Author: Mary Mason

Fairgrounds in historic registry

History in the making The Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty have been a place for community gatherings, livestock exhibits, and fun since 1852. The Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission received a grant from the State of Iowa to study the fairgrounds in 2014. The $12,000 grant was used to study 35 resources that make up the fairgrounds. The area was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places as the West Liberty Fairgrounds Historic District in 2015. Designation of the fairgrounds as a Historic District makes the grounds eligible to apply for specific grants and additional funding for improvements. Historic tax credits are being used to rehabilitate the historic buildings on the fairgrounds. The swine building was in disrepair until a grant allowed the fair board to improve and upgrade the building, while keeping the historical integrity intact. This year the fair board was able to make improvements to the Kiddie Barnyard and the X-Barn. Improvements have also been made to the Arts Building and Exhibit Hall. Even with new sidewalks being poured to connect buildings and features being updated, the historical integrity of the grounds is taken into consideration in the planning. Currently, construction is underway on a gazebo made from an old silo. Once complete, the gazebo will provide a picnic area and place to rest and view the events taking place....

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Making the most of the Fair

Many Muscatine area residents recognize the Muscatine County Fair, held at the County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, as a week of fun. The week includes rides, small stage shows, grandstand shows, and more delicious food than many people see or taste in a year. However, there is an entire other side to the fair that many people are not aware of. The county fair is the end goal to yearlong projects for many 4-H and FFA students. The various clubs and individuals work throughout the year on projects ranging from sewing, home d├ęcor, and baking to livestock projects involving...

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Share the road, share the responsibility

Summer is upon us, and many area residents will take to the roads on two wheels as opposed to four. With RAGBRAI bringing an estimated ten to fifteen thousand riders to the area, there are many guidelines drivers should remember. Iowa state law states that bicycle riders have the right to be on public roadways. According to the law, Iowa Code 321.299, cyclists are able to use streets and roads in the same manner as a motor vehicle. While travelling on the road as a vehicle, cyclists are subject to the same laws and regulations as other motor vehicles....

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College for Kids sees record numbers

College for Kids sees record numbers By Mary Mason Over 740 kids from Muscatine and the surrounding area spent two weeks of their summer engaged in fun, hands-on learning. College For Kids was held in the mornings during the weeks of June 13 and June 20. MCSD students grades 1 through 6 were joined by students from Columbus Junction, Rockridge, L-M, West Liberty, Wilton, Durant, and Wapello. Kids can qualify through test scores or by teacher recommendation. Once accepted, students can sign up for one, two, or three courses. Courses range from art-based classes such as origami and tie-dye...

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Mississippi Drive Corridor Project moves to next step

Muscatine area residents met at the Riverview Center on Tuesday evening to hear preliminary design ideas for the upcoming Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project. Designers and Engineers presented ideas where meeting goers voted on their preferences. The project is now entering the Final design stage that is anticipated to take place between June and September. The entire project will run from Grandview Avenue and Main Street, through the intersection known as Carver Corner, along Mississippi Drive and through the corner of Mulberry Avenue and Second Street. The project has been divided into four main components for the design portion...

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