Manchester’s “Rhubarb on the River” Wins Statewide Award

A revamped Manchester event won a big award last week.

“Rhubarb on the River” was recognized as the Outstanding New Event at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Sioux City. Manchester Chamber Director Jessica Pape:

The date for next year’s “Rhubarb on the River” is set for Saturday, June 16th, which is a couple weeks later than when this year’s event took place.

The Markket in Edgewood was also honored at the conference, receiving the award of Outstanding Retail Experience.

Here is a list of this year’s award winners across Iowa:

Outstanding Attraction
The Alley Kadts, Oskaloosa (Metro)
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, Manning(Rural)
Outstanding Community
Council Bluffs (Metro)
Villages of Van Buren (Rural)
Outstanding Dining Business
Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield (Metro)
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, Bellevue (Rural)
Outstanding Event
Loessfest, Council Bluffs (Metro)
Tri City BBQ Fest, Denison (Rural)
Outstanding Individual Leader
Rosemary Beach, Cedar Falls (Metro)
Bill Hillman, Shenandoah (Rural)
Outstanding Lodging Property
BlackHawk Hotel, Cedar Falls (Metro)
White Lions Bed & Breakfast, Winterset (Rural; tie)
Bridges Bay Resort, Arnolds Park (Rural; tie)
Outstanding Marketing Collaboration
GO Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids (Metro)
Chariton Area Chamber Main Street/Tourism, Lucas County, Chariton (Rural)
Outstanding New Event
Quad Cites Tourism Week, Davenport (Metro)
Rhubarb on the River, Manchester (Rural; tie)
World Æbleskiver Major League Eating Contest, Elk Horn (Rural; tie)
Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative
Catch Des Moines, Des Moines (Metro)
DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, DeWitt (Rural)
Outstanding Promotional Material
GO Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids (Metro)
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, Manning (Rural)
Outstanding Retail Experience
Barn Happy, Cedar Falls (Metro)
The MARKKET, Edgewood (Rural)
Outstanding Social Media Execution
Catch Des Moines, Des Moines (Metro)
Villages of Van Buren, Keosauqua (Rural)
Outstanding Website
Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Council Bluffs (Metro)
People’s Choice Award
Okoboji Store in Okoboji