ALGONA, Iowa- Plans are set here for fall activities as the annual fall color season got underway here this week. Trees began to turn at the Smith Lake area north of Algona, while there were still many trees with green to be seen.
"It's an exciting time of year, our campgrounds are still open, we're open thru the end of October," said Kendall Stumme, who is Executive Director of the Kossuth County Conservation Board. "We're getting a good start on our fall colors, should be good here in the next two or three weeks," added Stumme.
Visitors who come to Kossuth County can choose which areas to look for color. The County also runs Smith Wildlife area, known for it's spring-time maple syrup production, as another area for color. The Ambrose A. Call State Park is south west of Algona. Also just driving around town, trees give a hint of the color show to come.
The Algona businesses are ready for fall visitors as well. Vicki Mallory is the Executive Director of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Mallory lists a state-of-the art pet store, coffee shops, a chocolate store, restaurants and motels which give people a place to stop off. "We have a great diversity of retail in Algona," said Mallory. "Spend a day and enjoy the beautiful trees,and scenery and go home with some purchases," she added. "We're north central Iowa, so if you're in the Des Moines area, it's like 120 miles straight north, it's very easy to get to," she said.
Out at Smith's Lake visitors stop at the Water's Edge Nature Center, with displays of wildlife, and a great view of the lake. The park there has lots of different trees and migrating geese. "The area is a wildlife refuge we don't allow hunting," said Stumme. "It's just getting started for the geese." added Stumme.
ALGONA AREA FALL EVENTS
Oct. 4th 66th Annual Band Festival
Oct. 19th Halloween Hike -3-5pm Smith's Lake $1.00
Oct. 25-26 22nd Annual Craft Show
Oct. 26th Pumpkin Carving Free 1-4 Smith's Lake Jack-O-Lantern Viewing 9pm $5.00 per carload at the Smith's Lake Campground