Hanover Festival

Remembering Orville Radke: Alta’s corn picking phenom

Prompted ‘Radke Day in Alta’ Nov. 4, 1939

Folks that attended the Hanover Festival last Sunday learned about the famous Orville Radke (now deceased), who put Alta on the map, starting in 1939 for his corn picking abilities. Orville’s son Myron Radke, a retired teacher and coach living in Aurelia, set up a display on the Hanover grounds. His presentation not only acquainted listeners with his dad’s accomplishments, […]

Hanover celebrates 25 years

The 25th annual Hanover Festival brought lots of fun to the little village west of Storm Lake Sunday.

Hanover Festival, tractor ride this weekend

Hanover Fest on Sunday The 25th Annual Hanover Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29, from noon-7 p.m. at Hanover Village, southwest of Alta, at the junction of M-27 and C-65. This family-friendly event is an opportunity to explore this restored turn-of-the-20th-century village and learn about life and work in the rural areas of Iowa’s past. Highlighting the event is live music under […]

Hanover readies for festival

The 25-year restoration project at Hanover Village

In the late 1800s there were many general stores  serving the needs of the rural population located in small villages which have disappeared from the map. One such business was the Hanover General Store, almost 10 miles from other small towns.  This store lasted longer than most and ultimately closed in the mid-1960s. Sitting empty, the ravages of time and […]

Bands for Hanover Festival announced

Two audience-pleasing bands have been hired for the annual Hanover Festival to be held Sunday, Aug. 29, from 12-7 p.m. The event occurs at the Hanover Village located at the intersection of C-65 and M-27 southwest of Alta. Malek’s Fishermen, one of the Midwest’s finest polka bands, will entertain for your listening and dancing pleasure with traditional German and Czech […]

Hanover Village receives ILEC grant and prepares for annual festival

The Hanover Historical Society was awarded a $4,000 grant by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Charitable Foundation from its Round Up program to install electric service to the Hanover Village barn. The illumination will make the displays and their descriptions more visible and is a safety factor. The electrical work was done by Power Solutions, Alta. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative also […]