May 2017

4-6-May Annual City-Wide Garage Sales; Garage sales sponsored by local residents marked with signs. Contact Cindy Simponson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
4-May Friends of the Library Pork Patty Supper; Pork patty supper served. Free will donation fundraiser for library improvements. Serving 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Contact Sandy Long (515) 884-2680; Whittemore
4-May Women's Day Out Event; Sponsored by the Emmestburg Retail Association at particiapting stores from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Emmetsburg
4-May First Thursday Coffee; beginning at 9:00 am in the lobby of Farmers State Bank in Whittemore. Contact Cindy Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
6-May Blessing of the Bikes; Motorcycle riders are invited to ride bikes to the Grotto of the Redemption for a blessing to begin the cycling season at 1:00 pm. Contact Andy Milam (515) 887-2371; West Bend
6-May Simantikos Dance Chicago, Will be performing "DEG SELV" at The Shores at Five Island at 7:00 pm. Admission $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students. Presale tickets may be purchased at www.simantikos.com or by contacting April Striz or Beverly Norland (712) 852-3124 or at the Chamber office; Emmetsburg
7-May Whittemore Fire Deparment & EMS Pancake Breakfast; Annual event. Volunteer Fire Department & EMS personnel prepare and serve pancake & sausage in the truck bay of the new Fire Station. Serving time 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Contact Eric Goodman (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
7-May Bethany Lutheran CAL Pancake Breakfast; serving at 8:30 am to 12:30 pm by the Kiwanis at the VFW; Emmetsburg
12-13-May West Bend Community Garage Sales; There will be residential garage sales on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact City Hall (515) 887- 2181; West Bend
14-May Swea City Pool Plunge Waffle Bar; Take your mom out for brunch, all kinds of toppings and sides from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Swea City Fire Hall; Swea City
17-May ILCC Fun and Wellness Day; Those 55 & better at Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus. Doors will open at 7:45 am, welcome will start at 8:45 am to 2:30 pm. $10 admission register day of event; Emmetsburg
18-19-May Wesley City Wide Garage Sales; There will be residential garage sales on Thursday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. Contact City Hall (515) 679- 4292; Wesley
27-May St. Michael's Parish Spirit 5K Run/Walk; 3rd Annual 5K Spirit Run/Walk starts at 9:00 am. The event assists in kicking off the City of Whittemore's Memorial Day Services and Whittemore Fun Days Carnival Weekend. Contact Sandy Long (515) 884-2681; Whittemore
29-May Burt VFW Memorial Day Service; 10:00 am service with a speaker at the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery. A 12:00 pm luncheon is served back at the Activity Complex. Contact Melvin Faber (515) 924-3618; Burt
29-May American Legion Memorial Day Service; 10:00 am service at the West Bend Township Cemetery. Contact Marvin Struecker (515) 887-6456; West Bend
29-May Memorial Day Service/Breakfast; Memorial Day Service held at the West Bend Township Cemetery with a Breakfast served afterwards at the West Bend Community Center. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887- 2181; West Bend
29-May West Bend Chamber of Commerce Breakfast; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Community Center. Serving: pancakes, eggs, sausage, rolls and muffins. Contact Chamber (515) 887-2181; West Bend
29-May Whittemore's Annual Memorial Day Parade & Program; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion Auxiliary & Little League players march in the parade starting at 9:45 am. Program dedicated to all mend and women who served follows the parade. Avenue of the Flags represents over 130 deceased members of the Post. Held at the Community Center. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884- 2648; Whittemore
29-30-May Whittemore Fun Days; Annual community celebration featuring Smith Amusement Rides and concessions (sorry no outside vendors). Both evenings will serve 'World Famous Legion Burgers', Pie & Ice Cream Social and BINGO is played. Contact Daniel J. Elbert (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

June 2017

2-Jun Chamber Golf Tournament; Four-person alternate shot golf tournament, meal provided, drawing for prizes following the tournament. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887-2181; West Bend
3-Jun West Bend Community Garage Sales; Residential garage sales on Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887-2181; West Bend
17-Jun Mindy's Miles Bike Ride; A bicycle ride in honor of Mindy Bruellman and Chris Gearhart. Various route lengths and many stops along the way. BBQ in the Grotto park following the ride. Contact Meredith Vonnahme or Cindy Bruellman (515) 577-7736; West Bend
23-25-Jun Swea City Fun Days
23-Jun Titonka Indian Days; 3 day town celebration. Annual Event. Kid's pedal tractor pull, parade, street dance, 5K walk/run, games for kids, fire department water fights, bag toss, human foosball. Contact Amanda Heyer (515) 928-2863; Titonka
25-Jun Whittemore Gun Club Annual 13th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby; Fishing Derby at County owned Siems Park SE of Whittemore on blacktop B-44. Contest is from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm with a hot dog lunch. Prizes are awarded. Free event, children must be with an adult with a valid fishing license. Bring your pole, worms are provided. Contact Ron Kollasch (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
30 Jun-2 Jul 4th of July Celebration; Friday- Main Street BBQ, street dance, pedal tractor pull, Glow 5K Run/Walk; Saturday- parade, fireman water fights, entertainment, games, auction, fireworks; Sunday- Breakfast Buffet. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887-2181; West Bend

 

July 2017

4-Jul Cylinder 4th of July Celebration; Annual Celebration. Games for the kids begins at 4:00 pm, burgers served at 6:00 pm and a band to entertain until fireworks at dusk. Contact Kathy Heng (712) 424-3454; Cylinder
8-Jul Burt Summer Celebration; Annual town celebration with city-wide garage sales, 11:00 am parade, 12:00 pm barbecue, free afternoon entertainment, sand volleyball tournament, bean bag toss tournament, free inflatable games and carnival, free swimming, annual toilet and tank top toss, street dance and fireworks. Contact Tina Heyes (515) 924-3618; Burt
21-23-Jul Lakota Quasquicentennial; Lakota turns 125 years old!; Lakota

 

August 2017

7-Aug Sons of the American Legion 'Purple Heart Day'; Memers of Sons of the American Legion host a supper to remember all in the military that have been awarded Purple Hearts during their service to our Country. Serving from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Music to follow. Held at the American Legion. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Ron Askland (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
16-Aug 61st Annual St. Joseph KC 'Mulligan Stew'; Members of the St. Joe Knights of Columbus along with their families start early chopping fresh vegetables and meat to make over 500 gallons of their famous Mulligan Stew which is cooked outdoors over an open fire in old fashioned cast iron kettles. Come early as serving begins at 5:30 pm until gone! Pie, ice cream, games of chance. Contact James Thilges (515) 379-1578; St. Joseph
19-Aug Annual BBQ Chicken & Sweet Corn Feed with 'Bossie BINGO'; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve BBQ chicken with area grown sweet corn. Food served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Highlight of the evening is 'Bossie BINGO' beginning at 6:30 pm. Held at the American Legion, home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
19-Aug American Legion Auxiliary 'Ice Cream Social' Fundraiser; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion Auxilliary host an Ice Cream Social fundraiser held in conjunction with Bossie BINGO. Serving from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Held at the American Legion, home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

 

September 2017

24-Sept

St. Michael's 'Feast Day' Breakfast and Quilt Raffle; Held annually the last Sunday in September. 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Breakfast is served in observance of the Parish Patron Saint. A handmade quilt is raffled off at 11:30 am. Contact Sandy Long (515) 884-2618; Whittemore

 

October 2017

8-Oct

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

31-Oct

Swea City Trick or Treating

31-Oct

Whittemore Halloween Trick R' Treat Night; Area children Trick r' Treat to homes in the community where residents have turned their proch lights 'ON' between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Contact Daniel J. Elbert (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

 

November 2017

7-Nov

Election Night Soup Supper; Homemade soups and a sandwhiches are served to the public who attend this annual event at the Parish Center. Serving time 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long (515) 884-2680; Whittemore

12-Nov

Burt VFW Breakfast; Annual fundraiser. Pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast served at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Contact Melvin Faber (515) 924-3618; Burt

12-Nov

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

16-Nov

Whittemore Fire Department & EMS Feather Party; Annual event. Held the Thursday before Thanksgviving, prizes include: frozen turkey, bacon and raffle prizes. Maidrites and pie are served from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Contact Eric Goodman (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

17-Nov

Winter Wonderland; Held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at local businesses in Swea City. There will be door prizes, snacks and beverages; Swea City

December 2017

1-Dec It's a Wonderful Life in Whittemore-A Walk Along Broad Street'; Local Businesses decorate and host their annual Christmas Open house. Door prizes and refreshments are served. Santa meets with the children at Farmers State Bank. Hours are 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Contact Daniel J. Elbert (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
2-Dec Burt Business Appreciation Christmas Coffee & Burt Lions Club Santa Day; Burt businesses host a Christmas Coffee with drawings for many prizes at the Burt Activity Complex from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Lions Club hosts Santa Day at the same time for children. Bags of candy are distributed and fire truck rides are given by the Burt Fire Department. Contact Burt City Hall (515) 924-3618; Burt
2-Dec Ladies Holiday Luncheon; Held at the Mallard Community Center, doors open at 10:00 am. Six vendors will be on hand. Get your Christmas shopping done early! Salad bar with bam ball luncheon begins at 11:30 am. Contact Becky Larson (712) 425-3527; Mallard
2-Dec Santa Day; Held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at North Union School in Swea City. Santa will be there with gifts and goodies for all of the kids! Swea City
8-10-Dec Holiday Open House/Santa Day; Merchant specials, drawings for prizes, kid's activities, visit from Santa, meal. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887-2181; West Bend.
10-Dec American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
23-Dec Santa Claus day and Merchant Drawing; At 10:00 am children are invited to visit Santa one last time and receive a bag of candy. Individual drawings begin at 11:00 am at the Whittemore American Legion. Must be 18 years or older and present to win. Limit 1 prize per household. Contact Daniel J. Elbert (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

January 2016

10-Jan

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm; Whittemore

13-Jan

Pancake and Omelet Breakfast; free-will offering breakfast from 8: 00 am - 12:30pm at the Ayrshire Community Center; Ayrshire

16-Jan

16th Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest; Contestants prepare & serve their pots of chili. Winners are voted on by "People's Choice," "Judge's Choice," and the "Traveling Trophy" voted by the contestants. Turkey noodle soup and cinnamon rolls are also served; Whittemore

31-Jan

St. Michael's Annual Parish Carnival;With a carnival type atmosphere, the event features homemade sandwiches, soups and pies along with games for the children and donated items for raffle. Carnival begins at 4:30 pm; Whittemore

 

February 2016

7-Feb

Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm; Whittemore

12-Feb

St. Michael’s “Holy Name Society” Annual Lenten Fish Fry;The men of St. Michael's "Holy Name Society" prepare and serve fried and baked potatoes and coleslaw with homemade bread and dessert bars. Served from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Whittemore

13-Feb

Wesley Fireman Valentine's Steak Fry;The Wesley Firemen will be holding a steak fry on Saturday at the Community Center; Wesley

14-Feb

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast;Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm; Whittemore

19-Feb

KC Fish Fry;Held at West Bend Golf and Country Club. Serving from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Contact (515) 887-6217; West Bend

19-Feb

Wesley Fireman Valentine's Steak Fry;The Wesley Firemen will be holding a steak fry on Saturday at the Community Center; Wesley

27-Feb

Legion Riders "Chicken Wing Ding";Members of the American Legion Riders sponsor a chicken wing feed. There are several levels of "heat" to choose from: mild to hot. There will also be a DJ with karaoke to provide entertainment; Whittemore

28-Feb

Pancake and Omelet Breakfast;free-will offering breakfast from 8:00 am -12:30 pm at the Ayrshire Community Center; Ayrshire

 

March 2016

3-Mar

Dancing with the Local Stars; Kossuth County Scholarship Fundraiser. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting (712) 362-0425 or events@iowalakes.edu. Held at the Algona VFW; Algona

5-Mar

Burt Lions Club French Toast Breakfast;French toast, sausage and drinks are served at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm for the annual fundraiser. Contact (515) 942-3281 with questions; Burt

6-Mar

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am-12:00 pm; Whittemore

13-Mar

Spring Rotary Omelet Breakfast;Freshly made to order omelets! Bancroft

18-20-Mar

St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Emmetsburg;56th annual celebration of Emmetsburg's Irish heritage celebrated with a parade at 1:30pm on Saturday. Many other activities include Miss Shamrock, Little Miss Shamrock and Little Lassie. A complete schedule of events can be found at emmetsburgirishgifts.com; Emmetsburg

18-Mar

Wesley EMS Fish Fry; Wesley

19-Mar

Easter Egg Hunt;Easter Egg Hunt for kids at the pool park; Wesley

26-Mar

Easter Egg Hunt;Easter Egg Hunt for kids at the park; Bancroft

26-Mar

Children's Easter Egg Hunt; Kids of all ages gather eggs and receive prizes fo their effort. The hunt is held at "Noah's Park" and begins at 10am. Immediately following there is a prize giveaway at the American Legion; Whittemore

28-Mar

Pancake and Omelet Breakfast;free-will offering breakfast from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Ayrshire Community Center; Ayrshire

April 2016

April

Blues, Brews, & BBQ; Golf tournament with grill masters competing, followed with music and brews; Bancroft

4-April

Whittemore Gun Club Annual Meeting;Meal and fundraiser to help support, maintain and improve Kossuth County owned Siems Park, located south and east of Whittemore on County Road B-44. Meeting and raffle drawing follows the meal; Whittemore

14-16-April

"Suite Surrender" Dinner Theatre; Backstage in Bancroft; Bancroft

14-April

West Bend Library Luncheon;Serving from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Held at the Community Center. Contact West Bend Library (515) 887-6411; West Bend

28-April

Pork Pattie Supper;By the Friends of the Whittemore Public Library. Grilled pork sandwiches, chips and cookies will be served at the Library starting at 5:00 pm until gone! Whittemore

28-April

Annual Garage Sales;Around the community from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Whittemore

29-April

Annual Garage Sales;Around the community from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; Whittemore

30-April

Annual Garage Sales;Around the community from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Whittemore

 

May 2016

1-May

Whittemore Fire Department & EMS Pancake Breakfast;Volunteer Fire Department & EMS personnel prepare and serve pancakes and sausage in the truck by of the new Fire Station from 7:30 am - 11:30 am; Whittemore

13-14-May

West Bend Community Garage Sales;There will be residential garage sales on Friday from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Contact the West Bend Chamber of Commerce at (515) 887-2181 with questions; West Bend

28-May

St. Michael’s Parish Spirit 5K Run/Walk;Begins at 9:00 am at St. Michael’s Parish Center. Register up to the day of the event, or by May 7th to secure a t-shirt. Registration available at Whittemore businesses or St. Michael’s Parish Center. Contact (515) 884-2618; Whittemore

30-May

Historical Museum Open in Bancroft;Museum opens Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Bancroft

30-May

Memorial Day Service/Avenue of Flags;Memorial Day service and display of Flas at Memorial Park; Bancroft.

30-May

Memorial Day Chicken BBQ;The American Legion will be hosting a Memorial Day Chicken BBQ at the Wesley Community Center at 5:00 pm; Wesley

30-May

Memorial Day Service/Breakfast in West Bend;Memorial Day Service held at the West Bend Township Cemetery with a breakfast served afterwards at the West Bend Community Center. Contact the West Bend Chamber of Commerce with questions at (515) 887-2181; West Bend

30-May

Burt VFW Memorial Day Service;10:00 am service with a speaker at the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery. A noon luncheon is served back at the Activity Complex. Call (515) 924-3489 with questions; Burt

30-May

Whittemore's Annual Memorial Day Parade & Program;Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Little League players march in the parade starting at 9:45 am. Program is dedicated to all men and women who served our country follows the parade. Avenue of the Flags represent over 130 deceased members of the Post. Held at the Community Center; Whittemore

30-31-May

Whittemore Fun Days;Annual community celebration featuring Smith amusement rides and concessions. Both evenings will serve "World Famous Legion Burgers," pie and ice cream social and BINGO is played; Whittemore

 

June 2016

June

Historical Museum Open in Bancroft; Museum openthrough Labor Day on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Bancroft

2-Jun

First Thursday Coffee; By Friends of Whittemore Community Betterment Club. 9:00 am at Time Square (weather permitting) in beautiful downtown Whittemore. Contact Cindy Simonson (515) 884-2648

3-Jun

West Bend Chamber Golf Tournament; Four-person alternate shot golf tournament, meal provided, drawing for prizes following the tournament. Contact the West Bend Chamber of Commerce with questions at (515) 887-2181; West Bend

3-Jun

Canoeing at Lost Island Lake; Begins at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Conservation Board and SWCD. Register by calling (712) 837-4866; Ruthven

3-Jun

17th Annual Business Appreciation Day (BAD) Golf;9 hole, 4 person best shot golf tournament followed by a ribeye dinner grilled by the Palo Alto County Cattlemen. Prizes for flight winners, longest putt, longest drive and Par 3 Poker Challenge at Five Island Golf Course. June 10 is the Rain Date. Call the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce with questions at (712) 852-2283; Emmetsburg

4-Jun

Bancroft Bandits;Play at 5:00 pm vs. Omaha Fifth Ballers; Bancroft

4-Jun

Fishing Derby on Lost Island Lake;Held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Fishing and casting contest with prizes. For more information call (712) 837-4866; Ruthven

7-Jun

Walk at Watson Heritage Area;Begins at 9:00 am. Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation Board and SWCD. For more information call (712) 837-4866

9-Jun

Bancroft Bandits;Play at 7:00 pm vs. Carroll Merchants; Bancroft

10-Jun

Black Knight's Car Cruise;Into Emmetsburg from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Cars on display on North Broadway just north of Hwy 4 and 18 intersection. Bring your classic car to show. Emmetsburg

10-Jun

Relay for Life;Kossuth County Relay for Life event will be held from 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm; Algona

11-Jun

Gospel Songfest;Performances at Grotto of the Redemption from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Contact Andy Milam (515) 887-2371; West Bend

11-Jun

Iowa Young Birders;Meet at Lost Island Nature Center from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This program is for ages 8-18. Watch for details at www.iowayoungbirders.com; Emmetsburg

12-Jun

12th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby;Fishing derby at county owned "Siems Park" southeast of Whittemore on County Road B-44. Contest is from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm with a hot dog lunch. Prizes are awarded, free event, children must be with an adult with a valid fishing license. Bring your pole, worms are provided; Whittemore

14-Jun

Palo Alto Garden Club;Meets at the home of Angie Beem, 2002 Madison, Emmetsburg, at 9:00 am. For more information contact Cynthia Berkland (712) 480-3169; Emmetsburg

17-Jun

Canoeing;Location TBD. Begins at 9:00 am. Sponsored by PAC Conservation Board and SWCD. Register by calling (712) 837-4866

18-Jun

Bancroft Bandits;Play at 5:00 pm vs. Omaha Black Sox; Bancroft

18-Jun

Mindy's Miles Bike Ride;Bicycle ride in honor of Mindy Bruellman and Chris Gearhart. Various route lengths and many stops along the way. BBQ in the Grotto park following the ride. Contact (515) 577-7736 with questions; West Bend

19-Jun

Compassionate Friends Sharing Time;Held at the Algona Public Library at 7:30 pm. The Compassionate Friends is a support group for those who have experienced the death of a child, grandchild, brother or sister. Algona

24-Jun

Bancroft Bandits;Play at 7:00 pm vs. Sioux Falls Pilots; Bancroft

24-Jun

Canoeing at Five Island Lake;Begins at 9:00 am. Sponsored by PAC Conservation Board and SWCD. Register by calling (712) 837-4866; Emmetsburg

24-Jun

Palo Alto County Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Outing;Held at 1:00 pm. Sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College at Five Island Golf Course, 14 N. Lawler, Emmetsburg. Shot gun start at 1:00 pm playing 4 person best shot. Fees are $85 per golfer which also includes meal and prizes after. For more information call (712) 362-0425 or events@iowalakes.edu; Emmetsburg

24-26-Jun

Titonka Indian Days;Annual town celebration. Pedal tractor pull, fireworks, infatables, entertainment, parade, food, community church service and car show; Titonka

24-25-Jun

West Bend Sidewalk Sales;Merchant sidewalk sales. On Saturday there will be a lunch BBQ on Broadway. Contact the West Bend Chamber of Commerce with questions at (515) 887-2181; West Bend

24-26-Jun

Swea City Fun Days;Annual event with a variety of attractions for families. Parade, Pedal Pull activities in the park, Food Vendors and Street Dance. Contact (515) 272-4606 with questions; Swea City

25-Jun

Hawkeye FFA Antique Tractor Pull;Held at West Bend Industrial Park beginning at 11:00 am. Contact Wyan Metzger (515) 887-3054; West Bend

25-Jun

Sidewalk Sales in West Bend;Participating stores open at 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Ellie's on Main (515) 887-7070; West Bend

28-Jun

Walk at Brushy Bayou;Held at 9:00 am. Sponsored by PAC Conservation Board and SWCD; Emmetsburg

30-Jun

Bancroft Bandits;Play at 7:00 pm vs. Carroll Merchants; Bancroft

 

July 2016

Historical Museum Open in Bancroft:Museum open through Labor Day on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Bancroft

1-3-Jul

West Bend 4th of July Celebration;Friday-Tractor Ride, Pedal Tractor Pull, Main Street BBQ, Street Dance, 5K Glow Run/Walk. Saturday-Parade, Food Stands, Baggo Tournament, Fireman Department Kids Water Fights, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Variety Show, Games, Cow Pie Bingo, Pacesetters Performance, Auction, Mindy's Miles Bike Giveaway, The Jumbies (Caribbean Funk Bank) & Fireworks. Sunday-Breakfast Buffet. Contact the West Bend Chamber of Commerce with questions at (515) 887- 2181 or www.westbendiowa.com; West Bend

2-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Sioux Falls Pilots; 7:00 PM

3-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Omaha Red Raiders; 2:00 PM DH

3-Jul

Annual Glo Fun Run/Walk;Wesley Library will host the Glo Run/Walk 5k. Contact Lany Mitchell @ 679- 4214 to sign up; Wesley

3-Jul

4th of July Celebration in Cylinder;Annual event for the entire family. Kids games in the afternoon with food and live music beginning at 6:00 pm and fireworks to begin at dusk. Call (712) 424-3454 with questions; Cylinder

3-4-Jul

Bancroft Celebrates Independence Day:On July 4th, Parade at 10:30 am and Fireworks at 10 pm. Great celebration and family fun; Bancroft

4-Jul

Wesley's Annual 4th of July Celebration; A fun filled day of events including men's slow pitch softball tournament, sand volleyball tournament, kids games, kids corn box, kids pedal tractor pull, kids craft, BBQ chicken and ribs. Also, join us for the best fireworks display for 50+ years held at the school park, Partriotic Kiddie Parade, and Cow Pie Bingo; Wesley

7-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS United States All-Star Military Team;Most patriotic tour in America. Mark your calendar! 7:00 pm patriotic show followed by baseball game. Admission $5. 'It's more than just baseball, honor-passion-respect. Bancroft

8-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Sioux Falls Pilots; 7:00 PM

9-Jul

Burt Summer Celebration;Annual town celebration with city-wide garage sales, 11:00 am parade, noon BBQ, free afternoon entertainment, sand volleyball tournament, free inflatable games and carnival, pedal pull, free swimming and annual toilet and tank top toss, street dance and fireworks. Call (515) 924-3618 with questions; Burt

13-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Carroll Merchants; 7:00 PM

22-Jul

Golf Tournament; Sponsored by the Graettinger Business Club

23-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Sioux Falls Pilots; 7:00 PM

23-Jul

Lakota 5K Obstacle Race/Walk; 7:30 am registration in front of Lakota City Hall/Library, race begins at 8:00 am. Early Bird cost is $30 for individual and guaranteed t-shirt. Early Bird cost for a group of 4 is $100 and a guaranteed t-shirt for all runners in the group. Early Bird deadline is July 1. Race day fee is $35 for individual and $120 for a group of 4, t-shirts will be first come first serve on race day. Contact Shelby Heetland for more information.

27-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Carroll Merchants; 7:00 PM

29-Jul

Car Show; Sponsored by Graettinger Business Club. Come see all the great cars in downtown Graettinger

29-30-Jul

Shop Hop around North Kossuth; Friday 10-6 pm and Saturday 10-3 pm. More details available. Www.facebook.com/statestreetcreations1

30-Jul

Burt Bubble Run/Walk; Located at the Burt Athletic Field Shelter House. Registration begins at 4:00 pm, Run/Walk at 5:00 pm. Hot dog supper and music afterward; Burt

30-Jul

Bancroft Bandits VS Omaha Blue Dogs; 5:00 PM DH

30-Jul

Duck Daze; Pancake/omelet breakfast at the Fire Station starting at 7:00 am. Tractor ride begins at 8:30 am, Kids games in the park at 3:00 pm. Supper begins at 5:00 pm in front of Community Center. Auctions starts at 6:15 pm. Live band beginning at 8:00 pm until midnight; Mallard

30-31-Jul

Ayrshire Days;Saturday: Pony cart ride starts at 12:00 pm, whole hog roast 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, street dance 8:00 pm-12:00 am. Sunday: Pancake and omelet breakfast from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, tractor rides start at 10:00 am, free watermelon, kids water fights, face painting and cow pie bingo at 2:30 pm, quilt drawing (Tickets available in Community Center); Ayrshire

 

August 2016

Historical Museum Open in Bancroft;Museum open through Labor Day on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Bancroft

7-Aug

Sons of the Amrican legion "Purple Heart Day";Remembering all in the military that have been awarded purple hearts during their service to our country; Whittemore

17-Aug

60th Annual St. Joseph KC "Mulligan Stew";Members of the St. Joe Knights of Columbus along with wives and families start early in the morning chopping fresh vegetables and meat to make over 500 gallons of their famous "Mulligan Stew" which is cooked outdoors over an open fire in an old fashioned cast iron kettles. Come early as serving begins at 5:30 pm until gone! Homemade pie and ice cream, Country Store & games of chance; St. Joe

20-Aug

Annual BBQ Chicken & Sweet Corn Feed with "Bossie BINGO";Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion serve BBQ chicken with area grown sweet corn. Food served from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm; highlight of the evening is "Bossie BINGO" beginning at 6:30 pm; Whittemore

20-Aug

American Legion Auxiliary "Ice Cream Social" Fundraiser;Ice cream fundraiser held in conjunction with Bossie BINGO. Serving is from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the American Legion; Whittemore

 

September 2016

1-Sep

Swea City Quasqui is holding Bingo Night;Held Thursday nights starting September 1 at the Country Inn and then alternating locations with LaRow's Woodfire Grill. Cards cost $1.00/$2.00 and are for ages 21 and over. Money raised goes towards the Swea City 125th Celebration held in 2020. (DATES: Country Inn: 1st, 15th and 29th; LaRow's: 8th, 22nd); Swea City

5-Sep

Labor Day Chicken Meal;The American Legion will host a Labor Day Chicken meal at the Community Center at 5:00 pm; Wesley

2-5-Sep

Annual Labor Day Event;Parade, men's golf tournament, dance, carnival, volleyball tournament, softball tournament, bean bag tournament, 5K run, antique tractor pull, city wide garage sales, FFA grain and flower show, bake sale, bingo, BBQ cook off. Hot rod lawn mower & ATV pull. Variety show and queen contest, sporting clays, games for the kids, blue mound turkey dinner, craft show, list of times and dates can be found on the city's webpage at www.graettinger.net. For more information call JR Brown at (712) 859-3951; Graettinger

11-Sep

Burt Fire Department Pork Loin Lunch;Held at Burt Emergency Services Building from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Free will donation; Burt

11-Sep

Wesley Fall Festival;St. Joseph's Catholic Church will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival at the Community Center including a turkey supper with all the trimmings, kids games, and a money raffle; Wesley

25-Sep

St. Michael's Parish "Feast Day" Breakfast & Quilt Raffle;Held annual the last Sunday in September, officers of St. Michael's Holy Name Society & Rosary Society serve breakfast in the St. Michael's Parish Center from 8:00 am -11:30 am in observance of the Parish Patron Saint. A handmade quilt is raffled off at 11:30 am; Whittemore

 

October 2016

9-Oct

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast;Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am -12:00 pm; Whittemore

16-Oct

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool Soup Luncheon;Serving chicken noodle soup and chili from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm held at St. John's Lutheran Church. Take-outs available; Burt

16-Oct

Fall Rotary Omelet Breakfast;Freshly made to order omelets; Bancroft

16-Oct

Sts. Peter and Paul Annual Fall Turkey Dinner;Dinner includes turkey with all the trimmings and homemade desserts. Serving 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at SSPP Parish Hall. Contact Ann Langel (515) 887-3333; West Bend

30-Oct

Youth Halloween Party;The Wesley Community Club and FFA will be hosting a Halloween Party for kids. Prizes for the top girl and boy costume in 4 different age categories and a coloring contest will be held. A free will donation soup supper for the whole family; Wesley

31-Oct

West Bend Trick-or-Treat;Held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Each household wishing to participate should turn on their porch light during the designated hours. Contact Lisa Sewell (515) 887-2181; West Bend

31-Oct

Whittemore Halloween Trick 'R Treat Night;Area children Trick 'R Treat to homes in the community where id t h residents have turned their porch lights "on" between the hours of 5:00 pm -7:00 pm; Whittemore

 

November 2016

TBD

Ugly Sweater Party; Held at Road Runners Bar & Grill. Listen for details on KBEW; Lakota

TBD

Visit with Santa; Hosted by Lakota Community Club. Details in the Buffalo Center Tribune; Lakota

Ever Wed and Fri

Nickel Bingo; Hosted by Horizons Unlimited at the Multipurpose Center at 1:00 pm. Cost is 40 cents for about 8 games of Bingo and the proceeds are divided up between game winners; Emmetsburg

3-5 Nov

Andi's Embellishments and Floral; Christmas open house. Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Bancroft

3-5 Nov

Nyman TV and Furniture Customer Appreciation; Hours: 3rd - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 4th - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, 5th - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Black Friday - November 25th; Small Business Saturday - November 26th, December Holiday sales and specials; Bancroft

4-Nov

Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction; Held at the VFW; Emmetsburg

5-Nov

Kandi's Flower Market Christmas Open House; Enjoy treats while getting a jump on your holiday decorating, feel the holiday spirit. Downtown Graettinger.

5-Nov

Lakota Fall Festival; Held at the Lakota Eagle Center from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Get some holiday shopping done early with a variety of vendors offering homemade jams and breads, jewelry, doll clothes and more! Contact (515) 538-0116; Lakota

5-Nov

Emmetsburg Holiday Expo (Vendor Show); Held at the VFW from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Brenda Carrigan (712) 852-3333; Emmetsburg

6-Nov

Emmetsburg Knights of Columbus #936 Harvest Dinner; Serving ham and turkey at the Holy Family Parish Center. All tickets are $10. Children under 5 are free and ages 6-12 are $5. Held from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Emmetsburg

8-Nov

Election Day! Please remember to vote!

8-Nov

Election Night Soup Supper; Homemade soups and sandwiches are served to the public who attend this annual event at St. Michael's Parish Center. Serving time is from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Whittemore

8-Nov

Annual Election Night Soup Supper; Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Council on Aging from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Multipurpose Center. Soups will be served until gone. This fundraiser will help pay for the expenses and upkeep for the building; Emmetsburg

9-10-Nov

OSHA Course; 10 hour general industry certification course at Iowa Lakes Community College, Room 17. Cost is $78, which includes tuition, handouts, noon meal, refreshments, certificate of completion and 10 Hour Industry OSHA Card. For more information, contact gschmidt@iowalakes.edu or (712) 380- 2258. 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Emmetsburg

10-Nov

Food Bank of Iowa's Mobile Food Pantry; Held at Grace Baptist Church, located at 2801 17th Street in Emmetsburg from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Available free of charge to all persons and families who are in need of food. Bring bags, alundry baskets, or boxes to carry your food. Questions? Call the Food Bank of Iowa at (515) 564-0330 or Grace Baptist Church at (712) 852-3933; Emmetsburg

11-Nov

Customer Appreciation Day; Held at The Shores at Five Island

11-13-Nov

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre; Presents a melodrama, 'Only An Orphan Girl', at the performance center at 19th and Lake Street. For more information, contact Jackie VanOosbree (712) 480-3766; Emmetsburg

12-Nov

St. John Parish Bazaar;Food, fun, and games; Bancroft

12-Nov

Sons of the American Legion Spaghetti Supper;Spaghetti supper is served by the Sons of the American Legion from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm; veterans eat free; Whittemore

13-Nov

Burt VFW Breakfast;Pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast served at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm for the annual fundraiser. Contact (515) 924-3489 with questions; Burt

13-Nov

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast;Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am-12:00 pm; Whittemore

13-Nov

Veterans Day Dinner;Hosted by Swea City Improvement League. Held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry relish, dessert and drink. Free will donation. Proceeds will go towards Swea City Quasquicentennial celebration; Swea City

13-Nov

Hunting with Heroes;Held at the Lakota Eagle Center. Doors open at 4:45 pm. Program begins at 5:30 pm. Hunting with Heroes weekend, all area veterans, spouses and surviving veterans' spouses are invited to the all expenses paid banquet. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Cathy Kelly (515) 538- 0572 or Denny Murra (515) 269-4124; Lakota

14-Nov

Walk When the Moon is Full;Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation Board. A nature walk at Lost Island-Huston Park at 7:00 pm

14-Nov

Compassionate Friends Support Group;Meets at the Fort Dodge TCF at 7:00 pm. The Compassionate Friends is a supoort group of those who have experienced the death of a child, grandchild, brother or sister. For more information, call Kathy Elbert (515) 884-2249

15-Nov

Chicken Coupe Country Christmas Store;On Robins Street, down town Graettinger. Open for the 6th year. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays. Over 50 vendors of homespun crafts of all kinds. Contact Person: Pam Alvestad 712-852-6475

16-Nov

Emmetsburg Firemen's Feather Party;Held at the VFW at 7:00 pm; Emmetsburg

16-Nov

spa dee dah, too! And Bancroft Boutique Open House;Held from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It's a tradition! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for lots of fun, fashion, drawings, specials and more! Shop Bancroft Boutique…the place to be!

17-Nov

Whittemore Fire Department & EMS "Feather Party;Held the Thursday before Thanksgiving, prizes include frozen turkeys, bacon and numerous raffle prizes. Serving homemade maid-rites and pie from 6:00 to 10:00 pm in the St. Michael's Parish Center. Contact Eric Goodman (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

18-Nov

Farmers & Traders Savings Bank Pumpkin Pie Day;Held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy pumpkin pie, cider and coffee; Bancroft

18-Nov

Winter Wonderland;Held at local businesses from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Swea City. There will be door prizes, snacks and beverages; Swea City

18-20-Nov

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre;Presents a melodrama, 'Only An Orphan Girl', at the performance center at 19th and Lake Street. For more information, contact Jackie VanOosbree (712) 480-3766; Emmetsburg

19-Nov

Vendor/Craft Show;The Friends of the Graettinger Public Library group will be hosting a vendor/craft show on Saturday, November 19, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Start your Christmas shopping early, there will be over 20 table displays set up for your shopping pleasure. Breakfast and lunch available also. Everyone welcome! Graettinger

19-Nov

Feather Party;The American Legion will host their annual Feather Party including bingo, snacks, and a raffle; Wesley

19-Nov

Graettinger Public Library Vendor/Gift Show;Held at the Bethel Lutheran Church from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Over 20 table displays, breakfast and lunch available; Graettinger

20-Nov

God's Harvest Auction and Celebration;Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Emmetsburg at the VFW. Potluck meal will begin at 11:30 am, immediately following church, with a live auction to begin at 12:30 pm. Emmetsburg

20-Nov

Bethany Lutheran Church Harvest Soup Dinner;Begins at 11:45 am. More information available by calling (712) 852-4450; Emmetsburg

21-Nov

Emmetsburg Retail Association Holiday Auction and Business After Hours;Held at The Shores at Five Island at 5:30 pm. This auction will include a limited number of decorated wreaths and trees and exceptional gift baskets perfect for the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit the Emmetsburg Police Department emergency fund; Emmetsburg

25-Nov

Black Friday;

26-Nov

Breakfast with Santa;Hosted by Pizza Ranch and The Reporter & The Democrat at Pizza Ranch from 9:00 am to 10:30 am; Emmetsburg

26-Nov

Small Business Saturday;Support your local small businesses!

27-Nov

Many Voices Christmas Choral Concert;Held at St. John's Catholic Church starting at 3:00 pm; Bancroft

30-Nov

Scandinavian Tea;Held at Bethany Lutheran Church from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Emmetsburg

30-Nov

Holiday Open Houses in Bancroft;Christmas Open Houses at many of Bancroft's fine businesses starting November 30th through December 10th; Bancroft

 

December 2016

First two weekends in Dec

Holiday Stroll;Stroll around Graettinger checking out what the local stores have to offer. Free refreshments at each store. Horse and buggy rides and train rides for kids. Contact Kandi Terwilleger at (712) 859-3597; Graettinger

1-Dec

Christmas Light Parade;Parade at night down Ramsey Street; Bancroft

2-Dec

"It's a Wonderful Life in Whittemore - A Walk Along Broad Street";Local businesses decorate and host their annual Christmas Open House. Door prizes and refreshments are served. Santa meets with the children at Farmer's State Bank with hours from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Whittemore

2-Dec

Home for the Holidays Event and Lighted Parade;Sponsored by the Emmetsburg Retail Association. Parade at 6:00 pm followed by Santa, horse drawn wagon rides and open house at the Fire Hall; Emmetsburg

3-Dec

Pancakes with Santa; Join us for a free will donation pancake breakfast. There are many crafts for children, shopping for mom and dad's Christmas gifts with Santa's Helpers. Kids can also sit on Santa's lap and tell him their wishes plus get a photo with him; Wesley

3-Dec

Santa Day; Held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Main Street Manor. Santa will be there with gifts and goodies for all of the kids! Swea City

3-Dec

Santa Claus Day;Santa to come, soup luncheon, and fun games for kids with a drawing to be held. Contact Brett Pickar at (712) 209-2530; Graettinger

3-Dec

Ladies Holiday Luncheon in Mallard;Get your Christmas shopping done early! Doors open at 10:00 am with 6 vendors on hand with a luncheon starting at 11:30 am. Call (712) 425-3527 with questions; Mallard

3-Dec

Burt Business Appreciation Christmas Coffee & Lions Club Santa Day; Burt businesses host a Christmas Coffee with drawings for many prizes at the Burt Activity Complex from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The Lions Club host a Santa Day at the same time for children; bags of candy are distributed and fire truck rides are given by the Burt Fire Department. Contact (515) 924-3618 with questions; Burt

3-Dec

West Bend Firemen's Annual Fundraiser; Serving pork sandwich, baked beans, cheesy potatoes and soft serve ice cream with toppings; serving 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at West Bend Fire Station. Contact Evan Winkelhorst (515) 887-2181; West Bend

4-Dec

Farmers & Traders Savings Bank Open House with Santa; Held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; Bancroft

4-Dec

Tour of Homes; Sponsored by Graettinger Women's Club from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, tour Graettinger homes with a twist of Christmas spirit. Tickets can be purchased at the Graettinger Methodist Church the day of. Graettinger

4-Dec

Burt Presbyterian Church 'Christmas in a Barn'; Begins at 4:30 pm at the Mark & Mary Behrends residence located at 604 370th Street, Lone Rock. Contact Mary Behrends (515) 925-3663

7-Dec

Bancroft Register Open House; Held at 101 N. Portland Street from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Kim Meyer (515) 885-2531; Bancroft

7-Dec

Bob Boland Christmas Spectacular; Refreshments, apple cider, and drawings for door prizes from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Bancroft

7-Dec

Holiday Stroll; Stroll around Graettinger checking out what the local stores have to offer. Free refreshments at each store. Horse and buggy rides and train rides for kids. Contact Kandi Terwilleger at (712) 859-3597; Graettinger

7-Dec

West Bend-Mallard Music Concert; Grades K-4 at 7:00 pm at Mallard School; West Bend

9-Dec

Holiday Open House;Sponsored by West Bend Chamber of Commerce; Retail promotions at participating merchants - stores open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Chamber businesses open houses 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (sign up to win a turkey), turkey give away on mainstreet at 5:15 pm (must be present to win). High school basketball games begin at 6:00 pm. Tour of lights at 6:00 pm. Contact Jillian Hansen (515) 887-3811; West Bend

9-Dec

Security State Bank Holiday Open House;Coffee, hot cider and cookies served from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Security State Bank (515) 924-3215; Burt

10-Dec

Holiday Open House; Sponsored by West Bend Chamber of Commerce. Stores open at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am to 10:30 am at the West Bend Community Center. Cookie walk at the Villager at 8:30 am until gone. Vendor fair at West Bend Country Club at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Jillian Hansen (515) 887-3811; West Bend

10-Dec

Santa Day in West Bend; Held at West Bend Public Library. Cookie decorating, crafts and gifts from Santa from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Contact Lisa Riesenberg (515) 887-6411; West Bend

10-Dec

Christmas in Titonka; Santa, craft vendors, Santa Shoppe and many give-a-ways. Contact Amanda Heyer (515) 928-2863; Titonka

11-Dec

Santa Claus Visit; Santa arrives at 10:30 am featuring Christmas songs and a story. Children meet with Santa and receive a gift at the Ruthven American Legion; Ruthven

11-Dec

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast;Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am -12:00 pm; Whittemore

11-Dec

Burt Presbyterian Church Christmas Caroling;Held at 5:00 pm followed by a family potluck at the church at 6:00 pm. Contact Burt Presbyterian Church (515) 924-3250

12-Dec

Santa Claus Visits;Santa arrives at 10:30 am featuring Christmas songs and a story. Children meet with Santa and receive a gift at the Ruthven Legion. Contact Margaret Tatman (712) 837-5355; Ruthven

13-Dec

West Bend Mallard/Gilmore City Bradgate Music Concert;Grades 5-12 at 7:00 pm at West Bend School.

17-Dec

Santa Claus Day/Merchant Drawing;Holiday prize drawings donated by local businesses and individuals. The drawing begins at 11:00 am at the Whittemore American Legion (601 Broad St.). Must be 18 years old and present to win. Limit one prize per household; Whittemore

17-Dec

Santa Claus Day; Children are invited to visit Santa one last time! Santa appears at the Whittemore American Legion (601 Broad Street) at 10:00 am. All children will receive a sack of candy; Whittemore

19-Dec

Emmetsburg High School Holiday Concert; Held at the EHS Auditorium at 7:30 pm; Emmetsburg

24-Dec

Burt Presbyterian Church Candlelight Service; Held at 5:00 pm. Contact Burt Presbyterian Church (515) 924-3250; Burt

24-Dec

St. John's Lutheran Church Children's Christmas Program; Time TBA. Contact St. John's Lutheran Church (515) 924-3344; Burt

 

January 2017

8-Jan

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

21-Jan

17th Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest; Contestants prepare and serve their own pots of chili. Winners are voted on by People's Choice, Judges Choice and the Traveling Trophy. Turkey noodle soup and cinnamon rolls are also served. Chilly outside - Chili inside! Contact Linda Farrell (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

28-Jan

Pancakes for Puppies; Sponsored by West Bend Lion's Club. Held at West Bend Fire Station. Serving pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Proceeds go to Leader Dog Program. Contact Charlie Cantrall (515) 887-4761; West Bend

 

February 2017

11-Feb

Wesley Fireman Valentine's Steak Fry; The Wesley Firemen will be holding a steak fry on Saturday at the Community Center; Wesley

12-Feb

American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

25-Feb

Legion Riders 'Chicken Wing Ding'; Several levels of 'heat' to choose from, free will donation. Karaoke. Serving 5:00 pm until gone. Held at the Legion, home of the Freedom Rock. Contact Mick Zimmerman (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

 

 

 

March 2017

3-Mar

St Michael's 3-Mar St. 'Holy Name Society' Annual Lenten Fish Fry; The men of St. Micheal's 'Holy Name Society' prepare and serve fried & baked fish, baked potatoes and coleslaw with homemade bread and desserts. Served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long (515) 884-2618; Whittemore

4-Mar

Burt Lions Club French Toast Breakfast; Annual fundraiser. French toast, sausage and drinks are served at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Contact Dennis Heerdt (515) 924-3618; Burt

10-11-Mar

Improvisation & Comedy Workshop: Secrets to Making People Laugh; Will be held at 6:00 pm Friday, March 10 and 9:00 am Saturday, March 11 with Emmy Award-winning director Tony Labriola and Blake Labriola, Emmy Award Winner film director and producer at the Bancroft City Offices, Bancroft, Iowa. Experience the amazing world of improvisational comedy. Get physical in a fun, very supportive way. Sponsored by Backstage in Bancroft Community Dinner Theater and the Haggard Twogood Charitable Trust. Contact Victoria Koestler at (515) 320-6395 for more information. Bancroft

10-Mar

West Bend KC Fish Fry; Held at West Bend Golf and Country Club. Serving 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. (515) 887-6217; West Bend

12-Mar

American Legion Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; Members of the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

23-Mar

Ag Education Day; Held at the Wild Rose Casino from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Speakers include Hefty Brothers, Brenda Clark Hamilton, and Ernie Goss. Registration begins at 8:00 am. $35 per person after March 1st. Student registration is $15.00 per student. Meal included. RSVP at (515) 295-7979; Emmetsburg

24-Mar

West Bend KC Fish Fry;Held at West Bend Golf and Country Club. Serving 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. (515) 887-6217; West Bend

26-Mar

Burt Summer Celebration's Annual Chicken & Biscuits Luncheon;Serving 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Burt Activity Complex; Burt

 

April 2017

1-Apr Tour of Table at Immanuel Lutheran Church; Featuring a salad luncheon and entertainment; Swea City
2-Apr Cylinder Omelette Breakfast; Hosted by the 4th of July Committee from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Cylinder Fire Station. All proceeds go toward the 4th of July celebration; Cylinder
2-Apr Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast; Held at the VFW from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, served by Kiwanis; Emmetsburg
3-Apr Whittemore Gun Club Annual Meeting; 80th Annual meal and fundraiser to help support, maintain and improve Kossuth County owned Siems Park located south and east of Whittemore on County Road B-44. Meeting and raffle drawing follows the meal. Contact Ron Kollasch (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
5-Apr West Bend Library Luncheon; Serving 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Center. Contact West Bend Library (515) 887-6411; West Bend
7-Apr Lenten Fish Fry; Held at the VFW from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by ILCC Senate, Emmetsburg
7-Apr KC Fish Fry at West Bend Golf Course & Country Club; Serving 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm; Contact (515) 887-6217; West Bend
7-Apr Spring Fling at the Mallard Lutheran Church; Featuring guest speaker Todd Brockshus from Del's Garden Center of Spencer. Enjoy a sandwich and salad bar, door prizes, tickets are $10.00; See Donna R. at Lakeside for tickets; Mallard
8-Apr Wesley Easter Egg Hunt; Held at the park at 10:00 am weather permitting; otherwise held at the Community Center. Sponsored by the Wesley Community Club. Contact Kim Nueroth (515) 341-3060. Following will be a Pancake Breakfast at Wesley Community Church. Money raised will go toward Wesley Christian Youth Group. Contact Wesley Community Church (515) 679-4460 Wesley
14-Apr Lenten Fish Fry; Held at the VFW from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Knights of Columbus, Emmetsburg
15-Apr Bancroft Easter Egg Hunt; Easter Egg Hunt for kids at the park. Starts at 10:30 am. Rain or Shine. Contact Carol Bernhard (515)320-4294; Bancroft
15-Apr Swea City Easter Egg Hunt
15-Apr Titonka Easter Egg Hunt
15-Apr West Bend Easter Egg Hunt; Starts at 10:00 am at Grotto Campground North of Pond; Sponsored by Wolverine Den and Northwest Communications; Contact (515) 887-7777; West Bend
15-Apr Whittemore Children's Easter Egg Hunt; Children gather eggs and receive prizes for their effort! Held at Noah's Park the hunt begins at 10:00 am. Immediately following there is a prize giveaway at the American Legion. Contact Linda Farrell (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
19-20 Apr CARE Team Fundraiser; All quilted items, with description page and picture, can be dropped off at Trinity Lutheran Church, 510 N. Garfield, Algona from Wednesday, April 19th through Friday, April 20th. (Enter the west side for drop off at church secretary.) If this is not convenient, please contact either Jane or Brenda to make other arrangements. You may take your item with you at the end of the show at 4:00 pm or make arrangements with Jane or Brenda. Please have each quilter that is planning to display contact Jane Dreyer or Brenda Bormann. janedreyer95@hotmail.com or text her at 515-320-0490 or bormann@ncn.net or text her at 515-341-6982; Algona
22-Apr CARE Team Quilt Show; Held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 510 N. Garfield, Algona. $10 admittance with chance to win a quilt. All proceeds go to the Kossuth County CARE Team. Algona