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About Graettinger, IA

Small town, big heart!

Established in 1893 by German immigrants, Graettinger, Iowa is located in Palo Alto County. Named after an early resident, Dr. Graettinger, the city holds the distinction of having held a Labor Day celebration annually since 1896—a state record. Graettinger’s first Labor Day celebration was held on the farm of Mr. A. A. Wells. This first picnic was sponsored by the Farmers’ Institute, according to the September 4, 1899 edition of the Graettinger Times. In 1913, the event was moved into town where it has been drawing residents from throughout the area each year since with a parade, carnival, street dance, variety show, queen coronation, raffle drawing and many other fun-filled events at Graettinger’s three parks, municipal swimming pool, tennis court and Hillcrest golf course.

Sponsors of Graettinger, IA


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

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Community Organizations of Graettinger, IA


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Events of Graettinger, IA


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Faith Communities of Graettinger, IA


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

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Points of Interest of Graettinger, IA


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Palo Alto County, IA


Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Palo Alto County, IA page.

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Citizens of Palo Alto County, IA


The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!