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Heartland Acres Agribition Center Plans Saturday, June 13, 2015 Tractor Ride

The Heartland Acres Tractor Ride is on again for 2015.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13, 2015.  The ride will start at 8:30 am from the Heartland Acres parking lot at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., in Independence, Iowa.

Entry fee per tractor is $25.00.

Entry forms are due by May 31, 2015:

2015 Tractor Ride Entry Form

all entry forms are also available at Heartland Acres admission office.

This year the ride will travel to John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo with several stops along the route. Get your tractor ready today!

For more information about Heartland Acres please call (319) 332.0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Heartland Acres Needs Your Help!

Friends, directors, staff and supporters of Heartland Acres,

We need your help!

Vote for Heartland Acres for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area People’s Choice “Site of the Year” here with the first round of voting starting Monday, March 16 and ending March 22. Second round voting starts March 24 – 30.

More information on the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area People’s Choice “Site of the Year” can be found on the Silos & Smokestacks website.

Heartland Acres brings our agricultural heritage to life in an engaging and interesting way for visitors to learn. Visitors gain an understanding of agricultural innovations and issues which help them to grow and be inspired by our rich agricultural heritage. This is what makes Heartland Acres stand out and worthy of the 2015 Silos and Smokestacks “Site of the Year” award.

We won in 2010 and are asking for your help again to make it happen again. Please vote for Heartland Acres and get your friends and family to vote too!

Governor Branstad visits Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence

Heartland Acres welcomed Governor Branstad while he was in the area on business.  The governor made time in his schedule to see what all was new at Heartland Acres for the coming tourist season.

On this visit to Heartland Acres the Governor viewed a recently loaned 1954 Corvette Convertible in the Car Museum, a 1963 Farmall 806 Diesel which won Grand Champion – Year One award at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, and also had an opportunity to see the hands on activities.  The tour was accompanied by city and county representatives as well as Heartland Acres board members and volunteers.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes as identified on the Travel Iowa website.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at or call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.

Pictured L to R: Don Brown- Independence City Council member, Ralph Kremer –Heartland Acres volunteer, Al Roder - City Manager for Independence, Eric Smith - Heartland Acres Board Member, Leanne Harrison – President, Buchanan County Historical Society, Craig Johnson – Heartland Acres Executive Director, Governor Branstad, and Bonita Davis- Mayor of Independence.

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Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby and Chili Challenge set for Sunday, February 8 on Swan Lake

Pictured Left to Right: Jeff Hayward, Mike and Maddox Loveless Recently checked the ice thickness on Swan Lake at Heartland Acres and found the ice to be 8” thick and getting thicker each day for the Ice Fishing Derby set for Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 is the date for the Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby and Chili Challenge at Heartland Acres in Independence, IA.

“These events are an active way to get out and enjoy our Iowa winter and maybe catch a fish or two while you’re at it and sample some excellent chili made by area cooks,” commented Brian Bell, Event Manager for the campus.  The events start with the Chili Cook off going from 11AM – 2PM.  The Fishing derby begins at 1PM and ends at 4PM.

Chili cooks will be serving their favorite chili and the public will determine the winner by the number of votes (measured in tip dollars) the cooks receive.  Chili cooks are encouraged to use this opportunity to raise money for their favorite charity.

The ice fishing event will include the harvest of several species including largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie.

The public is invited to come out and watch the ice fishing derby and stop in the Event Center for lunch at the Chili Cook-off.

Find entry forms for:

Fishing Derby:

Chili Challenge:

You may also stop out to Heartland Acres and pick one.  Entries due by January 31, 2015.  See our website for event details or call us at 319.332.0123.

Heartland Acres is not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to educating and entertaining visitors on our agricultural heritage and the issues and topics of agriculture today.  Check us out at or find Heartland Acres on Facebook or call 319.332.0123.