A lively place

The 17th Annual Grimes Farm Run … A Walk in the Park was held on the usual second Saturday in July. It was a beautiful morning enjoyed by many families and competitive runners as well. Proceeds of the race will go toward the Leonard Grimes Memorial Amphitheater to begin construction later this summer.

The Leonard Grimes Amphitheater will be a wonderful feature for Marshall County. The design includes a three-tiered limestone structure on the northwest side of the building. It will be complete with wiring for lights and sound making it a lovely venue for weddings, dramas, programs and musical events.

Our sponsorship levels are based on nature’s majestic raptors that are characterized by keen vision and strength. We appreciate our sponsors’ vision in supporting the Grimes Farm and the strength their support gives us.

We would like to thank our generous Bald Eagle Sponsors: Barr Asset Management, Fauna Nord Team (Coldwell Bankers Premier Real Estate), Grimes Buck Schoell Beach & Hitchins, Lennox Manufacturing, Marshall County Conservation Board and the Times-Republican.

Our Golden Eagle Sponsors are: ACE Precision International, LLC, Glenwood Place, HyVee, McGregor Furniture & Mattress and SportsPlus Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy.

Red Tail Hawk Sponsors are: Pinnacle Bank, Zeno’s Pizza, Concrete, Inc., KFJB/KXIA, Great Western Bank, Independent Insurance Services, Isle of Green Garden Center, Superior Cleaning, Marshalltown Family Dentistry, Five Star Real Estate Group, McFarland Clinic, Joe and Janelle Carter, Mitchell Family Funeral Home, Adland Engraving and Screenprint, Taco John’s, R.S. Stover, Farmers Savings Bank, Augustine Company, Inc. and Sports Page.

American Kestral Sponsors are: Animal Clinic – the Vet, Shomo-Madsen Insurance, Eyecare Associates, Smiles in Motion, Strands, Inc., Electric Supply of Marshalltown, Breathe Integrative Therapy, Home Rental Center and Sales Co.

Groups adding in-kind donations to our efforts were Van Wall Equipment and Marshalltown Water Works and Gary Nablo.

The Grimes Farm Run … A Walk in the Park would not be possible without the faithful help of many, many volunteers. We are grateful for these energetic people willing to give up a lovely Saturday morning … and in some cases, many more hours of trail clearing, planning, budgeting, grocery shopping and keeping track of all those runners.

Anyone who thinks Marshalltown is not a vibrant, growing community should visit the Grimes Farm and check out the children exploring the nature playscape, the active people on the bike trail, families enjoying the Story Walk and classes being offered by the staff of the Marshall County Conservation Board. It is a lively place!