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Wed
20
Jul

JOIN The FUN AT THE Allamakee County Fair THIS WEEK


Hairball ... Submitted image.

Spectacular Amusements ... Submitted image.

Rogue Rodeo ... Submitted image.

Hairball to headline Friday's grandstand entertainment; Variety of activities and events planned

This week, July 20-24,  the 169th Allamakee County Fair will be held for all to enjoy at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s Fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

Kicking off this year’s grandstand entertainment line-up Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. will be a Truck and Tractor Pull featuring local trucks and tractors as well as some powered-up regional competitors in a variety of high-revving classes. Free admission is being granted to all local military veterans for that truck and tractor pull event.

Wed
20
Jul

Allamakee County Community Foundation awards grant to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds...

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The Building New Traditions Campaign has been dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involved relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds, with those improvements having been made and those facilities now being ready for use at this year’s Allamakee County Fair taking place this week.

Wed
20
Jul

Andrew and Emily Moore family donates to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds...

The family of Andrew and Emily Moore of Waukon recently donated $5,000 to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The Building New Traditions Campaign has been dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involved relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds, with those improvements having been made and those facilities now being ready for use at this year’s Allamakee County Fair taking place this week. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new building construction are, left to right - Front row: Abigail, Emily, Andrew, Maxwell and Jackson Moore; Back row: Allamakee County Fair Board members Bobbi Baxter, Brian Kerndt, Tyler Plein and McKayla Rethamel.

Fri
15
Jul

New Albin celebrating 150 years since it was first platted


View of New Albin from the top of Stone Quarry Hill taken around 1910. Photo courtesy of New Albin Savings Bank.

Highway 26 looking south from the city parking lot with Stone Quarry Hill in the background. Photo courtesy of New Albin Savings Bank.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson In 1995, New Albin celebrated its centennial of the first 100 years of existence. Calculations may leave some wondering how 150 years are now being celebrated, just 27 years later. The answer lies in when the countdown begins. The Centennial in 1995 commemorated the incorporation of the town of New Albin in 1895, but the upcoming 150th year celebration goes back to the origins of the town when it was first platted in 1872 as the railroad came to the area. This is only fitting since a lot of activity and building took place before the town became officially incorporated. The northernmost town in Iowa, New Albin, has evolved through several growth spurts. It once had a 20-bed hospital and an airport, plus numerous professional and retail establishments. THE PAST Before the town existed, the area was home to many Native American tribes including the Sac, Fox, Sioux and Winnebago.

Wed
13
Jul

Five vying for crown of 2022 Allamakee County Fair Queen

Maycie Curtin ...
Maycie Curtin ...
Rhianna Jones ...
Rhianna Jones ...
Mackenzie Kaeser ...
Mackenzie Kaeser ...
Claire Opperman ...
Claire Opperman ...
Cheyanne Troendle ...
Cheyanne Troendle ...

July 19 coronation event and Youth Showcase will kick off the 169th Allamakee County Fair
 

Five Allamakee County young ladies are vying for the title of 2022 Allamakee County Fair Queen. Those five candidates for this year’s crown include Maycie Curtin, Mckenzie Kaeser and Claire Opperman, all students at Waukon High School, and Rhianna Jones and Cheyanne Troendle, both students at Kee High School in Lansing.

Each candidate participated in an individual and group interview held Wednesday, July 6 at Veterans Memorial Hospital where they were judged on their professionalism, personality and poise. The Fair Queen Coronation will be held Tuesday, July 19 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion following the Youth Showcase that starts at 7 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Photos and biographies of the candidates seeking this year’s Allamakee County Fair Queen crown are printed here:

Maycie Curtin

Wed
13
Jul

New all-species livestock show barn, other improvements ready for “Building New Traditions” at this year’s Allamakee County Fair


Aerial view of what is new ... Aerial view above the southeast portion of the Allamakee County Fairgrounds shows the new all-species livestock show barn (center of above photo) being constructed in time for use at the upcoming Allamakee County Fair scheduled for July 19-24 this year. The new facility is designed to be more centrally located than the original show barn, which is pictured at far left in the above photo, as well as being more spacious, as the new 80’ x 180’ structure houses a show ring measuring 56’ x 118’. Photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

Bird’s-eye view ... View from high above the eastern portion of the Allamakee County Fairgrounds shows the new, larger all-species livestock show barn that has been constructed during this past year in anticipation of usage at the 2022 Allamakee County Fair. The newly-constructed facility sits in the same area where the building most commonly known as the beef cattle barn once stood, with that beef barn having been picked up and moved to its new location just to the north (just below in the above photo) of the new show barn to now serve as the new home for sheep and goats. The former dairy cattle barn (which would have been located just to the right where the beef barn is now located in the above photo) was dismantled and eliminated due to its aging structure and need of extensive repairs, with dairy cattle now being housed in the former show barn immediately to the left of the new show barn and all beef cattle being housed in the barn in the bottom left corner of the above photo. Photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

More room to show, and grow ... A view from the elevated spectator balcony above the office area on the north end of the new all-species livestock show barn being constructed at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in time for this year’s fair shows the larger show ring area, along with some of the accompanying bleacher seating and access points to the building and the show ring. The new building is a product of the “Building New Traditions” campaign implemented by the Allamakee County Fair Board within the past year to accommodate the growth trend within several livestock showing areas by local 4-H and FFA youth. Photo by Abigail Waters.

Office space ... One of the amenities of the new livestock show barn at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds is the office area located within the new facility that allows for more room to conduct the 4-H, FFA and other business during the Allamakee County Fair. The new show barn was constructed through the “Building New Traditions” fundraising campaign conducted by the Allamakee County Fair Board throughout this past year. Photo by Abigail Waters.

by Abigail Waters

Over the last few years, a trend of increasing participation in goat, swine and dairy showing exhibits has made the Allamakee County Fair Board take a good look at the facilities at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds and think about what improvements the board could make for the future.

That assessment has resulted in the construction of a new, larger all-species livestock show barn through a “Building New Traditions” campaign that has taken place throughout this past year. That new show barn is currently being completed in time for use during this year’s Allamakee County Fair in just a couple weeks.

Wed
06
Jul

Star City Film Festival - “where the stars meet in the Midwest” - scheduled for July 15-17, at the historic Town Theater in Waukon


Star City Film Festival 2022... Submitted graphic.

Katie O’Regan ... Submitted photo.

The Standard talks with festival founder, Waukon’s Katie O’Regan, about the festival and her film premiere

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Sacred Noise Society, Inc. announces the Star City Film Festival, scheduled for July 15-17 at the historic Town Theater on Main Street in downtown Waukon. This is a coming-home for both the film festival and its founder, Katie O’Regan, of Waukon - a long-time actress, producer, director, and founder of Sacred Noise Society, Inc.

O’Regan initiated what was then called the Spring Grove International Film Festival in Spring Grove, MN in 2020. The festival featured an independent film called “Senior Entourage,” directed by L.A.-based artist Brian Connors. One of the stars of that film was multiple award-winning actor, the late Ed Asner - who came to Spring Grove as the inaugural film festival’s guest of honor.

Wed
06
Jul

Inspired by its beauty, Iowa musician wants to give back to Yellow River State Forest


Moved to music ... Musician Brandon Propes of Webster City says Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County felt familiar from the first time he visited, bringing back happy memories of trout fishing with his dad. The State Forest has inspired some of the music that he writes and performs. Submitted photo.

View inspires musician to want to give back ... Brandon Propes, a musician from Webster City, found inspiration this foggy summer morning at the Paint Creek Overlook at Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County. He ended up composing and recording an original song, “Lookout Point: Early Morning,” reflecting how that experience made him feel and has declared he will donate, to the Friends of Yellow River State Forest, revenue generated from people listening to the song through online streaming services. Submitted photo.

Brandon Propes of Webster City is a musician who plays guitar, bass, piano and drums. He records his own original instrumental songs, and he recently found inspiration at the Yellow River State Forest in rural Allamakee County.

“For inspiration through the pandemic, I turned to hiking and writing a composition to audibly describe how I felt in that moment,” Propes said. “I have grown proud of these songs. One song in particular was inspired by the Scenic Overlook of Big Paint Campground. I put the album cover for that single as the picture I took that morning. I have the songs under my old band’s name, The Coming Tides, and they are available on all platforms.”

Propes was born in northwest Indiana. His parents split up when he was young, and he ended up moving to Iowa.

“One of my fondest memories as a kid was fishing for trout in Indiana. We lost my dad too young, he was just 48,” Propes explained.

Wed
06
Jul

Auditor’s Office offers clarification on some area voters receiving new Voter Registration Cards after Primary

The Allamakee County Auditor’s office would like to clarify an issue that impacted some local voters when importing vote credit for those who voted in the June 7 Primary Election.

Voters in Precinct 2 (French Creek, Jefferson, Ludlow, Makee and Union Prairie Townships) who voted at the Waukon Banquet Center in that June 7 Primary Election have since received two new Voter Registration cards addressed from the Allamakee County Auditor’s Office following the election. The first card was issued due to a clerical error - the wrong box was inadvertently checked in the State of Iowa voter registration system during the auditor’s import process to give voters credit for voting in the Primary.

Wed
29
Jun

Flag etiquette: What to do with older American Flags

by David M. Johnson

Old Glory, the Flag, the Stars and Stripes, are monikers or other names for the flag of the United States. As this nation has observed, or will soon observe, at least one recent or upcoming holiday or designated day in recent months - Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June and Independence Day in July - much attention is drawn to that symbol of this nation.

History tells the tale that this nation’s flag began its storied history during the 1775-1776 time period.  Betsy Ross is historically noted to have been given the responsibility to sew a flag that would best represent her emerging country from the colonial grip of England.

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