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Iowa Barn Tour: October 15 & 16

(ALTON)-- 80 barns scattered throughout Iowa will be the focus this weekend for some travelers and history buffs.  The Iowa Barn Foundation's annual self-guided historic barn tour features 12 barns in Northwest Iowa, with tours being held at each location from 8:30am to 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday. The Roghair Barn near Alton is one of the featured locations.  Ruth and Sye Roghair spent lots of time and resources getting their 1916 barn fixed up and close to original condition.  They now use it for hay storage but Ruth remembers learning to milk the cows by hand in there when she and Sye were first married.

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They officially finished the restoration on their barn in 2005 and won the award of distinction for their efforts. Ruth is proud of the barn and the fact that it represents their family's livelihood.  She hopes that people take advantage of this weekends tour to learn about these old Iowa jems that are disappearing from the landscape.

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For more information about this weekends barn tour and where to find all the buildings, visit www.iowabarnfoundation.org.  Oh, and by the way...the last time the Roghair's painted their historic barn, they used 83 gallons of paint!

   

Halloween at Hillview Campground

(HINTON) -- Camping, treating and s'mores...oh my! It's Halloween at Hillview Campground and Recreation Area near Hinton this evening.  This annual event is the first chance for kids young and old to dress up and go trick-or-treating from campsite to campsite. It's also the last chance for campers can stay on the grounds.  Victoria De Vos, a Naturalist with Plymouth County Conservation, says that the campers really get into dressing up themselves and their site.

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Trick-or-treating, hayrides and s'more making, all happen in and around the north and south campgrounds from 6-8p. There are 27 campsites on the north side and 12 on the south side. Campers get to stay at the park for free if they're handing out candy.
De Vos said the festivities come to an end with an night hike that she is leading.

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Halloween at Hillview Campground and Recreation Area near Hinton is tonight.  Trick-or-treating starts at 6pm and all activities are free.

   

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