Iowa Arboretum Photo Contest

The Iowa Arboretum is celebrating its 50-year anniversary with a photo contest! Head out to the Arboretum and photograph its beauty and then enter your pictures. The contest is broken into four parts to capture each season, winter, spring, fall and summer. The first opportunity to enter is already live, running from January 8 until February 28. Bundle up and head to the Arboretum! More information is available on the Arboretum website.

MAC Donates to Greater Love

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) Christmas Extravaganza, held in December, was a success. Local residents came out in the evening to enjoy the parade, a visit with Santa, soup supper, dance performance and local artists sale. In addition, the Avenue of Trees included many lovely and clever decorations, which were donated by local businesses and auctioned off during the Extravaganza. The successful auction allowed MAC to donate $250 to Greater Love Ministries in Madrid.

7th Annual Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display

Check out 611 South Market Street to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights and music. The display lights are lit from 6 to 10 pm each night until January 1, 2018. Nick Snider and Sarah Carr create the display each year, and they have about 13,000 lights this year! Tune in to 101.7 FM to listen to music accompanying the light show.

Christmas Extravaganza on December 4

The Madrid Christmas Extravaganza will be on Monday, December 4, 2017. The Lighted Parade will begin at 6:00 pm;  line up at St. John’s Lutheran Church. For more detail visit the event’s page.
Lighted Parade Map

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) sponsors this event.

Madrid’s SHARE Program Seeks Volunteers

Looking for a way to help others and get involved in the community! SHARE is a local nonprofit food purchasing group that provides high quality and nutritious products at a reduced cost through a volunteer led, community-based distribution system. You can help by sorting food on distribution day at Greater Love Ministries. Contact Sue Timm at 515-298-0049 for more information or for other ways you can help.

Halloween Light Show in Madrid

Check out the Halloween light display at 611 S Market Street in Madrid from 7-10 pm. The light show syncs with the radio, channel 101.7 FM. The show will run from October 18 until October 31. Happy Halloween!

Beggar’s Night

Beggar’s Night will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Find jokes to share with people you visit here, and don’t forget to visit the Library during your trip around town.

Be sure to turn on your porch light if you are handing out candy. Happy Halloween!

MAC Office Hours

The new Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) office is located at 124 S. State Street in Madrid. The MAC office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment. Mary Swalla Holmes at to set up an appointment. Call 515-681-5525 for more information.

High Trestle Trail Bridge Lights Public Forum

Due to the high volume of interest from the public, The Boone County Conservation Board will hold a public forum on Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM to address issues with the High Trestle Trail and Grant’s Woods. If you have comments, suggestions or questions regarding these areas, please attend this meeting. The October 5 Public Forum is in place of the public comment period originally announced for the regularly scheduled Boone County Conservation Board meeting on October 9, 2017; there will not be a public comment period on October 9. The forum will be held at the Swede Point Park shelter house. The address is 1601 322nd Lane, Madrid, IA 50156.

You may also submit written comments to: Boone County Conservation Board, 610 H Avenue, Ogden, IA 50212 or by email at

High Trestle Trail Bridge–New Light Schedule

The High Trestle Trail Bridge lights will be turned off at 10:30 pm beginning Monday, September 25, 2017. These special hours are being implemented in an effort to reduce noise along the rural areas near homes and the bridge, including the Grant Woods parking lot along QF Lane. Normal winter hours, with lights ending at 9pm, will begin November 1.

Other options for reducing noise are being considered for next year; an ideal solution would be for trail users to make an effort to be quieter while using the trail during night-time hours. Thick summer vegetation hides the homes and makes it difficult for trail users to be aware of where their choices may affect others.