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Boots and bow ties: 15th Annual Golden Silo Barn Party

WATERLOO, Iowa – Celebrate agriculture Iowa-style with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) at the “Annual Golden Silo Barn Party,” Friday, Nov. 8.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

The party will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterloo, formerly John Deere Engine Works. Guests will enjoy food, live entertainment by Iowa City bluegrass band, Flash in a Pan, a live auction and raffle.

Each year at the gala, SSNHA celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story.

“The story of American agriculture is a significant part of our country’s heritage,” said Cara Miller, executive director of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. “We’re thrilled to honor those who excel in sharing this experience with visitors.”

Barn party attendees will enjoy tasting sweet, small bite desserts while visiting with select Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites. The Grout Museum District, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Seed Savers Exchange, Jenison Meacham Memorial Art Center, Dysart Historical Center and Belmond Historical Society will all have mini-exhibits on display. Each display will share a table with a mini dessert. Desserts are provided by Sweet Dreams Specialty Treats & Baked Goods.

A unique variety of travel packages, gifts and baskets will be featured in the live auction and raffle. Up for bidding this weekend are original and handmade works of art, a home improvement package from Fuerstenburg Painting, and a two-night stay in the historic Korsen log cabin overlooking scenic North Canoe Creek in Decorah.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $350 per table (seats 8). For more information or to register, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org/goldensilos  or call (319) 234-4567.

All proceeds from the event will be used to help tell and preserve the story of agriculture, to inform people about the heritage area and where they can visit to learn more about American agriculture.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. For more information or to visit on of Silos & Smokestacks’ many sites, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

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PHOTO: Attendees of the 2018 Golden Silo Barn Party peruse featured auction items.

PHOTO: Mayor Quentin Hart welcomes attendees to the 2018 event.

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