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July happenings from Creston Chamber of Commerce

I would like to begin this month’s article by again thanking everyone who worked so hard to make our 10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July celebration one of the best in the state. I had several people come up to me on the Fourth and thank us for keeping the family atmosphere and all of the fun things that are available.

Thank you’s go out to Roger Nurnberg, president of the 10,000 Crestonians, the Creston Kiwanis Club, Brian Pellman, the city of Creston, the businesses, individuals and groups that either sponsored an event or assisted with an event. I would also like to thank the various corporate sponsors and individuals who have donated funds to the event. Your generosity makes the event possible every year.

I want to thank our Shooters also for another wonderful show. Though they had technical problems which delayed the start of the fireworks, it was well worth the wait. We are so lucky to have them.

Finally, a big thank you to the citizens of Creston and the surrounding area who participate or come to enjoy the parade and all of the other activities going on during the 10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July celebration.

Highlighting some other activities and events in July include the Crest Area Theatre Group presenting, “Mrs. California,” on July 13, 14 and 15 at SWCC Performing Arts Center. The Creston Farmers Market held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at McKinley Park and the Union County Historical Village open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please visit the chamber website home page at for more information on activities and events.

The Chamber Annual Golf Outing will be held on July 13. What makes this golfing so much fun is that you play nine holes at Crestmoor and nine holes at Pine Valley, including lunch and a BBQ at the end of golf. There are still a few open spots. If you are interested in a fun day of golf, please give the chamber a call for more details.

The Union County Fair will take place from July 19 to July 25 at the fairgrounds in Afton. Please visit their website for a schedule of events at

Please mark your calendars for the McKinley Park Festival to be held on July 28 out at McKinley Park. This is a great, fun family event complete with food, Bill Riley Talent Show, kids fishing contest and much more.

Another event that is coming up on Aug. 3 and 4, is Creston’s Crazy Summer Sale Days and the Iowa Sales Tax Holiday – back together again. Crazy bargains will be found throughout Creston on both days. Plan on shopping early and often. This is an excellent opportunity to find “treasures” at very reasonable prices and in some cases tax-free (articles priced under $100 on certain clothing and footwear). Shoppers of all ages could not ask for more.

Hi-Five Honor

Congratulations to the following individuals for being honored with the August Hi-Five for great customer service for July. They were Austin Smith, Garden and Associates; Steve Moeller, Mediacom; Janet Connor, Buck Family Dentistry; and Nicky Cooney, Harvey Law Offices.

The Hi-Five allows us to recognize those who make doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience. Just call the chamber to honor a business or individual with a Hi-Five.

Gold Star Business honored

The chamber honored Jane Brown PT, PC in Creston as the July Gold Star Business. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building. Congratulations.

Just call the Chamber to acknowledge a business property, and tell us why you think this business should be a Gold Star Business.

June Honor Yards of the Month

The following yards were selected as the June Honor Yards of the Month – congratulations to 400 New York Ave., 1718 W. Prairie St. and 508 S. Walnut St.

Flower Pots around Creston

There is a group of people the Chamber would like to thank for agreeing to plant flowers, maintain and care for the flower pots during the year around the community. They are Creston News Advertiser, Family Shoe Store, Adams Street Espresso, Walters Custom Signs and T’s, Coen’s Furniture, First National Bank, Tyler Insurance, Union County Courthouse, NAPA of Creston, Boyd Appliance Center, SIRHA, Union County Development Association, Quilts and Other Notions Creative Center, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, The Reclaimed Wardrobe, Southwest Iowa Furniture Mart, Wishing Well, Connections Agency on Aging, City of Creston, IowaWORKS, Iowa Department of Corrections, Connie Purdum, Iowa Focus, Innovative Industries, Vernie’s Drapery Shop, Elite Staffing, Stalkers Chevrolet, Great Western Bank, Ben Adamson State Farm Insurance, Southern Hills Veterinary Clinic, Jane Brown Physical Therapist, Hi-Crest Auto and United Super Wash, Quality Glass Company, Punky’s, Precision Optical Group, American Home Design Center, Create Creston and Green Accounting and Tax. Your help and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Creston True Value, Creston Super Wal-Mart and Green Valley Pest and Lawn Care for co-sponsoring the Yards of the Month, Area of the Month and flowerpot of the month with the chamber. If you would like to nominate a yard or a flower pot, please call or email the chamber.

Have a great month and remember,Creston - A great place to visit, work and call home.”

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