Weekend in Winterset, May 23-27, 2019


Lighting Ceremony for Jurgensen Bridge

Thursday • 5/23 • 9:30pm (weather permitting)
Cedar Lake Spillway

The Jurgensen Bridge, moved from its original location SE of Patterson, was recently placed over the Cedar Lake spillway as a pedestrian bridge connecting Cedar Bridge Park and the Cedar Lake Dam. In addition to pedestrian and bicycle safe railings, lights were an added feature of the bridge project. The bridge will be illuminated to commemorate the completion of the project at about 9:30pm this evening.

This Weekend

John Wayne Birthday Celebration

Friday • 5/24
Saturday • 5/25

John Wayne was born May 26th, 1907, right here in Winterset and so this weekend we toast The Duke. This year marks fifty years since the release of True Grit so you have three chances to catch that film at The Iowa this weekend. (See the movie schedule below.) We’re also welcoming Ashley Campbell (daughter of Glen Campbell) and Dean Smith to town for the birthday party. Mr. Smith is a stuntman and actor who worked with John Wayne in several films and he’ll be doing a ‘meet & greet’ at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum at 2:00pm on Saturday.

Put on your dancing shoes (boots) and scoot on out to the Jackson Building for a Country Barn Dance on Friday night at 8:00. This a free event and it features the Salt Creek Band performing oldies, country and classic rock. Food & beverage will be available for purchase.

On Saturday you can start your day with breakfast at the firehouse, then cheer on the participants in the 5K run/walk which will begin and end at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, and enjoy a horse parade that will start at the Madison County Fairgrounds, come through town on Court Ave and continue on to the museum.

The annual dinner and benefit auction for the JWBM will take place at 5:00pm at the Jackson Building on Saturday. Reservations are required for that so call the museum and see if tickets are still available – 462-1044.

Live Music | Robbie Michael Band

Saturday • 5/25 • 6:30 pm
Winterset Cidery

The Winterset Cidery will host the Robbie Michael Band this Saturday evening. There will be a $5 cover charge. Enjoy great music, great company, & great cider.

Winterset High School Commencement

Sunday • 5/26 • 2:30pm
Winterset High School Gymnasium

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! May all of your days be filled with success!

Memorial Day Parade

Monday • 5/27 • 10:00am
American Legion Post 184

Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:00am on Monday, May 27th. The march will go to Monumental Park for a ceremony with VFW Auxiliary, and then to the Winterset Cemetery for services. Following the services, Quilt of Valor will be awarded to several veterans in recognition of their service.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate on Memorial Day, programs will be moved to the Henry Miller Auditorium at 10:00am.

Coming up at the Iowa Theater

Celebrate The Duke at the Iowa Theater in True Grit this weekend! And if you haven’t caught it yet, you’ve got three more chances to see Avengers: Endgame.

Coming Soon

Community Band Lawn Chair Night

Thursdays • June 6th • 6:00pm meal, 7:00 pm music
Courthouse Lawn

Like apple pie with ice cream, fresh lemonade, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, there’s just something quintessentially small-town summer about sitting outside and listening to live music where the grown-ups chat between songs and the kids run off to the edges and play or dance along. The Winterset Community band will be making this happen at Lawn Chair Night concerts on the courthouse lawn every Thursday through July 11th. Each week food is available for purchase through a different community group and the Winterset Community Band regales listeners with their talent. On Thursday, June 6th, the VFW Auxiliary will be serving beef burgers, chips, water, ice cream and other desserts. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and come enjoy a fun evening with fellow community members!

First Friday Concert Series | Adam Bruce & April Lynn

Friday • June 7 • 6:00pm food, 7:00pm music
Winterset City Park

The First Fridays Concert Series will be held in the north shelter area at Winterset City Park on the first Friday evening in the months of June, July, and August. These events are free to attend and hot food will be available for purchase, as well as beer, wine coolers, and bottled water. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 pm, and live music begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, relax on the gently sloping hillside, and enjoy summer under the stars! June’s entertainment will be provided by Adam Bruce & April Lynn.

Women’s Weekend in Winterset

Classes and events all weekend
Style Show on Saturday • 6/8 • 9:15am

This special weekend will be full of classes, workshops, demos, entertainment, pampering, dining, shopping and more! There will be classes offered in Fiber Arts & Quilting, Gardening, Jewelry, Painting & Ink, Glass work, Cooking & Nutrition, Photography plus a style show on Saturday morning featuring our local merchants and their fresh styles for summer! For a complete list of classes visit the Madison County Chamber of Commerce online store. The style show will take place Saturday morning, June 8th, at 9:15 on the west lawn of the courthouse. The style show is free and open to all!


With only a few days left before school is out for the summer, those of us with kids in our lives are gearing up for a summer full of fun & family memories. We’re working on another post full of ideas for Summer Fun so watch your inboxes for that in the next few days!

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