LeClaire plans new events and continues successful ones for 2013

Posted Online: April 29, 2013, 9:37 am
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Press release submitted by Jessica Waytenick

LeClaire, Iowa - Historical LeClaire, Iowa, has a penchant for fun times and is always coming up with new events to attract people to town.

"We often hear how much people love LeClaire or that they need to come and visit LeClaire, because they have heard so many great things," stated Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire Tourism Manager. "We think events are sometimes what first attract an individual to our town, and we like to keep fresh, new things happening to bring people back who have visited before."

In years past, LeClaire has hosted "May Market Days" that included sidewalk sales, artists and musicians. This year it has a new twist as "French Market Days" on May 17-18, 2013. It includes a parasol decorating contest for the businesses, "Tour de LeClaire" Big Wheel races for the kids, Rue du Marche – vendors in the alley just off Cody Road, plant sales, an afternoon tea, art and craft classes, and much more. Details and pre-registration for the afternoon tea and craft classes can be found at www.visitleclaire.com

Organizer Terri Applegate says, "French Market Days includes something for everyone – all ages and interests. We are having a plant sale put on by our Rec Board. The plants are extras from our parks and the proceeds will go back into improving our parks, so it is a win-win."

Another fun event that it is scheduled in June is the 3rd Annual "Girls' Getaway Weekend" on June 21-22, 2013. This year's event features 2013 Project Runway All Stars winner Anthony Ryan Auld on Saturday night. He will speak about becoming a Top Fashion Designer and what it's like being on a reality TV show. Stay overnight to enjoy the many exciting Friday and Saturday activities. Complete details and registration can be found at www.leclairegirlsgetaway.com

A popular event with many local residents and visitors is "LeClaire Garage Sale Days" on June 7 and 8. If you enjoy "picking", LeClaire is a great place to find elusive treasures. You can always stop by Antique Archaeology – home of the History Channel's American Pickers – to see what fresh picks they have.

On the "First Friday" of each month, LeClaire has a mini-festival of sorts from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with stores staying open late, restaurants offering specials, and Mississippi River Distilling Co. and Wide River Winery offering food and drink sampling. Details can be found at www.visitleclaire.com

On Saturday, August 3rd, the Heartland British Auto Fest will be taking place on the LeClaire riverfront. Also coming up on August 8-10, 2013, is the world's only tug-of-war across the Mississippi River during Tug Fest. A complete list of LeClaire events can be found at http://www.visitleclaire.com/events.html

LeClaire, Iowa, is located at a point where the Mississippi River makes a sharp bend to the southwest. LeClaire's historic bond with the river and the bold men who tamed the Upper Rapids is still visible in the homes and buildings they left behind. On May 7, 1979, their homes were recognized as part of the nine-block Cody Road Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LeClaire's other attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum/Lone Star Stern Wheeler, Mississippi River Distilling Co., and Antique Archaeology—home of the American Pickers. For more information on LeClaire visit www.visitleclaire.com


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