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Iowa Road Trips

July 28, 2016
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

How quickly this summer has flown -- as shown in Dave Carpenter's cartoon. It seems once the County Fair is over, school shopping begins and in no time students are headed back to the classroom.

There is still time for Iowa Road Trips:

The Sidney Championship Rodeo in Sidney runs Aug. 2-6. Started in 1923, the Sidney Rodeo was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2015. Catch top ranked contestants taking on national finals stock in PRCA saddlebronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, bull riding and bareback riding. (One of my favorite faux pas is a photo I took at a local rode. I?titled it "Bronco Riding" and a kind reader sent the photo to me noting "This is a Bull." Oops! I kept that photo around for years.)

The Pottawattamie County Rural Ramble is Aug. 6-7. Take a self-guided tour through nine farms ranging from small produce production to large scale row crops. Each stop will have tours, samples, fun activities and prizes. Participating locations include a vegetable farm, apple orchard, winery, sheep and dairy goat farm and more.

Palo Alto County Fair Queen Rachel Hoffman will be among those heading to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The fair runs Aug. 11-21 "Nothing Compares" to Iowa's largest tourism event. More than a million people each year are drawn to the mouth-watering food (more than 70 items served up "on-a-stick"), fabulous entertainment, one of the world's largest livestock shows and countless zany contests.

BrewBQ & Blues will be held in Amana Aug. 13. Enjoy a relaxing evening on Millstream Brewing's outdoor biergarten complete with extraordinary blues from Charlie Morgan and sizzling BBQ.

Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops Concert in Davenport is Aug. 20. The Symphony's most popular show takes place in LeClaire Park along the Mississippi Riverfront. This year's concert features music from the Eagles and ends with renditions of both Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever set to an amazing fireworks display. (An item on my Bucket List is to see the Boston Pops in person. Every Fourth of July we watch their concert on TV. Some day we'll get to Boston).

There is plenty to do and see right here in Palo Alto County, too. A relaxing day on Five Island Lake sounds pretty good right now.



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