AMES, Iowa – The public is invited to 42 Fun Things to Do on the Great Iowa Road Trip, a special weekend event, to be held April 30 and May 1 in southern Iowa. A coordinated mapped route features a self-guided tour of 42 open doors and special activities in Marion and Mahaska counties, including the towns of New Sharon, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Pella and rural Leighton.
The new program was created by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and rural communities, and is a multi-community partnership coordinated by Diane Van Wyngarden, ISU Extension and Outreach tourism specialist.
“These communities created the perfect mix of quirky, tasty and tranquil experiences,” Van Wyngarden said. “Download the map to discover hidden gems during the weekend event, and to return later to your new favorite places.” The printable map of 42 stops is available at bit.ly/31yyz6P.
The weekend event offers a wide variety of experiences, such as touring historic buildings, creating spring planters, sampling handcrafted foods and drinks, taking a sprint car selfie, and shopping for unique home décor, women’s fashions, gifts, sports cards, books and antiques. Each business will provide COVID-19 protocol information at its location. For more information about each stop, visit the event page at www.facebook.com/ReviveIowaEconomy or contact Van Wyngarden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event partnership includes the ISU Extension and Outreach offices in Mahaska and Marion counties, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Mahaska Chamber and Development Group, Marion County Development, Oskaloosa Main Street, Visit Pella, and ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development.