Birmingham Homecoming; Van Buren County Fair; CCC statue rededication

Birmingham Homecoming entries due

BIRMINGHAM ? Entries for the 2018 Birmingham Homecoming prince and princess contest are due today.

The contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at the gazebo in City Park.

Boys and girls with a Birmingham address can enter. Children ages 2-4 can be in the Littles Stars category, and children 5-8 can be in the Prince and Princess category.

For information or to enter, call Tiffany Warner at 919-1568.

Birmingham Homecoming is planned for June 1-3, with food, contests, a car show, tractor show, a tractor pull and a parade. The theme this year is ?Never to be Forgotten.? For information, visit the website


Van Buren County Fair seeks contestants

KEOSAUQUA ? Information packets on entering the 2018 Van Buren County Fair Queen, Junior Miss and Princess contests are now available at the Van Buren County ISU Extension office.

The information also is available at

Applications, including sponsorship/entry fees and photos, must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. June 8.

The contests will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 16. The winners will make public appearances at various events; the queen will represent the county at the Iowa State Fair.

For information about the queen, junior miss and princess contests, contact Heather Mercer at or 919-0566 or Tiffany Warner at 919-1568 or 2017 Van Buren County Fair Queen Mackenzie Winslow at 919-1310.

CCC statue to be rededicated

KEOSAUQUA ? A new CCC statue at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the CCC Gatehouse at the west entrance to the park.

The new statue of a CCC worker replaces the statue that was stolen and destroyed in July.

The statue was placed in the park to commemorate the hard work the young men did in the 1930s and ?40s to build structures and conservation practices still used today in parks.

The ceremony will include a history of the statue and gatehouse renovations, followed by the unveiling of the new statue. Everyone is welcome.