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Let’s get Fired-Up - Farm Bureau to hold Annual Cookout Contest

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Benton County Farm Bureau is coming in HOT and ready to hold its 13th Annual Cookout Contest. The Cookout Contest is [st] for Saturday, June 26 at the fairgrounds in Vinton and will be held in conjunction with other Benton County Fair activities. There is no cost to enter the contest, although pre-registration is requested.

Party in the Park Schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 5 PM TO 8:30 PM5 PM - FARMERS SAVINGS BANK & TRUST Community Picnic: Free hots dogs, chips & drinks served from the bank’s parking lot (401 B Ave)6:30 PM - KIDDIE PARADE: Let your imagination be your guide and dress up like your favorite character from days-gone-by. Decorate your bike, your stroller or your wagon. Kids in 5th grade and under are invited to participate and join the fun! (Line-up is at Farmers Savings Bank & Trust)ACTIVITIES - Face painting, Balloon Creations, Carnival Games, Prizes & Inflatables on the Courthouse Lawn.
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We apologize for the delay. We had to work through a couple of options due to brand new, awesome infrastructure improvements to the community!The route will leave Tilford and head east on 13th, North on 8th then West on 5th. Finally, it will turn North on 4th and end at the corner of 4th and 1st by Michael & Dowd.The route will be a little different this year, but let's have a little fun and enjoy the ride!The parade will start at 5:00 pmFloats begin lining up in Tilford Elem.

Early Arts Study Club to meet

Early Arts Study Club will meet Monday, June 21, at 1:30 PM, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, with Nancy Lausar, hostess. Claudette Alpers will present the program on Clocks and Watches.

Tractorcade to make its way through parts of Benton County Saturday, June 19

If anyone interested in riding along in a Tractorcade, Saturday, June 19, is welcome to meet up with drivers and riders at the Oak Grove Church, meeting at 8:30 a.m. and taking off promptly at 9:00 a.m.The tractors will go through Vinton, Urbana, Center Point, Toddville and Palo and finish back at the church. The only requirement is that your tractor must be able to travel at 13 mph.


Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is hosting a coloring contest for kids up to age 12. The coloring contest, in conjunction with Silos & Smokestacks 25th Anniversary, celebrates agriculture heritage, the agriculture industry and sites and attractions throughout the heritage area.Contestants can choose from eight different agriculture coloring sheets.

Vendors needed for the first Garrison Market

Vendors are needed for the first Garrison Market of the season that is two weeks from today. If you or anyone you know is interested, please reach out to Teresa Meyer to let her know what you will be selling. There is no cost to attend.We hope to see you on Monday, June 28 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm!

Shellsburg Area Community Group Fund Raiser

The Shellsburg Area Community Group (SACG) is having its annual fundraiser this Saturday, June 19th, at Wildcat Golf Course and it’s an important opportunity for the group to raise money for community projects. This non-profit group has invested over $80,000 in community projects and services since forming in 2011, including several that benefited the school.

Craft Fair at VFW #8884 June 11

The VFW Auxiliary Post #8884 will be holding a Craft Fair the 2nd Weekend in June. The Craft Fair will be open on Friday, June 11 from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.The VFW Post 8884 and Auxiliary will be grilling sandwiches on the grounds both days.The Post is located at 5999 25th Avenue Trail, Vinton.

Vinton Depot Farmers Market to take place Thursday nights during June

There will be a Vinton Depot Farmers Market happening for the month of June. Starting next week on Thursday evenings beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Farmers Market will be held at the Train Depot in Vinton. Simply bring your $5 fee on the night of the event if you need a spot to display your goods.
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