The Ottumwa Courier

January 16, 2014

Five things to do in southern Iowa this weekend

Courier staff writer

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OTTUMWA — It will be a long weekend for many southern Iowans with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, and there are many activities planned for these three days. Whether you want to stay in town or hit the road for a great concert, a variety of events await.

1. The 43rd annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference stampedes back into Ottumwa this weekend. This long-running conference focuses on the management and production practices of the cow-calf industry. It runs Friday and Saturday at the Bridge View Center. Registration is required. For more information, call 641-682-4107.

2. If acoustic guitar and a soulful southern voice are more your style, you’ll love the music and stories of Jefferson Ross. Based in Savannah, Ga., Ross has been honing his craft in Nashville as a staff songwriter, a studio session player and as a road musician and background singer. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John Auditorium on the Indian Hlls Community College campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 641-683-5111 or visit

3. Spend an evening with Tracy Lawrence, multiple Grammy winner and double-platinum country music legend, in an intimate acoustic setting at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. Lawrence recently celebrated 20 years in the industry and is touring in support of his new album, Headlights, Taillights and Radios. For more information, call the ticket office at 641-472-2787 or visit

4. Marcus McIntosh of KCCI is the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Indian Hills. It begins at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John Auditorium on the Ottumwa campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 641-683-5111 or visit

5. International Christian speaker and writer Michael Furchert will share his family's inspiring account of faith during Nazi Germany at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sondheim Center in Fairfield. At this free event, Furchert will tell the story of his family living in Berlin during the 1930s and throughout the turbulent years of World War II and then communism. The story is one of overcoming hardships, believing in the impossible and rising from trial to triumph.