on Friday, January 01, 2016
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone already. Turns out, time really does fly by when you're having fun! And boy did we have fun in 2015! Here's a look back at some of our favorite memories:
Ultimate Pi Day - It comes but once in a lifetime, so naturally, we had to celebrate! On March 14th, 2015, we hosted a grand celebration of math, nerds and all things pie in honor of Pi Day, which also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. The festivities included a pie baking contest, a pizza slice eating contest, a baby Einstein photo contest, a nerd costume contest and a nerd herd pub crawl in honor of the mathmatical constant, pi, who's first 5 digits coincided with the date of the event, 3/14/15.
Community Supporter Award - Our Holiday Hoopla Committee was honored with the Community Supporter Award at the Cedar Falls Business & Industry Awards in April. We also found out in May that we were selected as the 2014 Tourism Attraction of the Year by the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Tourism Bureaus!
Main Street Iowa Awards - Our winning streak continued with a clean sweep at the Main Street Iowa Awards in Des Moines where we won in all the categories in which we were nominated! Our Parking Task Force was named Committee of the Year, our Lemonade Day Entrepreneurial Camp won the category of Business Assistance Program, the River Place 300 State Street project brought home the award for best New Construction and our Volunteer Appreciation Event was honored with the Volunteer Leadership Development award. Dawn Wilson was also honored as our Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
Budwesier Clydesdales - Sturgis Falls celebrated their 40th year in June and some extra special guests made appearances downtown. The Budwesier Clydesdales were on hand to greet visitors during the Sturgis Falls Celebration. They also made a special appearance on Main Street to deliver cases of Budweiser to downtown bars and restaurants on June 26th.
Sturgis Falls Trophy - Our Holiday Hoopla float in the Sturgis Falls Parade received was honored with the Sturgis Falls Trophy! Our committee created a rotating twister to fit with the theme of "There's No Place Like Home."
RAGBRAI - It was a big year for biking in the Cedar Valley! Cedar Falls was honored to host the mid-week overnight stop on the 2015 RAGBRAI route and downtown was visited by bikers from throughout the world.
Gran Fondo Cedar Valley/FondoFest - We were thrilled to add a new event to our calendar this year. The inaugural ride of the Gran Fondo Cedar Valley left downtown Cedar Falls bright and early on Saturday August 22nd with bikers riding routes of 30 miles, 60 miles and 100 miles throughout the Cedar Valley. Each route brought the riders back downtown for the finish and we celebrated with our first ever full-scale stree festival, complete with live music, a craft beer garden, and children's activities.
State Street Construction - The downtown district continues to expand with construction along State Street. The River Place Project opened a new mixed-used building to residents and businesses earlier this year. Two businesses currently occupy the first level, and the two other open commercial spaces are expected to be filled in early 2016. The first phase of construction along State Street was also completed, offering better access to the businesses located there.
Jay Leno - Another famous guest made an appearance in downtown Cedar Falls during our ARTapalooza fine art festival in September. Jay Leno was in town doing a show at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and he stopped by downtown Cedar Falls to check out the festivities and graciously greeted fans and posed for photos.
The Millrace - New businesses continued to open and expand in the downtown district throughout 2015. We were especially excited to see The Millrace, the official co-working space of the Cedar Valley, open it's doors at 10 Main Street in downtown Cedar Falls in October. The shared space is ideal for business start-ups, offering shared resources and networking opportunities to help small businesses grow here in the Cedar Valley.