The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 9, 2013

Celebrate 109th Corn Carnival with new exhibits, activities

BLAKESBURG — New and exciting exhibits and activities are planned as Blakesburg celebrates the 109th Corn Carnival with Next Generation Shows Midway on Main Street and free entertainment in the park each evening Thursday through Saturday.

Educational activities, a quilt show and a vendor fair will be held in the elementary school, located on the Monroe/Wapello County Line Road on the south edge of Blakesburg Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday. There is something for everyone among the more than 20 vendors featuring storage products, jewelry, scarves, personal care products, totes, bags, home décor and more from 3-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Quilt show entries will be accepted from 1-9 p.m. Thursday. All entries are welcome, including other needle craft such as counted cross stitch, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, etc. There is no entry fee and no judging. A Make it and Take it table is planned for anyone interested in learning a new craft.

Educational and especially interesting exhibits planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday are Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, sponsored by Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, and Bonsai, an ancient Japanese art form.

Learn about our country’s many different flags from Chuck Bates, who will present an exhibit of Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, beginning with the original 13-star flag through the current 50-star official flag. This collection was put together by past civil defense director Park Sullivan. His widow allowed it to be displayed in Ottumwa several times after her husband’s death. When she moved from her home, she donated the entire collection to the Wapello County Historical Society.

Beckham Miller brings his collection of Bonsai the unique Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in containers. Bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a small container. Bonsai does not use genetically dwarfed trees, only stock or seed of regular-sized trees. The small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees are produced through cultivation techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting. Miller began working with seedlings in the late 1970s. He is eager to share with others the wealth of knowledge he has acquired through years of reading, attending workshops, trial and error in growing his own trees. To date, he has acquired and cared for more than 300 trees, more than 30 of which he is currently caring for.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • raceway concept drawing.jpg Raceway Rebate passes the House

    Rep. Greg Heartsill reports that the bill to provide up to $2 million in sales tax rebates to the Knoxville Raceway has passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives, 78-15. 

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Live entertainment slated for Tulip Time This year's line-up for Festhouden, which will begin at 7 p.m. each evening of Tulip Time, has been announced. Festhouden will take place on the Tulip Toren located on the south side of Pella's square. Grandstand tickets for Festhouden and the evenin

    April 16, 2014

  • Spawning fish for better fishing The annual spring fish netting is underway at Rathbun Lake, Spirit Lake and Guttenberg and will begin Tuesday night at Storm Lake, as the spawning season picks up steam. Staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collects walleye, northern p

    April 16, 2014

  • Chronic wasting disease found in wild deer OTTUMWA — Since 2002, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has collected more than 50,000 samples of captive and wild deer in Iowa in an effort to look for cases of chronic wasting disease. On April 9, they confirmed an infected wild deer had bee

    April 15, 2014

  • Good Shepherd Food Pantry making a difference BLAKESBURG — Good Shepherd Food Pantry in Blakesburg began its third full year of operation this month. Start-up funds included the South Central United Methodist Conference grant of $1,200 and a large cash donation from Hope Well Church in response

    April 15, 2014

  • Council approves sale to Historical Preservation Society BLAKESBURG — Blakesburg City Council on Monday approved sale of the museum property to Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society. The $4,000 bid submitted by BHPS was the only bid received. Terms of the bid include a clause that if at sometime the p

    April 15, 2014

  • Construction Trades pic 1 Marion County building permits on the rise

    It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18. 

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Zones photo 2 Blue Zones kicks off in Osky

    OSKALOOSA -- Blue Zones Project held its Oskaloosa Kickoff Monday evening at the Oskaloosa High School gym to help improve the community's health. Blue Zones originated with Dan Buettner of National Geographic. He was asked to find areas of the world

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Medical marijuana bill may surface in Senate DES MOINES (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he will sponsor a bill legalizing the sale of medical marijuana in Iowa, reviving an issue once thought dead this year. The persistent efforts of woman who have children with epilepsy chang

    April 15, 2014

  • Branstad: Action needed to protect Iowa students DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee under current law. The Iowa Supr

    April 15, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National