Manning, IA – Locals are invited to the Evolution of the Heartland Community Tailgate from 5:30-9pm at the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park on August 3rd, 2023. The tailgate will feature live music, a meal, Iowa Vendor Showcase, and a mini farm show.

Lieutenant Governor, Adam Gregg, will kick off the Community Tailgate, speaking about how, together, we can “Grow in Rural Iowa”. Attendees will get a taste of rural Iowa with a supper including prime rib, brat bites, pork loin, a charcuterie display, and locally made desserts. Attendance is free, but the meal is $15/person and tickets can be purchased at the door. Food will be provided by Two Palms Catering (Audubon), Deb’s Corner Café (Manning), Darrell’s Place (Hamlin), The Bakery on Broadway (Audubon), Sporrer’s Sweet Corn (Templeton), Sporrer’s Melons (Manning), and Iowa Yak Ranch (Exira).

The Evolution of the Heartland Community Tailgate will also include an Iowa Vendor Showcase featuring goods and produce from local retailers and an outdoor “mini farm show” with local agricultural businesses. Retail vendors will include Feminine, Journey Trail Mix, Rusted Relics, Elizabeth Brittain Designs, Home Tree Leather, Tropical Sno, 2 Sisters Garden Art, The Crap Shack, Silver Valley Craft Corner, and 712 Boutique. Agricultural businesses like Manning Rent-all, Puck Enterprises, Iowa Yak Ranch, and others will be set up for a mini farm show. Attendees can also enjoy live music by 2 ½ Guitars on the courtyard while browsing handmade items and other Iowa-based products.

This year’s Evolution of the Heartland event is made possible by the following sponsors, Travel Iowa, Iowa Food & Family Project, Audubon County Farm Bureau, Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park, Emerge Marketing Solutions, Iowa Corn 4th District, Iowa Pork Producers Association, City of Manning, Audubon County Economic Development, and Farm Credit Services of America, and many more.

Evolution of the Heartland is seeking retail and agricultural vendors for the Iowa Vendor Showcase. For more information, please complete the online forms or contact event coordinator, Annie Greve, at Follow along with event updates on Facebook and Instagram @evolutionoftheheartland to learn more.

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