Farm Life Festival to provide day of country fun for all

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

GRANDVIEW, Iowa–Though Tenneil Register did not grow up in a rural area, the charms of small town life appealed to her, and she and her husband, Jesse Register, settled their family in Grandview. They also opened their first R7 Reclaimed location there, selling their signature mix of vintage and handmade home décor from their historic barn. Over the years, the Registers traveled to numerous summer festivals and realized one could thrive in Grandview. Tenneil Register recalls, “we had gone to similar events in other places, and we thought the area could celebrate what it means to be a Midwesterner, whether you’re from here or chose to call the Muscatine area home.”

For the sixth year in a row, R7 Reclaimed will hold their Farm Life Festival June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at R7 Reclaimed, located at 337 Cemetery Lane in Grandview. This year’s festival will feature a wide variety of activities to appeal to guests of different ages. For the first time, the festival will include features just for kids, including a vintage farm toy play area and a craft and coloring table with helpers available to support the young artists who try it out.

Everyone can enjoy shopping the wares of numerous vendors who will bring a unique selection of vintage farm items, kitchen linens, and handmade signs with them. “We try to bring in a variety of vendors,” Tenneil Register emphasized. People can also take a look in the barn and discover all the most popular items of the year, such as serving dishes like charcuterie boards and drink serving sets.

When guests would like a break from shopping, they can sit back and listen to live music, featuring many styles, from classic rock to modern country. Jesse Register himself will play along with the Cunningham Duo, Justin Horesowsky, and the Dani Lynn Howe Band. Anyone who gets hungry during the event can purchase food and beverages onsite too, with Barnstorm Coffee, Cynful Smokers, Hawaiian Breeze Shaved Ice, the Lion’s Club, Mary’s Scone House, the Odessa Winery, the RusTEA Tractor & Home Base Bakery, and the Tipsy Traveler’s having food trucks or stands open for business.

An affordable event, admission for adults ages 18 and up costs only $5 per person. Children ages 17 and younger may attend for free. Anyone may park for free, and Tenneil Register assures those driving in from out of town that they have plenty of parking available.

With summer weather here and people getting excited to attend outdoor events, especially after the difficult summers of the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tenneil Register cannot wait to welcome people out to the Farm Life Festival and to help them unwind with the pace and feel of a simpler time: “I think this year more than anything, I’m looking forward to the inspiration of the nostalgia. We’re just looking forward to a day filled with joy centered around summer,” she said. “I just really want to see them smile this year.”

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