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2019 County and State Fairs

by Morse Real Estate

As a Midwesterner, our hearts can be easily warmed by the smell of smoked turkey legs, freshly fried corn dogs, and anything else that is served on a stick! July and August are always filled to the brim with local county and state fairs that provide guests with tasty treats, thrilling concerts, deadly demolition derbies, exciting rodeo riding, and smoke-filled tractor pulls. Here is a list of 12 upcoming county and state fairs in Iowa and Nebraska that just cannot be beat and must not be missed in 2019! If we skipped one, please comment below!

2019 County and State Fairs

Mills County Fair – July 11 – 16 -  Malvern, Iowa - 61317 315th St, Malvern, IA 51551
Website: http://www.millscountyfair.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/millscounty.fair
Schedule: http://www.millscountyfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-FINAL-schedule-as-of-4-2-19.pdf

Douglas County Fair – July 11 - 14 - Multiple Locations – Free Parking and Shuttle at METRO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ELKHORN (829 N. 2014th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022) to both Village Pointe (17305 Davenport - Omaha, NE 68118) AND Chance Ridge( 829 N. 2014th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022 (506 Skyline Rd., Elkhorn, NE 68022)
Website: https://www.douglascountyfair.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoFair/
Schedule: https://www.douglascountyfair.org/copy-of-events-1

Pottawattamie County Fair - July 18 – 21  – Avoca, Iowa – 307 W Lincoln St, Avoca, IA 51521
Website: http://pottawattamiecountyfair.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastPottawattamieCountyFair/
Schedule: http://pottawattamiecountyfair.org

Harrison County Fair – July 23-27 - Missouri Valley, Iowa - 1200 W Huron St, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
Website: https://www.harrisoncofair.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harrisoncountyiowafair/
Schedule: https://www.harrisoncofair.com/schedule.html

West Fair – July 25 – 28 - Council Bluffs, Iowa - 22984 US-6, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Website: http://www.westfairevents.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westfairia/
Schedule: http://www.westfairevents.com/

Otoe County Fair – July 25 – 28 – Syracuse, Nebraska - 1st St & Plum St, Syracuse, NE 68446
Website: http://www.otoecountyfair.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Otoe-County-Fair-113197402717/
Schedule: http://www.otoecountyfair.com/entertainment/

Saunders County Fair – July 28 – August 4 – Wahoo, Nebraska - 635 E 1st Street, Wahoo, NE 68066
Website: https://www.saunderscountyfair.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saunders-County-Fair-459966754188968/
Schedule: https://www.saunderscountyfair.com/copy-of-schedule

Sarpy County Fair – July 31 - August 4 - Springfield, Nebraska - 100 Main St, Springfield, NE 68059
Website: http://www.sarpyfair.com/  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SarpyCountyFairRodeo
Schedule: http://www.sarpyfair.com/

Lancaster County Super Fair – August 1 – August 10 – Lincoln, NE - 4100 N. 84th Street, Lincoln NE 68507
Website: https://superfair.org/super-fair-home/  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuperFairLNK/
Schedule: https://superfair.org/see-entertainment/theme-days

Cass County Fair – August 6 – 10th – Weeping Water, Nebraska - 8420 144th Street, Weeping Water, NE 68463
Website: https://www.cassfair.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cass-County-Nebraska-Fairgrounds-447586029109747/
Schedule: https://www.cassfair.com/

Iowa State Fair – August 8 – 18 – Des Moines, Iowa - 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
Website: https://www.iowastatefair.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iowastatefair
Iowa State Fair Map: https://www.iowastatefair.org/upl/downloads/library/fairgrounds-map.pdf
Schedule: https://www.iowastatefair.org/entertainment/fair-schedule/

Nebraska State – August 23 – September 2 – Grand Island, NE - 700 E Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, NE, 68801
Website: https://www.statefair.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaStateFair 
Schedule: https://www.statefair.org/events

Have a safe and fun-filled fair season!

Omaha Area Fireworks Shows

by Morse Real Estate

Omaha metro residents love the smell of black powder and the sparkle of lights that fireworks bring. Families gather together to grill, relax, and celebrate our country’s freedoms while lighting off fireworks. Another way to celebrate Independence Day 2019 in Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas is to watch the large, local fireworks shows. Morse Real Estate has put together a list of local Omaha metro fireworks displays to make it easy to catch them all.

The City of Omaha Celebrates America Free Concert & Fireworks Show with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul w/ Chris Isaak
Dates: June 28, 2019
Location: Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE 68132
Times: 6:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Admission: Free
More Info: Get ready to rock the park! Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) will headline, with co-headliner Chris Isaak also performing. Local cover band The Firm will open the show. Stick around for the fantastic fireworks finale set for 10pm. The concert was originally canceled, but it was brought back with the help of an anonymous donor.

College Home Run Derby & Fireworks
Dates: June 29, 2019
Location: 1200 Mike Fahey St., Omaha, NE 68102
Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
Website: https://www.collegehomerunderby.com/About_Event
Admission: $10+
More Info: Watch college baseball's premier power hitters show off their skills during the Home Run Derby, live on ESPN. Stay for the fireworks! Visit website for all the details.


Lake Manawa Fireworks
Dates: June 29, 2019
Location: 1100 S Shore Dr., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Website: https://www.friendsoflakemanawa.org/lake-manawa-fireworks/lake-manawa-fireworks-support 
Times: 9pm
Admission: Free
More Info: Watch Lake Manawa's largest fireworks display yet over the lake at dusk.


Omaha Storm Chasers Game with Fireworks
Dates: July 4, 2019
Location: 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046
Website: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Team.asp?SponsorID=11796#.XQk__ohKiUk
Times: Starting: 7:05 PM
Admission: $9-$21/Free for Kids 2 & Under
More Info: Bring the family for a night of fun at the ballpark as the Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Nashville Sounds. The night will end with a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show to USA-themed music!


Ralston's 59th Annual Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks
Dates: July 4, 2019
Location: Downtown Ralston
Website: https://ralstonareachamber.org/events/details/2019-independence-day-54
Times: From: 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Info: Bring the family for a slice of Americana complete with music, food, and more. Check out Nebraska's largest parade on Wednesday, along with a fireworks spectacular to cap off the night.

All of our agents wish you a safe and happy fourth of July!

Local Father's Day Events

by Mike Morse

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate the dads in your life that have made a difference and it falls on Sunday, June 16th this year. Here are some ways to celebrate locally in the Council Bluffs and Omaha area this week.

Council Bluffs Farmer’s Market

Start the fun off early with the Council Bluffs Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, June 13th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. They are set-up at Bayliss Park and will have a giveaway for dads and extra vendors to help you find the perfect gift. Plus, they always have live music, kid’s activities and some great vendors. Enjoy the night at the park!

College World Series Fan Fest

Starting June 14th, the official Fan Fest begins and hosts giveaways, live music, interactive games and much more! Head to Lot C and Mike Fahey Street in Omaha for the fun. Visit their website for the schedule: https://www.ncaa.com/championships/baseball/d1/fan-fest

First Annual SAC Museum Car Show

Take dad to this indoor car show that lasts two days! Don’t miss the opening ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at noon that begins with a parachute jump performance. He could even register his car as part of the exclusive show! Visit the website for tickets and information: https://sacmuseum.org/event/car-show/


Fun-Plex

Give your favorite dad the gift of fun in the sun as fathers will get free admission to Fun-Plex located in Omaha on Sunday, June 16th! You can check out their new attraction called Rockin’ Rapids and enjoy the fun from noon to 8PM. Visit their site for more information: https://fun-plex.com/

Sky Zone Omaha

Every dad will jump for joy on Father’s Day at Sky Zone Omaha when they get in free! Jump with them from noon to 6PM. Visit their site the more details: https://www.skyzone.com/omaha

The Mark

Roll over to The Mark located in Elkhorn for a good ol’ fashioned bowling competition! Dad’s get to bowl for free on Sunday, June 17th and there are ribeye and prime rib specials to take advantage of. If you haven’t been to The Mark – go! It is a great place to take the family. Visit their site for more information and discounts: https://markomaha.com/


Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Take your dad to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on June 16th where he can get in free and enjoy watching the animals and checking out their new expansion project that opened May 10th. Visit their site for details: https://www.lincolnzoo.org/events/

We wish you a very happy Father's Day!

 

Iowa Homestead Tax Credit

by Mike Morse
 
Iowa Homestead Tax Credit filing deadline is fast approaching!
 
New homeowners in Iowa are encouraged at the closing table to file for the Iowa Homestead Tax Credit as soon as possible. This program was originally adopted by the state to encourage home ownership through property tax relief. It also protects the homeowner from certain debts being attached to their property as a lien. Homeowners are eligible for the exemption if they own and occupy the property as their primary residence and if they declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes. They must also occupy the property for a minimum of 6 months annually. Owners in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible. 
 
The current credit is equal to the actual tax levy on the first $4,850 of actual value which translates to an average of $50-$200 savings per year on property taxes.
 
Homeowners that would like to file for this exemption may fill out this form and submit it to the county prior to July 1 and only have to file once during a lifetime of ownership as long as it continues to qualify or the property is sold or transferred. People signing up will also be required to certify that a smoke detector has been, or will be installed in the home.
 
Pottawattamie county homeowners may submit the forms:
 
Stopping by in person:
Pottawattamie County Assessor
227 S 6th St. Ste 257
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Mailing it in:
Pottawattamie County Assessor
PO Box 1076
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
 
E-mailing it to:
 
 
If you have questions about filing or would like to speak to one of our expert agents, send us a message

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