Iowa Road Trip
The Iowa Tourism Office has provided information that could send us on a Road Trip across the state. Here are some highlights for September.
Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant
The five-day annual event always ends on Labor Day. Held in Mt. Pleasant since 1950, the reunion boasts the largest collection of working steam power engines and more than 2,000 attractions and exhibits including live music. Visitors can ride a steam train, trolley or even learn to drive a tractor.
Des Moines Renaissance Faire, Des Moines
September 5-7, 12-13, 19-20
Three weekends of fun including nine stages of entertainment, three living history realms, 60 artisan merchant shops, an equestrian jousting arena, a cast of 300 costumed villagers, 25 professional performing troupes, a feasting hall and vast food court, beer garden, wine pavilion and mermaid lagoon.
Clay County Fair, Spencer
Known as the “World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Fair attracts more than 300,000 visitors for world-class Grandstand events, daily livestock and horse shows, thousands of competitive exhibits, hundreds of commercial vendors and every type of fair food imaginable.
Creston and Southwest Iowa
Hot Air Balloon Days, Creston
More than 50 balloons will participate in races during the 38th annual event. In addition, there will be a parade with a marching band contest, arts & crafts fair, flea market, balloon glow night, food booths and more.
LEGO Creativity Tour
Powered by LEGO KidsFest, Des Moines
Children of all ages will have the opportunity to build, create and enjoy an immersive LEGO experience through engaging play areas, family-oriented building activities and more. The 96,000-square-foot space will include a LEGO model museum, race ramps, construction zone, brick battle zone and big brick pile.
Happy birthday, Grant Wood
In 2016, Cedar Rapids will celebrate Iowa artist Grant Wood’s 125th birthday all year long. Overalls All Over will include approximately 30 life-sized fiberglass statues depicting the farmer and daughter from American Gothic. Local artists will create unique designs for each statue, which will be on display from May through September.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of Grant Wood works in the world, will celebrate Wood’s and Marvin Cone’s 125th birthdays with a special exhibition titled Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Barns, Farms, and America’s Heartland. The two artists began their lifelong friendship in Cedar Rapids, attended high school together and were an active force in the Stone City Art Colony. The exhibit will focus on their shared interest in Iowa’s rolling countryside, farms and the people who inhabit them. It will run February 6-May 15, 2016.
We were in Stone City many years ago and also viewed Wood’s art work in Cedar Rapids. On the way home from that trip, we stopped in Eldon and “posed” in front of the American Gothic house. A return trip to Cedar Rapids is in order next Spring.