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Special events are a yearly highlight in Iowa

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Several events in Iowa mark milestones in 2002. While the relatively new Lumberjack Festival in McGregor celebrates its fifth installment, the well-established Soldiers Reunion in Griswold enters its 120th year. Elsewhere in the state, a wide range of events round out 365 days of fun.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy western Iowa's scenic Loess Hills by way of bicycle as part of ONABIKE, western Iowa's largest one-day bicycle event. Held in Onawa each year on the fourth Saturday in August, ONABIKE reaches its 10th anniversary in 2002. ONABIKE participants are offered two routes: The shorter option follows relatively flat terrain, while a longer, more challenging course takes riders to Murray Hill, the highest point in Harrison County.

Held annually the first full weekend in November, the National Farm Toy Show in Dyersville is often called the "granddaddy" of farm toy shows and attracts more than 15,000 people. In 2002, the event reaches the quarter century mark and will again delight young and old with tours of Dyersville's toy manufacturing facilities, a micro-mini tractor pull, bazaar and auction. Die-hard or amateur collectors can buy or trade treasures at the event, and the National Farm Toy Museum is open for tours.

The scenery around Stone City, Iowa, inspired Grant Wood to create some of his greatest works. A native of Jones County, Wood's legend lives each year at the Grant Wood Art Festival. Held annually on the second Sunday in June, the event celebrates 30 years in 2002 and attracts artists and art buyers from around the country. Highlights of the event include juried art exhibits, demonstrations and sales, guided bus tours of historic Stone City, stage entertainment, displays of Grant Wood originals, historic and educational exhibits.

Since 1937 cowboys and their bucking counterparts have flocked to Dayton, Iowa, on Labor Day weekend for one of the Midwest's premier rodeos. An event that started as an exhibition in a rural Dayton pasture, the Annual National Championship Rodeo marks its 65th anniversary in 2002. This IPRA-sanctioned event gives rodeo buffs a chance to have a seat in the bleachers or on a blanket on the hillside and take in the wild and exciting fun.

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