Local Events

Montezuma is a very active community with a full list of annual events, fundraisers and local gatherings.  Consult the Community Calendar on the right for upcoming dates and times, or save-the-date with the information provided below. 

January through March

American Legion Catfish & Ham Dinners

Join the American Legion for a delicious Friday Fish Fry!  Choose catfish or ham, along with cheesy potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert.  $12 for eat-in or carry-out, $13 for delivery.  Dinners are available the second Friday of each month January through March.  The American Legion hall is adjacent to the Montezuma Memorial Hall on Main Street.  For deliveries call, 641-780-3869, 641-990-1816 or 515-979-2705.  MAP

Diamond Lake Ice Fishing Derby

The Diamond Lake Ice Fishing Derby is held the last Saturday of every January at 9 a.m., ice conditions permitting.  The event is sponsored by the Poweshiek County Conservation Board and the Izaak Walton League.  Event registration is held at the Foster Center at the park, with a $5 fee for adults.  Free for children 15 and younger.  Warm refreshments are provided, as well as prizes awarded at the weigh-in.  Contact the Poweshiek County Conservation office for details, 641-623-3191.   MAP  WEBSITE

Fireman’s Sweetheart Breakfast

The Montezuma Fire Department hosts the annual Fireman’s Sweetheart Breakfast at the Fire Station the Sunday closest to Valentines Day.  Volunteer firefighters serve up pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages for a suggested donation.  Donations collected go towards the purchase of emergency equipment and on-going training for volunteer department staff.  MAP

Montezuma Business Expo

Montezuma’s Annual Business Expo has been proclaimed as the best expo in Poweshiek County.  Held every March at the Montezuma High School, the Expo is a local showcase for area businesses, home businesses, industry, and local organizations.  The event is coordinated by the Montezuma Community Boosters.  Event registration opens each February.  $45 table hosting fees support the Boosters organization and continued special events in the community throughout the year.  Contact Jo Ahrens, Boosters President, for details at 641-623-5640.  MAP

April through June

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Community Hope Church of Montezuma sponsors the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on the campus of the Montezuma Community School the Saturday of Easter weekend.  Thousands of colorful eggs filled with surprises are hunted by children of all ages.  MAP

Fun Valley Motocross Season Opener

Fun Valley Motocross, the state’s best competition motorcycle and quad race terrain, opens each season in late April to early May.  Special qualifier events and competitions draw hundreds of visitors to Montezuma each weekend of the race season.  Camping and concessions are available during the regular season.  MAP  WEBSITE

Jackson Church Pinecar Derby

The Pinecar Derby is held every April at the Montezuma Community School.  The derby attracts over 100 racers of all ages who vie for trophies, prizes and good-spirited fun.  Early registration and practice runs for the race are encouraged.  The event is sponsored by the Jackson Church of Christ.  For more information, contact Marvin Ferneau, 641-623-3166.  MAP

Community Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day Observances are held each Memorial Day at the Masonic and Odd Fellows IOOF Cemetery, near the Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma.  The service begins at 10 a.m. and is coordinated by members of the Blakely Stevens American Legion Post 169, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8876, and accompanying ladies’ auxiliaries.  An avenue of American flags fly throughout the community during the Memorial Day Observance.  MAP

Lake Ponderosa Pancake Breakfast

The Lake Ponderosa Association invites the public to attend their annual Pancake Breakfast held each May.  The LPA serves pancakes, sausage and beverages for a donation.  The breakfast is held at the Association Building, 175 West Woodland, Montezuma, Iowa 50171.  MAP  WEBSITE

Summer Nights on the Square

Summer Nights is family held once a month on the Poweshiek County Courthouse square beginning in June and continuing through September.  The free event offers lawn games, entertainment, food and great people watching.  An antique car show also accompanies the event, drawing vintage automobiles, motorcycles and street rods from throughout the state.  MAP

Sig Fly-In Airshow

Sig Annual Fly-In is a weekend event held each June at Sig Airfield 2 miles south of Montezuma along US Highway 63.  The weekend event is for radio-controlled model airplanes.  Competitors and spectators come from all over the Midwest and throughout the United States.  MAP WEBSITE

Count Seat Market Fair

Located on the corner of 2nd & Main in Montezuma, this event is new to Montezuma’s lineup of free summer activities. Consisting of local vendors selling produce, homemade foods, handmade crafts, and art, as well as free entertainment and food available for purchase, this event is sure to entertain the entire family. 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from Memorial Day until Labor Day. 4-7 PM. Contact Montezuma Community Development for more information. 641-623-7600. www.countyseatmarketfair.org

July through September

Let Freedom Ring Celebration

Montezuma’s July 4th Celebration, Let Freedom Ring, is held the Saturday closest to July 4th each year.  Downtown events include sidewalk sales, an open air market, food vendors, Lions Club barbeque and tractor show, two parades, amusements and live entertainment.  The downtown event is sponsored by the Montezuma Community Boosters.  Fireworks sponsored by the Lake Ponderosa Association begin at dusk over the lake which is 4 miles west of Montezuma.  The Montezuma Ministerial Association sponsors a community church service the following day.  MAP  FIREWORKS

Lake Pondonderosa Ice Cream Social

The public is invited to attend the annual Lake Ponderosa Ice Cream Social held every August.  Homemade ice cream, loose meat sandwiches and other treats are served for suggested donation.  The LPA event is held at the association building, 175 West Woodland Road, Montezuma, Iowa 50171.  MAP  WEBSITE

All-Iowa Writers Conference

Montezuma hosts the All-Iowa Writers Conference each year in September.  The event is sponsored by Our Front Porch Books of Montezuma.  Attendees participate in workshops that highlight keys to writing, tips for publishing and book promotion, and writing critiques from visiting guest authors.  A fiction writing contest and meet-n-greet luncheon are also part of the annual event.  MAP  WEBSITE

October through December

Montezuma Boosters Scarecrow Contest

In conjunction with Homecoming Week at Montezuma High School, businesses and individuals can create a scarecrow to hang around the square. Prizes are offered for top entries. For more information, contact Jo Ahrens at 641-623-5640. 

Historic Society Exhibition

The Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society hosted a Civil War traveling exhibition in 2012 sponsored in part by the Iowa State Historical Society.  The event showcased the opening of the Poweshiek County Museum.  Society organizers are planning to host a similar event in the near future, hoping to make it an annual event for Montezuma and for Poweshiek County.  MAP  WEBSITE

Community Thanksgiving Service

The Montezuma Ministerial Association sponsors a Community Thanksgiving Service each year the week before Thanksgiving.  Area churches share in hosting the service and providing music, with local ministers presenting the Thanksgiving sermon. 

Hometown Holiday Event

Hometown Holiday is held the first Saturday of each December and is sponsored by the Montezuma Community Boosters.  Breakfast with Santa kicks off the event, with a cookie walk, special story time at the library and other activities to follow.  The day culminates with Downtown Montezuma Mingle & Jingle, featuring activities for families, local entertainment and Tree Lighting on the downtown square.  MAP