September 15th, 2023

Shenfest Sept. 23, 2023

     Shenfest 2023 theme is an appropriate description of just what Shenfest is, a day to Celebrate Shenandoah, Where Friends and Family Come Together. The September 23 celebration hosts many class reunions and many annual gatherings of family and friends.

     A new mural painted by Wabash Arts Camp youth put up last weekend downtown will help visitors and residents celebrate Shenandoah. Each letter of the towns name depicts Shenandoah activities and attractions. It will be the perfect Shenfest photo opportunity.

     A full day of activities is planned for Shenfest including nostalgic music, parade, games, food, tractor and car shows, and more. It all begins with the annual Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Safety Center. The cost is $4 for children and $6 for adults. Shenfest food court will be setup in the Flatiron area near city hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food vendors should register with Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association in person at 619 W. Sheridan Avenue, by phone 712-246-3455 or by emailing

     Shenandoah Medical Center Shenfest 3 Mile Fun Run & Walk will begin registration at the Sportsmans Park Depot at 7:45 a.m. You can also pre-register at the SMC Wellness Center or pick up a form at SCIA. Preregistration cost is $20 with a t-shirt or $10 participation with no shirt, $5 for students on race day. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and the run starts at 8:30 a.m. Call 712-246-7325 for weather questions.

     Other Shenfest sports activities are golf and tennis. The Peter J. Weber “Swing for Education Golf Tournament” begins at 9 a.m. at Shenandoah Golf Course. It is a fundraiser for the Shenandoah Education Foundation. To enter call 712-581-9057 or email  Shenfest Tennis Tournament at Gee Park will begin later this year at 6 p.m. on Saturday September 23 with finals to be played on Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 per team. For more information contact Mr. Daust at Shenandoah High, 

      9 a.m. Shenfest Tractor Show has a new location this year. Tractors will lineup for display at the Flatiron Plaza area at Blossom St. and Clarinda Avenue in front of the City Hall. They also are invited to drive in the parade. The Tractor Show is organized by Tarkio Valley Tractor Club. SCIA is also looking for a singer guitar player who would sing under the City Hall Gazebo during the Tractor Show.  

     Shenfest Car Show is sponsored by Doug Meyer Chevrolet. It will be located in front of Earl May headquarters on N. Elm St. and the KMA parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 607 W Lowell Ave. There will be trophies for Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mo Par, and Best of Show Car and Truck. The Veterans Memorial Museum will be open next to the Car Show at 603 W. Lowell Avenue, 10 a.m.-1p.m., serving food inside in their community room and playing 60’s and 70’s music outside. It’s a fundraiser for the museum. Grilled 7” hot dogs and Chips with Nacho Cheese are $4 each, pop is $1.50, and water $1.

     Kurt & Mims Henstorf will serve as parade Grand Marshalls after just celebrating 150 years of banking. They are the owners of First Heritage Bank in Shenandoah and have spent a lifetime serving the commuity in many ways. The 2 p.m. parade runs west on Sheridan Avenue to Iowa Street with marching bands, rescue and fires vehicles, floats, tactors, and more. Entries are being accepted at Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association, 619 W. Sheridan Avenue, or through email, or by phone 712-246-3455. Sheridan Avenue parking will be allowed until noon when the street will be closed to traffic for the parade. All entries should line up on Clarinda Avenue by entering at the corner of Center Street and Clarinda Avenue. Entries are encouraged to fill out an announcer comments card or email comments to SCIA. Parade volunteers are needed on Friday late afternoon September 22 to help put out parade markers and Saturday to assist with the parade lineup at noon till the parade starts at 2 p.m. Golf carts are helpful in the lineup process.

     High School and Middle School Bands lineup on Church St. and will be assisted by Shenandoah Teachers Association. Following the parade marching band awards will be presented at the Everly Brother’s Childhood Home.   Shenandoah class reunions will be lined up near the corner of Thomas Street and Clarinda Avenue.

     Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50’s Band will perform under the Depot Restaurant tent, 101 Railroad St. The free concert is sponsored by Walmart. Donations will be accepted for the Everly Brothers Childhood Home. The Depot will serve free root beer. More music will follow with Hillyard & Sullivan and B Side 3 playing throughout the evening.

     Since the age of 7 Richie Lee, a Des Moines native, has been winning awards for his nostalgic 50’s and 60’s style of rock music. He learned to play the drums at age 11 and the guitar at age 12. He has performed at every major rock n roll venue in Iowa and traveled the U.S. to play with the Drifters and perform in Elvis tributes. He has received the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association Spirit Award and played the Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom. His music features many from the early rock era including the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. He has been on a mission since his youth to bring back the 50’s, 60’s sound for kids to hear and keep rock n roll alive.

     For more information about Shenfest visit the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association website at or call 712-246-3455.

September 15th, 2023

Sirens Salon & Spa Grand Opening SCIA Ribbon Cutting

Saturday September 16th SCIA Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at 2 p.m. at Sirens Salon and Spa, 519 W. Sheridan Ave.. Come, see this beautifully renovated building and meet the business owner Bri Evans and her staff. Open House from 2-4pm. Coffee, beverages, and snacks will be served.

September 15th, 2023

SCIA Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening American Senior Benefits New Location

 Wednesday September 20, 10 a.m. American Senior Benefits Southwest Iowa SCIA Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Coffee at new location downtown, 717 W Sheridan Ave. (Next to Angel Care & Dollar General) Tour the large newly remodeled Office. Open House from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. Have coffee & donuts in the morning and Sanctuary Cheese & vegie snacks in the afternoon. Visit their new website They will announce plans to be open Saturdays through October for customer convenience.

August 25th, 2023

Enter Wabash Trace Marathon, Half, & Relay Sponsored by Green Plains

Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon, Half & Relay
Saturday, September 9th in Shenandoah and Imogene, IA
Sponsored by Green Plains
· 12th Annual Race, organized by Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association, Southwest Iowa Nature Trails, City of Imogene and Sons & Daughters of Imogene

· Electronic Chip Timing, USATF Certified, Boston Qualifier

· The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a mostly flat, tree-lined converted railroad line crossing through scenic Iowa countryside with a crushed limestone surface

· Out & back races begin and end in Shenandoah for the Marathon and Marathon Relay. Point-to-point Half Marathon begins in Imogene and finishes in Shenandoah

· Relay team divisions: Co-ed, Female, and Male (must provide own transportation to exchange points)

· 7:30 am start for Marathon & Relay in downtown Shenandoah

· 8:00 am start for Half at Imogene’s St. Patrick Church

· 6 Hour time limit, finish line closes at 1:30

· New policy for hazardous weather to postpone race 

  start when possible, 10% discount in place at for runners in the canceled 2022

  marathon with verification code from 2022

· Unique & fun water stations every 2 miles, first aid &

  emergency service on the trail

· Sign-up available for morning-of bus transport from  

  Shenandoah Depot to Half Marathon start in Imogene.

  Bus will return drop bags to Depot for pick-up at finish.

· Early packet & t-shirt pickup in Shenandoah (619 W

  Sheridan Ave.) Friday, Sept. 8, 4-7 p.m. or at each start  

  the morning of races

· Showers near finish line (423 W. Thomas Ave.)

· Medals, snacks & beverages at the finish. Awards 

  presented at Depot Restaurant with free beer!

· Race results & photos at

Register online or Print entry form at

Other sponsors are Pella Corp., MidAmerican Energy, WalMart, Wilson Ins., Sorensen Auto Plaza, O'Hara Seed, First Heritage Bank, Tri-Valley Bank, Fareway, HyVee, Earl May Garden Center, Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel, George Shaw, St. Patrick Church, Shenandoah American Legion, Shenandoah School District. 


August 15th, 2023

Volunteer for the Marathon!



EMAIL OR CALL 712-246-3455



· PACKET STUFFING SEPT. 6 SCIA Office 619 W Sheridan Avenue 5PM

· SEPT. 8 PACKET PICKUP 4-7 PM SCIA Office 619 W. Sheridan Avenue


· ROAD GUARDS AT INTERSECTIONS (N. Center St., Wabash & Sheridan Ave. to Railroad St.)  3 SHIFTS 7AM -1:30PM






August 15th, 2023

Shenfest Schedule Sept. 23,'23

Fireman’s Pancake Feed Safety Center 7-10am

                     Farmer’s Market Priest Park 9am-noon

                     Shenfest Food Court Flatiron Plaza 10am-3pm

GAMES-SMC Fun Run/Walk 8am Sportsmans Park on Wabash Trace

                         Nature Trace Trail

                         Tennis Tournament Gee Park Tennis Courts Saturday 6pm, Sunday

                         2pm Finals (TBD)

TRACTOR SHOW-Clarinda Avenue City Hall/Flatiron Plaza 9am-2pm

CAR SHOW-9am-1pm Earl May KMA Parking Lot, Elm St., Trophies,

                                        food & music at Veterans Museum

PARADE-Runs west on Sheridan Ave. 2pm, lineup noon Clarinda Avenue

MUSIC-Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50’s Band at the Depot tent on

                          Sheridan  Ave. following the parade 3:30pm w/FREE root beer

                          Marching Band Awards at the Everly Brothers Childhood Home on 

                          Sheridan Ave. following the parade



619 W. Sheridan Avenue Shenandoah, IA 51601


August 4th, 2023

Sponsor Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon, Half & Relay! SCIA's only fundraiser of the year!

The 12th annual Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay event is Sept. 9, 2023. Our races have attracted hundreds of runners of all ages from across the U.S. having a positive economic impact on our local communities as the runners and supporters eat, stay, shop and fuel in the area.

The marathon and relay races again this year will start and finish in Shenandoah. The half runs from Imogene to Shenandoah. All races run along the scenic Wabash Trace Nature Trail. The event is organized by Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association, City of Imogene, and Southwest Iowa Nature Trails (Wabash Trace Nature Trail). This is a fund-raising event for those organizations and your generous donations make this race possible. Sponsors for the 2023 event are being sought at this time so that sponsor acknowledgement can be included in advertising and on printed items. You may sponsor a specific item or give a donation between $100 and $1,000 that help cover costs. Major sponsorship for our race is set at $5,000. This donation entitles the sponsoring business logo to be on our t-shirts, entry form, start & finish banners, and in advertising.  Past major sponsors have been Invenergy, Green Plains, Bank Iowa, & Eaton Corp. Any of the items below could also be donated in-kind. Your generous donation will go towards these race-day expenses:

Insurance ($300)                       After Race Snacks (in kind)

Finish Medals ($1,700)               Portable toilet rental ($1000)

First Aid supplies $200               Sound /Finish line ($450)

Finish line decorations ($200)     Event T-shirts ($2,500) 

Timing costs ($3,000)                Prizes (some in kind, $2,000)  

Drink mixes (in kind)               Race Packet Bags ($500)

Marketing & Adv. ($1,000)

This year we are stiving to put permanent mile markers on the trail. We are seeking grants and will also accept donations for this project.  

Employees, coworkers, and your friends are encouraged to take part in this popular event as runners, spectators, or volunteers. Check out the event online at or on Facebook at Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon. Online registration is at

Mail your donation to the above address or contact Shenandoah Chamber & Industry at 712-246-3455 or with questions. Thanks in advance for your commitment to Southwest Iowa, active lifestyles and the organizations that make this event possible. Thanks to last years’ sponsors: Invenergy, Pella Corp., Shenandoah Community School, Wilson Ins., Hy-Vee Food Store, The Depot Restaurant, Fareway, Brown’s Shoe Fit Store, Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel, Earl May Garden Center, Eye Care Associates of Southwest Iowa, City of Shenandoah, First National Bank, Sorensen Auto, First Heritage Bank, El Porton Mexican Grill, RocStop, Subway, Wal-Mart, Shenandoah American Legion, George Shaw, St. Patrick Church, and Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association. Thanks to previous sponsors over the years: Invenergy, Bank Iowa, Shenandoah Medical Center, Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., Sheridan Decorating, Eaton Corp., Green Plains, Doug Meyer Chevrolet, O’Hara Seed, Shenandoah Family Dentistry, KMA Radio, and Council Office & Document.

Best regards,


Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon Committee                                                                     

August 2nd, 2023

Hiring Branch Manager Position at Community 1st CU Shenandoah

Community 1st Credit Union proud to be consistently rated one of the Top Workplaces in Iowa.

Apply today and find out why...Together is Better.

July 31st, 2023

Happy 40th Birthday Depot Deli

Celebrate the Depot's 40th Birthday with live music for Everly Brothers Heritage Day! Aug. 1st 6-9 p.m. under the big tent Baldy Holly Band from the UK. Free taco bar and root beer floats. Everly Brothers Childhood Home and Shenandoah Historical Museum open 4 - 6 p.m. for tours.

July 31st, 2023

Depot Deli Live Music Thursdays & Special Dates

Live music the last half of summer and into fall at the Depot Deli 101 Railroad St. Shenandoah.
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