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The Week in Social 6/14 - 6/18

The Week in Social rounds up the best of Iowa’s uplifting stories, exciting initiatives and fun events from all 99 counties discovered through social media. In a time where every bit of good news is cherished, this series is devoted to being a fun, lighthearted way to stay informed about Iowa’s good news.

Des Moines welcomed its 31st year of celebrating Juneteenth with Neighbors Day, a free festival complete with vendors and live performances at Western Gateway Park. Celebrations also included the Black Business Expo Tour, Juneteenth Comedy Jam and Ankeny Juneteenth.

Bethany Glinsmann, with the non-partisan group Washington For Justice shared, “Juneteenth is a holiday, and it’s for everyone in the state of Iowa. It’s for all of us to celebrate.” Those wishing to commemorate the special day can watch this special two-hour broadcast that was performed live on Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio News featuring dozens of local Iowa performers.

The Iowa State Fairgrounds are set to host the best national junior high school competitors in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 20-26. These talented junior high school students will show off their skills in bull riding, saddle bronco riding, barrel racing and much more. The competition is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $10-15.

The Waterloo Tractor and Engine Museum opened its doors again after being closed down due to COVID-19. Visitors will learn how a simple steel plow was transformed into today’s modern machines through interactive exhibits, rare artifacts and an impressive collection of machines. Located in downtown Waterloo, the museum offers free entry and offers a variety of exhibits to keep guests of all ages entertained.

The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway proves that you don’t have to go far to have the perfect summer road trip. With the guidance of the Iowa Scenic Byway Passport, you can experience the perfect mixture of history, science and nature. Along the Glacial Trail journey, you will experience the Sanford Museum and Planetarium, which houses an interactive dinosaur exhibit, Prairie Heritage Center, where you can learn about and watch local wildlife and historic Fort Peterson. Finish off the adventure by choosing one of the many parks along the way to enjoy a picturesque picnic spot.

The idea of pursuing a career in farming can be daunting. The Iowa Finance Authority offers the Beginning Farmer Loan Program to assist new farmers in acquiring farmland, machinery and livestock at reduced interest rates. The program has already offered assistance to 6,667 beginning farmers and counting.

This program assists farmers like Caleb Hamer and his wife, who wanted to expand his family’s four-generation family farm. Thanks to the Beginning Farmer Loan Program, they were able to purchase adjacent land and continue harvesting the family’s farming legacy

Published June 22, 2021

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