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Two of Vinton’s downtown murals took a short road trip today.Beginning at 7 a.m. this morning, a crew removed the “Shop Vinton” Vinton Mural that was hanging on the back of the Ketchen building and moved it a block east. The mural now hangs on the west wall of the Happel building where it will be repainted in August as well.

Benton County Fair Events begin Today, June 25

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 25th, 2019
The Benton County Fair events will kick off entertainment in the grandstands on Thursday, June 27 with the IMCA Deery Brothers race. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with the race at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $15, kids 6-12 $5, and Pit Passes are $25.Friday, June 28 will be the Night of Destruction/Arlo Becker Memorial NightThere will be a Tough Truck, Car Competition, Trailer Races and Wall of Fire!Gates open at 5:00 p.

Single vehicle accident on Sunday injures one

By Vinton Today · June 24th, 2019
Sunday evening, a vehicle traveling southbound in the 1600 block of South 10th Avenue lost control turning left to continue on to 61st Street Lane when it ran off the travel portion of the roadway.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital via North Benton Ambulance.

One of the greatest events of Party in the Park is the Party in Pink 5K race. Created out of the realization that there was a need that needed to be met, Party in Pink answered the need to raise financial assistance for those struggling with cancer, and also brought awareness to the community. Party in Pink helps to fund the Gifts of Hope program that was created to provide mammograms and other services to those who cannot afford other necessary procedures associated with breast cancer detection.

Rain earlier in the day did not dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 400 participants for this year’s Party in Pink 5K Walk/Run on Friday, June 21. Registrants represented seven states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin and, of course, Iowa. Runners and walkers ranged in age from 3 to 84.

The Vinton Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for any former Sweet Corn Days Queens or members of the Court. Starting in 1929, Vinton crowned a Sweet Corn Days Queen and Court but the contest has not been held since 1959. We are hoping to bring back a bit of Vinton's history by crowning a queen and court for Vinton's Sesquicentennial celebration to be held August 17-24, 2019.

Party in the Park 2019 Where Life was a Picnic, Thursday Recap

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 24th, 2019
 Before the rush began the employees of Farmers Savings bank had a few minutes to get ready for the hundreds that would stop for their free hot dog, chips and beverage.                                ---The Farmers Market is always a hit at this event.                            ---Party in the Park is the highlight of Vinton living.

Grace Petrzelka name Miss Sesquicentennial

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 24th, 2019
Miss Sesquicentennial Grace Petrzelka with her court, Libbie Timmerman, Jenna Lane and Taylor Wheeler.Grace Petrzelka the daughter of Brian Gage and the late Shana Petrzelka was named as Miss Sesquicentennial at Party in the Park on Saturday. Grace recently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School where she was active in National Honor Society, Speech, Debate, Concert Choir and Student Senate.

The Eells Family makes Scenic Overlook possible at Riverside Park

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 22nd, 2019
A scenic lookout over the river is now possible at Riverside Park. Don and Gwen Eells are responsible for the creation of the cement platform that is now available for everyone to enjoy at the park. Don said that when he was at the park he asked, "Where is the River?" noting that you couldn't see it from the park named for its location.

Pourville Art Studio and Gallery comes to Vinton

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 21st, 2019
Dandeena Schadle, a Vinton native, and currently a Union High School art teacher will be opening the Pourville Art Studio and Gallery, named in honor of Monet's Pourville beach paintings. Her dream she said is finally coming to fruition. Some might remember her as the artist for the Vinton Vikette design which she created while in high school here.

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