The Clarinda community has completed a successful Downtown Revitalization Façade project with twelve participating owners totaling eighteen building facades. 

The Clarinda Downtown Revitalization Dedication ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 100 East Washington Street (northwest corner of the square).  

Historic walking tours of those participating businesses will be provided by Trish Bergren, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum Director, immediately following the ceremony.  

Improvements to buildings included: new windows/doors, awning replacement, painting, signage, masonry work and tuck-pointing. Numerous meetings were held with the architects, general contractor, building owners, grant administrator and city representatives facilitated by the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce staff to review and approve the façade enhancements.

Great community events such as the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree and the Clarinda Craft Carnival attract thousands of visitors to Clarinda. These “signature” events are what make Clarinda unique. New this year will be event banners featuring the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree and Clarinda Craft Carnival around the downtown square. Our organization was fortunate to receive a Clarinda Foundation grant last year assisting with partial funding of this project.  

The 64th Annual Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 showcasing approximately 50 regional middle and high school bands. Chairperson Katy Ridge and Vice Chairperson Julie Murren are spearheading the Band Jamboree planning committee again this year. 

The parade begins at 9 a.m. around the Clarinda downtown square. The Iowa Western Community College Marching Reiver Band will be performing in the parade competition. The field activities start at 12:45 p.m., highlighting the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat Marching Band kicking off the afternoon activities prior to the parade competition awards presentation at the Clarinda High School Football Stadium.   

The 60th Annual Craft Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 19 is Iowa’s largest handmade craft show featuring over 480 booths from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free shuttles are available to/from each location:  Page County Fairgrounds-Wibholm Hall and Cow Palace, Clarinda Academy, Clarinda Lied Center and the Clarinda Pavilion. Jan Moses, chairperson of the Craft Carnival Committee, has assisted with this event throughout the show’s duration. Our dedicated building supervisors are essential in helping to make this event successful. We certainly appreciate Chamber and community members for volunteering their time throughout the day’s activities.  

Plans are already underway for another major event in Clarinda!  The 27th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be Friday, Nov. 29 beginning at 6 p.m. on the downtown square. The theme of the parade is “The Colors of Christmas,” co-sponsored by the Clarinda Kiwanis Club and the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers, committee members and community members for always going the extra mile and providing hospitality to our guests each and every day. Our community is truly blessed with amazing people!

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