10th Annual Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display

Check out 611 South Market Street to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights that coordinate to over 15 songs. Tune in to 102.9 FM to listen to music accompanying the light show. The display lights are lit from 6 to 10 pm each night until January 1, 2020. Nick Snider and Sarah Carr create the display each year, and they have over 13,000 lights this year! Keep up with their holiday light displays on their Snider’s Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display Facebook page.

Christmas Extravaganza Canceled – Vote for your Favorite Light Arrangement Instead

Sadly, the 2020 Christmas Extravaganza, which was to be held on Saturday, December 5, is canceled. Join us for festivities next year!

Community Lighting Contest

Take the whole family for a ride to find the best light display in town! Then vote for your favorite decorated home. This year, you get to decide contest winners; there are no judges. Voting begins on Tuesday, December 1 and is available until Tuesday, December 15. Any residence in the 50156 area code is eligible.  Stop by City State Bank (drive through or lobby) to cast your vote.

Four MACC Bucks prizes of $100, $80, $60 and $40 will be offered to the top four displays! Sponsored by Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce.

Madrid Register News Has New Owners

In mid-November, owners of Wilcox Printing sold the Madrid Register News to Mid-America Publishing, which is based in Hampton, Iowa. Only the newspaper is being sold; Wilcox Printing will remain in its current location and will continue to provide its printing services.

The Madrid Register News will continue to provide community news, and Mid-American Publishing has resources to increase the newspaper’s online and social media presence. You may also notice the newspaper’s slimmer design at 22 inches instead of 28.

The Madrid Register News has been in the Wilcox family since November of 1957. Clarence “Bill” and Irene Wilcox made the purchase, and moved the business to Madrid the following year. Dennis and Carol Wilcox joined the family business in 1977 by adding commercial printing services. The business name was then formally changed to Wilcox Printing and Publishing, Inc.

Jennifer Williams (daughter of Dennis and Carol Wilcox) and her husband Ken joined the family business in 2008. After expanding the printing side of the business, Jennifer and Ken decided to sell the newspaper portion of the business this year so they could focus on the printing business.

Mid-America Publishing owns 23 newspapers and 4 shoppers in Iowa. Mid-American Publishing is owned by Matt and Jeanette Grohe of Des Moines.

The Madrid Register News office will move to 126 S. State Street in Madrid. Contact Miranda Beenken with your marketing needs at 515-512-2809 or [email protected]. To share your community news, contact [email protected].

Thanksgiving To Go

Join us Thursday November 26, 2020, from 11am-1pm at the Madrid Community Room and take home a plate of Thanksgiving Dinner for you and yours. This event is open to the Madrid community and is free. Visit the
Please send One representative from each household. Let the volunteer know at the door how many plates you need ( 1 plate per person in the household please). All donations have been made by our great local residents and businesses. The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor this event.

2020 General Election Details

Make your vote count! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the 2020 General Election. Be sure to bring an approved form of identification, which will be required for all voters. Voters who are not pre-registered will also need to provide proof of residence. Madrid residents usually vote in the Madrid Community Room, but check out the Boone County Auditor website if you need more detail. The sample ballot was in the October 15 issue of the Madrid Register News, which is available at the Library and included more detail about voting locations. If you have questions, check out the election page on the Auditor’s website.

MACC Helps Make Madrid Beautiful

Dalander Park landscapingVisit the Johnson Family Trailhead at Dalander Park to see the latest improvement to our community! Landscaping has been added around the large Madrid map on the north side of the trail east of Hwy 17. As the trees grow, they will provide a lovely frame around the map.

Five “Green Giant” arborvitae evergreens were planted, and flowering shrubs will be added next spring. The plants selected support the new “Bird Friendly Iowa” designation awarded to Madrid this year. They are also low maintenance and beautiful.

Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) volunteers supported this landscaping effort.

Frey’s Pumpkin Patch Closes for 2020

Frey’s Pumpkin Patch is now closed for the 2020 season. Thank you for all your support. Watch the Frey’s Facebook page to keep up with opening details for 2021. Items for sale usually include Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins are available for sale. Located 1.5 miles south of Madrid along Hwy 17.

Halloween Light Show in Madrid

Check out the Halloween light display at 611 S Market Street in Madrid from 7-10 pm, weather permitting. The light show syncs with the radio, channel 101.7 FM. The show is designed by sibling team Nick Snider and Sarah Carr. The show will run from October 17 until October 31. Happy Halloween!

Spooky Drive-Thru: Road to Fear Comes to Boone in 2020

Looking for a different way to celebrate Halloween? Try out a spooky drive thru theatre, titled “Road to Fear,” which will include 5 scenes presented by the Boone Community Theatre on October 16-17, 23-34, and 30-31 from 8 to 11 pm. Come to the Central Iowa Expo (1827 217th Road, Boone, Iowa). Cash or credit accepted.

Sponsored by Ogden Telephone, Fareway and Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Madrid Selected for Bird Friendly Community

Madrid is the first town in Boone County to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community! Bird Friendly Iowa chose Madrid because both the City and the community are working to conserve and restore native habitat, especially at Dalander Park and along the High Trestle Trail.

Even the Madrid Public Library is involved; you can find information about bird watching, native plants that benefit birds and ways to keep birds safe linked in the Library’s online resources. Get started today, and be sure not to miss the annual Hawk Watch on the High Trestle Trail!

Bird Friendly Iowa is a project started by Trees Forever. Learn more on the Bird Friendly Iowa website.



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