February 5th, 2016
– Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Give a hoot about owls, then join in for this nighttime hike to learn about the nocturnal habits of these facinating creatures. All ages are welcome to attend and the cost is $2.00 person with chidlren 5 and under free. Bundle up warm and meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at 7:00 p.m.
March 5th, 2016
Maple Tree Tapping –
Botna Bend Park, Hancock
Celebrating 17 years of tapping the silver maple tree. Visitors will be able to drill your own tap and learn how the process of making real maple syrup beings. All ages are welcome to attend. Cost is $2.00 per person, children under 5 are free. For more information, call 712.741.5465.
Living Loess Tour
A collaboration of eight artisan attractions located within 20 miles of each other nestled in the Loess Hills of Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties in western Iowa.
June 3rd – 5th, 2016
Carson High School Rodeo –
June 4th, 2016
Kids Fishing Derby – Arrowhead Park, Neola
This event is held in conjunction with Iowa’s free fishing weekend, so a license is not required for Iowa residents. All kids 16 and under are welcome to enter our annual fishing derby. All children entered will receive prizes and free gifts. For more information and the time, call 712.485.2295.
June 19th – 24th, 2016
34rd Annual AMVET’s Antique Show and Walk – Walnut
Plan now to attend the annual AMVET’s Antique Show and Walk,”The Finest Show in Western Iowa.” Over 300 dealers offer antiques ranging from furniture, glassware, quilts, dolls, fishing lures and more. Enjoy the Fireman’s all you can eat Country Breakfast, the Optimist’s Steak Fry, and many other Walnut organizations providing a mouth watering assortment of food. For more information, call 712.784.2100.
Carter Lake Community Days – Carter Lake
A weekend of events including parade, festival in the park, karaoke and fireworks. For more information, contact Carter Lake City Hall at 712.347.6320.
July 16th – 20th, 2016
Pottawattamie County Fair – County Fairgrounds, Avoca
Bigger and Better than ever! Young and old alike will enjoy the 4H, FFA, open-class exhibits, midway rides, vendors and the grandstand events. And don’t leave out the homemade pie. For more information, contact Deb Henningsen at 712.482.6220.
August 4th – 6th, 2016
38th Annual Carson Community Rodeo – Carson
This year Carson will be combining the Rodeo and Jubilee. Small town rodeo where you can really get close the action! Known for its big name stock and having some of the best cowboys, it’s fun for the whole family.
August 6th – 7th, 2016
Old Settlers Picnic – Hancock
Get together with old friends at Hancock’s annual community celebration in the city park adjacent to Botna Bend Park with its excellent camping facilities. Parade, food and beer stands, kids’ events and a softball tournament. For more information, contact Hancock City Hall at 712.741.5665.
August 7th, 2016
23rd Annual Antique City Car Show – Walnut
Cruise down memory lane in Walnut’s beautiful Antique City Drive for this amazing display of antique cars. For more information, contact Ed Ransom at 712.784.3892.
August 12th, 2016
Perseid’s Meteor Shower – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
View the Perseid’s Meteor Shower from a Loess Hills ridge top starting at 8:30 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and binoculars for an evening of star-studded skies. For more information, call 712.545.3283.
August 20th, 2016
Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed – Botna Bend Park, Hancock
Enjoy grilled pancakes topped with real maple syrup, sausage, coffee and orange juice from 8:30-11:00 a.m. Free will donations accepted. For more information, call 712.741.5465.
Donia Day – Macedonia
Community fun filled day with activities planned for everyone! Craft fair, kids games, silent auction, parade, bed races, bingo, band at the Back Forty. If you would like to rent a table for the craft fair/flea market call Macedonia City Hall at 712-486-2323.
September 3rd – 5th, 2016
Hoo Doo Days–
No small town celebration is more infamous than Hoo Doo Days in Neola! Labor Day weekend events include a teen street dance Saturday night, lawn mower tractor pulls on Sunday and street dance for adults featuring the “Fork in the Road” band. The parade on Labor Day starts at 11:00 a.m. and is followed by midway rides, tractor pulls and a car show. For your refreshment food and beer stands are available. For more information, contact Neola City Hall at 712.485.2307.
September 10th, 2016
Monarch Tagging – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Come and learn more about these fascinating creatures. From 9:30-11:00 a.m. visitors will have the opportunity to catch and tag monarch butterflies in the park. Nets, tags and refreshments provided. For more information, call 712.545.3283.
September 10th – 11th, 2016
33rd Annual Carstens Farm Days – Shelby
Come to the country for the 1880 Carsten’s Farmstead, and watch Iowa farm history come to life. Enjoy steam engines powering antique threshing machinery, a parade, crafts, entertainment, as well as food galore. The buildings will be alive with demonstrations that will bring back memories for older visitors and teach valuable lessons to the younger ones. For more information, call 712.544.2638 (afternoons) or 712.544.2341 (evenings).
October 12th, 2016
Chili Fest –
Arrowhead Park, Neola
Enjoy a warm bowl of chili in the crisp fall air. The chili fest will also include children’s games, pumpkin painting, hayrack rides. Cost is $5.00 ages 14 and over; $2.00 ages 6-13. 5 and under free. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
October 30th, 2016
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Wear your costumes and bring little ones for a special Halloween trail from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center. Other spooktacular events include pumpkin carving and painting, apple bobbing and refreshments. For more information, call 712.545.3283.
November 19th, 2016
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Come join the Hitchcock Nature Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for the annual Eagle Migration. Recognized as one of the Top 5 HawkWatches in the world for viewing migrating bald eagles. November is the ideal time to view these majestic animals on their journey south. For more information, call 712.545.3283.
November 25th – 26th, 2016
34th Annual Christmas Walk – Walnut
Thousands of lights outline the turn-of-the-century storefronts in downtown Walnut and a live towering Christmas tree dominates the brick streets. Sip on spiced cider while shopping in one of Walnut’s many antiques shops or in displays by visiting dealers in this beautiful setting. Special store hours. For more information, call 712.784.2100.