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Indee Door Print-Back by Popular Demand

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Absolutely Indee

Back by Popular Demand!
Limited Time Only!

Just in time for Christmas, the INDEPENDENCE Door Print has been re-released due to popular demand.  Only 50 prints are available, with 30 unframed for $35.00 and 20 framed for $85.00; numbers 151-199.  This makes for a wonderful last minute Christmas gift!  Proceeds from the door prints benefit Absolutely Indee, a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize, create and implement marketing strategies that compliment and promote community visioning designed to inform current and prospective citizens on the qualities and benefits of living in the Independence, Iowa area.  Call the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase yours just in time for Christmas at 319-334-7178 or stop by the office at 112 1st St. E., Independence.

The Doors…

1)      Mental Health Institute

Opened in 1873     2277 Iowa Ave

2)      Baggage Room – Illinois Central Railroad Depot

Highway 150 N.

3)      St. James Episcopal Church

202 – 2nd Ave NE

4)      Buchanan County Courthouse

Commissioned in 1857     210 – 5th Ave NE

5)      Daniel S. Lee Mansion (the home of Independence’s first mayor – 1864)

817 First Street East

6)      Independence Post Office

200 – 2nd Ave NE

Proceeds from the Doors project benefit Absolutely Indee.


NEW-2013 Map of Amish Country, Hazleton, Iowa

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

2013 Amish Country Map, Hazleton, Iowa

Amish Stores Listing, Page 1

Amish Stores Listing, Page 2

Amish Maps are provided by the Hazleton Commercial Club

PO Box 363, Hazleton, Iowa 50641

319-636-2854 or 319-636-2243

2013 4th of July Parade Entry Form

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


2013 4th of July Parade 


 Hosted by the

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce


Theme: Independence: There’s No Place Like Home


Welcome to our 153nd  Parade Celebration! Please complete and return the bottom portion of this official entry form with the applicable entry fee by Monday, June 24th 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 24th, 2013

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




Keep the above portion for your records – Return the bottom portion.



Name of Entry (business, group or individual) ______________________________________________________________


Type of Entry/Vehicle ___________________________________                      Music (yes/no) ______


Additional Vehicles ____________                                # of Adults ________         # of Children ________


Responsible Person______________________________________________

Contact Phone ________________________


Mailing Address _____________________________________________________________________________________


Email _____________________________________________________________










My signature below is my bond that I understand the rules and guidelines for the 2012 4th of July Parade and warrant that my/our entry will fully comply.


Responsible Person ____________________________________________  Date Signed_____________________

Entry fee and entry form must be mailed together





1. Parade officials will inspect all entries and reserve the right to eliminate any entry that is in violation of these rules.


2. The 2013 Parade will start from City Hall and end at the Buchanan County Fairgrounds.  Line-up will start along 4th Avenue NE on the west side of St. John’s Church at 6:00 a.m.  Entrants should be in the line-up no later than 8:00 a.m.—the parade will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.


3. Once your entry has started along the parade route, no one may board your float.


4. Cover all open wheels for safety (so marchers cannot snag clothing or be pulled under wheels).


5. Your entry may not exit the parade route before the end of the parade.


6. No alcohol is allowed. Independence Open Container law will be strictly enforced.


7. For public safety, nothing may be thrown from your entry—candy, eggs, water balloons, super soakers, or other objects.  Candy and/or small gift items may be handed out along the parade route.


8. Entries with children under the age of 19 must have one (1) adult per five (5) children. 


9. All entries must have clear identification signage.


10. Changes in the parade line-up will be at the sole discretion of the parade officials.