Weekend in Winterset, June 20 – 23, 2019


RAGBRAI Art Contest Winner – Abby Hoefing

The Winterset RAGBRAI committee would like to thank all the entrants for showing off their artistic talents and to congratulate Abby Hoefing for being the local RAGBRAI art contest winner.  Abby’s artwork is now entered into the statewide art contest with the other overnight town winners where she has a chance to win $350.  All of the artwork that was entered in the contest will be on display in the window of the Chamber office during the month of July.


Community Band Lawn Chair Night

Thursday • 6/20 • 6:00 pm meal, 7:00 pm music
Courthouse Lawn

And the Band Played On … The Winterset Community Band continues with their third Lawn Chair Night of the summer on the courthouse lawn tonight. The Winterset Kiwanis will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and desserts. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a fun evening with fellow community members!

This Weekend

Prairie Strips Field Day

Friday • 6/21 • 9:30am – noon
Badger Creek Wildlife Management Area south of Van Meter, IA

Join the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project on Friday, June 21st, to visit the prairie strips established at Badger Creek WMA in 2017 and learn about the benefits they provide for soil, water, and wildlife, as well as programs and funding support available to assist farmers and landowners with establishing prairie strips on private land.

9:30 AM – Registration / Sign-In
10:00 AM – Program and Tour
12:00 PM – Lunch and Follow-up Conversations

Background & Benefits – Anna Golightly, Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project Coordinator, Madison County SWCD

Flash Mum Sale

Friday & Saturday • 6/21 & 6/22 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouse

Although they’re technically closed for the season, an ordering mistake involving mums at Groth’s has turned into a unique flash sale opportunity. This Friday and Saturday only, you can pick up plants at a great value of $3.50 per 6 pack. These are mid-September and early-October bloomers. They have around 150 packs available so if you want to take advantage of this great deal, head out there between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on Friday or Saturday.

Madison County Farmers Market

Saturday • 6/22 • 8:00 am – Noon
Winterset Square

Farmers Market is a bit of a misnomer perhaps ‘artisan fair’ might be better suited…you can find baked goods, fresh flowers, plants, hand crafted works, fresh coffee and sometimes even live music…every Saturday morning from 8:00 am-Noon on the courthouse lawn.

Free Car Seat Inspections

Saturday • 6/22 • 9:00 am – Noon
Winterset Elementary Parking Lot

According to authorities, more than 90% of the car seats inspected are being used incorrectly! And many families discontinue car seat use too early; 8-10 year olds should still be in a booster seat. Do you know that your child is being properly protected as you travel in your vehicle this summer? Bring your vehicle with carseats and children to Winterset Elementary this Saturday morning for a free inspection. If you can find them, bring your vehicle owners manual and car seat manual too.

This free event is sponsored by Madison County Cares, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Lions Club, Madison County Public Health and Safe Kids of Greater Des Moines. Call 515-468-1524 with questions. In case of rain, the event will have to be cancelled.

German Cooking Class

Saturday • 6/22 • 10:30 am
Winterset Public Library

Lisa Allessandro, from local restaurant Anything Sweet and More, will demonstrate two traditional German recipes that incorporate easy-to-find spices and techniques that will inspire you to say, “kostlich” (delicious)! This event is free and open to the public.

Garden Party

Saturday • 6/22 • 5:00 pm
Winterset Art Center

Everyone is invited to the 3rd Annual Garden Party this Saturday at the Winterset Art Center where you can enjoy food, beverages & live music al fresco. All donations will support the Winterset Art Center’s art education programs and capital improvements. Stop by and support the arts in Winterset!!

Live Music Saturday featuring Brick Imerman

Saturday • 6/22 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Winterset Cidery

Due to a scheduling conflict, Kaleena will not be performing at the Cidery this weekend, but the good news is that Brick Imerman has agreed to step in. Plan to go out and enjoy everything from classic rock to rocking country with a little blues and original music thrown in for fun!

Movie Night in the Park

Saturday • 6/22 • 9:00pm (approximate)
Winterset City Park North Shelter

Winterset Parks & Recreation and Madison County Realty invite you to a free screening of Shrek this Saturday night at the Winterset City Park. The movie will start at approximately 9:00pm. Bring your lawn chair or blanket (and probably some bug spray).

Levitt AMP Music Series | Roanoke

Sunday • 6/23 • 6:00 pm
Earlham City Park

Join those Chicks with Checks this Sunday when Roanoke (Roanoke Music) arrives in Earlham all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Roanoke is a folk/Americana duo-fronted band that uses rich harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and roots music to create a captivating and unique sound. You won’t want to miss this Sunday’s concert at the Earlham City Park from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. You may want to pack an extra set of clothes for the kids because the Earlham firefighters will be hosting water games, too.

This Weekend at the Iowa Theater


Even though it’s taking a new form as a live-action film instead of animation, Aladdin is still the funny-sentimental-inspirational story of a poor “street rat” who comes into possession of a magic lamp and a magic carpet, summons a big blue genie, and embarks on a scheme to win the heart of a princess and stop an evil vizier from stealing the kingdom away from the heroine’s dad. Rated: PG (for some action/peril)  128 minutes.

Coming Soon

RAGBRAI Town Hall Informational Meeting

Tuesday • 6/25 • 6:30pm
South Lawn of the Courtyard

The Winterset RAGBRAI committee has scheduled an informational Town Hall Meeting and everyone is invited. Hear all of the plans that are underway to make Winterset the BEST overnight town of the 2019 ride. If you have any questions, this is also a great time to get them answered. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to New Bridge Church.

Registration for Fall Soccer

Now through June 28th
Winterset Area Soccer Club

It’s already time to look ahead on your calendar and get your kiddos signed up for soccer league if they’d like to play this fall. Registration is open through June 28th on the Winterset Area Soccer Club’s website. Divisions begin at U6 (age six and under) and go up. Kiddos as young as five can start enjoying this fun outdoor activity.

Still time to sign up!

Here are a few programs happening in the next few weeks that still have room for your kids!

Education Programs at The Winterset Stage


Monday – Thursday • July 8-11 • Student Voices: What Matters to Me (Grade 8+)
Monday – Thursday • July 15-18 • Musical Theater, Sr (Grades 5-8)

Get the kids out of the house in July. Sign up for one of these classes for some drama and fun! You can find a full class list and sign up at The Winterset Stage’s website.

Outdoor Adventures (Ages 10-15)

Tuesday – Thursday • July 9-11 • 9:00am – 12 noon • Cost: $25
Pammel Park Nature Center

Register TODAY for this camp which will focus on developing hands on wilderness skills. During this 3-day adventure, campers will discuss different fishing methods, learn how to pack backpacks, practice setting up a campsite, try their hands at campfire cooking, and discover the meaning of Leave No Trace. There may even be a canoe trip to Cedar Lake.

Session III Summer Art Camp: Welcome to the Jungle

Wednesday – Friday • June 26-28
Winterset Art Center

There is still time to sign up for lots of interesting classes at the Winterset Art Center including the “Welcome to the Jungle” camp next week. This fun summer class will introduce art to the early explorer, and the basic fundamentals of art to the young explorer.

Young Explorers: 10:30 am – Noon, recommended ages 9+
Advanced Explorers: 1:30 – 3:00 pm, recommended ages 12+

More details and registration here.

Upcoming Programs at Winterset Public Library

Martika Daniels’ Circus Variety Show
Tonight • 6/20 • 6:oo pm

Martika Daniels is an expert performer in the sideshow, and circus arts. She will be at the Winterset Library to present her interactive circus variety show tonight. There will be silk fans, hula hoops, plate spinning, and a fun circus game. Registration is required. Call 515-462-1731 or register online at: bit.ly/juneSRP. There are only a few spots left so hurry!

Children’s Museum of Omaha: Discovery Dome “One World, One Sky”
Monday • 6/24 • 10:30 – 11:15 am • Grades PreK-1st

The Winterset Library along with 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa is excited to host the Children’s Museum of Omaha. One World, One Sky is a 23 minute planetarium show that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu HU Zhu, a Muppet from Zhime Jie and the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

Registration is required. Call 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/juneSRP. The only spots remaining are for this session. The sessions for older kids are already full.

Mock the Movie: The Meg (ages 12+, no adults)
Wednesday • 6/26 • 1:00 pm

Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Mock the Movie! Use your smart device to put live messages up on the screen and interact with teens at other libraries across the state as well. Popcorn provided and this is a teens only event…no adults allowed!
Registration is required. Call 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/juneSRP

And Finally …

Would your business or organization like to sponsor Winterset’s RAGBRAI celebration on Monday, July 22.  Sponsorships start at only $50!  Your support will keep our community safe and clean, and our celebration first class – all while we have loads of fun!  There are several sponsorship packages also available if you would like to show even more support.   Those packages include logo placements on the main and secondary entertainment stages, plus print ads, placement on the Winterset RAGBRAI website, and more.  Please contact Nicole Kems, Stephanie Gerleman, or Heather Riley for more details.

Volunteer TODAY!

Please consider volunteering to help make Winterset the BEST overnight town during this years RAGBRAI.  There are lots of ways to help – from set up to tear down, information booth or beverage garden there is a spot for YOU. Go to WintersetRAGBRAI.com and fill out the Volunteer info form. You will need to purchase a cool blue discounted $10 t-shirt to wear on July 22nd.

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen. All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Angel Wings & CT
Ben Franklin
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaüs Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Cidery
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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