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    Silos & Smokestacks Celebrating 25 Years with Picnic and Grand Opening


    WATERLOO, Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is having a party! In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, SSNHA is hosting a picnic and Grand Opening for its new headquarters.

    Featuring music by the Tank Anthony Band and a meet and greet with TikTok famous Gucci the Cow, the picnic will take place at Riverloop Expo Plaza located just across the street from Silos & Smokestacks new Headquarters at 305 W. Park Ave. in downtown Waterloo.

    “This party is for everyone,” said Jori Wade-Booth, director of communications for SSNHA. “We want this to be a ‘Sunday Fun-day’ type-of-event for people of all ages.”

    Tickets are $25 per person and include a ribeye steak sandwich, potato salad, corn on the cob, apple pie, Hansen’s Dairy ice-cream, lemonade and more. There will be yard games, a trivia contest with prizes, and mini exhibits by heritage area sites and attractions.

    SSNHA Headquarters will also be open to the public from 1-3 p.m. To celebrate its new location, Silos & Smokestacks will give the first 25 visitors through the door a special swag bag. Admission to SSNHA Headquarters is free to the public.

    “You don’t have to be registered for the picnic to visit our headquarters on Aug. 1 and win a swag bag,” said Wade-Booth. “Everyone is welcome to stop in and plan an agriculture adventure. There are exhibits to see and you can get your National Park Service passport stamped!”

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area began in 1991 as an economic revitalization program for downtown Waterloo. It’s one of 55 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 event is sponsored in-part by Iowa Farm Bureau. For more information or to purchase 25th Anniversary Picnic tickets, visit or call (319) 234-4567.

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    Photo 1: Silos & Smokestacks is celebrating a Grand Opening at its new headquarters, located at 305 W Park Ave. in Waterloo.


    Photo 2: Silos & Smokestacks staff, trustees and Waterloo ambassadors at the organization’s official ribbon cutting in June.


    Photo 3: Gucci the Cow went viral on social media site TikTok for ordering ice-cream at Dairy Queen with his handler Mason Corkery. Based out of Jesup, Mason and Gucci will be at SSNHAs 25th Anniversary picnic for a meet and greet with attendees.

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