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Posted May 01, 2013 in Adel

From a new free community concert series to movies in the park after dark, Adel residents will have a full schedule of activities to attend this summer.

Music, hypnotist and magician
The Adel Chamber of Commerce, along with one local business, will bring a Friday night of free entertainment each month through August to downtown Adel.

The Free Fridays Entertainment Series started in April and continues through the summer. Entertainment is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Adel Community Stage and Pavilion at 10th and Main streets. Each performance is family friendly. Scheduled events are:
•May 24: The Rumley Brothers, a band that will play current country music.
•June 28: Roulette, a rock music cover band.
•July 26: Thunder Blues, a blues music band.
•Aug. 23: A magic and illusion show by hypnotist Terry Stokes and magician Keith West.

“We decided we wanted to do some free things for the community,” says Rob Burditt, president of the Adel Chamber of Commerce, adding that most other evening events that take place during the summer cost money when entertainment is involved.

A variety of musical acts were selected along with the magician and hypnotist to meet the public’s varied interests.

“I wanted to have these events so it’s something different every month,” Burditt says. “I didn’t want three months of a rock cover band.”

No food or drinks will be sold at the events, so families are encouraged to pack a basket of snacks and drinks and bring their lawn furniture for an evening of entertainment. Alcoholic drinks are allowed only in designated areas, specifically the lawn area around the stage.

Burditt says if the events are well attended, then the Chamber likely will host them again next year.

Sheriff’s vehicle show to raise money for Special Olympics
The Fifth Annual Dallas County Sheriff’s Office All-Wheel Show will be June 1 on the square in Adel. The event raises money for Iowa Special Olympics.

Jim Copeland shows off his 1960 Chevy Biscayne, which he brings to the Dallas County Sheriff Office’s All-Wheel Show. The car won first place two years ago.The show will take place June 1 in Adel.

Jim Copeland shows off his 1960 Chevy Biscayne, which he brings to the Dallas County Sheriff Office’s All-Wheel Show. The car won first place two years ago.The show will take place June 1 in Adel.

“Law enforcement has always supported Special Olympics,” says Sheriff Chad Leonard, who attended that the sheriff’s department also participates in the Special Olympics Torch Run and basketball games.

Last year, the show raised $3,000 for Special Olympics.

The show is different from a lot of “car shows” in that it invites any vehicle with wheels on it from classic cars to trucks to motorcycles to antique tractors.

“There’s some really nice stuff that shows up,” says Burt Shellabarger, a co-organizer of the show. “It’s a lot of fun. Everybody that has attended so far, we’ve found they’re just tickled to death for what the money is going for.”

Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars that register for the event. Participants choose the top 20 cars. Awards are given for Best of Show, Most Likely to be Stopped by a Cop, Bad Bike, Long Distance and Special Olympics Athlete Choice.

Last year, 128 participants were in the show, mostly motorcycles and classic cars. The Long Distance award goes to the person who traveled the farthest to attend the show. In the past, people have come from Mount Pleasant and Spencer.

“In other words, there’s people that come from just about all four corners (of the state) to this show,” Shellabarger says. “We’re kind of proud of that fact.”

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judging will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., with awards presented at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the first car and $5 for each car after that per owner. Pre-registrants receive a car show T-shirt.

All Iowa Wine Festival brings eight local wineries to Adel
The All Iowa Wine Festival is back again this year and will feature eight wineries. It will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. June 15 at the Adel stage and pavilion at 10th and Main streets.

“We have a nice mix of large wineries and small wineries,” says Dan Juffer, chairman of the event.

The event is the only wine festival in Iowa that exclusively serves only Iowa wines, Juffer says. “We set ourselves apart and say this is the all Iowa wine festival,” he says.

Juffer came up with the idea to start the festival about six years ago as a way to support local Iowa wineries. He approached a former Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce director about helping sponsor the event. The chamber remains the sponsor of the event today.

There are 15 member wineries located on the Heart of Iowa wine trail that receive invitations to the event. This year’s festival will feature eight Iowa wineries:
• Covered Bridges Winery in Winterset
• Jasper Winery in Des Moines
• Summerset Winery in Indianola
• Grape Escape in Pleasantville
• Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery in Stuart
• Rosey Acres Winery in Runnells
• La Vida Loca in Indianola
• Penoach Winery in Adel

The fact that the festival only features Iowa wines is something that is attractive to winery participants.

“I think that’s essential because there’s so many good varietals of grapes that people are not aware of that are produced in Iowa, and people need to have the exposure to them to learn what they taste like,” says Tracy Mahlstadt, who owns Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery in Stuart, along with her husband, Edward.

Live entertainment will once again be offered in Adel this summer.

Live entertainment will once again be offered in Adel this summer.

The Mahlstadts opened Dale Valley in 2007 and planted their first vines in 2001. They’ve participated in festivals since opening the winery.

Those who attend the Adel wine festival pay $15 and receive a commemorative wine glass, a coupon for $5 off a bottle of wine and 10 wine samples. Local food vendors also will sell their food, and there will be prize drawings throughout the night.

Juffer says the $5 coupon idea is one that he hasn’t seen done at many other wine festivals, though some have started to use the idea to draw attendees.

“That encourages people to not just come and sample the wine, but the $5 off is good that night only on one bottle of wine,” he says. “The winemakers’ sales went way up after we introduced that.”

Mahlstadt likes the coupon idea and says it benefits the winery participants because it encourages more sales.

Each winery also donates wine that is given away throughout the night during the prize giveaways. Those who attend receive a ticket to enter into the prize giveaways for each bottle of wine he or she purchases. In all, between $500 and $1,000 in prizes are given away during the event.

There also is a competition in which attendees can vote for their favorite wine at the festival.

“The wineries absolutely love it because it gives them bragging rights,” Juffer says.

Attendance was down last year because of rainy and stormy weather, with only about 250 people attending. However, usually 550 or slightly more attend. Some come from as far away as Omaha, Neb., Fort Dodge and Webster City.

The event is open to families. However, there are no specific activities geared toward children or for them.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Horns, a blues band from Des Moines that plays both cover tunes and original music.

Outdoor family movies to be shown this summer
This year, the Adel Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce and local businessman Todd Chapman have decided to sponsor an outdoor movie night.

Paula James, director of the library, says there has been some interest in the community to try to come up with more family events, which is what led to the idea of an outdoor summer movie. The movie, which has not yet been selected, will be shown at dark on July 3 at the stage by Raccoon Valley Bank at 10th and Main streets.

“We’ve never done this before, so if it works really well, I’d like to do it again,” James says.

Organizers begin early plans for Sweet Corn Festival
The 2013 Adel Sweet Corn Festival will take place Aug. 10.

Volunteers serve corn during the 2012 Adel Sweet Corn Festival.

Volunteers serve corn during the 2012 Adel Sweet Corn Festival.

Organizers have not yet decided on a theme for an event, says Burditt, the Chamber president.

As with past years, the sweet corn shucking will take place the night before from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9.

There also will be the after-prom dance for teens from 8:30 to 11 p.m. that night.

The 5-kilometer race will take place again this year at 8 a.m. on the festival day. It was revitalized for last year’s event after a couple years’ break. The run will start at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at 11th and Court streets at the former Adel-DeSoto-Minburn middle/high school and continue along the brick streets of Adel following part of the parade route for the Sweet Corn Festival. To see a complete view of the route, go to

The annual parade will take place in the morning, followed by free sweet corn, the car show and entertainment throughout the day.

One new thing for this year is more rides and activities geared toward teenagers, including a mechanical bull ride.

More information about all of the Sweet Corn Festival’s events will be in the August issue of Adel Living.

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