Something old, something new, and plenty of somethings to do in Pott. County this weekend!
As most of you are probably well-aware, school starts back this week which means back-to-school events! Tonight, you can gorge yourself at the Food Truck Night at the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds set up to make your school open house evening an easier one with no cooking!
And if you’re feeling a little down or a little more excited than you want to admit, you can drop the littles off on Friday and do breakfast with the other parents at Silos in Treynor. Rumor has it there will be Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and a breakfast buffet from 8am to 11am!
No need to feel guilty about that morning drop-off, just make plans to end your Friday with the family at the park in Macedonia for wiffle ball under the stadium and other fun family-friendly activities.
Saturday starts off bright and early! At 6:30am, you can make your way to Breezy Hills Vineyard in Minden for their Harvest Party which involves grape-picking, breakfast, grape-stomping, and lunch!
(What an experience!)
Or if you’re not quite that energetic, you can simply stuff yourself with pancakes at the DeWitt Building in Macedonia starting at 7am as it is part of the Donia Days Spectacular!
Speaking of Donia Days! They have a full day planned! At 9 am, you can hit the craft fair, the flea market, and the silent auction. From there, the parade is at 10 featuring the Omaha Pipe and Drum Corps! (How cool is that?) Also, from 10 to noon, you can grab a treat at TS Bank and the food booths and folk art festival will open! At 11, kids can do chalk art, parents can check out the garden & flower show and the classic car show, but the highlight, friends, has to be the bed races!! I am sooo excited to finally be able to be there to see them!
Although, I have to admit, I’m really curious about the hot dog eating and bubblegum blowing contest at noon! I’m wondering which participants I will know????
And also starting at noon, you can eat pie. Homemade pie. Yum! And the afternoon is packed! There will be a bounce house, face painting, cow bingo, a dunk tank, a gyrosphere, a kickball tourney, and a cornhole one, too, with live music at The Back Forty All Day Long from 11am on!
People, Donia knows how to party!
That being said, I would be remiss to not mention, Silos is having a golf tournament for all you golfers at 10 on Saturday, as well, and QuailFest at the Quail Run Golf Course in Neola will also kick off at 10 with a 2-person scramble, live music from Finding Dixie, and a cornhole tournament!
What a day in Pott. Co!
And if you aren’t exhausted by Sunday, there’s still fun to be had! Prairie Crossing Winery in Treynor will be having their Harvest Party and Grape Stomp from 1pm to 5pm with live music by the Polka Police! Get your exercise and your drink on!
Again, I can’t say it enough: we have the coolest stuff happening in Pottawattamie County! Who wouldn’t want to live here??? #SeeIowa #PottCounty #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife
Pott. Co. is going to keep you busy this weekend! It seems like the end of the summer has been jam-packed and that’s because it has! This weekend it will be literally and figuratively! Lol.
We kick off this weekend on Friday night as the Eckel’s Memorial Library is hosting their “Hometown Heroes” event from 6:30 to 7:30pm where all little kids can come get footballs signed by the Riverside football team and cheerleaders along with some bonus reading activities.
Also, Friday night, Minden Fun Days will get started! Be in the ballpark at dusk for a movie in the park! The weekend continues with the parade at 1pm on Saturday followed by a cornhole tourney, barbeque sampling, kiddie games, and the always popular beer garden. The City of Minden, along with help from the Minden Meat Market and the Minden Bowl Café will keep you busy and full! Finish off the weekend in Minden with a pancake breakfast on Sunday at the Minden Fire Hall hosted by the Boy Scouts! This is the big hoorah weekend for Minden so be sure to check out all the fun!
Saturday will have a few other offerings, as well. The Crescent Roadhouse will be holding a cornhole tourney starting at 10 am and running till 4pm which is perfect timing because the Back-to-School Carnival will be happening at the Walnut Community Center from 4-6pm. And, people, you may laugh but if you’re looking for a little nostalgia, the concession stand will feature wiener winks and no-bake cookies (a former, and yummy, Walnut High School tradition)!
In addition to pancakes in Minden on Sunday, you can also hear live music with Jumpin Kate at nearby Breezy Hills Vineyard from 2 to 5pm or you can head over to The Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum at 1:30pm to see the unveiling of the time capsule from 1969. From what I understand, new things will be put in the time capsule and it will be tucked away again!
Finally, we can’t talk about the weekend without a Monday coming up afterwards. The Monday Market in Underwood will feature a jam and jelly competition. Not sure about you, but it sounds like a good night to be there!
Whether you’re looking for good food, a parade, some cornhole, or music and drinks, it’s all here in Pott. Co. this weekend! Don’t miss it! #SeeIowa #PottCounty #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife
As we quickly approach the school-year, it’s time to get in all that last-minute fun in Pottawattamie County, and there’s plenty of it!
Kick off your Thursday in Crescent with music in the park provided by Rock Revue. Get in those last feels of summer!
Friday night you can have another night of lawn chair/blankets on the grass while watching “Breakthrough” at the Underwood Lutheran Church. They are having their last family movie night of the season starting at dusk (or approximately 9pm).
But be sure to catch Family Game Night at Impact Hill in Oakland before it! It runs from 7-9pm! Perfect timing to hit both!
If you’re looking for more of an adult theme, head to Breezy Hills for Wings & Wine-a-Ritas and some live music from HissyFit.
Also starting Friday and running through the weekend, you can get all those back-to-school clothes or decorate that first college dorm by checking out the city-wide garage sales in Avoca!
Saturday brings a couple of cool options! Neola is hosting the trifecta of parties with a hydrant party, a pizza party, and a movie party all in one. Cool off with the Neola Fire Department’s free-flowing hydrant party down Front St. and then grab a bite at Buck Snort and catch “How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World” at The Phoenix at 2:30pm. It’s a fun-filled, packed afternoon for $10 a head!
Saturday also offers the Rural Ramble. If you’re not familiar with it, Paige Volkens, the East and West Pott. Soil Conservation Educationalist has brought back the tour for 2019! It’s a self-guided tour of some of our local agriculturally-based small businesses plus they are feeding you at AgriVision in Donia! Sign up for raffles, catch some fun kid activities, and learn what the locals are offering.
And don’t forget the Grist Mill Theater Camp performance at 10 on Saturday!
Sunday is your chance to relax with some cupcakes and Iowa-inspired clothing. Hit the White & Yellow and Frosting, Inc. pop-up in Walnut from 11am to 5pm. And, the Dreamland Theatre will be showing The Lion King to finish off your Sunday evening.
It’s definitely a weekend of options! Music, movies, tours, water fun – we’ve got it all! #PottCounty #SeeIowa #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife
Did I miss something? Be sure and let me know.
What a weekend! And I use the term loosely! It’s a long weekend of fun in Pott. Co! In fact, this might be the most exciting weekend of the year! We’ve got the Old Settlers’ weekend in Hancock Friday through Sunday and the rodeo in Carson from Thursday to Saturday. Plus, the bonus is a Monday Market Ice Cream Social in Underwood on Monday! How’s that for an exciting weekend?
Let me tell you all about it! Let’s start with the National Rodeo being held in Carson. People, it ain’t their first rodeo! Lol. In fact, it’s their 42nd! Thursday is Family Night and includes the always-popular mutton-busting for kids. Friday and Saturday night bring bull riding, barrel racing, clowning, bucking broncs, beer, and big-time fun!
But Carson doesn’t just give you a rodeo, they give you the whole small town experience complete with the rodeo street dance on Friday night with the music of Chad Lee and Saturday same song second verse with Finding Dixie playing! And they have Saturday packed to the brim with events including a lot of free fun! Take in the rodeo parade at 10:30am on Saturday down Broadway, followed by the 5 buck lunch at the pavilion, then hit the cornhole tourney at 1 or the bike rodeo for kids. From there, the Candle Queens are having a truck show at Hotze’s. And don’t forget church on Sunday at the Carson United Methodist with coffee and fellowship pregame at 10:30am and worship at 11. As someone who’s been there and done that, I can honestly tell you that Carson pulls out all the stops for this event! The community comes together to make this a weekend you won’t forget. You won’t be disappointed!
Of course, then we’ve got our friends in Macedonia, who are piggy-backing the weekend with some live entertainment at the Back Forty. So if the outdoors isn’t your thing, kick back inside after the rodeo with a DJ on Thursday night, the Anthony Koester Band on Friday and 4 on the Floor on Saturday.
As I said though, it’s quite a weekend in Pott. Co. and you can pack yours full by also attending the Old Settlers Days in Hancock. This is the big event of the year in the tiny town of Hancock, too! Friday kicks off with pulled pork sandwiches at 6pm. Saturday brings the men’s softball tournament at 9 with kids games at 1pm and the pedal tractor pull at 2 with the adults trying to outdo the kids afterwards. Lol. Of special note, a cornhole tournament will be held at 2pm with all proceeds going to Troy Walker, a Hancock native battling brain cancer. Your chance to have a little fun and help a fellow Pott. County guy out. At 8:30pm, they have a dance in the beer garden featuring the local faves, “Murphy’s Law.” Sunday starts off with a pancake breakfast by the firemen at 8am, the parade is at 1, and the weekend concludes with the benefit auction at 4. Both days will also feature an antique tractor show, open air market, and kids’ games like human foosball, a dunk tank, and pig bingo!
Seriously, there’s so much to say and so much to do! Just check out the flyers and if you have questions, you know where to find us! Enjoy a feel-good, hometown weekend with some beautiful weather! We’ll be looking for ya! #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife #PottCounty #SeeIowa
Whether it’s Westfair or Shelby Fun Days, you’re going to have a fun weekend in Pott. Co!
I just want to say that if you can make it to Shelby Fun Days, they will appreciate it as they are in the process of making their sesquicentennial happen next year and they need all the support they can get! They have a lot of great events happening and all the proceeds will pay for next year’s 150th!
They’ve got a 3-point shoot-out contest for you ballers. They have a cornhole tourney for you baggers. They have water fights for you throwers and kids’ games, bouncy houses, and concessions including cotton candy!
Your evening options involve Newt’s. They are hosting a country band indoors on Friday night and a rock band street dance on Saturday night! And if you’re really lucky, you might see the Shelby Chicken! Lol.
It sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend to take in all the fun.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Westfair. As a loyal alum, I will always cheer on 4-Hers. You can take in the cattle show on Saturday, do free pony rides both days, ride the rides, and my favorite part, on Sunday, they do the Southwest Iowa Shoot-out. Basically, all the grand champions in all the species from each of the surrounding county fairs come to show against the other champions and they name a champion overall. It’s the best of the best, the Top Gun of livestock in the area, so to speak!
Either way, you can’t go wrong! Some good summer fun in the sun! Happy Weekend! #SupportLocal #PottCounty #SeeIowa #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife
It’s one of those weekends that nobody warns you about, the kind where you have so many options, you don’t know what to do! And you want to do them all! And maybe, if you’re an overachiever type, you can!
The weekend kicks off early on Thursday with the Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca. This once-a-year event has been happening for over 100 years. Yes, it’s going to be a hot one, but that’s the most impressive part, all these 4-H kids will be there anyway and they will be showing what they’ve learned, their skills, and a work ethic foreign to some populations. I will proudly say I was a 4-Her and will tell you that if you need faith in the next generation, be in Avoca. Thursday night is Family Night. If you have a little prince or princess who wants to be the contest, dress them up and bring them! It’s also a chance to see all the awards given, participate in the Food Truck Night, Share the Fun entertainment, and see families from Walnut, Avoca, Hancock, Shelby, Oakland, Carson, and Macedonia unite. Oh, and if you made a Pinterest project lately, be sure to enter it in the Open Class Exhibit Building between 8am and 5pm. Friday brings the hog show and the sheep and goat shows. It’s a tough competition every year. The ATV/Snowmobile Races are Friday night. There won’t be any snow for sure, but If you haven’t seen them before, it’s definitely something to see! Saturday brings the cattle show, Art in the Park, and the first ever cornhole tournament! Sunday is the county-wide potluck and we’re guessing we’ll see a few visitors of the RAGBRAI variety show up for the tractor pull! But if I can encourage anything, I would ask if you own a business that you come to the Premium Auction on Monday. 4-Hers are our future! Come support them, and even if you can’t be the high bidder, they need bidders to get a high bidder. It’s the best tax write-off you’ll make.
I also have to give a shout-out to Silos in Treynor. What a great (and possibly brave) event they are hosting this weekend! Saturday night is Kids Night – all kids under the age of 10 are encouraged to come to a dance party complete with a DJ just for them! All those littles who usually feel left out will have a night just for them starting at 6pm!
And speaking of dance parties, the grand re-opening of the Back Forty is also Saturday night for a little older crowd! The Back Forty will have drink specials, have a street festival, and the Lucky Se7en Band playing. Welcome the Back 40 back to ‘Donia from 8 to midnight!
Of course, we can’t mention the weekend without mentioning RAGBRAI! Sunday is the big day in rural Pottawattamie! Bike it, stand on the road and cheer, participate in the events in one or all the towns, or help at a food stand – whatever your preference, it will be an experience you won’t forget. It’s truly an Iowa highlight and our very own Underwood, McClelland, Neola, Minden, Avoca, and Walnut get to be a part of it! If you missed all the details in my blog earlier this week, go here.
Really, you can’t go wrong with any of these events! It is officially the dog days of summer and however you chose to hydrate and participate, you won’t be sorry you did! We are so lucky to have options and communities that come together to make events like these happen. #SupportLocal #PottCounty #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife
Live big this weekend, everybody!
Let’s talk RAGBRAI in Pott. County, ladies and gentlemen! It’s going right through our back-door and whether you want to ride a piece, be the locals they party with, cheer for the bikers, or serve up some food for an organization fundraiser, we have the scoop on the local towns’ offerings!
If you don’t know already, bikers will start in Council Bluffs with the opening ceremonies on Saturday night and then the masses will ride through Underwood, an optional route through McClelland, Neola, Minden, Avoca, and Walnut all in Pott Co. before hitting Atlantic on Sunday evening. Each year, the ride has more bikers and more fans and more parties.
As locals, it’s our job to not only make them feel welcome, but why not join in the festivities ourselves? It’s a day to celebrate in whatever form you prefer, but let’s give them some Iowa-Nice they won’t forget!
All the towns have fun stuff planned and something just a little unexpected! Take your pick or hit them all!
Underwood will be having Sasquatch, the Jack Link’s mascot, welcoming people to town and guests can take selfies with Sasquatch and the Friends of Underwood group! The firemen will be offering pancakes and sausage at the Fire Hall and UMBA will have a beer garden and band to get those Sunday morning juices going! The route will be 3rd Street to 1st Ave. to 2nd Street and back to Railroad Highway to Neola with 8 vendors along the way!
Neola is the next stop and they are ready to feed you! The Neola Fire Department will serve breakfast burritos. The Neola Betterment Corporation will have iced coffees and smoothies. Lions Club will be selling homemade pie and breakfast pizza. Theisens’ Cleaning will be selling “refreshments.” Michele’s will have chicken sandwiches and parfaits while Burrito Envy will have burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, with chips and salsa, too. However, Neola is also offering some unique entertainment with the live band, Finding Dixie, and the DJ Wine on Wheels! Plus, if you haven’t heard of Milkweed Matters, the organization will be there giving out seedballs for bikers to throw on their route for the purpose of encouraging butterflies and other pollinators.
Minden follows Neola. Minden has rented a giant tent with tables, chairs, and plenty of shade for everyone traveling through! The Fire Hall will be selling water and t-shirts (never know what they might be!). Minden Meat Market will be doing walking tacos, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and smoked cheddar bacon burgers (yum!) on the main drag. Minden Bowl will be your stop for beer and tenderloins, and the church ladies will be ready with some homemade yummies, too!
Avoca is named the official “lunch” stop and will have 30 vendors. They will also have waterslides and free pool admission along with a beer garden provided by the golf course and a live band will be playing at The Exchange. Bikers are also encouraged to stop in at The Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum and the East Pottawattamie County Fair. The fair will be having their poultry, rabbit, cat, and dog show, as well as a tractor pull in the afternoon. Avoca will also be hosting a town-wide scavenger hunt. If you find all the signs around town with letters on them, unscramble the word, take selfies at each of the locations and post to the City of Avoca Facebook page and like the page, you will be entered in the drawing for an Avoca Vacation Package! If you have questions about that or anything else, an Information Booth will also be located at the corner of Wool and Elm Streets. It will be a “wheelie sweet time” for everyone!
Finally, Walnut will be the last Pott. Co. stop of the day and they want everybody to “Go Nuts in Walnut!” You gotta love it when they go big with their theme. Lol. They will be hosting Nut Pong where you’ll grab a nut bucket and play pong. If you have the most nuts in the bucket, you win a prize! They will also have a Nut Dig, too. Find the real nut in the fake ones to win. If games aren’t your thing, but selfies are, the oversized penny farthing (a high-wheeled bicycle) will be available for pics and a local celeb will be milling as Uncle Sam on stilts. The bicycle will be located at the corner of Antique City Drive and Highland St. They also want to encourage people to have a root beer float at the Walnut Historical Museum, as well as check out all their cool shops, as Walnut was named Iowa’s Antique City in 1985! B Restored & Mabel’s Old Fashion Rose will be serving wine and Glenn’s, the local bar with a Clydesdale horse mural, will also be open. Marne Elk Horn Communications will have WiFi stations set up and a beer garden with DJ, Jam Time DJ Productions, will be presented by the Walnut Community Center Foundation as a fundraiser for the old school being converted into a community center. And if that isn’t enough, they will be selling t-shirts with the Walnut RAGBRAI logo on them for $14 and, the popular “bike nuts” better known as handmade stress balls shaped as walnuts and connected with a chain to display proudly on your bike or that rear-view mirror (a mere $8). OH, and yes, they will have food, too! Lol. Grilled burgers and hot dogs and pulled pork will be sold by the Walnut Optimist Club and a local church will be selling homemade pie and ice cream.
Truly, a good time is meant to be had! Like I said - ride, watch, volunteer, drink, play, whatever you want – just show up! They’ll be happy to see you! #SupportLocal #PottCounty #SeeIowa #RAGBRAI
Pack your week with Pottawattamie County events! We can keep you busy all week this week starting today!
Tonight, you can head to Underwood for their Monday Market which has a theme of Take and Make Crafts plus a watermelon feed! It runs from 6 to 7:30pm.
On Wednesday, take the kids to Oakland for Art in the Park at the Nishna Heritage Museum at 10:30am sponsored by Riverside Links. For $5, they get to do a fun Andy-Warhol-inspired activity!
Also, on Wednesday, catch the Farmer’s Market in Avoca from 5 to 7pm. They’ve got food trucks, produce, and home and health products for sale!
If you like live music, check out Music in the Park in Crescent on Thursday starting at 7pm. They will have a free blues concert for all in Veteran’s Park! Lou Deluca and the Delta 88s will be playing.
If you’re looking for more adult options, be sure to check out Wings and Wine-a-Ritas at Breezy Hills Vineyard in Minden at 6pm on Friday night. Wings and wine make a mighty fine night!
Saturday brings a couple of options depending on your mood. We’ve got two vastly different options but equally cool! Either hit Spa Night meant to be a night of women, wine, & wellness at Prairie Crossing Winery and co-hosted by Blair Chiropractic in Treynor from 6:30 to 9:30pm or grab the motorcycle and join the Carson Rodeo Poker Run! It starts at the Bar’N and Grill in Carson. Sign-up is from 11am to 1pm and is a fundraiser for the always amazing Carson Rodeo which was damaged pretty badly by the spring floods. I’m sure they’d love a few extra participants this year!
Of course, if you love your rounds of golf on the weekend, you can play the Oakland-Riverside Golf Course City Tourney (if you are a local resident), but you have to get your pre-lims in by Saturday night to play in the course tournament on Sunday.
And, as always, don’t forget to support those local kids and catch a baseball or softball game at Tri-Center, Treynor, Underwood, Riverside, or AHSTW!
Make your plans! Live the dream! #SmallTownLifeIsTheBestLife #SupportLocal #SeeIowa #PottCounty
How can you make it a 4th of July you won’t forget? Make it a Pottawattamie County Independence Day! You can make it a 3-in-1 day by hitting Underwood, Oakland, and Avoca. All are holding their annual 4th of July festivities with Avoca expanding it to a weekend event due to their sesquicentennial.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate the small town way – here’s your chance!
All the happenings start on the 3rd with Oakland’s Annual Trivia Night held by the PEO to raise money for scholarships and Avoca will be having their opening ceremonies for the 150th with all the elected officials. Catch parades in all 3 towns on the 4th, have pancakes for breakfast in Underwood or Oakland, do a 5k in Underwood complete with a Bloody Mary Recovery Tent, check out the car show in Oakland with a live band playing, or put your basketball skills to the test with the 3 on 3 tournament in Avoca! And, of course, you can end the day with fireworks in all 3 towns, plus, rumor has it, you can find a whole lot in McClelland, too!
There are truly so many options, I am simply attaching all the flyers for you to pick your favorites and if you have questions, by all means, let me know!
The options are endless, but whatever you pick, you won’t be sorry! There’s nothing better than fun, sun, and Pott. Co. entertainment! A lot of volunteers and towns make these events happen and all they want is for you to show up, have a fabulous time, take lots of pictures, and plan to be back next year! #SupportLocal #PottCounty #SeeIowa
Not sure what to do this weekend? I’ve got one big answer for you: Treynor Days! They have a fun-filled, 3-day weekend planned for you! This is the one big blow-out event for the year in Treynor! You can’t go wrong with a mostly-free festival the last weekend in June in a small town!
The golf course, otherwise known as the Treynor Recreation Area has pulled pork sandwiches from 5 to 9 Friday night, there’s a petting zoo, games, and prizes from 6-8pm along with the Keg Creek Brewery & Vine Street Cellars taste-testing and from 7-11pm, you can catch The Clean and Easy Band complete with a beer garden. Plus, the fireworks start around 10! Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show?
Saturday kicks off with a sand volleyball tournament at 9am at TRA and at 10, there will be carnival games, pony rides, and a silent auction at the community building. Also starting at 10 and running till 3pm, Treynor will be hosting its first ever car show complete with a beer garden just west of the fire station. That’s followed up by the Helicopter Dedication at 10:30 and the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the American Legion at the Veteran’s Plaza. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the helicopter, it’s worth the stop! Impressive from the road, but even more so from close up!
From 11am to 2pm, lunch will be served by the Junior Treynor Women and from 1 to 1:45, they will host the kids and adult cake walk. Silent auction winners will be announced at 1:45. Adult bingo follows from 2 to 3 and free kids’ bingo at the Fire Hall. From 3 to 4, there will be a hydrant party outside Fire Hall sponsored by the Cardinal Core and the weather’s looking perfect for it!
Silos will be hosting an Italian buffet from 5 to 9pm and Cadillac Lemon will be playing till midnight! It’s the perfect vibe to end a warm summer night with food and dancing!
Sunday starts off with pancakes! The Silver Keg Feeders will serve from 8 to 10 at the community center followed by the community church service at 10:30. At noon, the Treynor Days Open Golf Tournament will finish off the weekend.
I really can’t say it enough – small town events make for the best events! Grab your cooler, your sunscreen, your sense of humor, your neighbors, and enjoy! Remember that simply showing up is supporting local!