Taylor County


Megan Wright
City Clerk/Treasurer
City of New Market

Shelia O’Riley
Lenox Area Chamber of Commerce
200 1/2 South Main Street, Lenox, IA 50851
[email protected]

Lenox Farmer's Market

First Saturday of the month
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Main Street; Pocket Parks

New Market Farmer's Market

3:30 – 6:00 pm
April – October


Taylor County Fair
July 17 – 21

March 30: Easter Egg hunt, New Market

June 1: Citywide Garage Sales, Lenox & New Market

June 29: Antique Tractor Pull, New Market

June 29: Street Dance 4th Celebration, New Market

June 30: 4th of July Events 10:30am All City Church, 11:30am Cattlemen’s Lunch, New Market

July 3-4: 4th of July Events, New Market

July 6: Pocket Park Market 9-1pm, Lenox

July 24: Old Fashioned Fun Night Before and After Parade, Lenox

Aug. 2: Lenox Chamber 25th Annual Golf Tournament, Lenox Golf Course

Aug. 3: Pocket Park Market 9-1pm, Lenox

Sept. 7: Pocket Park Market 9-1pm, Lenox

Sept. 7: Fiesta en Lenox 9-1pm, Lenox

Oct. 1-31: Prairie Moon Pumpkin Patch, New Market

Oct. 31: Chamber Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Parade, 5pm, Lenox

Oct. 31: Halloween Trick-or-Treat 5-8pm, Lenox

Nov. 29: Christmas Carnival, 1:30-3pm, Lenox Community Center

Nov. 29: Park Lighting Ceremony 6:30pm, Highland Park Lenox

Nov. 30: Bright Lights Market, 9-1pm, Lenox Community Center or Elementary Gym

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29: Bright Lights & Shining Hospitality, Depot Holiday Welcome Center, 6-8pm Friday, Sat, Sun – Lenox

Dec. 4: Taste of Lenox’s Shining Hospitality 4:30-7pm, Lenox


Lenox Holiday Lights Displays
Highland Park, Depot, residences

Lenox Restored Depot

Taylor County Historical Museum
1001 W. Pollock Ave., Bedford

Quaint Main Street & High School Baseball Field
Locations for the 2010 movie “The Crazies”
Lenox, Iowa

Lenox Municipal Swimming Pool
Lenox City Park, Lenox

Spring’s General Store & Cafe
Main Street, Sharpsburg

New Market Historical Society & Museum
608 Lafayette Street, New Market
712-370-5108 or 712-370-7858

Main Street Pocket Parks
w/murals & sculptures
Mid-Main Street, Lenox

LaDoga LaBlanche Orchards
Junction of Hwy. 2 & Garden Ave.,Bedford

Prairie Moon Pumpkin Patch
1391 220th St. New Market


The Bedford Inn

607 Jefferson St.,

The Barn at Blockton

611 King St., Blockton

The Barn at Kent Farms

1232 250th St.,
New Market

Skylark Motel

108 Pearl St.,

Ethel Mae's Cottage

904 Central, Bedford

The Heritage Inn, B&B

300 N. Main St., Lenox

The Lexington Inn

2264 Lake Rd., Bedford

Lenox Lodge, B&B

Now taking reservations
Call Amanda

Lake of Three Fires Cabins

2303 Lake Rd.,
712-523-2700 | 1-877-427-2757

Deer Ridge at Lexington

2255 Lake Rd.,


Bedford Golf Club

2510 State Hwy 148

3 Lake Municipal Golf Course

100 Country Club Dr. Lenox


City Parks:

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

Wilson’s Lake:

South & east of Lenox
Managed by Taylor Co. Conservation Board.

Sand’s Timber Recreation:

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

Lake of 3 Fires State Park:

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

3 Lake Camp Ground:

Lake Shore Dr., SE of Golf Course. Lenox Municipal Utilities, 641-333-2550.

Windmill Lake:

East of New Market

LaDoga LaBlanche Orchards:

Jct of Hwy. 2 and Garden Ave, Bedford, 712-303-7766


Bright Lights; Shining Hospitality - Lenox's claim to fame

Lenox is your destination for the Christmas holiday season if you enjoy light and tree displays; and who doesn’t?The City (Highland) Park is the centerpiece of the bright lights displays. The lighting of the park ceremony is the day after Thanksgiving at 6:30 pm and the park stays lit up until after Christmas day. Cruise around all four sides of the park or walk the lighted sidewalks crisscrossing the park. Be sure to cruise all around town to view the many lighted residences, as well. Be prepared to ooo and ahh.

The Depot is the center of the holiday spirit and shining hospitality in Lenox with a display of many decorated trees. Various organizations and businesses adopt a Christmas tree to decorate following the holiday theme of the year. Volunteer hosts welcome and serve hot cocoa and popcorn to visitors. The Depot Holiday Welcome Center is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:30-6:30 pm between Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. It, also, provides a magical atmosphere for small group gatherings. Call the Chamber of Commerce office to book the Welcome Center; 641-333-4272.

Shop the Bright Lights Market at the Community Center from 9am-1pm; then the local businesses on Shop Small Saturday. The first Wednesday of December brings a fun holiday event to invite folks to visit Lenox. Get a Taste of Lenox’s Shining Hospitality with recipes and samples. Enjoy the 20-foot lighted tree that stands in the middle of Main Street where business windows are decorated in the current holiday theme.

2024 marks 38 years of the Bright Lights; Shining Hospitality promotion. According to the Lenox Time Table, Lenox residents began lighting up their community in 1986 and, in 1987, the park was added to the lighting. That first year they estimated there were 6000 lights twinkling in the park and the tradition of turning on the park lights the night after Thanksgiving began. The park lighting was the first one in southwest Iowa. By 1989, more scenes were added at the park and around the community. People began decorating their houses and yards. Visitors poured, literally by the busloads, to view the Christmas lights that gained popularity throughout southwest Iowa aided by TV news coverages.

Through the years many, many volunteers have put hours and hours into decorating the park. It is estimated that the number of lights in the park have grown from 6000 to over 20,000 bulbs. If you would like an accurate count, please come visit the park during the holiday and count them. Be sure to let us know the exact count.

Fur Baby Boarding Opens in Lenox - Courtesy of the Lenox Time Table

Hannah Brown has opened Fur Baby Boarding at 408 W. Nebraska in Lenox. The new state inspected business opened on August 10, 2023. Fur Baby Boarding has 12 – 4×4 kennels giving them space to board up to 20 dogs. This includes a professional bathtub for dog bathing.“I’m really an animal lover,” said Hannah. “This is a great way to spend time with dogs that I don’t have to take home and take care of all the time.” They have volunteers who enjoy walking dogs, and someone interested in offering dog training in the future.

When boarding a dog, proof of three vaccinations, Rabies, Distemper, and Parvo, are required when you bring in your dog. A Bordetella vaccine is optional. People are also required to bring their dog’s food and bedding when boarding.Boarding can be done by the day at $25 per night for one dog and $40 per night for two dogs. “We do punch cards so if they stay 10 nights, they get one night free”, said Hannah. Boarding for cats at this time is not offered because of lack of space. But, if you are going on vacation, she will come to your home, feed your cats, and clean the litter box.

Hanna and her family have been doing all the work in getting the building remodeled. They purchased My Sisters Place Greenhouse, tore the greenhouse building down, and remodeled the garage that had been used for storage. Along with the inside kennels, they have outside kennel areas on both the east and west sides of the building. They also plan to turn the building next door into a place for dog grooming. If someone brings their dog in without the vaccinations, Hannah said they work with the Lenox veterinarians to get the needed shots.

To board your dogs, please call 641-344-4941.

Lenox - My Hometown

A Hometown Boy's Perspective

Lenox, since its beginning has been a farm-based community. At the center of Lenox’s economy has been the family farm and the farm families who managed these farms. Over many years they have pumped a staggering amount of money into Lenox’s economy. The farm families also were an essential fabric of the community. They were members of the local churches; their kids went to school in Lenox; and they belonged to many civic organizations.

For a long as I can remember, there has always been a cross section of people from Lenox, old and young, who have come together with one shared vision: TO MAKE THEIR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

These visionaries certainly faced financial peril, risk of their personal reputations, and possible detriment to the legacy of their family’s name. However, I believe, they felt the importance of their vision and what it could mean to the community, far outweighed any risks they may have endured. My hometown just celebrated its sesquicentennial (150 years). These visionaries and the family farmers, past and present, have contributed immensely to the sesquicentennial moto of “PROUD HISTORY-BRIGHT FUTURE.”

To use the metaphor of the heart, I believe that the heart of my hometown will continue to beat strong due to the people who have lived here in the past, those that currently live here, and those that will live here in the future.Anonymous

The Lenox Rodeo Received the 2023 URA Rodeo of the Year (for the 20th time in history)

This award-winning rodeo is put on by the long-standing Lenox Stock & Saddle Club. The 79th annual rodeo will be July 25, 26, and 27; beginning at 7:30 pm with a dance following the Saturday evening performance. Fb: Lenox, Iowa Rodeo.

The Lenox Stock & Saddle club is a volunteer non-profit organization which was incorporated November 30, 1947. Signers on the incorporation papers were President, O.P. Arnold Vice President, Roy Key, Treasurer, Erk Blair, Secretary, James E. Hughes. Board members were Kenneth Barker, Floyd Boltinghouse, Joe Brown, Frank Maharry and Cecil Wilson.The club was functioning prior to that presenting local horse shows and in 1945 a one-night horse show followed by a 2-night rodeo.

During this period the Stock and Saddle Club has only used four stock contractors. Art Fletcher, Billie Merritt, James Sears and Rite ‘N Gear who transitioned to the Wright Rodeo Company. Rite ‘N Gear’s fist rodeo in Lenox was in 1999. Rodeos have been sanctioned by Iowa Rodeo Cowboys Association (IRCA), Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association (MRCA), and the United Rodeo Cowboys Association (URA). The Lenox Stock and Saddle Club is very proud to have been named URA rodeo of the year three of the first four years of the URA in the early 60’s. In 2023 it achieved this honor for the 20th time. The URA is made up of 140 rodeos from 9 states. The contestants have the opportunity to vote to name the rodeo of the year. Many other awards have been won from the IRCA and URA for the rodeo performance and condition of its grounds.

President of the club since 1959 have been Carl Douglas (3 Years), Herm Beemer who died as President Feb 1966. (5 yrs.), Barney Miller (7 yrs.), Lonnie Barker (5 yrs.) Elvin Miller (8 yrs.), Larry Cordell (13 yrs.), Norbert Bradley (4 yrs.), Jim Miller (2 yrs), Dean David (4 yrs), Ryan Wilson (3 yrs.), Craig David (2 yrs.) and Allen Dukes (9 yrs.), Jim Miller (1 yr.) current president is Larry Cordell Jr.

The Stock and Saddle Club is a strong dedicated group. The arenas as the Lenox Stock & Saddle Club Arena did not come easy. The donations of materials, travel to pick-up building materials, and long working hours by members are staggering. The ability to obtain a bank loan for the purchase the land east of the arena was a big step in 2003. The six new Powder River Chutes were purchased and installed in 1974.

The announcers Stand (Crow’s Nest) was built in 1998 by the Bradley family. The East entry into the arena was donated by the Bauer family, with the new gates by Longfellow Drilling. The main entry on Iowa Street was a donation by the Marvin Wilson family. The handicapped seating was a donation by the Elvin Miller family. Dalton Ag. & Lincoln’s Lawn care are continuous supporters in many areas of the arena. Karen Carlson purchased a section of bleachers in memory of Stan Carlson. In recent years many of the bleachers have been replaced with new aluminum seats that can hold more spectators.

The club began managing the open-air cook shack in 1973 and in 1999 a two-car garage was donated and moved to its current location. Addition of air conditioning and many upgrades make it a nice environment to serve delicious food.

From 1962 to 2009 a calf show was sponsored by the Stock and Saddle club with kids showing in the street in front of the sale barn under large maple trees. When the sale barn was demolished, the show was moved to the rodeo grounds and lamb classes were added. The show ended in 2009 after several cancelations for bad weather and declining entries.

The current officers and board members are President Larry Cordell Jr., Vice President Dillon David, Secretary Calie Worisek, Treasurer Leesa VanGelder. Board members are Craig David, Shaun Masilko, Deb Dukes, Mark Wilson and Ryan Wilson.

The Boys of LT Farms Snack Mixes

We are Lane (13) and Tyce (9). We were born into a farm family and decided to start our own small operation, LT Farms. Our farm operation consists of our own herd of cattle, chickens, ducks and show pigs. We started our career as young entrepreneurs by selling chicken eggs. The summer of 2022 we decided to try something different.

Our Mom created her own Spicy Cracker Mix and has been gifting it to family and friends for years. We thought it would be fun to support the local farmer’s market and sell her cracker mix. After selling out within a couple of hours, the LT Farms snack mix business began.

When a customer requested a non-spicy version we experimented with the seasonings and fell in love with a new combination. The final result was Lane’s Cracker Mix! Tyce decided he wanted his own mix too. In the fall of 2022, after some trial and error, we came up with Tyce’s Sweet and Salty Mix! For our dad’s birthday in 2023 we decided to come up with a mix dedicated to him. We finalized Dad’s BBQ Cheddar Cracker Mix in July!

We sell our mix at small businesses throughout Southwest Iowa and love supporting small businesses through our small business.We hope you enjoy our snack mixes! Thank you for supporting us.

City of Clearfield - By Markeeta Baker

In the fall of 1881, when the railroad was almost complete between Humeston and Shenndoah, a township was marked in the SE quarter of Grant township. John and Miles Green who were from Clearfield City, Pennsylvania, worked for the Townsite and Lots Company, so it was decided to call the townsite “Clearfield” was incorporated on December 16, 1882. At the time of incorporation there were 237 people residing in Clearfield. At one time Clearfield grew to almost 700 residents. Our current population is listed as 279.

The first stores and homes were built in 1882 near the railroad tracks. Later they started building south of the tracks which soon became the preferred site for businesses. The first brick building was built in 1888 by Dr. Singer which is now the bank building. At the time land was selling for $12/acre but 2 years later the price was $27/acre. By 1919, there were 2 bank, 2 hardware stores, 2 clothing stores, 3 general merchandise stores, 1 grocery, 2 drug stores, 2 furniture stores, 22 restaurants, 2 real estate firms, 3 physicians, 2 dentist, 2 livery barns, 1 horse dealer, 3 blacksmiths, 2 barbershops, 1 music shop, 1 harness shop, 1 meat market, Clearfield Elevator, 1 postmaster, 2 mail carriers, 1 railroad agent, 1 poultry and egg business, 1 photograph gallery, 1 attorney, 1 ice dealer, and 4 churches.

In 2023, businesses and organizations in operation include the Clearfield Cafe’, New Cooper, New Cooperative, New Convenience Store, Daybreak Foods, Bootleggers Bar and Grill, State Savings Bank, US Post Office, JNC Construction, Clearfield Vet Clinic, Larsen Manufacturing, Lions Club, Legacy Salon, New You Salon, Beggs Construction, Craig David carpentry, Clearfield Museum which houses a lot of school memorabilia, City Hall, Clearfield Library and 3 churches. In 1910, there was a very active fair organization with the tradition of holding a fair every summer. That tradition continues today with the Lions Club hosting the annual 4th of July Celebration. People far and near attend this 2 day event. The Lions Club also operates the shuttle buses at the Iowa State Fair and Iowa Speedway and supports improvements in the town of Clearfield. In earlier years they provided buses to take children to swim lessons, bought uniforms for little league teams, and promoted activities at the school.

The school district was organized in 1882. The first graduating class was 1895. In 1908 a new building was built as we had outgrown the old. It was pressed brick, had 11 rooms. In 1924 a gym, stage, library room ,and 2 classrooms were added. On Easter Sunday, March 24, 1940, the main building was destroyed by fire. Classes for the 200 students were held in the 3 churches and what was usable in the building for the remainder of the year. A new school was finished in 1941, four additional classrooms were added in 1955. Sharing of classes with neighboring towns begin in 1981. 1987 saw the high school students being tuition out to Lenox, Diagonal and Mt. Ayr schools with junior high following in 1991. The school permanently closed in 2014. The district was split between Lenox, Mt Ayr, Diagonal and Bedford.

We sell our mix at small businesses throughout Southwest Iowa and love supporting small businesses through our small business.We hope you enjoy our snack mixes! Thank you for supporting us.

FIESTA EN LENOX - A Celebration of Hispanic Culture

Over 400 people enjoyed Lenox’s first Fiesta en Lenox celebration last fall. The event was held in conjunction with the popular Pocket Park Markets on Main Street in Lenox the first Saturdays of the months June through September; 9am-1pm.Lenox supports a strong Hispanic population. A group of people worked to honor the culture and to teach others about it. The second annual Fiesta en Lenox will be September 7, 2024; 9am-1pm; although, the time frame may be extended.

Lenox expects over 35 vendors, again; many with Mexican or other Latino merchandise and food. Entertainment will include live Mexican music and dancers in colorful Mexican dresses performing beautiful cultural dances. Last year the band was, Grupo Los Desconocidos, featuring a Lenox High School graduate.There will be entertainment for the kids too. Such as bounce houses, carnival-style games, and a Pinata.This is a great opportunity to experience Hispanic culture; whether you are highlighting YOUR culture or are learning about your neighbor’s culture.The Fiesta en Lenox Committee is able to fund the event with generous donations from the community.Find information on the event on Facebook; Fiesta en Lenox.

Welcome to New Market

What comes to mind when you think about New Market?
Community, Service, Patriotism, History, and the Future.

The City of New Market is not limited to the confines of the town but includes the surrounding community. When something needs to be done the community steps up. An example would be the new playground that was spearheaded by the Women Who Care. Members of the Community put in countless hours planning, fundraising, and performing manual labor to make the playground a reality. The sounds of children playing on the new structure fills the air.

Respect for New Market’s military veterans is strong, but service isn’t limited to our country but also service to neighbors. Neighbor helping Neighbor is just what we do in New Market. Those in need can count on the support of the community. There are many service organizations in the town including the New Market Foundation, The Civic Club, and the Women Who Care to name a few.

The Veterans who live in New Market, the number of flags flown proudly, and our 4th of July celebration are glimpses of our patriotism. New Market puts on the largest 4th of July celebration in Southwest Iowa with special activities for days, culminating in an amazing fireworks display. This is an event not to be missed.

New Market was founded on coal mining and railroads and the museum displays tell the stories. In our very own New Market Area Museum you can find rooms showing the history of the town, New Market school memorabilia, farm life of the past, along with homes and people of the past. The Museum is open May – November on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.

The future of New Market is bright and ever evolving. With the help of Community, it will continue to be an amazing place to visit and to call home.

New Market Women Who Care

The New Market Women Who Care have completed the City Park Revitalization Project! After several years of planning and fundraising and with the help of many community members we have officially completed the project in 2023! Make the trip over to New Market to check out our new park!

Join the Women Who Care for our annual events:
July 3rd 6pm – Potluck Supper in the Park
July 4th 7am – 10am – Breakfast in the Community Center

Think of New Market for your next gathering…

Miner Pavilion is a gym location that can be rented for large groups, weddings, reunions, and so on. Full kitchen, stage, bleacher seating along with tables and chairs for 300. Daily and Event options are available.

The New Market Community Center is a space perfect for a family dinner, meetings, parties, or a reunion with seating for 75 and a full kitchen. Full day or half-day rentals available.

For rental
information contact
New Market City Hall
or online at www.newmarketia.com