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Merry-N County Christmas featured by Travel Iowa

Merry-N County Christmas, Knoxville’s drive-through light display, has been featured by Travel Iowa! Check out the article:

Head over to Marion County Park for this beautiful drive-through light display. While taking in the lights, make sure to turn your radios to 93.5 KNIA/KRLS to enjoy holiday tunes.

Admission is free, but a free will donation is available before viewing the lights. Merry-N County Christmas is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-8 p.m. It runs through December 23, including December 21, 22, and 23.

Merry-N County Christmas is in its second year. The event is put on in collaboration by THRIVE Knoxville, Marion County Historical Society, and Marion County Conservation.


2021 Knoxville Alumni Association Homecoming Events Schedule

Knoxville’s Homecoming is Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, but there are events and activities taking place all weekend to help you celebrate! The Knoxville Alumni Association has lots of fun events planned to help you reconnect with classmates and friends, all while supporting Knoxville. See the schedule of events below.

FRIDAY, September 24, 2021
Businesses around the downtown will have the last 70 years of homecoming posters displayed in their windows and stores. See if you can find your class poster by visiting these businesses. Participating businesses will honor a 10% discount if you show your membership card while shopping. Shop local!

  • 10:30 AM Doors open at THE GRAND THEATRE for annual Alumni meeting
  • 11:00 AM Annual Alumni Association meeting Open to all Alumni and Friends of Alumni — REMINDER you do not have to be a graduate of Knoxville High School to be an Alumni member. We do have Friends of Alumni memberships available. Pop, water, coffee, and popcorn served to all attendee’s courtesy of KAA.
    • Annual meeting of KAA board
    • Presentation of new KAA website
    • Silent Auction
    • Membership drive
    • Memory books & Panther Flags for sale
  • 12:00 PM Please have lunch at your favorite local restaurant and do some shopping downtown! Participating businesses will be offering a 10% discount if you show your membership card. Please support our local businesses and present your card for your discount.
  • 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM – The Grand Theatre will be open showing films that highlight the past years at Knoxville high school – films provided by Curt Schwanbeck. Concessions available for purchase from the theatre
    • Membership drive
    • Silent auction
    • Panther Flags for sale or order
    • Memory books for sale
  • 2:30 PM Homecoming parade line-up on Main street between Fremont and Iowa Streets. All alumni are invited to join for parade
  • 3:00 PM Homecoming Parade
  • 4:00-6:30 PM – block park gathering on the square – There will be tents and tables available on 3rd Street to meet up with your friends and classmates. The A&P Beer garden will be open. Several restaurants and bars on the square will also be open.
  • 6:30 PM Class reunion line-up at the Historic Ken Locke Stadium
  • 7:00 PM Introduction of Classes- Panthers play Creston for homecoming
  • 8:00 PM Panther Block Party on 3rd and Main
    • Dance to live music
    • Tent, table and chairs for socializing
    • Adult beverages available for purchase at A&P
    • Coffee Connection will be open from 8:00 to 10:00ish for purchase of chili, corn bread and
    • Grand theatre will be open until 9:00 pm for purchase of concessions

SATURDAY, September 25

  • 2nd annual Bags tournament located in beer garden on 3rd and Main.
    • Registration at 1:30 PM
    • Starts at 2:00 PM
    • Cost is $20.00 per team
    • Limited to 24 Teams
    • Teams can contact Maureen Nichols at 641 891 7095 to pre-register

NOTE- Free Will donation containers will be located at the Block party! All proceeds from free will donation, sales of flags, memory books and memberships will go towards providing scholarships for graduating Seniors from Knoxville High School each year!

Thanks again for making this a great event! #IChooseKnoxville


North Overlook Picnic Shelter Reservable for 2021 Recreation Season

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has reopened the North Overlook Picnic Shelter for reservations for the 2021 recreation season.   The shelter was intermittently closed to the public since Fall 2014 due to construction of the new Red Rock Hydropower Project.

Reservations can be made up to a year in advance by visiting Recreation One Stop online at or by calling toll free at 1-877-444-6777. 

The shelter will remain available only on a first-come, first-served basis for the remainder of the 2020 season.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Red Rock office at (641) 828-7522.


Marion County Shop Small Crawl

Join the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau for the first-ever Marion County Shop Small Crawl. The Shop Small Crawl will take place from Thursday, August 27 through Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.

38 businesses throughout Knoxville, Pella, and Pleasantville are taking part to offer the best socially distanced shopping our county has to offer. Expect deals on products, prize drawings and giveaways, and the chance to support locally owned businesses.

Grand Prize Giveaways include:

  • An overnight stay for 2 at the Amsterdam Hotel in Pella along with $60 in Pella Bucks.
  • An overnight stay for 2 at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in Knoxville along with 2 free wine tastings at Nearwood Winery & Vineyards, 2 free drinks at Peace Tree Brewing Company, and a $40 gift certificate for Baggio’s Italian Restaurant.

PLUS, 250 Marion County Shop Small Crawl reusable shopping totes provided by Leighton State Bank will be available for the first shoppers on Thursday morning. They will be divided between Lakefront Living & West Place – Farmhouse Market in Pleasantville, Elite Boutique & Reclaiming the Joy in Knoxville, and De Bloemen Hof & Nick’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop in Pella. Thank you to Leighton State Bank for providing these fun shopping totes!

For more information, including participating businesses, additional giveaway information, and the official Marion County Shop Small Crawl map, visit or RSVP to the Marion County Shop Small Crawl Facebook event


Volksweg Trail Expansion Opens

Attention bikers, walkers and nature lovers:  The newest section of the Volksweg Trail at Lake Red Rock is now complete and open to the public.  This extension adds an additional 2.5 miles of trail from the Roberts Creek trailhead west to Cordova County Park.  The full length of the Volksweg is now over 17 miles.

The asphalt surfaced path winds along the north side of Lake Red Rock, along the river below the dam, and into the city of Pella.  Bikers and hikers pass through mature stands of timber, restored prairies, pine plantations, campgrounds and other recreation areas.  Many spots offer fantastic views of Iowa’s Largest Lake.  A small section of the trail from Howell Station to North Overlook is still closed at this time due to construction of the hydropower project, but it will reopen when work is completed sometime in early fall.

The Volksweg Trail was made possible through a partnership of Private, Federal, State, County and City agencies. A large portion of its construction, including this new addition, was funded through the Des Moines River Greenbelt Program.


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