"I can almost smell the tempting aroma of fresh baked rolls and grilled brats - and hear music drifting along - all the while busy people browse through artist's wares along Linn Grove's Main Street.
"On June 21st, Linn Grove will be a gathering place where people bring chairs, street side, to take part in a heart warming flag ceremony," says Monte Scholten of the hubbub which will surround the Linn Grove River Jamboree.
"We're having bands!" exclaimed Scholten. "Three to be exact, starting at 11a.m. on Center Stage."
"Old tractors and cars will promenade from the North through Main Street and display on High Street, up by the churches on the South side of town."
How did the Jamboree Come about?
"It was here at the Linn Grove Landing where the first ideas formed, and the concept of Linn Grove's River Jamboree took hold," explained Monte.
New to Linn Grove, shop owner/master craftsman, Monte Scholten began talking with area citizens about the native and natural gifts Linn Grove is blessed with. And as he listened, people reminisced about days gone by.
Why is Linn Grove a special place?
Linn Grove is nestled in the valley of the Little Sioux River. We have something here you can't find anywhere else. There is a unique, native reserve of beautiful landscapes and talented, creative, hard working people, he says.
The Little Sioux River Valley is gifted with a simple abundance - an environment ripe for recreation - fishing, canoeing, eagle watching.
And one that draws artists and photographers from all around. Today and on June 21st.
The restored Landing is a favorite gathering place. Linn Grove Landing patrons watch as Monte carves and fashions a wooden walleye. "Here I can show people my tools and demonstrate how I work, " says Monte. "It all kind of works out with selling bait, renting canoes and serving coffee."
"I love this small town," says Scholten. "It's inspiring to see people get excited about the Jamboree and all the things that are beginning to happen again in Linn Grove."
"We'll be one of first (places) open the day of the Jamboree. I'll be busy early, at 6 a.m. setting up people with canoes and getting last minute supplies for fishermen of all ages.
"Fishing is always good here," explains Monte. "With water levels up, conditions are excellent for canoeing." The self-guided canoe float from Sioux Rapids to Linn Grove takes about 4-5 hours. It all depends on how aggressive people paddle along.
"My wife Kathy and I have ordered brats and hotdogs to serve, the Trinity Lutheran Church Women will bake that morning so rolls are fresh. Also at noon there will be a 'Maidrites' fundraiser at the fire station."
"Do you have a digital camera?" Monte asks. "If you do... bring it. There's a contest for the "best of the best" pictures taken (just) the day of the event. At 5 p.m. the photos will be displayed right about the time the winners of the Silent Auction announce the final bid winners.
"There is so much going that day," says Monte. "You can learn more about the other events by viewing Linn Grove's official web site www.linngroveiowa.org and look for Jamboree Posters and schedules displayed around the area."
What the Jamboree Committee needs now are volunteers who want to put in a few hours to help out. If you can, sign up at Linn Grove Landing, the US Post Office or call Rob and Barb Wadsley, 296-4427, or Lynn Graesing at 296-3756.
"Come back, on June 21, to enjoy Linn Grove's simple abundance at Linn Grove's First River Jamboree," says Monte.
Located along the Old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway, Linn Grove is two miles South of the Iowa 10 and County Road M-36 intersection.
A map and schedule of events will be available the day of the event.