Deal’s Fall Festival in full swing

Deal's Apple BarnAll roads lead to Deal’s Orchard this weekend, or so it would seem. Deal’s 37th annual Fall Festival started Saturday and continues Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Franklin Broom Works, Shannon Bardole
Franklin Broom Works, Shannon Bardole

Dave Bellegante and friends will be back Sunday with more fiddle music from noon to 4 pm, and Shannon Bardole with her Franklin Broom Works will also be there for a second day.

There is plenty to do, with Apple Acres Family Fun Zone, horse drawn rides through the orchard, carnival games, a sketch artist, sand art, a petty zoo, and the Apple Barn filled with apples and other tempting things to buy.

Deal’s Orchard is a family-owned business, and all members of the Deal family are pressed into service for the weekend. Little Theodore Deal, son of Rob and Kari Deal (pictured) and grandson of orchard owners Jerald and Cindy Deal, isn’t quite 3 months old, so he gets to watch this year. (Enjoy it, Theo-Teddy, while it lasts.)

A favorite activity at the Fall Festival is taking photos. Smiles are easy to come by at Deal’s Orchard.Deal's picture taking

Greene County students pick Miller, Mobley as royalty

In a change from tradition, Greene County High School students held their homecoming coronation Friday afternoon on the courthouse plaza.

The students selected Branden Miller as homecoming king and Solana “Sunny” Mobley as homecoming queen. They were crowned by last year’s king and queen, Karlan Langfitt and Hannah Gunn.

The parade, which in recent years has been Thursday evening of Homecoming Week or Friday afternoon, preceded the coronation. Continue reading Greene County students pick Miller, Mobley as royalty

Coach Dan Gable to speak at Jefferson Fieldhouse grand opening

FieldhouseWrestling legend Dan Gable will be in Jefferson Tuesday, Oct. 13, as part of a grand opening celebration at The Jefferson Fieldhouse, located just north of the Law Enforcement Center at 202 S. Chestnut St.

Dan Gable bookThe Fieldhouse will be open for tours from 5 to 7:30 pm. Gable will meet and greet guests from 6:30 to 7:30, and then give a motivational talk at 7:30. He’ll draw his presentation from his book, The Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, published last March by University of Iowa Press. He will be available to sign copies of the book after his presentation, at about 8 pm. Continue reading Coach Dan Gable to speak at Jefferson Fieldhouse grand opening

Absentee ballots for city elections now available

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 city elections are now available in the Greene County auditor’s office at the courthouse during regular business hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Any voter can request that an absentee ballot be mailed to him or her by requesting at absentee ballot request form. Once the form is completed and returned to the auditor’s office, a ballot will be mailed. Persons can cast an absentee ballot at the auditor’s office. Continue reading Absentee ballots for city elections now available

Greene County Early Learning Center marks 10th anniversary

Greene County Early Learning CenterThe Greene County Early Learning Center board of directors and staff invite the public to help celebrate the center’s 10th anniversary at an open house Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 pm. The Greene County Early Learning Center is located within the Greene County Schools administration building at 204 W. Madison St in Jefferson. Continue reading Greene County Early Learning Center marks 10th anniversary

P-C crowns homecoming royalty

Greene County coronation is Friday afternoon

P-C homecoming queen, king
Paton-Churdan photo

Paton-Churdan students chose Carleigh Paup as homecoming queen and Noah Juergensen as homecoming king. The two were crowned at coronation Sunday evening at the school.

The Greene County coronation is slated for Friday afternoon on the Bell Tower Plaza at the conclusion of the parade. This year’s parade route begins at the high school at 2 pm. The traditional jersey auction will be held Thursday at the middle school gym following a volleyball meet with North Polk.

The Rams will face the Perry Blue Jays in the homecoming football game Friday evening at 7:30.

It’s time for Deal’s Orchard’s Fall Festival

Deals fallWhat began in 1982 as an open house at a new sales barn has grown into one of Greene County’s largest and most anticipated tourist events of the year. Deal’s Orchard will host its 34th annual Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the orchard west of Jefferson just south of County Road E-53. The event draws as many as 10,000 people from virtually all parts of the state. Continue reading It’s time for Deal’s Orchard’s Fall Festival

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