The Great Iowa Road Trip

OSKALOOSA — The Great Iowa Road Trip will be held this week to support small businesses in Mahaska and Marion counties.

The public event features a self-guided tour of 42 coordinated stops and special activities in New Sharon, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Pella, and rural Leighton on Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1.

The event map and information about each stop is available at A mobile device and printable map of 42 stops includes a passport to enter four $100 prize drawings, and is available at

Diane Van Wyngarden, state tourism specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, created the event, and coordinated the Mahaska/Marion County partnership of eight nonprofit organizations wanting to revive their local economies.

“These communities created the perfect mix for a weekend filled with fun experiences,” Van Wyngarden said. “Download the map to discover hidden gems during the event, and to return later to your new favorite places.”

The two-day road trip event offers a wide variety of activities, such as touring historic buildings, sampling handcrafted foods and drinks, creating mosquito-repelling planters and fairy gardens, live music jams, giant slide, sprint car selfies, and local art show, plus shopping unique home décor, fashions and accessories, unusual gifts, live plants, sports cards, books, and antiques.

For more information, contact the event’s nonprofit partnership of the Mahaska Chamber and Development Group, Marion County Development, Oskaloosa Main Street, Visit Pella, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, ISU Extension offices in Mahaska and Marion counties, or Diane Van Wyngarden, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development at

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