September 19, 2021

Thank you for July 4; more events coming

By Ellen Gerharz, Executive Director 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 4th of July Celebration one of the best in the state. I had several people come up to me on the 4th and thank us for keeping the family atmosphere and all of the fun things that are available.

Thank yous go out to Roger Nurnberg, President of the 10,000 Crestonians, the Creston Kiwanis Club, Bryan 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. We are so lucky to have them here in Creston.

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 4th of July Celebration.

The Chamber Annual Golf Outing will be held on July 9 at Crestmoor. The 4 Person Best Shot Tournament is 18 holes of golf. Your entry fee includes cart and green fees along with lunch, prizes awarded at every hole, door prizes and more.

If you are interested in a fun day of golf please contact the Chamber for more details by noon on July 8. Only morning tee times (8:30 a.m.) are currently available.

The Iowa Gallivant to be in Creston

The Iowa Gallivant will be visiting Creston and Union County on July 15. His visit is in conjunction with Western Iowa Tourism co-sponsoring the T-bone Trail this summer as a way of marketing Western Iowa Tourism. Please follow along with his travels at The T-Bone Trail – Western Iowa on Facebook as he explores Creston and Union County and many of the places and things that make us special.

The Union County Fair will take place at the Fair Grounds in Afton from July 22 to July 27. Please visit their website for a schedule of events and more information

McKinley Park Festival Coming in July

Please mark your calendars for the McKinley Park Festival to be held on July 31 at McKinley Park. This is a great, fun family event complete with food, kids fishing contest and much more.

Highlighting some other activities and events in July include the Creston Farmers’ Market held 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at McKinley Park and the Union County Historical Village open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also remember Fridays After 5 at the Elks. Please visit the Chamber Website Home Page, for more information on activities and events.

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday August 6th and 7th

Another event that is coming up on Aug. 6 and 7, is the Iowa Sales Tax Holiday. This is an excellent opportunity to find “treasurers” 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 business and individuals for being honored with the

Hi-Five for great customer service for July they were Morgan Christensen, Crossroads Behavioral Health Services; Trisha Mitchell, Subway; Dr. Dennis Hopkins, Creston Chiropractic and Creston Automotive.

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

Gold Star Business Honored

The Chamber honored Callahan Real Estate – 105 South Sumner St. - in Creston as the July Gold Star Businesses in Creston. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building. Congratulations.

Please contact 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 605 South Park, 1010 North Division and 507 South Park.

Thank you to Creston Super Walmart and Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care for co-sponsoring the Yards of the Month along with the Chamber. If you would like to nominate a yard please contact the Chamber.

Flower Pots around Creston

There are various groups of people that the Chamber would like to thank for agreeing to plant flowers, maintain and care for the flowerpots. A big thank you goes out to Jill Hoakinson and her volunteers for planting many of the flower pots in the Uptown area and around the town as a project for her becoming a Master Gardiner. A big thank you also goes out to the businesses and individuals who tend the flower pots now and throughout the year. They are the Creston News Advertiser, EveryStep, Adams Street Espresso, ISSB Bank, Coen’s Furniture, First National Bank, Our Town Realty, American Home Design Center, Create Creston, Tyler Insurance, Union County Court House, NAPA of Creston, Boyd Appliance Center, SIRHA, Shear Magic Styling Salon, Union County Development Association, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, Union County ISU Extension, Wishing Well, Connections Agency on Aging, City of Creston, IowaWORKS, MATURA/Headstart, Hot Air Brewing, Connie Purdum, Iowa Focus, Innovative Industries, Vernie’s Drapery Shop, Elite Staffing, Stalkers Chevrolet, Great Western Bank, Ben Adamson, State Farm Insurance, Jane Brown Physical Therapist, Hi-Crest Auto & United Super Wash, Quality Glass Company, Devon Leith, Precision Optical Group, and Green Accounting & Tax. Your help and assistance are greatly appreciated.

A big thank you also to Creston Area Little Stuff, Lisa Miller and other volunteers who have been watering the hanging baskets in Uptown Creston.

This is truly a community effort and shows what we can do when we work together. The Chamber certainly appreciate all of you who are so willing to help. Creston is better for it.

Have a great month and remember, Creston - A great place to Visit, Work and call Home.

Ellen  Gerharz

Ellen Gerharz, executive director, Creston Chamber of Commerce

Ellen Gerharz is the executive director of the Creston Chamber of Commerce. She has held the role of the ED at Creston's Chamber of Commerce since July of 1999. The Creston Chamber of Commerce is located at 208 W. Taylor St., Creston, IA 50801. To reach the chamber, call 641-782-7021 or email