December might be a time when people start to hunker down indoors for the winter, but we don’t have to. Bears are meant to hibernate, not humans. There is still plenty of fun to be had outdoors in the winter in Marshalltown.
Go for a brisk walk on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail – yes, it is still there in the winter. One of the more beautiful places along the Linn Creek Recreational trail is Judge Park. When a light snow hits the gazebo there, it can really be a special location.
Sledding is a favorite seasonal activity that can bring young and old together- sometimes on the same sled. Two of the more popular spots in Marshalltown are the Iowa Veterans Home (east side of the campus) and the hill at St. Henry’ Church. Please sled safely!
The trails at Grimes Farm can also be refreshing in the winter. Things just look a little more serene and calm with a light coat of snow on them. Be on the lookout for snowshoeing opportunities offered by the Marshall County Conservation Board.
So, bundle up, head outside and make your own footprints in the snow. You’ll have so much fun you will wonder what took you so long to enjoy this season.
The fall-time favorite event, Harvest Market, returns to the Marshalltown 13th Street District! Mark
your calendars for this family friendly event, on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 5:00pm to
The Harvest Market will have over 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, and artisan fares.
A “kids’ corner” featuring a STEM learning activity will be available for kids as well as several kid
favorite vendors, including face-painting and cotton candy. Enjoy food trucks from across central
Iowa as well as beer and wine tents while taking in market vendors and entertainment throughout
Live music will be performed on two stages at the event—an acoustic stage featuring the likes of
Brian Herrin, Bon Jecci, Buz Owen, and The Basement Band. Headlining the event on the West End
Park pavilion stage, The Pork Tornadoes. Often referred to as Iowa’s most popular party band, The
Pork Tornadoes, play pop/rock hits from the 1980s-today, and specializing in girl pop songs. No
schtick, no gimmick, just party. Their debut EP peaked on the Apple iTunes Pop charts at #20 and
was streamed over half a million times in 2020. They recently achieved viral success with the
5th-most viewed cover of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ on YouTube and an impromptu performance of ‘In
The Air Tonight’ with a drum line that was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. With over 14 million
views on YouTube/Facebook and more than 90,000 social media fans worldwide, you won’t want to
miss this show.
This event is brought to you by our Diamond Sponsors: Emerson and Novaspect; Silver Sponsors:
Lennox, First Rate Real Estate, and Marshalltown Company; along with Bronze Sponsor: State Farm
Insurance-Phyllis Mazour. In addition to support from the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce,
In 2021, the Harvest Market attracted an estimated over 2000 residents from across central Iowa
and has continued to grow throughout the 6-year history of the event with residents clamoring for
more events like this. Look for more information about this event check out our Facebook event
What do you call a community that is stronger together, looks out for each other, celebrates diversity and lets the arts flourish? This is Marshalltown, Iowa.
Summer is here and if you’re looking for something to do in Marshalltown here is a quick list of ways to enjoy the season.
Take a day on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail
You can’t beat some time on the trail, head through the wooded area by Grimes Farm, meander through town, hear the rolling creek water underneath the train bridge by Lennox or ride by the Iowa River at Riverview Park.
Take in live music at Grimes Farm amphitheater
The Live and Local monthly concert series is back starting June 23. It’s a perfect setting for live music and they plan on shows monthly through October.
The Central Iowa Fair is a must-visit for my family every summer. Take a tour of the livestock areas, check out the live music, games, food and more. There’s even a mud volleyball tournament if that’s your thing. There’s always something to do for everyone. This year’s fair is July 13-16.
Take up tennis or pickleball
The Marshalltown Court Complex is more than a year old and it’s a popular place for tennis with plenty of room for all with the 12 tennis courts. If tennis is too fast for you, take up pickleball, a favorite of all ages. The three new pickleball courts there are a blast.
Don’t miss downtown
Stroll along Main Street, enjoy the Gallery Garden mixed in with downtown shopping and food.
Hiking at Grimes Farm
My family likes to take a hike to the observation tower at Grimes Farm and have a picnic at the top of the tower. There are also other trails along Linn Creek to enjoy nature at its best.
Try out your golf game
Oftentimes when I do community tours for people thinking of moving to Marshalltown they are amazed that we have three nice golf courses right in town here. So dust off the clubs and try your hand at the American Legion, Elmwood Country Club or Wandering Creek courses in town.
Explore the vast Riverview Park
Many people don’t realize the sheer size of Riverview Park until they get out there. And there’s plenty of things to do at the north side park. You can walk, ride bikes, fish, take in the dog park, play tennis, basketball or disc golf. Or take your camper or tent for your own little staycation along the Iowa River.
13th Street revival
Take in the Marshalltown Municipal Band at West End Park and stroll through the shops.
The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Take your sunglasses and sunscreen and make a day of it.
Still need more ideas? Visit our Community Calendar at www.marshalltown.org/events.
Andrew Potter is Tourism Director with the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.
By Andrew Potter
As someone who is in charge of helping promote local events in Marshalltown, the momentum we have here lately is encouraging.
That momentum is evident as our Community Calendar continues to populate with an array of events, from live music, to festivals and community events.
There’s also been growth in our sports tournaments in Marshalltown and our central location in Iowa helps us attract athletes from all corners of the state. So you can expect to see competitors from across the state in tennis, disc golf, youth track, adult softball and more in town this summer. Many of these tournaments are hosted by local volunteers who give of their time to host events that happen to provide a big boost to Marshalltown’s economy.
Visitors to these tournaments help support our town’s amenities – those same amenities which are enjoyed by our residents year-round.
The 13th Street District announced recently its Harvest Market headlining act will be the fun-loving, party band The Pork Tornadoes on September 9. This band has a huge following and brings its “A” game to every show.
There’s also quite a bit of buzz around the lineup for the Live and Local concert series this year at the Grimes Farm Amphitheater. All of these events are in addition to the yearly staples in town such as the Central Iowa Fair, Fourth of July, Oktemberfest, Holiday Stroll and more.
There’s some great post-pandemic momentum for meetings, tournaments, music and more. It’s going to be an exciting year in Marshalltown.
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Erin McGregor of McGregors Furniture and Mattress is the recipient of the 2022 Woman in Business Award from the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with Erin is award presenter Todd Steinkamp of Trending Media, left, and Chamber President and CEO John Hall.