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Harvest Tour in Hampton begins Friday

Harvest Tour Weekend starts Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in Hampton with Start Gazing with noted Astronomer Jerry McCormick and wine sampling from TownsEnd Winery and local music. This is sold out.


Saturday October 1-Free admission Events

9:30 am to noon-Tour of Machinery Hall
At the Franklin County Historical Society on the Fairgrounds. Learn what kind of machinery farmers used in the past and hear the stories about working the fields in days gone by.

10 am to 2 pm-Historical Tours in Downtown Hampton
Visit the Hampton Public Library, Grand Army of Republic Memorial Hall, Franklin County Court House, Band Shell, and the Windsor Theatre for a step back in time and hear their history.

11:30 pm-Fashion Show
Presented by Orange Possum at the Band Shell in Band Shell Park. Local young women will be modeling today’s fashions!

Noon to 4 pm-Agricultural Discovery Exhibits at Center 1

Noon to 4 pm-The 20th Anniversary Franklin County Car Show
Twenty years ago Hampton became a Main Street Community and sponsored the First Anniversary Franklin County Car Show Help celebrate 20 years of good cars and a fine Main Street district!

Registration: 10 am-Noon, Car Show: Noon-4 pm, Awards: 4:30 pm
Awards Designed and Made by J-T Machine and Tool Company

All other sponsors:
Butch Gruelke Auto Body
Dale Howard
Eichmeier Motor Company
Franklin Co. Auto Body
Gorder’s Service
Keith’s Auto & Truck Clinic
NAPA Auto Parts
Pralle’s Wash City
Weldin’s Auto Body

All who come to see the car show are encourage to bring a canned good, if they can. Free Will Offering of Canned Goods

Noon to 4 pm-Ride Along
Ride along with a farmer while harvesting crops! Combines of today are nothing like they were in the past-GPS tracking, monitoring of each square foot, and so much more – your driver will take you on one round and explain how the machinery works. SOLD-OUT

5:30 pm-An Evening Like it Used to Be
The Windsor Theatre will showcase Hampton’s historic Windsor Theatre and take guests back in time to relive an authentic silent movie experience complete with musical accompaniment. Hors d’oeuvres, tours of the Windsor and a vintage car collection viewing will begin the evening.

Following will be a silent movie with a 12 piece orchestra directed by Leon Kuehner, chairman of the Franklin County Arts Council, live vaudeville performances by the Pythias Players (Duane Murray, Melanie Condon, and Jim Davies). Kimberly Burman will sing an opera aria, Nina Esslinger from Ms. Nina’s Dance Center is arranging a dance troupe performance, and Dawn Groszkruger will lead an old time sing along. Preservation Iowa will also present the 2011 Preservation at Its Best Awards. Each year Preservation Iowa seeks to honor individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. TICKETS AVAILABLE


2 to 5 pm – Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm Fall Festival
Homemade bean soup, pie and ice cream, brats and hot dogs; all head up the great food. Live music by Yupitsa Polka Band and Two Juhls and a Gem. See who grew the tallest corn and who has the largest pumpkin. There is also a cribbage tournament. The 4-H will sponsor the kid’s games. You can also carve pumpkins, go on wagon rides, tour the House, shop at the flea market and bake sale, buy garden produce and watch the homing pigeon release. Don’t free watermelon for everyone!!


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