THE INTERNATIONAL KING MIDGET CAR CLUB -
The 2018 King Midget Jamboree - August 9 - 12, 2018 Winterset, Iowa
We are excited to get you some information about the 2018 King Midget Jamboree being held in Winterset, Iowa. The host hotel is the Cobblestone Inn & Suites Winterset, 1304 North 4th Ave, Winterset, Iowa 50273. To make reservations call 515-462-4889 and tell them you are with the King Midget Car Club. The rate is $85/night. There isn’t an elevator in this hotel, but the hotel staff will help you to your room with your luggage if you need help. There is a limited number of first floor rooms. Please do not request a first floor room if you do not NEED it, as we have some members that would benefit from being on the first floor.
If anyone is interested in camping, please get in touch with me and I can get that information to you.
We are ready to spend a few fun filled days with our King Midget friends in Winterset, Iowa!
Thursday we will take a 2 hour bus tour of the Bridges of Madison County, including the Roseman Bridge which is featured in the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The tour will provide information about the construction and history of the bridges, the movie production and the local history of each bridge. After lunch we will take a guided walking tour around the historic courthouse square, which includes information about significant buildings and monuments around the square, as well as tidbits about the movie production. The tour lasts approximately one hour. We will also visit John Wayne’s birthplace and museum.
Friday we will take a beautiful drive to Pammel Park. Pammel Park is one of the first State Parks in Iowa and is home to the Harmon Tunnel. The tunnel was originally dug by hand by William Harmon and his sons in 1858. It was a small chute designed to carry water from the Middle River to a saw mill. It was 6 feet high, 6 feet wide and 100 feet long. In 1904 the mill was abandoned and the tunnel was expanded to allow vehicles to enter and exit in 1925. It is now 15 feet high, 40 feet wide and 100 feet long. The tunnel is the ONLY highway tunnel in the state of Iowa. The tunnel leads into Pammel Park to a fun fjord to the right, which we will stop to see but will not drive our Midgets across. Also a Nature Center with an amazing bird blind to view all sorts of varieties of Iowa birds.
We will move on from there to the Madison County Historical complex. Here you will get to tour the beautiful Bevington House, built in 1856. Next to the house is the “three holer” privy. Believe it or not, this privy is on the National Register of Historic Places!
Around lunch time we will drive to the Winterset City Park, where we will enjoy lunch in the shelter. After lunch, those who have signed up for the String Art project, will get to make a String Art picture of the Roseman Bridge. This will take approximately an hour and your finished piece will be on a 10x8 piece of board.
You will also be able to explore the Clark Tower, which was built in 1926 as a memorial to the county’s first pioneer family. You can take the scenic 2 mile drive to the tower, or if you are feeling like you need to spend some energy, you can make the walk.
The park also has an incredible hedge maze that we encourage all of you to try, as well as the Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge and the stone bridge that was also used in “The Bridges of Madison County” movie. We will have a few other things for you to do there, you will have to come to see what they are.
Saturday we will tour the Winterset Cidery. You will have the opportunity to try their hard cider, and they also have a few local beers on tap. We will leave the hotel around 5 pm for the banquet in Patterson, Iowa. It’s a beautiful 7 mile drive to this tiny little Iowa town. We will parade our cars thru town on the way to the Community Center.
We are excited to see all of our old KM friends and looking forward to meeting new KM friends.
Please feel free to contact me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my cell at 515-577-1562.
See you in August!!
Rick & Tammy Warren
Kim& Nick Barbour
Previous years Jamboree locations and photos:
1991 -Westport, Indiana
1992 - Athens, Ohio
1993 -Athens, Ohio
1994 - Kettering, Ohio
1995 - Alliance, Ohio
1996 - Athens, Ohio
1997 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin
1998 - Richmond, Indiana
1999 - Athens, Ohio
2000 - Westport, Indiana
2001 - Mansfield, Ohio
2002 - St Charles, Missouri
2003 - Springfield, Ohio
2004 - Bristol, Tennessee
2005 - Norwalk, Ohio
2006 - Athens, Ohio
2007 - Holland Michigan
2008 - Coshocton, Ohio
2009 - Concord, North Carolina
2010 - Delavan, Wisconsin
2011 - Oklahoma City, OKlahoma
2012 - Hermitage, PA
2013 - DeMoines, IA
2014 - Teays Valley, WI
2015 - Warsaw, IN
2016 - Athens, OH
2017 - Old Saybrook, CT
2018 - Winterset, Iowa
For photographs of some our previous Jamborees, please click the link for the year above. If you have photos you would like to share, please contact Nicholas Barbour at email@example.com