Since Discover Muscatine first began publishing this summer, a lot of events have taken place. Here, we present a selection of the events that shaped our county in 2019.
June: To the delight of Muscatine residents, Keep Muscatine Beautiful held their first ever Almost Friday Fest on June 27th. A free event designed to bring the community together, Almost Friday Fest grew from having around 300 attendees to having well over 1,000 attendees by September. Almost Friday Fest will return in 2020 and run on the third Thursday of the month, May through September.
July: The Salvation Army of Muscatine County welcomed Lieutenants Greg and Liz Bock to town. Since arriving here, the Bocks have worked tirelessly to help residents from every corner of the county. This year, the pair expanded the Red Kettle Campaign to West Liberty and Wilton, helping to bring in additional funding. They look forward to implementing more innovative and impactful programs over the course of 2020.
August: When school started this year, Muscatine Community School District welcomed students to the Muskie Early Learning Center for the very first time. Home to both three and four-year-old preschool classes, the Muskie Early Learning Center has many features designed to meet the needs of the youngest learners, including a sensory room. Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the Muskie Early Learning Center, comparing it favorably to other such schools he had seen across the state.
September: For the first time ever, the Iowa Supreme Court paid a visit to Muscatine. On September 10th, they held Court on the Road at Muscatine High School, allowing local residents to see how the supreme court operates firsthand. On both the 10th and 11th, each of the justices went out in the community to different schools to talk with students about how they became justices and what the supreme court does.
October: Muscatine Center for Social Action officially opened their mental health peer led drop-in center, the first of its kind in Muscatine County. Available to anyone who needs it, people may visit the center simply to socialize with peer leaders who have experienced mental health challenges themselves, or to schedule individual or group therapy sessions with certified staff from Robert Young. The center offers all of its services free of charge.
November: In a partnership with Hormel Foods, Muscatine’s Hy-Vees donated 1,000 pounds of food to Muscatine Center for Social Action’s food pantry. Abbie and Emma Yerington generously answered the call to match Hy-Vees donation with 1,000 pounds of jelly. These donations will help numerous families across the county make up to 16,300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
December: The Salvation Army of Muscatine County made huge strides in helping people in need across Muscatine County through their nineteenth annual Two Weeks of Love. During Toy Time, generous donations from many individuals, as well as large ones from Blain’s and Viola Werner, helped over 800 kids have gifts to open for the holidays. Freezing for food brought in a record amount of food as well, with Troy “Stinky” Philpott donating more than 6,500 pounds, his largest haul ever from Frightening for Food.