So guess what? Pottawattamie County is now designated as the Trails Capital of Iowa!
The powers that be with WattaWay have named 14 different trails for you to follow in Pott. County, much like the Pork Tenderloin Trail the Iowa Pork Producers put together or the Passport Program in Nebraska.
Earlier this week, I got to take part in a Pottawattamie County Launch Party for the new designation and we made stops at a few of the venues on the newly labeled trails. CB, of course, had things on each of the trails, but we also made our way to Macedonia, where the Main Street has places that are on 5 different trails! I got to ride with some bloggers and journalists that had never been to our area, and it was fun to see them take in what we have to offer. Perhaps it was even a little shocking to a non-rural person how special the area is. I also got to lunch at The Station in Hancock with these folks. It was fun to show off the down-home feeling you get here without losing the high-quality eats! They were impressed with the menu, for sure. We got a great photo at the spider-car, too! Roadtrippers had nothing on us! Lol. Our final stop before heading back to CB was at Penny’s Visions in Neola. Russ made all the bronze eagle sculptures spread throughout Pott. Co. and Penny restores paintings, paints, helps make Russ’ molds, and still manages to find time to teach classes to kids and adults. I couldn’t be more impressed!
We have so much to offer! We’d like for Pottawattamie to be a destination, not merely a fly-over area. I think we all love our home-territory and want people to see what we see! If I had to guess, I bet a lot of you have been to some of the places on the list and could share your rave comments about them. I’d also bet there are a lot of the places on the list that you actually haven’t been to because we kinda get in our routines and miss the highlights we have right in front of us.
Whether you’ve hit them all or have a few yet to see, I hope you take a little time to swing by again or put them on that summer bucket list! It’s just another way you can #SupportLocal!
Who knew we’d have yet another busy week in Pott. County? But we certainly do!
We kick off the weekend on Friday with the only rural Pott. Co. all-you-can eat Fish Fry at St. Patrick's Parish Hall in Neola! Or another option is to hit Impact Hill in Oakland. They are having a bike rodeo with the Sheriff’s Dept. and family game night with hamburgers and hot dogs served by the Pott. County Cattlemen starting at 6pm! Yum! Talk about good family fun and food!
Speaking of fun, the Botna Valley Achievers 4-H Club will be hosting Hancock’s Easter Egg Hunt at 10am on Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Hancock. (Do note this is due to flood relocation.)
You also have the option of a free breakfast and can voice your opinions about mental health issues at the Community Conversation with Pott. Co. Public Health and Live Well Omaha at the Oakland Community Center. Free childcare will be offered.
Don't forget Goat Yoga at Doe's and Diva's in Honey Creek!
The day continues with Garry Clark’s book signing at the Buck Snort in Oakland. The author of Unlikely Viking will be on hand from 11 to 2pm to sign copies of his book about growing up in the projects and landing at Dana in Blair to play football only to realize the Midwest is truly the good life!
From there, you can make your way to Treynor Prom’s Parade of Stars. It will take place at the Treynor High School Gym starting at 4:30 and the lucky prom goers will then move onto the first event to take place at the Buckingham Palace Center, a great new venue you’re going to want to see! I've seen it and WOW!
The evening ends with the ever-famous Riverside Wrestling Club Nut Fry at Tailgators in Oakland! Serving will begin at 4:30, as will the silent auction and raffles. No better way to say you helped fund summer camps for the Bulldogs! (I'll simply leave the comments at that.) :)
Sunday brings a special event at the Peace United Church of Christ as the Walnut Community Choir will be holding a concert for the public. What a way to usher in the week of Easter!
You can grab breakfast before you go at the Girl Scouts Donuts for Dollars in Avoca, a fundraiser for Charley Faulkena. It runs from 7-11am. It always feels good to help out when you’re grabbing a donut on the run!
And you can end your weekend fun with Bingo at the Crescent Roadhouse Bar and Grill! From 2 to 4pm, they play for drinks and prizes. It’s always a good time!
Uniqueness is certainly on tap for this weekend in Pott. Co.! Don’t miss your chance to support local!
It’s a busy weekend in Pott. County! Where should you go? What should you do? Where can you get some good food? I have it all and links to get you all the info!
Here’s a whole list of options to pick from:
Macedonia will be a happenin’ place this weekend with Grist Mill performances of the comedy, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” on Friday and Saturday night and a matinee on Sunday. (Tickets are still available!) In addition, The Painted Camel will be hosting an open house (People, this place is right out of the Old Market!) and so will the Pioneer Trail Museum and the Stempel Bird Museum. And the new Macedonia House Bed & Breakfast will host their open house on Sunday before the matinee from noon to 2. Plus, The Back 40 is back open for business and will have specials if you show them your Grist Mill tickets!
Saturday will also be a big day in Shelby! They are hosting a craft and vendor fair from 9 to 3 at the Cardinal Lofts. Not only can you get that Mother’s Day or graduation gift early but all organizational proceeds go to the Shelby Sesquicentennial Celebration!
Impact Hill in Oakland will be having Jackie Ackers (who sang at the National Rodeo Finals in Vegas) and Paul Hart (with his band, Oreo Meatwagon) live in concert for a fundraising event in their auditorium on Saturday night! I hear if you buy tickets now you can score some drink tickets, too!
As you probably know, this WIDA rep. is a big fan of 4-H and they are bringing you options this weekend too! The East Pott. Glow Bingo will be held in Oakland Saturday night from 7-8:30pm and the Hardin Knights are serving a freewill donation spaghetti dinner on Sunday at the McClelland Town Hall from 4 – 7pm.
So not only can you eat supper out on Sunday, but you can eat breakfast out, too! The Underwood Fire & Rescue is having their pancake breakfast from 7:30am to 1pm. Gotta love pancakes and a good cause!
Lots of event options this weekend! We hope you take advantage of them! Be sure to support local and enjoy the good times!
I’ll be back next week with more great things to tell you! Spread the word!
And thanks, Canva, for the help on my image this week!