SHENANDOAH CHAMBER and INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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 chamber@sciaiowa.com.

     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 golf@shenandoahiowa.com.  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, daoustb@shecsd.com. 

      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 chamber@sciaiowa.com, 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 www.sciaiowa.com or call 712-246-3455.

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 

  GetMeRegistered.com 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 www.onlineraceresults.com

Register online www.GetMeRegistered.com or Print entry form at www.SCIAIowa.com

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!

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: 

SIGN-UP NOW TO HELP WITH THE RACE!

EMAIL OR CALL 712-246-3455

CHAMBER@SCIAIOWA.COM

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

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

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

· SEPT. 9 SETUP & PACKET PICKUP 6AM

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

· PHOTOGRAPHERS, ON TRAIL & AT FINISHLINE

· FINISHLINE ATTENDENTS, PASS MEDALLIONS & DRINKS, TIMER ASSISTANTS

· AWARD ASSISTANTS

· TEARDOWN 1:30 PM

 

August 15th, 2023

Shenfest Schedule Sept. 23,'23

EVENT SCHEDULE:
FOOD-
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

 CONTACT SHENANDOAH CHAMBER & INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION FOR MORE INFO.

www.sciaiowa.com

712-246-3455 chamber@sciaiowa.com

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 www.sciaiowa.com or on Facebook at Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon. Online registration is at www.GetMeRegistered.com.

Mail your donation to the above address or contact Shenandoah Chamber & Industry at 712-246-3455 or chamber@sciaiowa.com 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                                                                     

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.

July 13th, 2023

Make Reservations to Attend SCIA Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet

July 27th SCIA Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet Features Business Building & Renovation Projects

Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association’s Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet July 27th will be held at the Waterfalls Event Center, 907 Hartford Avenue, Farragut, IA with speakers from four major new business projects just completed and under construction in Shenandoah.

The Sanctuary Restaurant will cater the banquet dinner. Doors open at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Reservations are requested by July 24th by calling 712-246-3455 or emailing chamber@sciaiowa.com. Choose lemon butter chicken or meat loaf balls with bourbon sauce. Side Dishes to be served are loaded mashed potatoes, crack bacon green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Price is $30.00 per person. Pay at the door with check or cash. A cash bar will also be open. Both the Waterfalls Event Center and The Sanctuary are SCIA members.

The mission of Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association is to improve the economic vitality of Shenandoah, Page and Fremont Counties, to expand high paying employment opportunities, enhance Shenandoah’s retail shopping, and to support major community projects that improve quality of life.

Building Shenandoah’s Bright Future is a theme for the presentations at the annual event. SCIA helped facilitate incentives for each of the Shenandoah business banquet speakers.

Gregg Henshaw, Community 1st Credit Union President and CEO, represents Shenandoah’s new location which was completed and opened last spring. The banks’ location at 700 S. Fremont St. changed the landscape of Shenandoah’s major business district and offers another banking opportunity to everyone in the region. A not-for-profit financial institution, they are the number one credit union in Iowa for agriculture loans, they offer cash back on debit accounts and higher interest on savings, as well as assistance on down payments for first time home buyers.

Midwest Mental Health has renovated a large two storefront building in downtown Shenandoah that was the former longtime Howard Clothing & Sporting Goods building. The major restoration of the building includes two floors of beautifully designed waiting rooms, offices, break rooms, and large conference room. The private counselling business owned by Kendra & Michael Weston will be their third location and opening soon.

Johnson Brothers Mill is a four-story property at the entrance of Shenandoah’s downtown on Sheridan Avenue that has been empty for decades. Dr. Margaret Brady, owner of SCIA business Healthy Tails Retreat also has a renovation business called MALOJA LLC. She has acquired the building and is rehabilitating the large structure to house her business and others.

Shenandoah Senior Villa Apartments at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Fremont Street are being built by North Star Housing LLC, represented by Andrew and Mathew Danner. Brothers from the Kansas City area. They can’t attend the SCIA meeting as they continue to develop housing in other locations. But Gregg Connell, SCIA Executive Vice President will present the information about Shenandoah’s apartments under construction. He will also highlight other new businesses and expansions that have been completed in the last year or begun construction.

2022 SCIA Board President John McBride, President of Bank Iowa will pass the gavel to the new 2023 President Matt Sells, Shenandoah Medical Center CEO. Current 2022 SCIA board members are Bill Ditmars KMA is Vice President, Stephanie Osborn of Wilson Ins. is Treasurer, Matt Sells CEO of Shenandoah Medical Center, Cory Scamman Green Plains General Manager, Aaron O’Brien Fareway Manager, John Finn Pella Corp., Amy Zwickel Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel, Julie O’Hara Jim Hughes Real Estate, Becky LePorte owner LePorte Electric, Lance Cornelius State Farm Insurance, Chris Clark Fremont County Supervisor, Speck Hendrickson Fremont County Representative, Dr. Kerri Nelson Shenandoah School liaison, City liaisons Mayor Roger McQueen and City Councilman Jon Eric Brantner. Bank liaisons are John McBride Bank Iowa, Adam Wright First National Bank and Kurt Henstorf First Heritage Bank. A new 2023 SCIA board member that will start her three-year term in August is Dr. Margaret Braddy, owner of Healthy Tails Retreat.

SCIA Ag Committee members are Nick Bosley of United Group Insurance, Ian Isaacson of Bank Iowa, Craig Harris retired Farm Credit Services, Rusty Hunter of First Heritage Bank, Rachel Johnson of First National Bank, Steve Lorimor of Lorimor Farms, Jake McGargill of New York Life Insurance, Cale Jones of Tri Tower Farms and Steve Richardson of Tarkio Valley Tractor Club.

SCIA Ag Committee will present the AFA scholarship and the Friend of Ag award. AFA Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors pursuing agriculture related four-year degrees from Shenandoah, Essex and now Sidney school districts. The $4,600 scholarships are funded by local businesses and Ag Future of America.

Local AFA Scholarship contributors are Bank Iowa, First Heritage Bank, KMA Radio, Farm Credit Services of America, Green Plains Shenandoah, Jim Hughes Real Estate, Shenandoah Medical Center, Wilson Insurance, Ed and Star Ann Kloberdanz, Steve and Kathy Lorimor, Bill and Pam Ditmars, O’Hara Seed, United Group Ins., Jones Family Tri Tower Farms, T & K Nielson Farms, Drew Nielson, Duane and Marylou Rexroth, Vetter Equipment, Nishna Vally Funeral & Cremation, Mondo’s Restaurant, and Jay Memorial Trust .

Banquet sponsors are Eyecare Associates of Southwest Iowa, KMA Radio, Miller Building, Sapp Brothers, Wilson Insurance, Rawson Stevens Law, Shenandoah Medical Center, United Group Ins., Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation, and Community 1st CU.

For more information visit Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association new website www.sciaiowa.com.

 

 

June 21st, 2023

Sidewalk Sale July 20-22

The long tradition continues in Shenandoah with the Summer Sidewalk Sale all around town July 20 through July 22. Summer bargains and more. Also enjoy a weekend of food and music in Shenandoah. First July 20 at the Depot Restaurant Thirsty Thursday Live Music by Union County Strings 101 Railroad Street, outside under the big yellow striped tent. Then July 21 & 22 is the Shendig Barbecue Contest with Brew, Blues, and Barbeque behind the Shenandoah Elks Lodge at 701 Everly Brothers Avenue (Fremont St. Hwy 59). 

June 15th, 2023

Everly Heritage Day Aug. 1

Everly Brothers Heritage Day features UK Baldy Holly Band & Fundraising for Everly Mural Lighting Aug. 1

      Everly Brothers Childhood Home celebrates Everly Heritage Day in Shenandoah on August 1 with a concert by Baldy Holly Band from the UK. The concert will be held across the street from the Everly Brothers Childhood Home at the Depot Deli 6-9 p.m. Summer concerts are held outdoors under the big yellow stripped tent at 101 Railroad Street.

     Donations will be collected at the concert as a fundraiser for solar lighting at the Everly Brothers Highway 2 Mural east of Shenandoah. Last year the giant mural was painted by California artist John Cerney. The 16-foot-high mural directs visitors to the childhood home museum at 800 W. Sheridan Avenue. Online donations can be made at Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association website www.SCIAIowa.com.  

     In 1945 the Everly family moved to Shenandoah to accept a job at KMA radio station to perform live. From humble beginnings in Shenandoah the Everly Brothers rose to world fame. Their father Ike instilled in his sons his love for music.  At the ages of 8 and 6, sons Don and Phil began to perform on their parents live radio shows on KMA and KFNF. On weekends the family sang together traveling the area as the Everly Family. They stayed in Shenandoah until early high school. The family moved to Tennessee in 1953 and transitioned into a duo act. After decades of success in 1986 The Everly Brothers were among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same year they returned to their boyhood home Shenandoah and played to a crowd of 8,500 in a homecoming concert with parade, street dedication, and class reunion.

     The Baldy Holly Bank is the most requested oldies band in the UK. They are a gutsy rock n roll group based in northeast England and play a variety of 1950’s classics from Buddy Holly, Evis, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and of course the Everly Brothers. They will also be filming and Everly Brothers documentary film while in Shenandoah and around the U.S.

     For more information contact Shenandoah Chamber & Industry as 712-246-3455, chamber@sciaiowa.com.

 

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