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13th Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Join the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce along with local businesses at our 13th Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Friday, October 31st from 4:00-5:30pm in downtown Independence.  All are welcome! Independence city-wide Trick-or-Treating to follow from 5:30-7:00pm





2014 Annual Golf Outing

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Join us for the Annual Chamber Golf Outing on Friday, June 20th at Three Elms Golf Course!


Morning and Afternoon Tee Times Available
Check in @ 7:30 AM    Shotgun Tee Off @ 8:15 AM
LUNCH SERVED 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Check in @ 12:30 PM     Shotgun Tee Off @ 1:30 PM
4 Person Best Shot       Lots of Great Door Prizes!

Everyone is invited to join us! All skill levels invited!

$50 General Admission   $45 Chamber Member

**Silver members ($500) receive 1 free ticket
**Gold members ($1000) receive two free tickets


If interested in sponsoring a hole, becoming a title sponsor, prodviding a tee-time beverage cart, challenge sponsor, or donating a raffle item, click here!

Register for the 2014 Farmer’s Market!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

2014 Independence Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill

May 17 – October 18

The Independence Farmers’ Market offers locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, flowers, bedding plants, and herbs. The purpose of the market is to connect customers directly with the person who grew the products in a fun, casual environment.


Independence Farmers’ Market Guidelines:


  • Sales begin promptly at the signal at 8:00 a.m. No early birds.
  • Produce must be grown by the vendor and crafts made by the vendor. Vendors may also be employees of the grower.
  • NO AUCTION items are allowed nor is buying from a source and reselling.
  • Cost of seasonal permits is $30 and for a one-day vending fee the cost is $10.
  • The market stresses cooperation not competition. Disputes are to be resolved respectfully.
  • Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
  • Jams, jellies and baked goods MUST be labeled with ingredients, vendor name and contact information.
  • Baked goods must be covered and up off the ground.
  • If you have questions about market rules talk to the market coordinator or committee member.
  • Smoking is forbidden on all city property.
  • With the exception of stalls for the Historical Society, space for the visibility of the Mill sign and a stall for electrical access vendor stalls are on a first come first served basis on the day of the market (i.e. no overnight parking to “save” a spot).



Vendor Application Form

Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to:

Joe Olsen, 2003 206th St, Independence, IA 50644

Name _____________________________  Business Name ________________________________


Address _______________________ City ____________________ State ________  Zip ________


Phone _________________________ Email _____________________________________________

Items you will be selling:





Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified?               Yes                No


The 2014 market will be coordinated by Gordon Murray-John 563-419-3569; secretary Roxanne Fuller 319-334-7161 and treasurer Joe Olsen 319-334-2709.  Hope Langel is the Facebook contact and Amy Kelly is the web site coordinator.

May Friday Night Live @ 5- Friday Night Fiesta

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 4th of July Parade Entry Form

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

2014 4th of July Parade 

 Hosted by the

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

 Theme: Independence: #ANewEra

(See below for the registration form)

 Welcome to our 154nd Parade Celebration! Please complete and return the bottom portion of this official entry form with the applicable entry fee by Monday, June 23rd to guarantee your position in the parade lineup.

 The entrance fee is $10 for the first vehicle or walking group, and $5 for each additional vehicle or walking group.  Please make checks payable to: Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.

 All entries will be judged this year and plaques will be awarded

based on the following criteria:

 Best Use of Theme

Best Decorated

Best Promotion of the City

                      Most Creative

Best Overall

 Entries must be received by June 23rd, 2014

Please return your completed entry form with your check made payable to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce:

  4th of July Parade

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 104

Independence, Iowa 50644


2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards Registration

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Independence Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards – February 22

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

(Independence, IA)—Independence #ANewEra.  The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Chamber Banquet and Awards at the Heartland Acres Agribtion center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  The Social Hour with raffle and silent auction items begins at 6:00pm with dinner; catered by McElroy’s Catering will begin at 7:00pm with awards to follow.  All are welcome to this fun night of community accomplishment and recognition.  More information, along with table reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling the IACC at 319-334-7178, or fill out the registration form below!

Join us for the 2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards

A night of celebration, recognition, and fun!
Independence #ANewEra

Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner, & Awards to Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Project of the Year, and Hall of Fame Inductions. Join in on the fun today! Seating limited! RSVP BY FEBRUARY 7th!

2014 Chamber Showcase- Early Bird Special 10% off Registration!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

 2014 Chamber Showcase-Registration Now Open

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

2014 Registration Form

(Independence, IA) –The 2014 Chamber Showcase has taken on a new approach to the Chamber Home & Living Show.  The Chamber has decided to make this two day event into an energetic, one day showcase on Sunday, March 23rd at Henderson Event Center from 11am-4pm.

It is with hope that the Chamber Showcase will feature any and all Chamber members; From building supply to hair salons, from restaurants to investments, we want it all!  Booths will be available in various sizes, but will fill up fast, and are only available to Chamber members.

It is our wish to provide all Chamber members with equal opportunity to promote themselves through our several events, and we feel that the rebirth of the Home & Living Show to the Chamber Showcase will do just that.

The Chamber Showcase will provide your business with an established and exciting venue to showcase your products and services to potential customers from Independence and Buchanan County, as well as neighboring communities.  This is very cost effective and low in time commitment to reach a large number of consumers.  This is your time to shine!  Register by January 31st for 10% off your booth registration!  Contact the Chamber for more information at 319-334-7178.

2014 Chamber Calendar Released

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Chamber Calendar of Events- 2014



February 22                                      Annual Awards Banquet

March 23                                           Chamber Showcase

April 13                                             Easter Egg Hunt

May 16                                              Friday Night Live

June 20, raindate August 15       Annual Golf Outing

June 6                                                Friday Night Live

July 4                                                 153rd Annual 4th of July Parade- 9am

July 6                                                 Annual 4th of July Breakfast, 8am-noon

August 8                                           Friday Night Live

October 18                                                  Zombie Run

October 31                                      Downtown Trick-or-Treat

December 5-7                                 Jingle on Main,

  • (Friday-Tree lighting & Window Walk, Saturday- Shopping with Santa, Sunday-Carriage Rides)

Jingle on Main Celebration- December 5th-8th, 2013

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


City of Independence, City Council Elections 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The following is some information regarding the upcoming City of Independence election for Mayor and various council seats.

All City of Independence residents who are registered to vote here will vote for the Mayor and At-Large positions. If you live in a ward with a seat up for election such as 1st, 3rd, 4th, or 5th, you will also vote for a representative for your ward.

Official Candidate Forum

View the FULL Official Candidate Forum HERE

1st Ward, 3rd Ward, 4th Ward, 5th Ward, At-Large, Mayoral

The election will be held November 5th, 2013.

On the Ballot



1st Ward

3rd Ward

4th Ward

5th Ward

Polling Locations

Click here to see the City of Independence Ward Map.

These are locations to vote the day of the election (November 5th):

1st Ward: Falcon Civic Center at 1305 5th Ave NE

2nd Ward: VFW at 128 3rd Ave NE

3rd Ward: Heartland Acres Agribition Center at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd

4th Ward: Senior Citizen Center at 400 5th Ave NE

5th Ward: First Presbyterian Church at 115 6th Ave NW

Voter Information

Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Check here.

Click here to get a voter registration form.

Need to update your registration? Get information here.

Early Voting

Registered voters can vote early at the Buchanan County Auditor’s office during the following hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:20pm.

Absentee Voting

The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election (November 1st).

If the request is received so late that is unlikely the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be considered for counting, the county auditor will enclose a statement to that effect with the absentee ballot.

Need to request an absentee ballot request form? Click here for the form.

It is important to follow instructions EXACTLY when voting via Absentee as your vote will not be counted if you have not done so.