002 First Ave. N. — 576-7586

Lutheran

(Missouri Synod) Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1436 21st Ave. N. — 573-3174

Riverside United Methodist Church 610 Ave. C — 955-3211

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 1023 S. 27th St. — 573-8618 St. John’s Lutheran Church Vincent — 356-4406 St. Paul Lutheran Church 400 S. 13th St. — 955-7285

LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1426 N. 32nd St. — 573-8734

Nazarene Church of the Nazarene 1250 N. 24th St. — 576-5925

Nondenominational Church of Damascus Road

Trinity United Methodist Church 838 N. 25th St. — 573-3519 Otho-Kalo Community Church Otho — 972-4388

Pentecostal Pentecostals of Fort Dodge 2001 Highway 169 (Quality Inn) — (319) 521-1231 Calvary Memorial Church of God in Christ 1315 10th Ave. S.W. — 573-2280

Seventh-day Adventist Seventh Day Adventist Church of Fort Dodge 737 15th Ave. N. — 573-7329

Southern Baptist Rolling Hills Community Church 2891 N. 15th St. — 576-5697

United Church of Christ

United Methodist Church Gowrie — 352-3715 United Methodist Church Otho — 359-2243 United Methodist Church Lehigh — 359-2243 United Methodist Church Harcourt — 354-5239

United Church of Christ Moorland — 549-3420

United Methodist Church Vincent — 356-4301

239 N. 11th St. — 955-3579 Community of Christ 23886 Boies St. — 972-4964

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First Presbyterian Church 1111 Fifth Ave. N. — 576-2091

Epworth United Methodist Church 2025 11th Ave. S. — 573-4415

New Covenant Christian Church 3318 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-6222

United Methodist Church Dayton — 547-2225

First Congregational United Church 1611 Williams Drive — 573-3817

Lighthouse Ministries Inc. 1333 Fourth Ave. N. — 573-5569 Prairie Lakes Church 200 Ave. O, 302-8889

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4th Street Depot 300 S. 4th Street — 955-2277 Amigo’s 280 N. First St. — 576-0142 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill 2810 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-7881 Brownie’s Cafe 1712 Central Ave. — 955-6224 Buffalo Wild Wings 2909 Fifth Ave. S. — 573-1182 Buford’s Steakhouse and BBQ 1518 Third Ave. N.W. — 573-2836 Chef’s Kitchen 2510 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-1179 Dayton Community Grocery 22 N. Main St., Dayton — 547-2217 Dodger Deli 22 N. 12th St. — 955-8281 Dunkin Donuts 2520 Fifth Ave. S. — (844) 443-6688, press 2 George’s Diner 1103 S. 22nd St. — 955-8280 Harty’s Caddy Shack Cafe 1101 Central Ave. — 302-8004 Hy-Vee Kitchen 115 S. 29th St. — 573-4105 Ja-Mar Drive In 329 S. 25th St. — 576-4511 Jethro’s 11 S. 16th St. — 576-2371 Lefti’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill 2001 Second Ave. N. — 576-5338

SmokeWorx 2407 S. 25th St.. — 573-0227 Sneakers Eatery and Pub 1317 Central Ave. — 576-3336 Marv’s Market Street Grill and Bar 1132 Market St., Gowrie — 352-9960 Mrs. T’s Mercantile 100 Arthur St., Vincent — 356-2230 Nettie’s Ice Cream and Restaurant 1926 First Ave. S. — 302-8027 Otho Convenience and Food Otho — 972-4641 Otho Pub 200 Sun St., Otho — 972-4481 Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 511 S. 32nd St. — 302-8031

Village Inn 2002 N. 15th St. — 955-2002

Rides Bar and Grill 723 S. 31st. — 576-2811

Yogurt Plus/Pizza Zeppole Crossroads Mall — 576-1919

Riverside Tavern 450 East Main St., Lehigh — 359-9998

Zakeer’s 425 Second Ave. S. — 573-7661

Sports Page Bar and Grill 2707 N. 15th St. — 955-1890

TC Mae’s 1010 First Ave. S. — 573-1101 Tom Thumb Deli/ Dairy Queen 201 N. 15th St. — 955-6125 Tom Thumb Drive Inn 1412 A St. — 955-4051 Tropical Smoothie Cafe 2813 1/2 Fifth Ave. S. — 573-1199 The Vault 423 Main St., Duncombe — 543-4222

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Starlite Village Junction of Highways 7 and 169 — 573-7177

Bloomers on Central 900 Central Ave. — 955-2221 Central Perk and Dessert 14 S. 14th St. — 573-7375

Halvy’s Coney Island Haven 850 S. 18th St. — 955-3329

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Fast food Burger King 2814 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-8845 Culver’s 3048 Fifth Ave. S.— 576-3500

Tea Thyme 2021 Sixth Ave. S. — 576-2202 Willow Ridge 1788 Madison Ave. — 576-5711

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Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza Gowrie — 352-3168 Community Pizza and Tap 2026 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-8202 Domino’s Pizza 1430 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-1111

Dariette 17 S. 12th St., Suite B — 576-0541

Godfather’s Pizza 2305 First Ave. S. — 576-7551

Jimmy John’s 3022 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-5588

Little Caesar’s Pizza 3041 First Ave. S. — 955-3330

Hardee’s 6 S. 15th St. — 576-3471

Marco’s Pizza 1511 Second Ave. N. — 955-6656

KFC/Taco Bell 3057 First Ave. S. — 576-7133 McDonald’s 2509 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-2724

Papa Murphy’s Pizza 2813 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-0100

McDonald’s 107 Ave. O West — 576-6237 Panchero’s 3022 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-0043

Pizza Hut 2940 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-7255

Subway 109 Ave. O — 576-7827

Pizza Ranch 3311 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-5599

Subway 2323 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-7969 Subway (Wal-Mart) 3036 First Ave. S. — 576-4149 Taco John’s 2949 Fifth Ave. S. — 573-8226

Pizza

International Chen Garden 217 S. 25th St. (Crossroads Mall) — 955-3886

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers 2313 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-8274

Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 2007 N. 15th St. — 573-3977 Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 2206 Second Ave. N. — 576-4610

Fine dining

Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 1133 S. 22nd St. — 955-9748

Eiler’s Steakhouse 116 Kenyon Road — 576-2010

Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 1308 Third Ave. N.W. — 955-7738

Lomita’s Mexican Restaurant 140 S. 25th St. — 955-1926

Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 235 Ave. O — 576-1234

Los Tres Amigos 3521 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-6555

Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza 1320 A St. — 955-3355

Taco Tico Mexican Restaurant 319 S. 29th St. — 576-6282

Mineral City Mill & Grill 2621 Fifth Ave. S. — 955-8514 Olde Boston’s Restaurant and Pub 809 Central Ave. — 955-5333

Fazoli’s 2908 Fifth Ave. S. — 576-3098 Hacienda Vieja Crossroads Mall — 576-1456 Hunan King Crossroads Mall — 576-0449


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a small sampling of some

notable events Frontier Days A $5 donation for a wristband will admit the bearer to all events for the 41th anniversary of Frontier Days June 5-7. Most events take place at the Fort Museum, but a mainstay of the event is the parade down Central Avenue on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Webster County Fair The annual showcase for 4-H exhibits and more will be held July 8-12 at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169. Other fair features will include entertainment, music, king and queen contest, and a variety of food and commercial vendors.

Shellabration Boston will headline Shellabrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual summer concert June 26 at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. Tickets are $37 in advance, increasing to $45 June 15. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or at local sales locations.


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Girls High School State Softball Tournament For more than 40 years, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has played its state tournament at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. This year’s tourney will be July 20-24.

Blanden Museum Summer Arts Festival Two dozen artists will have pieces on display in mediums ranging from metal, fibers and paint to stoneware, photography, bead work, pine needles and other multi-media combinations on June 13. Local art educators will guide children through variety of activities, and performers will take the stage throughout the day, including vocalist Robert Patton and brass quintet Jive for Five.

CJ BioAmerica Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash Racing in brightly colored long boats includes paddlers, a sternsman, a flag catcher and a drummer. The festival includes a multitude of family activities and a live band on Friday night. This year’s festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, on Badger Lake.

Cruise to the Woods The WC Cruisers are host to the Midwest’s largest and most unusual cruise with an average of more than 1,200 vehicles annually. This year’s event will be Oct. 3-4, concluding at the Webster County Fairgrounds.

Badgerfest The town of Badger is the site of a two-day festival, June 19-20, that includes a car/bike show, bands, duck races, softball tournament, parade, vendor fair, kids activities and the Badger BBQ Battle.

Oktoberfest Gates open at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Oleson Park Bandshell with ceremonial tapping of the keg at noon. Bands include Malek’s Fishermen, Brian Brueggen and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen and arena rock tribute band Hairball. Event features traditional German food, German and domestic beers, dance floor and live college football broadcasts. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16 for $15; they will be $20 at the gate. Tickets are available online at www.ticketweb.com or at local retailers.


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Park it!

Fort Dodge has more than 500 acres of open spaces

Whether you’re looking for a place to hike, to break open that picnic basket, or just to watch nature slowly unfold her beauty, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. Fort Dodge offers more than 500 acres of parks and open spaces within the city itself. The four largest city parks have cabins for rent; each comes equipped with electricity and a fireplace. The cabins do go quickly during the summer months, so people would be wise to call well in advance of when they hope to rent one.

OLESON PARK Oleson Park, located at 12th Avenue South and 17th Street, is the largest of the city parks. It is also perhaps the most diverse, providing for a wide range of recreational opportunities for people in all age brackets and with various interests. The newest attraction at Oleson Park is a wet one. Called a splash pad, this feature has nozzles and other devices that spray water on bathers. Some of that water squirts down on them from above, while more water shoots up from the ground like geysers. The splash pad is designed to provide hours of water fun for small children. Just steps away from the splash pad is a new arrangement of playground equipment, designed to meet the latest safety standards while promoting physical fitness for youngsters. Families and friends enjoy a picnic before heading to the bandshell to listen to music. And hikers and mountain bikers traipse over the hilly trails. Picnickers shouldn’t have much trouble finding a picnic table and grill to roast their hot dogs. The cabin at Oleson Park seats 60 people. Oleson also has four open shelters with picnic tables.

If people feel like they need to get up and move after the potato salad bowl is emptied and the last s’more is devoured, they can play a game of volleyball or take a hike on one of the park’s many trails. The trails go deep into the woods and allow a person to really experience nature without leaving the city. Another highlight is the Oleson Park Bandshell The bandshell has been restored it to its former glory: a Federal Works Progress Administration project, the bandshell was originally dedicated in 1938 in front of a crowd of 12,000 people.

LOOMIS PARK A popular park for pitching horseshoes as well as hiking and picnics, Loomis Park is located along the Des Moines River on Hawkeye Avenue and Loomis Park Drive. Loomis


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has a large horseshoe court and a well-marked trail for hikers. Playground equipment is primarily for younger children and includes swings and a small slide set.

trail ... but it’s pretty hard not to be peaceful when surrounded by that natural beauty.

The scenic river view makes Loomis Park another spot which is ideal for a picnic. The two cabins, like the one at Oleson, go quickly during the summer months. The larger cabin has a fireplace and seats 75, while the smaller cabin seats 30. Also, Loomis has two open shelters and grills, as well as many other picnic tables with grills.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

HYDROELECTRIC PARK Just across the river from Loomis Park is Hydro-Electric Park, located at Fourth Avenue Northwest and First Street. This park is a favorite for fishermen, but it also has lots of room for other activities. A public boat ramp is located at the north end of the park. But many fishermen and women just like to hike down the barrier wall and drop their poles from there. Hydro-Electric Park has a tennis court, a basketball court, and plenty of play equipment, as well as picnic tables and grills. A cabin with capacity for 40 is available to rent.

SNELLCRAWFORD PARK Snell-Crawford Park is a sprawling park with a creek running through it, located on Williams Drive and 12th Avenue North. Its most unique feature is a disc golf course. But if disc golf isn’t your thing, Snell-Crawford also has three sand volleyball courts, an exercise station and play equipment. And if you work up an appetite, there are plenty of picnic tables and grills. Also, a cabin with a fireplace and seating for 40 is available for rent. The layout of the park is ideal for playing games and running off energy. There are two handsome footbridges across the creek, but generations of children have preferred to wade through it when the water’s not too high. They might also try their luck at catching a crawdad or two. The Soldier Creek Nature Trail runs parallel to the park. Bikers, hikers and dog walkers peacefully co-exist on this

Fort Dodge also has many smaller neighborhood parks ideal for a quick picnic lunch or play session with the kids. Most of them have playground equipment, picnic tables and grills. These include East Lawn Acres, Eighth Avenue South and 30th Street; HawleyLions Park, Second Street and Eighth Avenue North, which also has basketball courts; Kennedy Brown, 26th Avenue North and 14th Street; Knollcrest Park, 10th Avenue North and 30th Street; Leif Erickson Park, Avenue F and E Street; Linwood Hanson, Avenue Q; Mini Park, 10th Avenue Southwest and 10th Street, which has basketball courts; Phinney Park, Second Avenue Northwest and AMVETS Drive; R.D. Mitchell Park, Second Avenue North and 25th Street; and Reynolds Park, Third Avenue North and 17th Street. Also, Armstrong Park on Exposition Drive and North Seventh Street has a pond used for ice skating in the winter and fishing during the other seasons.


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Going for a swim Rosedale Rapids/Fort Dodge Aquatic Center/Schmoker Family Park 1111 N. 32nd St. Fort Dodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite swimming hole, consists of a large lap pool with diving boards and a slide, a shallow pool filled with water toys for young children, three large slides and a channel of water called a lazy river. Costing nearly $9 million, the municipally owned entity opened in July 2010. Open swimming hours are noon to 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Gowrie Municipal Swimming Pool North Beck Street (Laurel Park) 352-3911 Open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $4.

Stratford Municipal Swimming Pool 1138 Moore St. 838-2339 Tentatively set to open May 30, the Stratford Pool offers open swimming from 1 to 8 p.m. daily. Individual daily admission is $3.50.


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rolling along Gypsum City OffHighway Vehicle Park 2390 Mill Road A destination for all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike and snowmobile riders from throughout the Midwest, the park is expected to become Webster Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 tourism draw. Phase I opened to the public in July 2006 with approximately 330 acres; however, the park may grow to 1,500 acres or more upon completion to become the largest OHV park in Iowa.

Family Bowling Center 3599 Fifth Ave. S. 576-7664 The cosmic bowling experience includes lights and music. It offers 24 lanes of easy automatic scoring, bumper lanes for kids, a large game room and banquet facilities. Open play is available most of the time. Summer hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; closed Wednesday through Sunday.

Ridgewood Lanes 326 S. 25th St. 576-7214 A 16-lane Brunswick house featuring a lounge with full bar and laser tag, Ridgewood Lanes is situated next door to Stiles Bowling Supplies. Summer hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The facility is closed Monday through Thursday.


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hitting the trails and the links Fort Dodge and Webster County trails Fort Dodge is the home of a growing and increasingly interconnected trail system. This summer, new wayfinding signs will be posted throughout the trail system. Information kiosk panels will be located at four trailheads throughout the city/county trail system that will include systemwide trail maps and site-specific information. Trail markers will be located every one-half mile within the trail system with 911 emergency locations. Directional markers will also be located at trail intersections to assist bikers and walkers to community destinations.

Golf courses in Webster County Willow Ridge 1788 Madison Ave. 576-5711 kellner@iowacentral.edu It’s open to the public, as is the restaurant and lounge. The nine-hole course features a clubhouse, rebuilt in 1990, atop a hill on the south side.

Fort Dodge Country Club 955-8551 info@fortdodgecountryclub.com Along U.S. Highway 169 on the west edge of Fort Dodge, the club features an 18-hole private course that has no water or out-of-bounds on the front nine hole, but both on the back nine.

Oak Park Golf and Recreation 105 Oak Park Drive 547-2712 The course and clubhouse opened on April 1. Snacks and beverages are available in the clubhouse restaurant from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gowrie Municipal Golf Course 601 Fourth St. 352-3320 A nine-hole course on the southeast edge of Gowrie, it is open to the public. Mulligan’s serves beverages and snacks. .

Lakeside Municipal Golf Course 1417 Nelson Ave. 576-6741 A public 18-hole course includes a long and straight front nine and a short and narrow back nine. Amenities include a driving range, clubhouse with pro shop, concessions and deck.


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outdoor fun Brushy Creek State Recreation Area 2802 Brushy Creek Road, Lehigh The park offers picnic areas, equestrian camping, non-equestrian camping, approximately 45 miles of multi-use trails, hunting, a shooting range and lake activities. The North and South Equine campgrounds have modern showers and restrooms, as well as electric and non-electric sites. The non-equestrian campground, located near the boat ramp, has full water and sewer hookups. Fishing, swimming and boating are allowed at Brushy Creek, however the area is a no-wake lake, meaning the maximum speed allowed on the lake is well below what is needed for skiing, tubing or wakeboarding. Swimming is allowed in the beach area only. Hunters pursue pheasants, quail, rabbits, squirrels, white-tailed deer and wild turkeys within the park. There are two shooting ranges. A target range is south of the park office, and a shotgun range for clay targets is in the northern section of the park. At more than 6,000 acres, Brushy Creek is one of Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest tracts of public outdoor recreation land.

Dolliver State Park 2757 Dolliver Park Ave. Lehigh Bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek and Native American burial mounds are part of the natural and cultural history of the park. Picknicking, camping, hiking the trails, birdwatching, boating and fishing are all possible at the park, which has an a day-use lodge, modern campground and picnic shelter. A unique facet of the sandstone formations are the Copperas beds. The 100-foot bluff on Prairie Creek is a cross-sectional view of an ancient river bed.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park 1415 Nelson Ave. Fort Dodge The park, the largest and most popular area managed by the Webster County Conservation Board, is a 400-acre multi-use facility. In the center of the park is Badger Lake, a 45-acre manmade lake, stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and northern pike. The lake can be fished year round, but only electric trolling motors are allowed. There is a swimming beach. The Bob Heun Shelter House can seat 150 people and is available for rent on a reservation basis. Reservations can be made by calling 576-4258 or downloading a printable form.


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Lizard Creek

Just east of Moorland off U.S. Highway 20 A borrow pit resulting from the construction of U.S. highway 20, the Moorland Pond is 22.5 acres and a popular fishing spot that sports trophysized fish species. Periodically, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides thousands of trout to stock the pond. The pond’s major claim to fame is its location as a trumpeter swan restoration project involving a permanent pair of endangered trumpeter swans. It is hoped the swans will raise cygnets each summer. The pond doesn’t freeze in winter months, so it hosts a number of other area swans and wildlife.

Runs through the northwest part of Fort Dodge and is accessible by Webster County Road P29 The stream is a popular destination for canoe paddlers and kayakers who take in its valley scenery and boulder-strewn waterways. In his book, “Paddling Iowa: 96 Great Trips by Canoe and Kayak,” author Nate Hoogeveen, of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says Lizard Creek is one of his favorite places to paddle in all of Iowa.


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Webster County Conservationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

wild places

Webster County Conservation maintains areas totaling more than 900 acress that are managed as wildlife habitat areas with little if any development on site. These relatively small areas provide much needed shelter, food sources and nesting cover for a variety of wildlife indigenous to Webster County. These areas act as oasis in the surrounding sea of row crops and treeless landscape prevalent in most of the Midwest. The Becker Wildlife Area is on the Des Moines River, just south of the county road D-14 bridge, north of Fort Dodge. Native grass and tree plantings were established in the area for the benefit of the wildlife found there, and visitors can use the parking area to gain easy access to the river for fishing and canoeing. Bob Hay Memorial Conservation Area, a 225-acre tract of land, includes steep wooded ravines, small tributaries, Lizard Creek, bottomland, woodland prairie and cropland. Migrating birds and waterfowl use the ponds as a resting place and nesting area. To get to the area, travel off U.S. Highway 169 on Ave. O West and park in one of the two public parking lots. Approximately five miles southeast of Dayton, the Carlson Recreation Area is 120 acres of natural diversity. From the timbered bluffs to the

upland prairie, and to the typically level bottomland, the Carlson Area affords visitors a chance to explore the scenic Des Moines River Valley. The valley contains the largest remaining tract of woodland in north central Iowa. The area is readily accessible via a graveled county road a mile and a half south of the Iowa Highway 175 Des Moines River bridge, between Dayton and Stratford. About eight miles north of Fort Dodge on U.S. Highway 169 lies the

Deer Creek Wildlife Area. This 17acre tract of natural flood plain timber is on the west bank of the Des Moines River and provides an excellent stopover facility for the canoe enthusiast. Fishing on the Des Moines River can provide catches of channel catfish, small mouth bass and walleye. Hunting is also permitted in season. The Diggings was acquired by the Conservation Board to help preserve the site of numerous coal excavation areas. Located on the eastern


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bank of the Des Moines River in the town of Fort Dodge, these seven acres share a rich wildflower display in the spring with trees dominated by black oak, read oak, white oak, hickory, black maple, ash and basswood. One mile east of Coalville and just north of U.S. Highway 20 is the 38acre Holiday Creek Area. The area is marked by heavily timbered ravines that provide prime habitat for a host of animal life. Hunting is permitted on the site. Lindquist Wildlife Sanctuary, a sixacre site, was once a bustling hobo camp when railroading activity was at its peak. It is a diverse natural community, with a wide variety of plant and animal species. Small patches of native tall grass prairie species can also be seen. Six miles southwest of Fort Dodge on county road P-51, Liska-Stanek Prairie lies in the central part of the Cary Lobe of the Wisconsin glacial region and harbors some of the richest soils in the world. The spectrum of colors displayed is unmatched and can be seen throughout the entire growing season. Lost Acres Wildlife Area, a primitive area located along the banks of the Des Moines River in the southern part of Webster County, is 28 acres of heavily timbered wildlife habitat. Public access is by canoe or boat from the river. It provides an excellent stop over area for canoe enthusiasts, snowmobilers and fisherman. There are no facilities on the site.

The Lundgren Church Nature Park is used as a rest stop/natural area with emphasis on the development of a mini wildlife sanctuary. Numerous shrubs and conifer trees have been planted and transplanted in the area, providing excellent wildlife habitat. It is 7 miles west of Lehigh on old highway 50. Meier Memorial Marsh, with a gentle rolling stream, offers fishing for small mouth bass and catfish. With the presence of a re-established wetland, this area provides habitat for pheasants, waterfowl and deer. On the western border of Webster County in the Lizard Creek bottom, its 35 acres offer a beautiful sight for hiking, bird watching and hunting. Miller Marsh is a 40-acre tract of land. Two wetlands have been restored as well as the planting of a pristine native prairie mix. A windbreak will be established on the north and west boundaries of the property. This area is open to the public for all types of recreational uses that are compatible with wildlife habitat such as nature study, bird watching and hunting. Moorland Pond is a popular fishing spot that sports trophy size fish species. The claim to fame for this area is the trumpeter swan restoration project involving a permanent pair of endangered trumpeter swans living at the area with the hopes of raising cygnets each summer. Located east of Moorland, the pond is easily accessible. At one time Webster County, and all of north-central Iowa, was covered

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by literally thousands of marshes, fens, and other wetland environments. Rossow Prairie is a relic from this age, and its 40 acres of upland prairie and slough is a haven for a variety of wildlife. Located 3 miles south and one mile east of the town of Vincent, the area is an outstanding outdoor classroom facility. Muskrats, mink, ducks, geese, shore birds, songbirds, turtles, fish, salamanders and many invertebrates are well suited to life in the wetland. Skillet Creek Indian Mounds is the site of a prehistoric Native American ceremonial ground. Five conical burial mounds and one linear ceremonial mound lie forever on the heavily timbered limestone bluff overlooking the Des Moines and Skillet Creek valleys. Found in the bottomland of this area is the old mining town of Hard Scrabble. Once a thriving town in the late 1890’s there are few remains left to indicate such a life existed. The area is located 5 miles east of Dayton, just north of the Iowa Highway 175 bridge and the Carlson Recreation Area. There is a parking area and self-guided interpretive trail. Whispering Wings Marsh is a natural pothole that has been re-established. Currently, there are about 1.5 acres of open water. The remainder of the area consists of about 15 acres of high quality restored prairie and windbreak along the north end. The primary focus is on upland bird and waterfowl production. The area is open to public hunting with the exception of the 200-yard “no shooting zone” around the neighboring house. There is a parking lot in the southeast corner of the property. The marsh is located 1 1/4 miles east of Fort Dodge on old Highway 20.


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cabins for rent Snell-Crawford Park Williams Drive and 12th Avenue North Cabin with fireplace has a 40-45 person capacity. Park includes: three sand volleyball courts, backstop, play equipment, exercise station, Frisbee golf course, walking trail, picnic tables and grills, and public restroom.

Hydro-Electric Park Fourth Avenue Northwest and First Street Cabin with fireplace has a 40-45 person capacity. Park includes: basketball court, backstop, play equipment, tennis court, boat ramp, picnic tables and grills, restroom open with cabin rental

Loomis Park Hawkeye Avenue and Loomis Park Drive The boathouse with fireplace, has a 75-80 person capacity. Park has play equipment, two open shelters, picnic tables and grills, water fountain and public restroom.

Oleson Park 12th Avenue South and 17th Street Cabin has 60-person capacity. Handicapped accessible park, splash pad, bathhouse, The spring riders, swing set, animal zoo, band shell, four open shelters, volleyball court, benches, picnic tables and grills, public restroom, water fountains, open space for activities and mountain bike trail through woods. Reservations can be made at the Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation office in the Municipal Building, but cannot be taken over the phone.


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calendar of events

Log onto www,messengernews.net for updated community events. Check often as this calendar is updated frequent-

May 25 — Memorial Day ceremonies, Veterans Memorial Park, 9 a.m., ceremony for those lost at sea and memorial for Civil War soldiers; North Lawn Cemetery, 10 a.m., Karl L. King Municipal Band plays prior to 10:30 a.m. start of program. Keynote speaker is the Rev. Marvin Smith. In case of rain, ceremonies will be held at St. Edmond High School auditorium. 29 — Frontier Speedway pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing

includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 30 — Fort Dodge Area Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall. .

June Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall Karl L. King Municipal Band Concerts are held every Sunday in June at 7:30 p.m. at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Admission is free. 5, 6, 7 — Free fishing weekend in Iowa, for state residents only. 5, 6, 7 — Frontier Days, most events at the Fort Museum, 1 Museum Road. Parade through downtown Fort Dodge at 10 a.m. on Saturday. 5 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar,

hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 5 — Ja-Mar Cruise, Crossroads Mall, 5-9 p.m., open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Free registration, door prizes. 6, 7 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend. 6 — Webster County Conservation Fishing Derby, 10 a.m. to noon, Brushy Creek pier, for beginners with a parent. Equipment, bait and lunch provided. 6 — Figure 8 races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m. 12 — Flag Day at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 13 – Market on Central, 9 a.m.


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to 1 p.m., Fort Dodge Fire Department with ladder truck, will present Old Glory. Music by Ron Burchett. 13 – Summer Arts Festival, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two dozen artists will have pieces on display in mediums ranging from metal, fibers and paint to stoneware, photography, bead work, pine needles and other multi-media combinations. Local art educators will guide children through a variety of activities, and performers will take the stage throughout the day, including vocalist Robert Patton and brass quintet Jive for Five. 13, 14 — Oakland Cemetery Walk, community members portray historical figures who are buried in the 1859 cemetery. The walk will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday with tours beginning approximately every 10 minutes. An indoor walk will be held Sunday, with time and date to be announced. 13, 14 — Fort Dodge Kennel Club All-Breed Conformation Shows and Obedience Trials, Webster County Fairgrounds, beginning at 8 a.m. both days. 13, 14 — Webster County Bowhunters and Archery Association 3-D archery shoot, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $12 per shooter. For more information, go to www.webstercountyia.org. 19-20 — Badgerfest, Friday activities include a car/bike show,

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Bands, food vendors and dunk tank, all on Main Street; Saturday activities include a book/bak sale, vendor fair, softball tourney, 11 a.m. parade, fire department tours, carnival and games. 20 — BBQ Battle, Main Street in Badger, opening at 11:30 a.m. This is the second of three cookoffs in the triple crown. 19 — Father’s Day Special at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 23 — Webster County Conservation Night Hike, 9 p.m., Dolliver Park South Lodge. 26 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 26-29 — International Tinsmiths and Coppersmiths Annual Convergence, Fort Museum, 1 Museum Road. Smiths from the United States and Canada will gather for their annual educational meeting. The public is welcome to visit with group members and watch demonstrations. Some classes will be open to the public. For more information, call the Fort Museum, 573-4231.

26 – Shellabration Concert with Boston, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. Brutal Republic and King of the Tramps will open. Tickets are $37 until June 14 and will increase to $45 on June 15. Tickets are available online at www.ticketweb.com. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Festival-style seating; bring bag or lawn chairs. Food, soft drinks and adult beverages are available for purchase. 27 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Jayce Gutknecht.

July Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall.


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Karl L. King Municipal Band Concerts are held every Sunday in July at 7:30 p.m. at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Admission is free. 3 — July 4th Weekend Races at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m.. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 3 — Ja-Mar Cruise, Crossroads Mall, 5-9 p.m., open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Free registration, door prizes. 3 — Webster County Conservation Night Paddling, 9 p.m., Brushy Creek, south boat ramp. Canoes with lights will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Lights will be required on personal vessels. 4 — Gowrie Fourth of July parade, 10 a.m. 5 — Fort Dodge Fireworks Celebration — 7 p.m., Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S., concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk.

10 — Cletus Pringel Memorial at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 11 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Music by Brad Meyer Band. 12 — Figure 8 races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 2 p.m. 17 — Bike Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m.. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 17, 18 — Webster County Bowhunters and Archery Association 3-D archery shoot, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $12 per shooter. For more information, go to www.webstercountyia.org. 18, 19 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

8-12 — Webster County Fair, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169. Features 4-H exhibits, entertainment, music, king and queen contest, and a variety of food and commercial vendors.

20 — RAGBRAI overnight stop in Fort Dodge.

9 — Trailer races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m.

20-24 — Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s State Softball Tournament, Harlan

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and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 21 — Webster County Conservation Night Hike, 9 p.m., Dolliver Park South Lodge. 24 – Fort Dodge Ford Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 25 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Studio 728. 25 — Enduro races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m. 31 — Northern Lights Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15.

August Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall 7 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15.


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17, 18 — Webster County Bowhunters and Archery Association 3-D archery shoot, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $12 per shooter. For more information, go to www.webstercountyia.org. 18, 19 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend. 20 — RAGBRAI overnight stop in Fort Dodge. 20-24 — Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s State Softball Tournament, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 21 — Webster County Conservation Night Hike, 9 p.m., Dolliver Park South Lodge. 24 – Fort Dodge Ford Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 25 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Studio 728. 25 — Enduro races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m. 31 — Northern Lights Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar,

hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15.

August Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall. 1-2 — Harcourt Appreciation Days. On Saturday, the third BBQ Battle of the triple crown cook-off will be held. 7 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 7, 8 — CJ BioAmerica Badger lake Dragon Boat Bash. Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z will perform. Racing begins Saturday morning. For more information, contact Linda Donner, Linda.Donner@frontiernet.net. 7 — Ja-Mar Cruise, Crossroads Mall, 5-9 p.m., open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Free registration, door prizes. 8 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Music by Chad Elliot. 8 — Figure 8 races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m.

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14 — Kids Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 15, 16 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend. 21 — King of the Hill at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 22 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fort Dodge Fire Department with ladder truck, will present Old Glory. Music by Eddie Simpson Trio. 28 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 29 — Webster County Bowhunters and Archery Association 3-D archery shoot, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $12 per shooter. For more information, go to


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blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15.

29 — Figure 8 races, Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, 7 p.m.

26 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last market for the season will feature music by Steve and Michaela McClain.

29 — Webster County Conservation Night Paddling, 8 p.m., Brushy Creek, south boat ramp. Canoes with lights will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Lights will be required on personal vessels.

27 — Applefest 5K and 10K Walk/Run, 9 a.m., Fort Dodge Historic Downtown Square.

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Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall

Fort Dodge Area Farmers Markets are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall

4-7 — 78th annual Dayton Rodeo, 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 1:30 p.m. Monday. Rodeo at the arena in Dayton also includes entertainment, fireworks every night, carnival, flea market and parade at 10 a.m. Monday. Discounted ticket prices for children and weekend package. 4 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 12, 13 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3

p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend. 12 — Market on Central, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ringing of the Bells ceremony at 9:15 a.m. by the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Music by Bejae Flemming. 18 — Annual Bruce Sommerfeld Memorial at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5-15. 19 — Butterfly tagging, Brushy Creek, 1 p.m. Join wildlife biologists for an afternoon of tagging monarch butterflies and learning. 25 — Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes

3, 4 — WC Cruisers Cruise to the Woods, Webster County Fairgrounds, the Midwest’s largest and most unusual cruise with an average of more than 1,200 vehicles. 3 — High School/College Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 6 — Simon Estes Roots and Wings Concert, Fort Dodge Middle School, time to be announced. 10, 11 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4


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p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend. 10 — Fan Appreciation Night at Frontier Speedway, 2298 S. River Road, pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m., flag drops at 7 p.m. Racing includes blue collar, hornets, hobby stock, sport mod, stock and A-mod. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 5-15. 11 — Bridal Spectacular, Iowa Central Community College, main campus, 1 to 4 p.m. 11 — Fall Park Festival, John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, 3-6 p.m. Outdoor skills, such as BB gun shooting, archery, atlatl throwing, animal calls, canoeing, kayaking and geocaching. 15 — John F. Kennedy Memorial Park Campground closes for the season. 26 — Seventh Annual Shellabration Oktoberfest, Oleson Park Bandshell, 1400 Oleson Park Ave,. 11 a.m.; tapping of the keg at noon. Bands are Malek’s Fishermen, Brian Brueggen and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen with Hairball, a tribute to arena rock bands. German food, German and domestic beers, dance floor and live college football broadcasts. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16 for $15; $20 at the gate. Tickets available online at www.ticketweb.com..

November 14, 15 — Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, indoors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

December 3, 4 — Farm News Ag Show, Iowa Central Community College, East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

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March 2016 12, 13 — Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, indoors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

April 2016 11, 12 and 13 — Home and Garden Expo, Iowa Central Community College, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

12, 13 — Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, indoors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

9, 10 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

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May 2016

9, 10 — Flea Market, Webster County Fairgrounds, indoors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Buy, sell and swap; 4H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

7, 8 — Hillbilly Sale, Webster County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $1 per person 12 and older. Buy, sell and swap; 4-H food stand with breakfast and lunch served all weekend.

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