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Heartland Acres 1929 Packard Wins People’s Choice Award

Bill Dikis with the Des Moines Concours d’elegance and Craig Johnson, Executive Director of Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa. The 1929 Packard behind them won “People’s Choice” award at the contest held in downtown Des Moines, IA on Sunday, September 7 2014.

Downtown Des Moines recently featured the first concours d’elegance which by definition means; “an exhibition or contest of vintage or classic motor vehicles in which prizes are awarded for those in the best original condition.”   Over 130 vintage automobiles from around the country were on exhibit with an estimated five thousand people in attendance.  Automobiles competed in 12 separate classes with judging by auto enthusiast from around the area.

For the last three years, Heartland Acres has participated in the contest with House and Gardens was with the assistance of event organizers.  This year a vintage 1929 Packard 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton, on loan to Heartland Acres as part of their car museum exhibits, was on display at the concours d’elegance.  Cars of varying degrees of restoration and authenticity were in attendance.  The 1929 Packard represented a museum quality restoration from over 40 years ago.  Design high lights found on the car include Trippe safety headlights, mechanical breaks on all four wheels, a covered passenger compartment and an in-dash temperature gauge.

Craig Johnson, Executive Director of Heartland Acres said, “The 1929 Packard receives the most comments from museum guests and the People’s Choice award is very fitting for this car.”  Heartland Acres is primarily focused on exhibiting items pertaining agricultural innovation however there are also over 20 vintage cars and trucks featured in the car museum showing the progression of automobile design from the horseless carriage to modern day.

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


Family Fishing Day – September 14th

Family Fishing Day will be Sunday, September 14 at Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa.  The campus will allow fishing on Swan Lake to guests as part of their regular paid museum admission.  Annual or lifetime members of Heartland Acres will be allowed to fish at no extra charge.

Fishing will run from noon to 4:00PM.  This is the last family fishing day scheduled for 2014.  Wristbands to fish Swan Lake will be available at the admission desk in the museum.  Swan Lake is approximately four acres and holds a variety of fish including Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill and Bass.  For these events, anglers will be allowed to “catch and keep” all Crappie, Large Mouth Bass, and Bluegill.  All other fish are to be catch and release.

Fishing will be allowed from the shore only.  Anglers are to bring their own gear. Simple gear including: poles, 1/8 oz jigs, twister tails, hooks and sinkers will work fine. Worms make the best bait and will be supplied lakeside at no charge, courtesy of Ben and Jill Bigler from The Bait Shoppe.  Anglers are to follow all Iowa fishing laws and regulations and are required to have a valid Iowa Fishing License and be good sportsmen.

For more information about Heartland Acres please  call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.  Heartland Acres is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.


Annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing RECAP Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Teams from East Central Iowa – REC and Edward Jones Investments pose before teeing off at River Ridge Golf Course in Independence. From Left to Right: Steve Rau, Fred Meihe, Steve Marlow, Gary Marlow, Al Albers, Tim Manatt, Rod Conrad, and Mark McGarvey at the 6th Annual Heartland Acres Golf Outing held Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Teams once again participated in the annual Heartland Acres Golf Outing held September 3 at River Ridge Golf Club in Independence, Iowa.  Winners for longest drive, longest putt and closest in 2, challenged participants along with several Hole- in-One opportunities.  The major Hole-in-one prize of a 2014 Chevy Cruze went unclaimed.

Two overall team winners emerged at the end of the day.  Edward Jones’ Team finished with a 58 in the all men competition.  Team members included Mark McGarvey, Tim Mannatt, Fred Meihe and Rod Conrad.  Ridihalgh Fueling Snitker & Weber took home prizes in the mixed competition with a score of 66.  Team members included Bob Hanna, Cheryl Hanna, Vicki McClintock and Nancy Paisley.  Each of the team winners took home took home beef bundles.

The annual golf outing continues to help raise funds for the museum.  “Every bit counts as we keep working to build awareness and help make Heartland Acres Agribition Center a place we can all be proud of,” commented Craig Johnson, Executive Director.

Event organizers are planning the 2015 golf outing which is set for Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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


A Packard “comes home” for the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance

This weekend, on Sunday September 7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance (www.desmoinesconcours.com) will surround the acclaimed John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines with over 150 beautiful antique and classic automobiles and motorcycles to celebrate “the art and design of the automobile.” The Concours will be an event to remember, and one that adds to the rich cultural scene in Des Moines.

Already, though, an example of one of these fine cars has “come home” to Des Moines, and is currently on display at American Dream Machines (www.admcars.com) just west of the sculpture park.

​​So what, you might ask, is the connection between the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance and a shop that specializes in American muscle cars? The car is a stunning 1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton, which is on loan to the Concours from the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa (www.heartlandacresusa.com). The building that houses American Dream Machines at 1500 Locust was built in 1929 as a Packard dealership. That means this car, or one just like it, could have sat in this same window, even on the same checkered tile, overlooking downtown Des Moines in 1929!

The building has changed, the view of downtown Des Moines has changed, and cars most certainly have changed, yet this beautiful vehicle can still sit in the place where Packards–once once one of the finest cars in the world–waited to be sold as they overlooked one of the finest cities in the world: Des Moines.

The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance takes place this coming Sunday, September 7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. Admission is free to the public. Thanks to support from generous sponsors and donations, proceeds from the Concours will benefit Children’s Cancer Connection (http://www.childrenscancerconnection.org).

To follow up on this release and to get assistance with your story, please contact:

Des Moines Concours d’Elegance:
Peter Hemken, Co-Chair: 515-480-3896, hemkenpc@aol.com
Daryl Metzger, Co-Chair: 515-491-3000, dmetzger@smithmetzger.com

American Dream Machines
Randy Johnson: 515-245-9100, randyj@admcars.com

Thank you for your time and interest.

David Stone, on behalf of the Des Moines Concours.


Sept. 3 – Annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing

The annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing entry forms are available HERE.

The event is being held at River Ridge Golf Course in Independence, Iowa on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Teams for the annual Heartland Acres Golf outing will once again be playing for Hole in One prizes as well as a variety of beef and pork packages for team and individual prizes as well as raffle prizes.  A new car is still the top Hole in One prize this year.

For more information on the annual golf outing, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Heartland Acres and the annual golf outing please call Brian or Craig at (319) 332.0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.