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Dyersville Celebrating 150 Years

Dyersville is celebrating its 150th birthday this week – and it culminates tonight with a big community event.

Chamber Director Karla Thompson says when looking at the calendar and trying to plan the event, they decided to combine the celebration with Dyersville’s Downtown Summer Nights.

Dyersville was founded by James Dyer in the mid-1800’s. Dyer built the first frame house in Dyersville in 1850 – and it’s still standing today downtown across from City Hall, renovated and restored to its Victorian beauty and known as the Dyer-Botsford House. 

All week, the community has been celebrating its 150th year with guided walking tours at some of Dyersville’s historical homes and businesses, with participants even able to see the underground tunnel that sits under the old Tegeler Dairy building where Dwier Brown’s new baseball museum just opened. 

But Thompson says tonight is the big event, with music, games and a parade.

And to celebrate 150 years, Dyersville is giving away $150 every hour at the event tonight during a special drawing.

Dyersville’s 150th Celebration/Downtown Summer Nights runs through 10 pm.


photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH and Dyersville Chamber

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