Davenport, Iowa (April 3, 2018) – Applications are now available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest.

The winner of the contest will reign during the fair, which is being held July 31 to Aug. 5, and will assist with various fair activities during the week. The winner also will represent Scott County and the Mississippi Valley Fair at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition. The Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 9-19, 2018.

Davenport, Iowa (March 30, 2018) – Spring has barely arrived, but members of the staff and management of the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds are already planning a giant summertime event that involves music, food, drinks and fun. It also will benefit a great cause!

The first Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds’ Indoor Beach Party is set for Saturday, June 16, at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center, 2815 W. Locust St.

January 2, 2018 - The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds will host a first-ever, two-day St. Patrick’s Day party in March

Davenport, Iowa – Top bands playing a variety of music, skydivers dressed as leprechauns, a great selection of good food and plenty of green beer. All of that will be part of a giant, two-day St. Patrick’s Day party planned for the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds (MVF) in March.

Davenport, Iowa (Oct. 18, 2015) – Last Saturday a benefit in Cedar Rapids supported two longtime Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR) volunteer firefighters. They are Scott and Karry Bohannan, a husband and wife who with their fellow volunteers have protected and aided hundreds of eastern Iowa and western Illinois racing competitors and Quad City Air Show participants over the years.
Scott, the SFR president, and Karry, SFR`s treasurer, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and suffered a huge loss when their portion of a duplex they lived in with their son Brent at 3rd and Oak streets in Davenport burned on Sept. 6. The Bohannans, who were subsequently released from the hospital, escaped the fire with just the clothes on their backs.
Another Bohannan family benefit is set for 3-11 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 23, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 235, 4401 W Locust St, Davenport. Chili will be served. There will be a bags tournament, a deejay, 50-50 drawings, a raffle and an auction. Everyone is welcome.
Donations of items are now being accepted for the raffle and auction. To donate, contact one of these SFR people:
* Sandy Gile...563-320-7688.
SFR also has arranged for The Family Credit Union to accept monetary donations for the Bohannans by mail at any of the following locations:
* 1530 W. 53rd St., Davenport, Iowa 52806
* 1400 Rockingham Road, Davenport, Iowa 52802
* 2238 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807
Please make all checks payable to the Bohannan Family Benefit or the Bohannan Family.
SFR is a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport. Roughly 50 volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service serve at a drag strip and more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois each year from April through October. They also work at the annual Quad City Air Show each year in Davenport.
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Davenport, Iowa (Oct 9, 2015) – Thanks to both their friends and those who appreciate their work, a benefit in Cedar Rapids will take place soon for two longtime Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR) volunteer firefighters. They are a husband and wife who have protected and aided hundreds of eastern Iowa and western Illinois racing competitors and Quad City Air Show participants over the years.

Scott Bohannan, SFR president, and his wife Karry, SFR treasurer, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and suffered a huge loss when their portion of a duplex they lived in with their son Brent at 3rd and Oak streets in Davenport burned Sept. 6. The Bohannans, who have since been released from the hospital, were able to get out of the house with just the clothes on their backs.

SFR and the Lil` Racer Car Club Inc. are jointly holding a benefit from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Checkers Bar and Grill, 3120 6th St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 drawings, a dunk tank and more. A live deejay, Tony Ginther`s Code 3 Productions, will provide music.

SFR is asking for donations of any kind, whether they be for the Bohannans personally or to be raffled or auctioned off at the benefit. Items could include autographed race car door panels, T-shirts, hats and koozies. You may contact the following individuals for more details or to donate:

• Karri Coyne -- Davenport area (563) 370-6446

• Sarah Slade -- Iowa City area (319) 331-5065

• Jessica Jungling or Eric Jungling -- Cedar Rapids area (319) 210-3422/(319) 560-1156

• Molly Ginther -- Dubuque area (563) 580-5790

SFR also has arranged for The Family Credit Union to accept monetary donations for the Bohannans by mail at any of the following locations:

* 1530 W. 53rd St., Davenport, Iowa 52806

* 1400 Rockingham Road, Davenport, Iowa 52802

* 2238 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807

Please make all checks payable to the Bohannan Family Benefit or the Bohannan Family.

SFR is a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport. Roughly 50 volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service serve at a drag strip and more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois each year from April through October. They also work at the annual Quad City Air Show each year in Davenport.

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Davenport, Iowa (Sept. 12, 2015) – Two longtime Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR) volunteer firefighters, a husband and wife who have protected and aided hundreds of area racing competitors and Quad City Air Show participants over the years, now need some help themselves.
Scott Bohannan, SFR's president, and his wife Karry, SFR's treasurer, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and suffered a huge loss when their portion of a duplex they lived in with their son Brent at 3rd and Oak in Davenport burned Sunday night, Sept. 6. The Bohannans, who have now been released from the hospital, were able to get out of the house with just the clothes on their backs.
Now their fellow SFR members and others are organizing some benefits for the Bohannans:
1) SFR members will sell 50-50 tickets and/or accept cash donations to benefit the couple at upcoming stock car races they cover.
2)  SFR and the Lil' Racer Car Club Inc. are jointly holding a benefit from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Checkers Bar and Grill, 3120 6th St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There will be a live auction, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 drawings, a dunk tank and more. A live deejay, Tony Ginther's Code 3 Productions, will provide music. SFR is asking for donations of any kind, whether they be for the Bohannans personally or to be raffled or auctioned off at the benefit. Items could include autographed race car door skins, T-shirts, hats and koozies. You may contact the following individuals to donate:
Karri Coyne -- Davenport area (563) 370-6446
Sarah Slade -- Iowa City area (319) 331-5065
Jessica Jungling/Eric Jungling -- Cedar Rapids area (319) 210-3422/(319) 560-1156
Molly Ginther -- Dubuque area (563) 580-5790
3)  SFR and Mitch Swinton, with Lil' Racer Car Club, are making Yankee Dirt Track Classic hats to sell for $15 each at Farley Speedway during their 38th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic. All of the proceeds from the hat sales will go to Scott and Karry Bohannan and their family. Hats will be available throughout the Yankee Dirt Track Classic. There are several different styles: farmer style with four panel vents and a plastic adjustable strap, all in navy blue; and baseball style with a cloth adjustable back, in black and red; and the fitted style S/M and L/XL, in black.
4) SFR has arranged for The Family Credit Union to accept monetary donations for the Bohannans by mail at any of the following locations:
1530 W. 53rd St., Davenport, Iowa 52806
1400 Rockingham Road, Davenport, Iowa 52802
2238 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807
Please make all checks payable to the Bohannan Family Benefit or the Bohannan Family.
5) SFR is collecting clothing for the Bohannans and their son Brent. Sizes for Scott: men's XL or XXL shirts, 38x34 jeans and 2XL jogging pants; For Karry: women's medium or large shirts and size 7 pants; For Brent: men's large shirts and 32 pants (longs). Call Karri Coyne for more information: (563) 370-6446.
SFR is a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport. Roughly 50 volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service, serve at a drag strip and more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois each year from April through October. They also work at the annual Quad City Air Show each year in Davenport.
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Davenport, Iowa (Jan. 22, 2015) -- The Mississippi Valley Fair Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a fair queen will reign over the 2015 Mississippi Valley Fair, scheduled for Tuesday through Sunday, Aug. 4-9, here at the fairgrounds.
The board is sponsoring a $500 scholarship that will go to the winner of an upcoming Mississippi Valley Fair queen contest.
In addition to being involved in fair activities, the queen will represent the Mississippi Valley Fair and Scott County at the Iowa State Fair's queen competition during the summer of 2015.
Candidates must be residents of Scott County and a member of a local service organization, such as a church group, Girl Scouts, 4-H or FFA. Contestants will be judged on leadership, community service, poise and personality.
Queen contest applications may be obtained in person at the Mississippi Valley Fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa, or by calling the office at (563) 326-5338.
For more information about the queen contest, call the fair office at (563) 326-5338. Information also will be posted on the Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest Facebook page. That can be found on the Internet at facebook.com/MississippiValleyFairQueenContest.
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September 13, 2014 - September 29, 2014

We have blocked seats on Lufthansa flying from Chicago to Dusseldorf.  Return flight is from Hamburg to Dusseldorf to Chicago.  Price is $1250.

Our group will be taking a Mosel River grape harvest cruise for one week.  We then will be going by train to Schleswig Holstein, having some free time before we attend the Low German Friendship Conference in Eckernforde on the Baltic Sea.  We have found that cabins are still available on the TUI Sonata.  The entire cost (including cruise) is approximately $4000.

Call either Mary Burchett at 563 355-6274 or call Erika Hansen at 563 355-6274 for further information.  We are holding the seats until Monday, March 3.

St. Charles, Ill. (July 23, 2013) -- Zephyr Route, a rail tours company based here, is offering two nostalgic rail journeys this fall. One involves a trip to Kansas City for an enjoyable weekend. The other involves a fall foliage trip through the Colorado Rockies.

Kansas City Weekend Tour

The Kansas City Weekend Tour takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15. Boarding points are Chicago, Naperville, Princeton and Galesburg, Ill., plus Ft. Madison, Iowa.

A restored, vintage railcar named the Cedar Rapids will provide first-class, individual parlor car seating. Meals will be served at passengers' seats.

A unique glass-enclosed lounge at the end of the car offers spectacular vistas of the passing scenery.

The tour package includes two nights lodging at the Hyatt Hotel across the street from Kansas City's historic Union Station. Breakfast is also included.

On Saturday, passengers are free to select their own activities for the day and evening.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Hallmark Visitors Center and Shopping Mall and the World War I Memorial. There is easy access by city bus to Country Club Plaza, another famed shopping district.

Zephyr Route is also organizing a short motor coach tour of Kansas City narrated by a local historian.

Passengers also are welcome to join a group dining at Jack Stack's Restaurant, which has been voted the best in Kansas City for barbeque cuisine. This meal is not included in the tour.

The package price for the Kansas City Weekend Tour is $625 per person for both single or double hotel room occupancy.

The reservation and payment must be made by Saturday, Aug. 31, so Zephyr Route can determine if there's adequate interest to proceed.

Colorful Colorado Rockies Tour

The majestic and scenic Colorado Rockies between Denver and Glenwood Springs will be the highlight of the Colorful Colorado Rockies Tour also being offered this fall by Zephyr Route.

The travel dates are Thursday through Monday, Oct. 3-7.

Boarding points include Chicago, Naperville, Princeton and Galesburg, Ill., and Burlington, Iowa.

En route passengers will enjoy first-class rail service like that which was offered by the famed Burlington Route. Dining service will be in the traditional manner, with white linens, fresh flowers, chinaware and sparkling glassware and silverware. Savory dinners and breakfasts will be served both going to and returning from the Rockies.

Overnight rail accommodations are in first-class private rooms with private toilets and sinks. Shower service is available on an individual, scheduled basis.

A gorgeous, restored dome car from the infamous Santa Fe Super Chief will provide lounge and dome seating. Since seats are limited in the dome, guaranteed dome seating times will be scheduled so all passengers will have an opportunity to enjoy the dome views.

This trip has been scheduled to hopefully coincide with the spectacular aspen fall foliage time. While not guaranteed, this is generally the best chance to view the brilliant yellow and gold colors amidst the pine trees' green hues.

Glenwood Springs is the Colorado resort town destination. Lodging will be at the historic Hotel Colorado, once known as President Teddy Roosevelt's Western Whitehouse. The hotel has been restored to provide excellent accommodations and dining service. Breakfasts at the hotel are included.

Nearby is a huge sulfur springs pool for swimmers, which also has enjoyed longtime fame. Lovely shops and restaurants are within walking distance. Arrangements also can be made for golf at the nearby Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

The Colorful Colorado Rockies Tour package price is $1,995 per person, double occupancy. Please inquire regarding single occupancy rates. Reservations and payments must be made by Sept. 15 so Zephyr Route can determine if there's adequate interest to proceed.

Both the Kansas City Weekend Tour and the Colorful Colorado Rockies Tour can be reserved by contacting Zephyr Route. Call (630) 542-3607 or e-mail zephyr360@att.net.

The Zephyr Route website, www.zephyrroute.com, has a for a printable tour brochure. Click on the "Journeys" button.

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Davenport, Iowa (June 24, 2013) --A new pastor has recently been installed to lead not one, but two Davenport churches.

The Rev. Linda Hunsaker is serving both First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St., and Cedar Memorial Christian Church, 306 Cedar St. Both churches are affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination.

In a unique sharing arrangement, Hunsaker spends most of her time ministering to First Christian, the larger of the two churches, and part of her time at Cedar Memorial. She conducts Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. at First Christian and at 11:30 a.m. at Cedar Memorial.

Hunsaker and her husband Ryan have two daughters and live in Bettendorf.

She earned her B.A. degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., in 1993 and a master of divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2001. She was ordained June 24, 2001.

Hunsaker served as the associate pastor of First Christian Church in Quincy, Ill., from August 1997 to August 1999. From August 1999 until being called to Davenport by the two churches following their year-long search, Hunsaker had been the minister at Ursa Christian Church in Ursa, Ill.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Protestant denomination born in America in the early 1800s. It continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.

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