Howard County Living Out Loud!
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Welcome to Howard County!

Welcome to Howard County!

Howard County - Where Community Pride Was Invented!
Located along the Upper Iowa River in Northeast Iowa, less than an hour from the Mississippi River.

Visit the boyhood home and farm of Dr. Norman Borlaug and stop in at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Canoe the Upper Iowa River, explore Lake Hendricks in Riceville and the Nature Center at Vernon Springs.

Miles of bike trails, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, off-road trails, and hiking. We have dirt track racing, 3 distinct golf courses, and excellent hunting & fishing areas.

Our outdoor Fitness Trail possesses outdoor equipment strategically placed along the Prairie Springs Recreation Trail. Enjoy your run/walk and work-out along the trail because this scenic experience now adds a challenge to all fitness levels!

Visit the largest fitness center in the region (indoor pool, track and basketball court, hot tub, weights, virtual golf).

Find out why we are so proud of Ellen Church!

Every city has a summer festival and we celebrate Snowfest in January.

Howard County is home to Featherlite, Inc. as well as many innovative and unique businesses. Visit the largest flower and produce market in the region (Cedar Valley), the Amish and Mennonite greenhouses and shops, the first county-wide Farmers Market in the state of Iowa - EVERY city has a market. We have art galleries, bike shop, quilt shop and other specialty shops.

Contact our office to find out more about Howard County

101 2nd Ave SW, Cresco, Iowa 52136, 563.547.3434

The Best Part of Iowa T-Shirts are Now Available
Northeast Iowa Tourism Association in conjunction with Howard County Business & Tourism is excited to announce the launch of their e-commerce site! You will find newly designed short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts focusing on fishing, biking and kayaking in the best part of Iowa - Northeast Iowa!

Northeast Iowa Tourism Association is a regionally based tourism group focusing on Northeast Iowa, which includes the counties of Allamakee, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. 

You will find more information about Northeast Iowa and a link to the t-shirts at Place your order online today!  Each shirt sale pays $5 to Northeast Iowa Tourism Association to assist in efforts to promote the best part of Iowa - Northeast Iowa!

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Trunk or Treat!
Trunk or Treat!
316 3rd Ave E (parking lot)
Cresco, IA 52136
Contact: Jason Passmore
Phone: 563.547.3434
Bring your Halloween ghosts and goblins to the Cresco Fitness Center, Saturday, October 31st for the Cresco Chamber's Trunk-or-Treat from 3- 5:00pm.

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