Fort Madison Partner Affiliate Events
Beggars' Night - The traditional trick-or-treat event held in downtown businesses for children of all ages, including adults! Residents are encouraged to dress up and visit all of our businesses for their spooktacular treats on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. Want to make it a weekend? There is a lot to do here during a beautiful fall weekend- we suggest checking out some of the following activities during that weekend:
Fort Madison Main Street is pleased to announce the return of the award winning dining experience Sensational Chefs! Sensational Chefs has received an award for the best fundraiser in the state of Iowa. Sensational Chefs features two local chefs who prepare a 5 course meal with wine for 25-30 guests. This event will be held on November 3, 2018.
To purchase tickets, please call 319-372-5471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Boo-Athalon Spooktacular will be kick started at the Baxter Sports Complex in Fort Madison. The Spooktactular includes a kids run, a 5k run/walk and 10k bike ride- you can do one or both. Join in the fun Saturday, October 27th starting at 9:00 am. Registration is required by October 13th for a guaranteed shirt size, however sign-up the day of the event will be an option, but shirt sizes will be limited.
The Community Thanksgiving dinner continues to make a difference in the lives of those in the greater Fort Madison area. Each year the number of meals served and delivered to residents in the North Lee County area continues to grow. This is only possible because of the outpouring of support from our business community. The businesses not only provide the monetary donations to keep this event going but they also send volunteers who shop, chop, mix, bake, count, greet, serve, deliver, setup and cleanup for the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. Alongside of those many business men and women, you will find families, retirees, singles, community groups and religious organizations working together for the betterment of the North Lee County families.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for all that we have. Community Thanksgiving gives you that opportunity; won’t you consider playing a part?
Wine & Beer Walk – Shop n’ sip at the Wine & Beer Walk! Our historic commercial district and quaint boutiques offer wine, beer and even distillery samples from local and regional producers. Please save the date and join us at our 9th annual Wine & Beer Walk on November 16, 2018, 5-8 p.m. Join us on November 9th, and have the opportunity to purchase your commemorative wine glass for $10.00 that evening! After the 9th the price of the glass will be $15.00.
Parade of Lights - Since its beginning 25 years ago, the Fort Madison Parade of Lights has experienced many changes, but this year the parade returns to Avenue G beginning promptly at 6:30 PM the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 23, 2018). We invite spectators to enjoy the lighting of more than 50 completely lit floats. Holiday cheer is in the air, with decorations and a visit from Santa Claus
Every evening following the Parade of Lights the floats will be lit and on display in Riverview Park for drive-by viewing until the first week in January.
Mistletoe on Main Street - Saturday November 24th Fort Madison Main Street will have a Christmas Open House in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. The holiday spirit will shine bright as stores are offering holiday savings and tasty treats for their customers.
While you are searching for that one special gift, your family can ring in the holiday season with Mistletoe on Main Street during the afternoon. There will be fun for the whole family from 10am to 2pm on Main Street as local carolers line the streets, children can enjoy a visit from Santa, take a horse drawn carriage ride as well as create crafts. The North Lee County Historical Society will be offering pictures with the “North Pole Express” train engine in Riverview Park.
Fort Madison Community Clean-Up
Fort Madison is a beautiful community, and sometimes we all need to pitch in to keep it looking that way! For 2018, the Chamber Events Committee & Main Street Affiliates have joined forces and have elected to offer one community clean-up day.
April 21st: Central Park – 9:00am registration, 11:30am lunch provided for those who are registered and participate in the clean-up event at Central Park Shelter.
Sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Fort Madison Hy Vee, Mid American Energy, Fort Madison McDonalds, State Farm - Thomas Klann Agency, Team Staffing Solutions, Axalta Coating Systems, & Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.
Small Business Breakfast:
Join us as we celebrate the backbone of every community during Small Business Week– April 29- May 5, 2018. We celebrate the Fort Madison small businesses during our annual Small Business Breakfast & Expo- Thursday, May 11th at the Comfort Inn & Suites. Doors open at 7:00 am and ask you to take advantage of that time to talk with vendors available to you to make your business thrive. Breakfast begins at 7:30 followed by awards for the Small Business of the Year and Micro & Macro Business of the Year!
Mayhem on the Mississippi:
May 5th will mark the 5th “Mayhem on the Mississippi” 5k walk/run in Fort Madison. The race will take place in Rodeo Park, and will include some fun obstacles. Registration is now open! Please visit our online registration to sign up today! If you prefer, you can download a paper registration form here.
Thank you to our 2018 Jogger Sponsors Edward Jones: Larry Kelch, Casebine Credit Union, Connection Bank, Group Benefit Partners, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, and Scotts Miracle-Gro!
2018 Barley Hop:
IT'S BAACK…Fort Madison Barley Hops…Friday, May 18th from 5-8 pm. Area beer enthusiasts have the opportunity to taste the sweet tastes of Spring and Summer from some of IOWA’s finest breweries. This outdoor event is sure to please as we have made it easier to get to all the vendors and even tossing in a little food for you to enjoy. Fort Madison Barley Hops glass sponsor for 2018 is Atlas Steak & Smokehouse with the Glass Pre Sale Party on May 11th from 5-8 to get your glass at the reduced price. Click the link above for more information about vendors and specials!
Jack Morris Florida of Iowa Golf Outing:
Named after a dearly missed long-time Chamber member and supporter, the Jack Morris Florida of Iowa Golf Tournament is one of our signature events. Always held the second Friday of June at Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course, the golf tournament is a chance to play golf, make new business connections, and have a whole lot of fun! Funds raised at the Florida of Iowa are used to support other special programs that occur throughout the year. The 2018 Florida of Iowa Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 8th at Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course . To register your team or get on the waiting list, contact the Chamber today: 319-372-5471 or email@example.com. Premier Sponsor: Connection Bank & Insurance
Chamber Ladies Golf Outing:
The 7th Annual Ladies Golf outing will be September 21, 2018 at Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course. Information will be going out in the beginning of August with a team deadline the end of August- this event sells out quickly as it's only open to 18 teams of four. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact the Chamber today so we can make sure you get the level you want as they go quickly.
Click the 2017 Ladies Golf Registration Form to get your team signed up!
Join us for a full filled day on Saturday, August 25th in Riverview Park Fort Madison. This is an event that is geared towards kids having fun! Bring your family down to Riverview Park in Fort Madison and enjoy a couple of hours with kid games for all ages. Call the Fort Madison Partners office for more information at 319-372-5471.
Big Buckle Bash:
Fort Madison Main Street’s Big Buckle Bash will take place August 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in downtown Fort Madison! Cost of admittance is $5 per adult and $2 for children. Bring your family down starting at 4 p.m. as classic cars will line the streets as a Car Cruise will end on Avenue G. Have a great rocking time with local bands and musicians. Enjoy a cold adult beverage or some tasty food from our local food vendors. There is something for people of all ages at Big Buckle Bash!
If you are interested in being a food vendor, participating in the classic car cruise, volunteering or would like more details about the 2018 bash, contact Fort Madison Main Street at 319-372-5471.
2018: Party on the Patio
Free Live Music along with Food and Drink Special! Come out to the Baxter Sports Complex and kick off the stress of the week from 5-7 pm with food and drink specials along with FREE music.
May 25: Stewart Beyer-
Event Sponsor: Scott's Miracle Gro
Music Sponsor: Connection Bank 7 Insurance
Event Sponsor: Climax Molyebdenum
Music Sponsor: Country Financial
Fort Madison Depot Farmers Market:
Boost your health and support local agriculture by purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables
each Monday beginning May 21st until October 8th starting at 4:00 p.m.. Located at 814 10th Street (The Depot parking lot) in downtown Fort Madison, you can also pick up delicious homemade pastries and pies. This event will take place rain or shine.
Rules Regulations 2017
Year-Round or Annual Meeting Events:
Business After Hours (BAH):
When we ask our membership what they want from the Chamber, the most common answer is networking opportunities. The Business After Hours events provide a forum for mixing and mingling with other local business professionals with a different member business being highlighted each month. These events typically occur on Thursdays, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Upcoming BAH events:
Fort Madison Young Professionals:
Fort Madison Young Professionals was designed to help the 21 – 39 year old population navigate this period of life; supporting, encouraging, and generating friendships with others in similar life and work situations.
FMYP is an inclusive group welcoming individuals from ALL career fields; employed, unemployed, or under-employed. They meet together to promote personal and professional development opportunities through networking events, Lunch ‘n Learns and service opportunities. Meet new people, make new friends, identify common interests, and begin building that ever important professional network and have fun doing it.
Up-Coming YP Events:
Business Women Connect:
Business Women Connect brings women of diverse occupations together to foster both personal and professional growth through leadership, education and networking support.
All luncheons will be held from 12-1:00pm at the Palms Restaurant, 4920 Avenue O ~ Fort Madison. BWC Ucoming Dates:
- April 13: ISP Warden Patti Wachtendorf - "Succeeding in a Man's World"
- June 8: Artist Anita Lee - "Discovering Your Creative Side"
- August 10: FMCSD Superintendent Erin Slater
- October 12: Sue DeRoos - "Organization for Business & Home"
Elected Officials Reception: On a biennial basis, The Fort Madison Partners and Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor a reception honoring our elected officials. This offers a neutral opportunity for elected officials to meet with constituents and allows citizens a chance to thank our representation for their service. State, local, and county elected officials are invited to attend, and the event is open to the general public.
The 2018 Legislative Luncheon Schedule:
The Fort Madison Chamber Government Affairs Committee is hosting a luncheon open to the public every third Friday of the month during the 2017 Legislative Session. These luncheons are held at the Palms Restaurant beginning at 12:00 noon and held to 1 hour. Lunch is available for purchase:
- January 19- Palms Restaurant
- February 16- Palms Restaurant
- March 16- Palms Restaurant
- April 20- Palms Restaurant
- May - TBD
Industry Appreciation Reception/Fort Madison Corporate Games:
Annually we like to thank our industry partners for all they do to make Fort Madison a great place to work. 2018 will be seeing the return of the Fort Madison Corporate Games starting at 1:00pm. Followed by our annual Industry Reception & Patio Party- Friday, October 5th located at the Baxter Sports Complex on 48th Street Fort Madison. The Premiere Event Sponsor: Huffman Welding & Machine with Entertainment Sponsor: Country Financial from 5-7.