Upcoming Wood, Wine, and Blues Festival Includes Family Friendly Events

Beaver Wood Carving
The beaver wood carving welcomes people to the campus of Buena Vista University. This is just one of the more than 26 tree sculptures in Storm Lake.

Every town has something that sets it apart from others, something that makes it unique and special. Storm Lake, Iowa has more than one of those things. From the community’s ethnic diversity to the beautiful lake and the enormous lighthouse welcoming visitors to town, Storm Lake is unique in so many ways.

One of the other fun things found in the lake town includes more than 26 tree sculptures! Where else can you find that many unique pieces of art made from trees scattered throughout a community? And, to sweeten the deal, there is an entire weekend devoted to creating more of these wooden gems!

The annual Wood, Wine, and Blues Festival will be held August 14-16, 2015 at Sunset Park in Storm Lake. The three day event hosts wood carving competitions, a triathlon, wine and arts in the park, a beer making demonstration, music, and a mini golf tournament. To find the full schedule of events, click here.

Reading the Tree Sculpture Map
The girls had fun reading the map and finding the next tree sculpture. They said it was like finding treasures. Indeed it was!

While this event has a lot of adult fun, there is plenty for kiddos to enjoy. Watching the chainsaw masters magically change a block of wood into a work of art is entertaining for people of all ages. It is amazing to see what emerges from the sawdust. On a recent Girls Adventure, my girls and I took a self-guided tour around Storm Lake to find as many of the tree sculptures as we could.

We stopped at Storm Lake United and picked up a brochure that included a list and map of current tree sculptures. With the map in hand, we ventured throughout the city in search of the the beautiful tree carvings. Many of them are grouped together, so chances are you won’t have to go far to find several of them. In less than a mile loop around Buena Vista University’s campus and surrounding neighborhoods, we found 6 tree sculptures, including one that isn’t even on the map yet! We look forward to seeing even more of these one-of-a-kind treasures be created at the Wood, Wine, and Blues Festival!

Hy Noon Kiwanis Triathlon
In past years, we have had fun watching the swimmers in the lake and cheering on the athletes at the Hy-Noon Kiwanis Triathlon.

The Hy-Noon Kiwanis Triathlon  is another great family event on Saturday, August 15. While not everyone may be up for a 800 meter swim, 12.63 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run, the triathlon is fun to watch. Cheering on the athletes is a great way for families to get involved and support a great cause at the same time. The Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club uses the proceeds from the event to help eliminate MNT (maternal and neonatal tetanus). To get more information, click here.

Pirates’ Pointe Mini Golf Course is sponsoring the Captain’s Cup Miniature Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 16. Kids up to age 16 play for prizes including cash, Pirates’ Pointe certificates, waterpark passes, and a TV. It is sure to be a day full of fun for many kiddos and their families. Check out King’s Pointe’s Facebook page for further details.

There will be something for everyone in Storm Lake August 14-16, 2015. Be sure to check out the Wood, Wine, and Blues Festival activities along with all the other great things that make Storm Lake, Iowa special! While you’re there, pick up a map and challenge yourself, your family, or a group of friends to find all the wood sculptures in town. You’ll see for yourself just how phenomenal these sculptures really are!