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    SSNHA to celebrate agriculture with the Virtual Golden Silo Barn Party

    WATERLOO, Iowa – Celebrate agriculture with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) at the “Virtual Golden Silo Barn Party,” Thursday, Nov. 12.

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 55 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an official partner of the National Park Service. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

    Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and for the safety of attendees, this year’s barn party will be virtual. Tickets are $35 per person. Deadline to register is Nov. 5. Participants will receive a Barn Party Swag Bag with cookies by Sweet Dreams Specialty Treats. The online event will feature a virtual happy hour, awards ceremony, and live concert by Flash in a Pan. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Silos & Smokestacks programs.

    For more information or to register, visit  or call (319) 234-4567.

    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 in the Heritage Area is constantly evolving,” said Cara Miller, executive director of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. “We’re very excited to honor those who excel in sharing the agricultural experience with visitors.”

    A unique variety of travel packages, gifts and baskets will be featured in an online auction from Nov. 9-12. The auction is open to the public. Up for bidding is an overnight stay for up to six people at the New Day Dairy Guest Barn in Clarksville, a fully decorated farm house-style Christmas Tree, a premium wine and cheese basket, and more. A complete list of auction items will be posted to the Silos & Smokestacks website at

    For more information or to register, visit  or call (319) 234-4567.

    All proceeds from the event will be used to help preserve and tell the story of 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

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    PHOTO: Iowa City band Flash in a Pan plays at the 2019 Golden Silo Barn Party. The band will perform a live online concert during this year’s Virtual Golden Silo Barn Party.

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