Taylor County


 

ATTRACTIONS

LaDoga LaBlanch Orchards

Home of the Little Red Schoolhouse Junction of Hwy 2 and Garden Ave.
Bedford, Iowa 50833, 712-303-7766

Lenox Municipal Swimming Pool

Lenox City Park
Lenox, IA
641-333-4141

Lenox Restored Depot

Lenox, IA

Rainbow Iris Farm 3149 Kentucky Avenue Bedford, IA 50833-8039

Phone: 712-523-2807
Email: irisfarm@frontiernet.net

Spring’s General Store & Cafe

Main Street
Sharpsburg , IA
641-349-8416

The Heritage

Restored 1904 Victorian Home
300 N. Main St., Lenox
319-360-2163 for information


PLACES TO STAY

Lake of Three Fires Cabins
2303 Lake Road, Bedford | (712) 523-2700 or 1-877-427-2757 |  www.reserveiaparks.com

PJ’s Inn
306 N. Elm St., Lenox | (641) 333-2731 | pjsinn@lenoxia.com

The Bedford Inn
607 Jefferson St.| (858) 205-2301

Lenox Lodge, B&B
Now taking reservations | Call Amanda, @ (641) 413-3788

The Heritage Inn
300 North Main St. Lenox | 319-360-2163 | Find them on Facebook @TheHeritageInnLenox

Skylark Motel
108 Pearl Street, Bedford | (712) 523-1015


PARKS/CAMPGROUNDS

City Parks

Blockton, Clearfield, Conway, Gravity, Lenox,
New Market, Sharpsburg

LaDoga LaBlanch Orchards

Home of the Little Red Schoolhouse
Junction of Hwy 2 and Garden Ave.
Bedford, Iowa 50833, 712-303-7766

Lakes of 3 Fires State Park

2303 The Lake Road, Bedford, IA.
Park Ranger – 712-523-2700

Sand’s Timber Recreation

Co. Road J55, Blockton, IA.
West of Yellowstone Ave.

Windmill Lake

East of New Market, IA.

Wilson’s Lake

South & East of Lenox, IA.
Managed by Taylor Co. Conservation Board


Successful Events for the Bedford Area Chamber

It has taken a few years to get several new events started in Bedford, but 2018 was the year for success!  BEDFORDFEST, a town celebration, is held the Saturday before the Fourth of July each year in historic down-town Bedford.  It is a family-friendly festival made up of inflatables and bounce houses, a dunk tank, carnival games, face painting and so much more.  It is held in the shaded courtyard with the beautiful courthouse as a backdrop!  Food trucks, cotton candy and an outdoor vendor fair make this a fun event for people of all ages!  More than 50 vendors lined the historic red brick streets of Bedford, selling crafts, homemade items, jewelry, clothes and vintage and repurposed items, to name a just a few.  Direct Sales companies, such as Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Scensty also set up booths at the vendor fair.  The booths sat back to back and lined Main Street and Court Street leading down to the carnival area in the courtyard.  Shoppers enjoyed visiting the vendor booths as well as shop-ping in Bedford’s unique specialty stores! Reminiscent of years gone by, families filled the streets and the courtyard, buying tickets to dunk the sheriff or school administrators, win a prize at the duck pond or catch a ride on the kiddie train!  Laughter and good times were had by all in attendance.  We hope you will reserve June 29, 2019 on your calendars and spend the day with us!

The second highlighted event is FALL FOR BEDFORD. This event is as unique as it is amazing. A dinner celebrating community is held in the beautiful venue of the Round Barn, featuring white lace tablecloths, china plates and delicious food. “One Community – One Table – One Meal” is the premise for this event and people of all ages come to enjoy fellowship with one another.  One continuous table connects young to old, family to family, neighbor to neighbor, stranger to friend while listening to the amazing music provided by Bonnie and Theo Ramsey.  Many comments included the phrase “I had goose- bumps”, as we held hands to say the prayer before our meal, or as we stood and sang “God Bless the USA” to end our evening.

Each guest registers to bring a side dish or dessert, while the Bedford Area Chamber provides the meat, buns, drink and entertainment. There is no charge for the meal; however, there is a free will offering jar.  The meal is served “family style” and encourages conversation between your dinner neighbors.  Many stories of days gone by are told by the older Bedford residents, along with hopes and dreams for the future for our younger attendees. Truly a wonderful evening shared with a special community of people who care about one another and this community we call home.

You are all invited to “Fall for Bedford” every day, but if you would like to join us at this special event, it is held the Saturday after Labor Day weekend, September 14, 2019.


Bibbins Park Sees Improvements

Bibbins Park in Bedford is a true community gem, with its 100-year-old oak trees creating a canopy of shade throughout the 20 acres of park. It’s the perfect spot to stop for a picnic under one of the five shelter houses complete with grills and picnic tables. The kids will have a blast playing on the playground equipment, ranging from swings and slides, seesaws, a merry go-round and playsets along with basketball, tennis, sand volleyball and croquet courts. In the summer open mic nights take place in the newly constructed band shell and provide entertainment for the community.

The previous and current park boards have worked hard to keep the park updated for the community. A few of the past projects include renovation of the tennis and basket-ball courts and sand volleyball court, adding a shelter house over the beautiful pond (which is available for fishing on the park side), new fencing has been added around the courts, a skate park was donated and installed, and a major electrical project is currently taking place. Once this electrical project is done, all five shelter houses will have electricity. A walking bridge was also rebuilt by a local church group last summer.

The Bedford City Pool is also located inside Bibbins Park and is a popular spot for many children and families during the summer months. The pool is equipped with two diving boards, multi-depths, steps for those entering, a chair lift and a baby pool.

In October, the park board and many dedicated volunteers put on a Haunted Trail and all of the proceeds are used for updates in park. All of the updates and ren-ovation projects have been accomplished through the city budget, grants and donations.

The land for Bibbins Park was given to the City of Bedford in 1921 by A.L. Bibbins and once housed a CCC Camp with many buildings in the northwest corner of the park. When the camp was discontinued the buildings were given to the city and sold. One of the interesting monuments that still stands is an attractive stone fountain that was willed to the park.

Company pulls their weight in community

PRECISION, INC. – A 100% Employee Owned Company Precision was founded in 1977 by a group six men who believed that a manufacturing company should support and provide job opportunities for small communities in Iowa and supply quality product to the industrial conveyor pulley market.

During the next 20 years, the business doubled its capacity by opening manufacturing operations in Lenox and Corning, Iowa and Service Centers with stocked product in strategic areas of the US. The accelerated growth of Precision to become the #1 pulley and idler supplier in North America took off under the PPI brand.

The shareholders believed that no business can succeed if you don’t take care of your people, therefore, in 2001, the company was partially converted to being employee owned. Employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) provided the workforce an opportunity to become more than just employees; they now had a stake in the success of the business.  The continued success of the company along with the vision of the share-holders and management team, allowed Precision to became 100% employee-owned in 2006 and ready to take on new market opportunities.

The company is proud of its culture of caring where employees value each other’s efforts to improve the workplace to Better take care of their customers. PPI creates opportunities to impact families and improving the communities in which they live and work by providing jobs, personal development and donations of money and volunteer time to schools, civic organizations, community events, and activities.

Southwest Iowa employees are found in two locations:  Lenox, IA. In a facility of 136,000 sq. Feet and Corning, IA, in 4 plants with a total of 205,385 square feet. Corning operations pro-duce pulleys for customers in the parcel, ware-housing and airport bag-gage handling industries.  Meanwhile, Lenox is the central point to produce massive quantities and various idlers for customers all over the world.

The company today serves a diversity of operations including aggregate, mining, package handling, and the food industry; with close to 1,000 global employees and 27 facilities in 15 different locations that include manufacturing plants, ware-houses, service centers, offices and a technology and training center in the US and manufacturing facilities and service centers internationally.

“Seldom does a day go by that your life isn’t touched by something that was moved on a PPI pulley or idler.”

Celebrate Christmas in Lenox

Celebrate the Christmas Season by stopping by the restored depot Welcome Center.  The theme for this year’s decorated Christmas Trees … Trains!

“All Aboard the Christmas Train!”

A spectacular array of trees are decorated by various civic and community organizations.  The Angel Tree and Memory Wall honor the loved ones we have lost.  Write your memory on an angel and hang it on the tree.

Complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn offer a little reprieve from the cold.

Hours for the welcome center are 6 – 9 p.m. each Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sunday. See ad for more information.

Lenox Community Trail and Sports Complex

WE DID IT!!

Yes, Lenox has completed an absolutely wonderful 1.3 miles of walking and bicycling trail.

The trail located in Southeast Lenox contains community facilities including the Depot meeting rooms, The Rodeo Arena, Schools, Athletic Fields, Community Center and the Sports Complex.

The concrete 8’wide trail will enhance the com-munity’s opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle for any and all ages.  Walk, stroll or run and get some fresh air and enjoy the experience.

Due to the trails proximity to the school, curriculum could be constructed to incorporate the benefits of walking and outdoor activities to the children of the community.

Note that the trail wanders around the sports complex and between the equipment/concession stand building and the shelter house.  The school can be seen in the background.

The sports complex is a story of its own. Beginning around 2012 several parents saw the need for a larger space to hold little league games.  The City of Lenox and the Lenox Development Corporation provided the property. With determination, volunteer planning and the help of many, many parents, grandparents, and interested citizens, donations started coming in. Fund raisers were held and grants were applied for. The Taylor County Endowment Grant committee has awarded three $10,000 grants over the years and with several other smaller grants, the sports complex continues to improve each year.

What sports you ask?  Well there are both soft-ball teams and baseball teams with children from kindergarten age through sixth grade.  Volunteer coaches are seen helping these young people on a daily basis.  Even the high school softball team uses the facility to practice.

Then there are approximately 12-13 soccer teams that practice and   play against each other in towns around Lenox.  The facility is also used by high school age soccer teams for practice.

We can’t forget youth football. I am told there is Flag football first grade through sixth and padded (tackle) football for ages third grade through sixth grade.

A Kickball tournament was held here!   Who knew? Lenox is a great place to live and raise a family.  Why, because of the caring, God-fearing, warm and kind people who make up the town.  Small town Iowa at its best!

Ramsey Market earns the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award

The Ramsey’s, Theo and Bonnie, were nominated by vice president of Business Development for the Iowa Area Development Group, Bruce Hanson.  He says “Theo and Bonnie are just so entrepreneurial.  Looking at everything they’ve done with the grocery store and the rehab of the building next door to expand into an event center and multi-purpose venue is so unique for a rural community. It’s a major asset and very exciting for Lenox and the region.”

Ramsey Market in Lenox has traditional grocery staples and a bakery.  Bonnie explains their mission is to provide a unique experience to customers that give a wonderful, warm feeling right when they walk in the door and while they shop at Ramsey’s Market.

“We in Lenox know a grocery story is a key to keep our community thriving” says Michelle Tollberg, executive director of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.