In the spring of 2017, the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce received a grant from the Clayton County Foundation for the Future to purchase an information station for downtown Guttenberg. Additional funding from the Dr. Andy and MJ Smith Donor Advised Fund allowed us to purchase a second information station, which will be placed on the public restrooms on the 500 block of South River Park Drive. Brochure holders will also be added to each board.
The purpose of the project is to promote awareness among visitors and residents of all that Guttenberg has to offer, from community events and activities, to attractions and amenities, to businesses and services by placing information stations at key locations. These information boards will include a community calendar of events for the current month, an annual calendar of major community events, a map and directory showing businesses and attractions, and event posters. Groups planning activities in Guttenberg should submit information here or drop off a flyer at least a week before the beginning of a new month to make sure their event is included on the following month's calendar.
As a provider and promoter of many community events, the Chamber aims to help disseminate knowledge of the many events planned in the community, including festivals, live music, dances, gourmet diners, art receptions and exhibits, retail events, athletic events, educational programs, classes and workshops, social and civic organizations' activities, and more. There are dozens of opportunities for entertainment, dining, shopping, learning, and more, in our own community that residents and visitors can take advantage of each month, and we want to help spread the word.
We encourage Guttenberg residents to check out the new information board when visiting the park to see upcoming events and activities.
Thank you to the Clayton County Foundation for the Future and the Dr. Andy and MJ Smith Donor Advised Fund for providing funding for this project. We are grateful for your contributions and dedication to our community.
September is another busy month in Guttenberg. Community events and celebrations are planned throughout, providing activities and entertainment for all ages as the leaves begin to change. We hope you'll join us in celebrating this fall! Visit our calendar page for more information.
The St. Mary's Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, September 10, featuring a chicken and ham dinner from 10:15am-3:30pm, live entertainment from the Clayton Ridge Drill Team, Carpe Diem, the Love Handles, and a tractor pedal pull! Mass starts at 10am and the choir will begin at 9:30am. The Craft Tent and Country Store will open at 10am with candy and baked goods, produce, a plant booth, and Christmas Corner.
Participants can partake in bingo, games, a silent auction, and raffles of live steer, cash, a kayak, and bicycles. Kids will enjoy games, a petting zoo, obstacle course, and toddler bounce house. The Fall Festival is sure to be fun for the entire family! For more information, visit St. Mary's Fall Festival on Facebook.
The River Park Cruisers will be holding their 20th annual Car Show, Cruise, and Music in the Park on Saturday, September 16th. Registration for the car show is from 9am-noon on River Park Drive. The show will be from 12-1:30pm, followed by a trophy and award ceremony at 2:30 at the Welcome Center (323 S. River Park Drive). The cruise will leave at approximately 3:30pm through Clayton County with a pit stop in Monona. From 6-9pm, Triple Threat will play in the park. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. For more information, visit the River Park Cruisers site.
Guttenberg is celebrating its 27th annual GermanFest on Friday evening, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, concluding with a German church service at 10:15am on Sunday, September 24th at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Event-goers will enjoy live music from Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen Friday night and live music and entertainment all day Saturday from the Guttenberg German Band, Lyle Beaver, the Silbertaler Trio, Carpe Diem, RockTide, and Triple Threat.
A full schedule of activities is planned for Saturday, featuring an outdoor market and food vendors, biergarten, contests and games for all ages, food and drink tastings, performances, wiener dog races, a vintage Volkswagen display, and much more! GermanFest 2017 was made possible by many sponsors, which are listed on the GermanFest webpage.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit our website, or contact the Guttenberg Welcome Center at 563-252-2323 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Facebook at Guttenberg GermanFest.
Emily Sadewasser, the director of the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce, is a lifelong resident of Guttenberg and a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.
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