Weekend in Winterset • July 21

This Weekend

Madison County Fair

Wednesday through Sunday • July 20-24
Madison County Fairgrounds

Today is the official kick-off of the 2022 Madison County Fair, although exhibitors and fair officials have been participating in the prelude events for several days already. I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the best ‘spectator-interest’ events each day, but you can find the full listing of events HERE.

Wednesday, July 20
5:00pm – 4-H Style Show (North Show Ring)
6:30pm – Mad. Co. Fair Queen & King Contest (North Show Ring)
7:00pm – Demo Derby and Side-by-side Races (Motor Arena)

Thursday, July 21 | Day Care Day at the Fair
10:00am – 2:00pm – Ag Mystery Walk for Youth, Grades K-6
5:30pm – Bill Riley Talent Show
8:00pm – Hy-Vee & Wyffels Hybrids Rodeo – Duckworth Rodeo Productions: “Full Rodeo”

Friday, July 22
10:00am – 2:00pm – Ag Mystery Walk for Youth, Grades K-6
2:00-4:00pm – Midwest Heritage Watermelon Feed (North Show Ring)
5:30pm – Celebrity Swine Show (South Show Ring)
5:30pm – 4-H/FFA Dog Project Awards Ceremony and Trick Dog Competition (North Show Ring)
8:00pm – Hy-Vee & Wyffels Hybrids Rodeo – Duckworth Rodeo Productions: “Full Rodeo”

Saturday, July 23
1:00pm – Monster Arm Wrestling (South Show Ring)
5:00pm – Kiddie Tractor Pull (North Show Ring)
7:00pm – Circle Track Mud Run
8:00pm – Family Movie Night (North Show Ring Lawn)

Sunday, July 24
9:00am – Supreme Showmanship Competition (NEW)
9:30am – Cowboy Church (North Show Ring)
10:00am – MCF Horseshoe Competition
12:00pm – Livestock Auction Event – Premium Sale
1:00pm – Madison County Farm Bureau Cook-Out contest
7:00pm – Mud Bog Off Road

Gallery Walk with Marti Michell

Friday • July 22 • 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Gallery Walk
Iowa Quilt Museum

Tickets for Thursday’s Trunk Show with Marti Michell are sold out, but you can still attend the Gallery Walk on Friday at 7:00, and the reception before hand at 6:00pm. Tickets to the Gallery Walk are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

In 1979, Marti Michell and Mary Ellen Hopkins invented the acrylic ruler that nearly all quilters rely on while cutting with the rotary cutter, which was also created in 1979.

A few months after the rotary cutter was introduced in the United States, I met Mary Ellen Hopkins at her shop. I had already developed some strip techniques of my own using scissors, however, Mary Ellen had a great idea. She was having someone cut acrylic strips in varying widths, so she could use a pencil to mark the fabric and then cut strips with scissors. We hit it off immediately. Her approach certainly matched my thinking that we needed ideas that would allow people to make five to ten quilts a year, not one quilt every five to ten years. I asked Mary Ellen if she had ever tried the rotary cutter against the acrylic strip, and she hadn’t. That night, we did, and patchwork has never been the same!

Marti Michell’s “Scrapbook”

Needless to say, Marti Michell has had a tremendous impact on the art and industry of quilting. Marianne Fons even credits Marti with giving her and Liz Porter their ‘break’ by publishing their first book. Marti’s contributions changed the face of quilting in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


July 22 & 23 • 7:00pm, July 24 • 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater

ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle from Warner Bros. Pictures and visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). PG-13, 2hr 39 min

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Next Week

Monday Movie: Finding Nemo

Monday • July 25 • 10:00am
Winterset Public Library

Tinkering on Tuesdays

Tuesday • July 26 • 1:00pm
Winterset Public Library

Spark your curiosity with creative, hands on projects to learn early concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). No registration needed and best for ages 6+.

City Park History

Tuesday • July 26 • 6:00pm
Winterset Public Library

At this event, Madison County Historic Preservation Commission’s own Linda Smith will talk about City Park, which celebrates its 150th Birthday this year in October and is our latest addition to the National Register of Historic Places! Linda will provide history of the park and its structures, plus interesting stories of its various uses through time. This is a free program and no registration is required.

Youth Fishing Nights

Tuesdays • July 26, August 9, 23 • 6:00 – 7:30pm
Cedar Lake Boat Launch with WPRD and MCCB

This summer Winterset Parks & Recreation and Madison County Conservation board are teaming up to host four Youth Fishing nights. Bring the kids out to Cedar Lake by the boat launch for some free fishing—the poles and bait will be provided! This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about fishing.

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Way Back Wednesday: Bullitt

Wednesday • July 27• 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater

Senator Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross (Vic Tayback) with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother Johnny (Pat Renella), who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed. 1968, NR, 1hr 53min

Beer Choir

Thursday • July 28 • 7:00pm
Madison County Music Co & The Drift

Beer Choir is a social singing event open to all, no talent required! It’s so simple—you get a beer, get a seat, and song leaders Jon & Megan Barrett will guide you through hilarious drinking songs from the official songbook, the Beer Choir Hymnal! There is no cost to attend and the drink special of the night will be the “Perfect Fourth” Flight—a 5 oz serving each of four pre-selected brews.

Of course, non-beer drinkers are also welcome. (The Drift has a great selection of wines, cocktails, appetizers and soft drinks.) And if you just want to drink and listen, you’re welcome, too, but don’t be surprised when you end up joining in the singing!

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Krazy Dayz Sidewalk Sales

Friday • July 29 AND Saturday • July 30
Downtown Winterset

Rotary Kid 5K Run/Walk

Saturday • July 30 • 8:45am 100yd, 9:00am 5K
Benefit for the Play for all Inclusive Playground

Here’s a great opportunity for kids to support the fundraising efforts for the All Inclusive Playground and other youth projects of the Winterset Rotary. There will be a 100 yard youth race at 8:45 am and a 5K Run/Walk for all ages at 9:00am. There will be awards for best super hero/princess costume, and other categories as well, so raid your closet and put together something fun!

Age divisions for run/walk are as follows: 14 & under; 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Medals will be awarded in each age group. Register at http://getmeregistered.com/RotaryKidRun

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Thinking Ahead

Registration has just opened for Winterset Parks & Recreation Adult Women’s Volleyball league: https://tinyurl.com/3837tzny

Junior Fire & Police Academy

August 3 & 4 • 8:00am to Noon
Winterset Parks & Recreation with Winterset Police & Fire Departments

Registration is capped at 15 participants for the Winterset Parks & Recreation Junior Fire & Police Academy, so register today to secure a spot! https://tinyurl.com/3837tzny

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Youth Volleyball League

Register by August 21st

WPRD Youth volleyball league registration is now open! Get registered today by clicking the links below.
3rd – 4th Division https://tinyurl.com/3tjsxkxb
5th – 6th Division https://tinyurl.com/4vjv5fh3

Fall Soccer Registration

Registration for the fall season of the Winterset Area Soccer Club (WASC) is now open! Registration will be open until the end of July.

The link to register is: https://wascsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/_registration

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jared McDonald, WASC Registrar (wascregistrar@gmail.com).

If you are interested in volunteering as a Coach or Assistant Coach, please apply during the registration process.

Flag Football Registration

Registration for The Winterset Parks & Recreation Youth Flag Football League is also open. This 7 vs 7 league will begin practices the week of August 15th and offers divisions for 1st through 6th graders. Games begin September 12th and take place on Monday evenings.

Winterset .150K Race

Saturday • October 1 • 11:00am
Winterset City Park

City Park is turning 150 and the Winterset Parks & Recreations Department is going to celebrate by hosting their 1st annual .150K Race (492ft) on Saturday, October 1st. There will be live music, yard games, & a silent auction benefiting Hold Our Youth Tight, beer from 1st Down Brewing Co. and awesome shirts from Lumberjack Design Co. You will also get a donut at the halfway mark to ensure that you have enough energy to make it to the finish line! Costumes are encouraged and there will be an award for best costume! You have plenty of time to start training, so get registered today.

Ages 21+ https://tinyurl.com/2a9aw8rs
Ages 16 – 20 https://tinyurl.com/2aszws9b
Ages 15 & under https://tinyurl.com/2esh57sf

You can also check out the community calendar page to see how events align with your own calendar!

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