I’m happy to announce that Madison County is currently being represented in the Varied Industries Building of the Iowa State Fair, going on now through Aug. 19.
There is still time to check it out if you haven’t already done so. What an amazing opportunity to greet potential visitors and invite them to our area. Thanks to the Madison County Supervisors, the Winterset City Council members, the Madison County Historical Complex, John Wayne Birthplace, Fareway and area merchants for their contributions towards this project.
Also going on this weekend (Aug. 18 and 19) is our third annual Madison County BBQ Shootout. Join us on the historic square in Winterset for a family-friendly weekend-long event. This event is brought to you by Lanny’s Auto and would not be possible without their major sponsorship. Other supporters include the Madison County Cattlemen, Madison County Pork Producers, American State Bank, Fareway, Bluestone Engineering and Barker Implement. The goal of the contest is to promote and enjoy traditional American barbecue in Madison County while also acknowledging and supporting the county’s strong ties to the local farmers and agricultural community that raises some of the best meat in the country.
While attending the contest you can enjoy the numerous shopping, dining and entertainment establishments Winterset has to offer. Check out this week’s Shopper for a complete schedule of events or call the Chamber at 515-462-1185.
Plans for this year’s 43rd Annual Covered Bridge Festival are in full swing. This year’s theme is “The Stories of Madison County” and is amazingly less than two months away. If you know of any individual or group that would like to become involved in this year’s schedule of events, please have them call us. We’re currently working to add several new features and even bring back some “old” traditions. All vendor workers have been encouraged to dress in period clothing and we’re making an extra effort to bring back more demonstrators. If you are an area artist who would like to display your “Made in Madison County” treasures, shared booth space is available for $50. You are also invited to man your own 10 ft. x 10 ft. booth for a weekend rate of $175. Other vendor opportunities include non-profit local food booths for $250 and a farmers’ market area for $50. Please call the Madison County Chamber of Commerce at 515-462-1185 or stop by 73 Jefferson St.
One final, quick announcement: the Madison County Chamber of Commerce is now 200-plus members strong. Thank you to all of our partners for your help in strengthening our community’s economy and overall spirit.