After years of sitting empty, the former Hallmark building on Grand Avenue is getting a new resident. Game State will be moving to the new location on September 1.
Game State is a store in downtown Spencer specializing in board games, card games, table-top games, and game accessories. Aside from selling games, Game State hosts open gaming and game tournaments.
Game State opened in November of 2014 at their current location, 8 W 5th St in Spencer. Over the last six years, the store has grown in popularity in the community and surrounding area. With their popularity it was time for the store to grow.
Clay County Fair and Events officials want to know how comfortable people are with the idea of attending the Clay County Fair in 2020. As of now, the major annual event in Spencer is still on for September 12-20, but officials have sent out a survey to get more input. “A decision on what the 2020 fair will look like is going to require a pretty big toolbox of things to really kind of put together a full picture,” Clay County Fair and Events CEO and Manager Jeremy Parsons said. “And one of those tools that will be in the toolbox will be the results of the survey.”
The survey asks people to answer questions that will gauge their “comfort levels,” Parsons said, about attending the fair this year. It also tries to see what people may need to feel more comfortable at the fair.
“That’s just one of the tools that we will be using as we plan for the 2020 fair,” Parsons said.
For the first time in over two months, Spencer residents can see movies on the big screen Friday when Southpark 7 reopens to the public. Movie theaters had been closed to the public since March 17 as part of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’s orders to slow community spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Reynolds allowed movie theaters to begin reopening Memorial Day weekend with social distancing guidelines still in place, such as limiting tickets to 50% of seating capacity. “Friday was the first time in weeks that Iowans had the opportunity to go to a movie,” Reynolds said Tuesday during her daily COVID-19 press conference. “Even though the experience will be different for a while, it’s one that many people have been looking forward to.”
Due to continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clay County Fair Queen Contest, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3, has been postponed to a later date. “Although the current event restrictions developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health expire on April 30, we didn’t feel comfortable planning an event that could possibly be cancelled if the restrictions are extended,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “We will re-evaluate in early May and set a new contest date at that time.”
Although the contest has been postponed, the Fair continues to seek applicants. Females between the ages of 16 and 21 by August 13, the first day of the 2020 Iowa State Fair, may apply. Candidates must never been married, cannot be a professional model, cannot represent any other organization, and must reside in Clay County or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in Clay County.
The Clay County Fair announces Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2020 Clay County Fair on Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has scored multiple GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM Awards nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. As one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has sold more than 8 million units and populated radio with such memorable hits as “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.”
Growing up in the small town of Burgin, KY, Dillon Carmichael absorbed the musical life through osmosis: his father and uncles performed in a Southern Gospel Quartet, his mother sang all over the eastern part of the state, and his uncles (John Michael and Eddie Montgomery) both enjoyed massive chart success. The New York Times compared Carmichael to Randy Travis and said his rich baritone voice “moves with the heft and certainty of a tractor-trailer,” while NPR praised his “deep holler,” and Parade raved that “Carmichael defines pure country.”
Dillon Carmichael (photo provided)
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Prices are $35 (general admission stage front seating), $30 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleacher seating).
Listen to Episode 3 of Spencer Weekly, featuring Rachel Meyer, the creator of the popular Rainbow Hunts for Kids Facebook group that started in Spencer. It’s the first Spencer Weekly podcast episode ever recorded while social distancing! We made it work, though. This week, Kevin, Andy and Tim were joined by Rachel Meyer, a Spencer mom who started the popular Facebook group Rainbow Hunts for Kids. Meyer started the group as a way to help her daughter regain a little bit of connection with her friends while still practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rachel Meyer’s daughter was missing her friends. As with many kids staying home while schools are closed, Meyer’s daughter was feeling the effects of the social distancing requirements being put in place across the country – and the world – to slow the spread of COVID-19. So, Meyer had an idea. If it worked, then her daughter would have a fun activity to fill her time. They’d also have a reason to drive around the Spencer area and interact with her friends – from the car, of course.
Many aspects of daily life have slowed down or come to a halt as the Spencer community hunkers down in attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of March 19, the Iowa Department of Health has not reported any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County or any of its neighboring counties. Still, city, county, state and federal officials are all imploring people to wash hands frequently, avoid touching their face, work from home when possible, not gather in groups of more than 10, and, of course, practice social distancing. Social distancing is a method used to slow the spread of contagious diseases, such as COVID-19. It involves avoiding groups of people, limiting time spent in areas where others visit (schools, stores, restaurants, public spaces, etc.) and simply keeping enough distance (6 feet is recommended) between each other.
The organizers of Friday’s Northwest Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit in Spencer want attendees to leave inspired and ready to engage with their communities. The event, held at the Clay County Fair and Events Center from 12-5 p.m., is being put on by the SpencerUSA Young Professionals and the Lakes Area Young Professionals. There will be a lunch, panel discussion, breakout sessions and a keynote speaker to wrap up the summit. Kevin Brown, a member of the SpencerUSA core committee, explained the idea for the regional conference emerged following last year’s Young Professionals of Iowa state conference held in Spencer at the Events Center. “Having the success that we had last year with the state conference coming here, that’s one of the best-attended statewide YP conferences they’ve had and this is just the perfect venue for all of it,” Brown said.
Spencer Community Theatre (SCT) is excited to kick off our 60th Anniversary Mainstage Season with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In the quaint village of Sleepy Hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness abound. When schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest, but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide his fate. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a perfect autumn blend of gothic thrills and tongue-in-cheek humor sure to trick and treat the whole family. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is brought to you by the generosity of Van Hofwegen & Munter Family Dentistry.
A letter from Clay County Fair & Events CEO/Manager Jeremy Parsons on how to get ticket refunds for Foreigner’s canceled show:
Dear Foreigner Ticket Buyer:
Saturday, Sept. 7 was a rare event at the Clay County Fair – a Grandstand concert cancellation. Due to muddy track conditions that affected stage placement and issues with the stage surface, Foreigner felt that the Grandstand stage was unsafe for the band and stage personnel. The Fair will be offering concert ticket refunds (less handling & processing fees). Bottom line – if you purchased your tickets via credit card, you don’t have to do anything.