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      Down the Road Le Mars: Living in Le Mars and Plymouth County Fair Activities

      Le Mars is the only city under 10 thousand in Iowa that has a 27 hole golf course. There's another kind of course that gets a lot of use, an 18 hole, disc golf course that was expanded a couple of years ago. Additionally, one of the buildings at the former Westmar College campus is now a busy YMCA, one of the few Y's in community the size of Le Mars. Mayor Dick Kirchoff said, "from ladies and older gentleman using our indoor pool, particularly in the winter time, to young kids playing basketball. It's a place for people to really work out and get health." Next door to the "Y," a former Westmar cafeteria has been renovated into a convention center that can service up to roughly a thousand people at the same time. "We have weddings there every weekend. It's a dual center, duel level. So usually in the summer you'll find there will be two of them going on at the same time," said Kirchoff

      Brownmiller, who heads the convention and visitors bureau, works out of this new visitor's center on Central Avenue, the city's main street. It's easier for visitors to find to get information and maps, and even snap a photo or two.One of the most heavily used and popular features of Le Mars is the nearly 10 miles of bike and walking path that encircles the city.

      Friday night at 7 p.m. is the always popular Cooking School. It is longtime tradition at the fair that is done in partnership with the local Fareway store. It is basically a class on how to cook various products, conducted by a local expert. At the end of the class participants have an opportunity to win a very special prize. "Every year we get together these bags of groceries and at the end of the night, the cooking school, people have a chance to win these bags of groceries," said Fareway Asst. Grocery Manager Tony Melvin. The cooking school offers folks the chance to try some foods that are a little more wholesome than traditional fair food. And it's located conveniently near the other activities at the fair. Melvin said, "The cooking school is actually going to be at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds at Century Hall, Friday night at 7:00 pm. You must be present to win one of the prizes. So, you need to go and stay and enjoy and learn a few things while you're there." Melvin estimates each prize bag is worth about 30-to-40 dollars in Fareway groceries.
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