Heartland Acres Agribition Center will receive exposure to several key markets in the state of Iowa through our relationships with Iowa Public TV and Agribusiness Association of Iowa.
The Iowa Public TV segment will run during the annual Festival program which is a fundraising event for IPTV. We will be featured on Kids Clubhouse with Dan Wardell on Tuesday, March 11th between 3:30PM and 5:30PM in three separate segments.
Our other exposure will come through the support of Agribusiness Association of Iowa. Starting on Wednesday March 12th we will have a TV commercial running on Cedar Rapids KCRG Channel 9 at approximately 11:15AM and on Des Moines WHO-TV Channel 13 at approximately 12:50PM. This ad will run each business day during the midday Agribusiness Report 3/12 – 3/18.
Heartland Acres Museum is tentatively set to begin summer hours of operation starting Saturday, April 5. In addition to weekdays we will begin weekend museum operations. Due to recent weather conditions, the possibility of a delayed weekend opening may be expected. Visit www.heartlandacresusa.com or call (319) 332-0123 for more details on museum hours of operation and upcoming events and exhibits.
Swan Lake Ice Fishing Derby and Chili Cook-off RECAP
(Sunday, February 9, 2014)
Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby and Chili Cook off fund raisers bring fun, food and funds together to support local causes.
Ice fishing teams from around the area participated in the Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby on Swan Lake. The Lake is a popular attraction for the annual derby held the second weekend in February. Normally, Swan Lake remains closed to the public but on occasion is opened for special events in order to help promote fishing and help maintain the health and wellbeing of Swan Lake.
Thirteen ice fishing teams drilled through over 20” of solid ice. Over the three hour period the derby contest ran, a total of 12 pounds of crappie were harvested along with several largemouth bass and a channel cat. For this contest only crappie and bluegill we included in the final weigh in.
The final outcome of the Ice Fishing Derby:
- First Place went to Independence Ice Holes with a total weight of 7 pounds 7 ounces.
- Second Place went to Cy & Charley’s with a total weight of 2 pounds.
- Third Place went to ECIREC with a total weight of 2 pounds.
The tie was given to Cy & Charley’s for second place as their catch also included a Largemouth Bass. Both teams ewer fin with the ruling.
The Grand Prize Raffle winner was Paul Kurt. Paul’s ticket purchases won him a fish finder valued at $400.00. A total of eight raffle prizes were award totaling a retail value of over $600.00. Prizes included discount offers as well as related ice fishing equipment from area suppliers.
Ice hole drilling completion was also brought back this year. In the Manual Ice Auger hole drilling competition, teams were represented by Team Get ‘em up and Cy and Charley’s. Team Get ‘em up took first place honors with Cy & Charley’s coming in a close second. In the Power Ice Auger hole drilling competition, teams from Spahn & Rose, Dunlap Motors, and Cy & Charley’s. The Power completion was won by Cy & Charley’s. The winning team from each completion took home $40.00.
Congratulations to all the anglers for participating in the 2014 Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby. The 2015 Ice Fishing Derby is tentatively set for the second Sunday, February 8, 2015. Watch for further updates and more fishing events on Swan Lake.
In the Chili Cookoff completion, there were three teams competing. Teams supporting projects with Buchanan County Historical Society, Kidsville Early Learning Center and Heartland 4H Kids Club rang up tips and donations totaling over $535. The projects being supported by these are all beneficial to the community.
- First Place went to Buchanan County Historical Society. Chef Joel Olsen has long track record of wins in the cookoff.
- Second Place went to Heartland 4H Kids Club. Chef Amber VanRee is also the club leader and along with 4H kids did an excellent job of making chili for their first time out.
-Third Place went to Rex Goodrich. Rex did a fantastic job raising funds for Kidsville Early Learning Center with his chili that incorporated an amazing blend of many spices.
All events were well supported and many thanks go to the participants, sponsors and guests who turned out to support these activities at Heartland Acres.
Find Heartland Acres on Facebook, visit www.heartlandlandacresusa.com or call 319.332.0123 or better yet stop out and see us at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd, Independence, IA 50644.
Heartland Acres Agribition Center Presents: Seed Savers Exchange; Buy your heritage seeds locally
For the sixth year, Heartland Acres Agribition Center is an outlet for “Seed Savers” of Decorah, Iowa.
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers, heirloom seeds can now be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at Heartland Acres Agribition Center.
Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 and has helped preserve our heritage. Seed Savers Exchange saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage. Saving seeds is part of ancient traditions and as stewards of our resources is one way of nurturing our diverse gardening heritage.
Gardeners from every corner of the world have brought seeds with them when their families immigrated to America. Throughout the colonial period, traditional seeds brought by European settlers enriched the legacy of food crops grown by Native Americans.
You can find Seed Savers in the Gift Shoppe at Heartland Acres Agribition Center. For more information visit www.heartlandacresusa.com or call 319 332-0123.
Heartland Acres attends Travel Federation of Iowa Legislative Showcase and meets Iowa Legislators
Craig Johnson – Heartland Acres, Don Short, Whitney Johnson and Aaron Steinman with Silos and Smokestacks at the Learning Center located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28, 2014
The Travel Federation of Iowa recently hosted their annual “Legislative Showcase” in the Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The event is held every January and is an opportunity for the many tourism sites and destinations throughout Iowa to show our State Legislators.
This year, over 80 Iowa legislators attended the event and were able to visit with the many destinations around the state of Iowa to learn what our great state has to offer our visitors. Heartland Acres, along with Silos and Smokestacks, presented a vision to the legislators identifying our agricultural heritage sites.
The Travel Federation of Iowa website indicates 64,400 jobs in Iowa were supported by domestic travel in Iowa during 2012. These jobs generated a $1.17 Billion payroll. Visitors spent nearly $8 Billion on travel related goods and services which generated $841.3 Million in tax revenues. Tourism in Iowa is a significant business and generates many opportunities for residents and our visitors.
Buchanan County Barn Quilt advisory committee members meet at Heartland Acres to discuss plans for a revival of the Barn Quilt project in Buchanan County.
Pictured left to right: Roxanne Fuller – Buchanan County ISU Extension & Outreach Administrator, and Buchanan County Barn Quilt advisory committee members Susie Alber and Craig Johnson. Member absent from photo is Judy Scott.
Barn quilts are nothing new to Iowa and residents around the state are accustomed to seeing them along many roads in rural Iowa. The original Barn Quilt Project began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001 as a way to attract tourists. Buchanan County is no exception with over 60 of the 8 foot by 8 foot barn quilts dotting the county. Many smaller sizes are also found on garages and outbuildings. Working to keep the tradition alive, advisory committee members under the leadership of Roxanne Fuller – Extension Administrator for Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach, are making plans for a revival.
Starting in 2013 the members began putting together a program built on the work of committee member Judy Scott and others who launched the initial program several years ago in Buchanan County. Modeled after a similar program in Grundy County, the newly formed group hopes to jumpstart the program again and make sure it remains a cornerstone of things to see for visitors to Buchanan County. Previously, the Barn Quilt group lead by Scott did all the work through volunteers and support from businesses and the purchasers of the Barn Quilts.
Plans for the revival include some of the same supporters along with the new group. The program will include the opportunity for a property owner to pick a unique design for their own personalized barn quilt to be built, delivered and mounted to their building in Buchanan County. The program is designed to make it as simple as possible and at minimal cost, as much of the program is based on volunteers and the good will of others to make the colorful barn quilt program a success.
The Barn Quilt program will roll out this spring with information and forms available through Buchan County ISU Extension and Outreach. Call (319) 334-7161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Heartland Acres is proud to support the Barn Quilt program in Buchanan County.