Vinton Unlimited

A merged chamber of commerce and economic development group.

2019 Sesquicentennial

While small, subtle nods to the milestone will occur throughout 2019, mark your calendars for August 17-24, 2019! The Walldogs are scheduled to return to Vinton during this week to give our mural history a fresh coat of paint and add new murals as well. Other activities will include a parade, musical performances – both small and large, a tasty reminder of Sweet Corn Days and several other events you won’t want to miss. We hope to release a full schedule of events early in 2019.

Check out details of our mural plans by viewing the Mural Presentation.

150 Women Submission Forms – Electronic OptionFillable Form

November 19, 2018 – Celebrating 150 Years of the Vinton Community with 150 Women

As we prepare to celebrate Vinton’s 150 years, plans have been made to celebrate and honor 150 women making a difference in the Vinton area.

We are asking for your help in identifying these special women of our past and present day. Perhaps someone you knew or heard about in the past. Perhaps someone who impacted you or your family in a special way. Perhaps someone you worked with or worked for. Please help by making plans to submit historical as well as current women that have influenced our 150 years. No contribution is too small to be considered.

Ideas for proper recognition and publicity of these women is still being discussed. Ideas include publicity of names with a photo and statements about each one’s part in the community. Perhaps a small booklet will be published to be available. Even an idea is being explored to have a special wall display with photos for others to add memories and kind words.

Remembering our past does influence how we feel about our community. Each day individuals are doing thoughtful and important tasks and unfortunately, recognition may not happen. This idea is to remember how important and influential so many women have been in our Vinton community.

Working on these plans are Nancy Beckman, Roxanne Ervin, Therese Foth, Ann Harrison, Ashley Hesson, Roxanne Higgins, Martha Long, Connie Ogier and Melissa Schwan.

Submission forms are available at the Vinton Public Library, the Vinton Unlimited office, online as a fillable pdf and an online survey. Submission forms will be collected until February 1, 2019.

November 14, 2018 – Host Families Needed for Walldog Artists During Sesquicentennial

Upwards of 30 artists from across the country will gather in Vinton during the middle of August as part of the sesquicentennial celebration.

The artists, which are part of a larger group known as the Walldogs, will return to Vinton to give our mural history a fresh coat of paint and add new murals as well. The Walldogs made their initial debut in Vinton in 2000 as part of the “Harvest of Walls” celebration which resulted in the creation of the current eight murals.

As in 2000, we are seeking host families for the Walldog artists. Host families are asked to provide a bedroom and bathroom facilities. Meals will be taken care of by the 2019 committee and community groups. The exact dates and length of their stay will be dependent on the artist and project. Dates are anticipated to between August 14 and August 24, 2019.

If you are willing to host an artist (or two!) or have questions, please contact Melissa at the Vinton Unlimited office (472-3955) or Jon Clingman.

September 5, 2018

The 2019 Sesquicentennial Committee is partnering with the Benton County Historical Society to gather information on the last 150 years of Vinton’s history! We are looking for photos and stories on the following topics: Vinton businesses, baseball in Vinton, the Benton County Fair, Sweet Corn Days and passenger train service to Vinton.

Information gathered may be used in a new Historical Society publication, used as reference material for the Walldogs in creation of a new mural or other celebration related activities.

September 18, October 16 and November 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (open house format) in the 2019 Headquarters (303 1st Ave – Governor Sherman Building).

June 1, 2018

We are proud to announce Emily Sherns as the winner of our celebration logo contest! Emily is a Vinton native currently residing in Minnesota.

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Vinton Unlimited
310 A Ave
Vinton, Iowa 52349