Current plans for Madison County Bridge Trip 9/18-19 Winterset, Iowa

Less than a month remains until the MoKan smart car group’s trip to Winterset, IA. This will be a mostly unstructured weekend event with dozens of Midwest
heartland farm attractions and shopping opportunities. Most folks are
expected to arrive Sunday for a late morning guided tour of the famous
covered bridges, culminating with a hearty farm style afternoon meal.
But others will arrive Saturday or even Friday night to take advantage
of the Saturday market. People from five states have signed up at this
time, and we’ll invite some locals to join us for the meal. We can get
to know each other and Winterset better while passing dishes around.

Please let me know if you are attending for a head
count for meal, bridge tour and passes. Our working cost of $30 ea
would cover the meal, bridge tour, and local attraction admissions.
Based on your response and a visit to Winchester, details will be firm
by 9/5.

( ) # of SATURDAY attendees for a brief historic
farm visit**

( ) # of CARS for the SUNDAY Bridge Tour
( ) # of attendees for the SUNDAY afternoon meal
Names and residence town of attendees for name tag.

Please send an email to Bob Storck at, send a PM
or call (816) 943-0060 with preliminary head count information.

Most covered bridges were
built in the 19th century to protect the wooden roadbed and structure.
Over 10,000 existed in the United States, at least nineteen in Madison
County, IA … six remain.

My great grandfather built a farm just north of
Winterset around 1840, and it is still farmed by Fred Martens, a
cousin. The old barn has been lovingly restored and is a featured stop
on the Iowa historic barn tour.

Optional Other Activities (and there are many more!)
We will get prepaid admission to attractions if
enough are coming.

· Morning Farmer’s
Market - Saturday only

· Merchant’s Special day- Saturday only
· Historic working farm
tour Saturday **IF ENOUGH INTEREST!

· Madison County
Historical Society - complex of stone, log and Victorian historic
buildings plus substantial museum.

· John Wayne's
birthplace Welcome to the Birthplace of John Wayne!

· George Washington Carver,
agricultural researcher early home

· Fons & Porter
Quilt store and more fabric shops

· 26-acre dried flower
farm and shop

· Henry A. Wallace (FDR VP
just before Truman) homestead
… also a native wildflower and
prairie preserve

· A beautifully
restored, century-old church

· Art Center - local
artists and artisans collections and shop

· 1700 Acres of park
land, 15 miles of trails & scenic canoe trips

· Numerous antique and
other small town shops

· Iowa Aviation Museum
(within ½ hour)

· National Balloon
Center (within ½ hour)

· Two Saints Winery
(within ½ hour)

We’re planning for some Kansas Citians to take an
early scenic drive up US169 on Saturday and spend some relaxed time in
central Iowa. I'd expect the majority of the group to arrive (convoy?)
early Sunday. Everyone will gather in the Winterset town square about
We will have pastry and nibbles waiting
on arrival to tide folks over.

Those who come up Friday or Saturday are on their
own, although we may suggest meeting places for lunch and dinner. If
there are enough attendees, (and enough interest) we may impose
on present barn owners and my relatives for a short farm visit covering
170 years' history. That would be the only scheduled item on Saturday.

Thanks to the ladies of the ‘kitchen crew’
from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we’ll enjoy a Sunday Iowa country
meal. A sit down, family style meal …NOT served and NOT buffet style
… We'd sit down with platters of good, tasty food, and would enjoy the
conversation and fellowship of passing the dishes around.

Our working menu includes:
  • Pot roast
  • Fried/baked chicken
  • Mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes
  • Local seasonal vegetables
  • Cole slaw/shredded carrot & raisin salad
  • Locally home canned condiments - watermelon pickles, pickle relish, etc
  • Pie, cake for and or for dessert
We’ll be inviting a few Winterset friends to join us
and continue in the conversation. You can maybe even help wash dishes

If staying Friday or Saturday night, I’d suggest reserving
a room NOW
! We have a limited number of rooms at the Winterset
Super 8 - $60 group rate. 515-462-4888 Mention smart group Mgr. Bill
There are plenty of places within a half hour drive, but
a big local wedding is offering competition.

There are very nice B&Bs, but not many of them.
Winterset has a highly rated campground.

Area B&Bs

Heavenly Habitat B&B $100 515-689-2640
Brass Lantern B&B $75+641-743-2031 20 min. away
Fitch House $125 641-396-2443 20 min away
Special Moments B&B $85 515-710-8514 30 min. away
Timberview B&B $65 877-339-2431
45 min. away

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Hope youse guys had a lot of fun!
We did!! 17 cars and 30 smart owners, and thousands of friendly Iowans.

Heritage and hot, hearty food.

Cheers, Bob

Carlito said:
Hope youse guys had a lot of fun!
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