Iowa State Fair to start Thursday

Get ready for the Iowa State Fair, which will run Thursday through Aug.18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Expect carnival rides, 4-H exhibits and competitions, live music, a parade, food, livestock exhibits and art. For more information, visit

Tractors of many kinds at kid-friendly event

“Tractors: Tall & Small V” will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Museum, 102 N. 14th St. in Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Expect antique tractors, a pedal tractor pull, the Roundhouse Bluegrass Band, a pancake feed, face painting, vintage motorcycles, vintage wedding dresses, the Skinny Bones Mad Cow Ride and more.

Admission is free at this family-friendly event, but donations are appreciated. For a schedule of events, visit

Back to School Bash at OneWorld locations

OneWorld Community Health Centers will host its free Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at OneWorld West, 4101 S. 120th St., and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Livestock Exchange Campus, 4920 S. 30th St.

Each bash will feature crafts, food, a bounce house, face painting, members of the Creighton University soccer team and a visit by Diego from television’s “Dora the Explorer.”

Come perch awhile and view raptors

Rehabilitated birds of prey from the raptor center near Elmwood, Neb., will be displayed Thursday at the Wachiska Audubon Society’s monthly meeting.

Cameras will be allowed. The 7p.m. program will be held in the Dick Auditorium at Union College in Lincoln. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The raptor center, which merged July 1 with Fontenelle Forest, is now called Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery.

Bluffs photo contest is for amateurs

The 11th annual amateur photo contest sponsored by the Bluffs Arts Council is under way in two age divisions, youth (through age 15) and adult (16 and older).

Photos can be black and white or color. The adult categories are Americana, natural world, people, travel and altered images. Youths do not compete in categories.

There is a maximum of five entries per person and a $15 entry fee per contestant. Entries will be displayed during October at the Center, 714 S. Main St. in Council Bluffs.

Applications are available at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave.; the Arts Council office, 209 Pearl St.; the Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department office, 209 Pearl St.; and Rules are posted online.

Entries must be delivered to the library or the Arts Council office by 5p.m. Sept. 12.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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