Why do we say “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”?? More reasons…the spirit displayed in our homecoming parade, the anticipation of seeing our homecoming royalty and the excitement of Friday night football!!! Respect for our Veterans - brats and pies at the VFW Hall plus red poppy sales. A refreshing Family Fun Walk sponsored by MOMS (Moms on a Mission) will be held Sunday. There is a refreshing satisfaction filling our area. It is invigorating (and refreshing) to watch the local farmers harvesting this year’s crops. The Manning area thrives on the agricultural economy. We are thankful… The sum total of these events won’t be found in the city nor in many small towns but they are held in our refreshing version of 21st century Mayberry!
Why do others say “Manning Its Refreshing”? An Indiana farm family wrote in their blog: “amazing road trip - it involved 1600 miles…major interstates, dirt/gravel roads, 3 states and the best of small town America...Friday morning we rolled into Manning around noonish - ever been to Manning? Not a lot of choices in the restaurant area so after two trips around town we parked on the main drag and all jumped out… As I was waiting I saw a lady come out of a place across the street and as she walked my way said to her "Could you tell us a good place to eat here in town?" - she pointed right down the street to a place called Third and Main…! We had a nice but brief conversation and then just as I said thank you so much to this completely wonderful stranger and turned to go she politely says to me "Umm I think you dropped something" only for me to look down and realized (she was right)!!!! She was so polite and giggled and said "Oh don't worry I have been there" - I was beginning to love the people of Manning!
Third and Main was the neatest, friendliest place…it was like eating at home - only nicer, cleaner and someone else did the cooking!
So the waitress came back to welcome us - Julie (yea we are on a first name basis now-well at least I am with her), she took our drink orders and proceeded to tell us what was on the menu today - by the time she came back with our drinks she knew we were from Indiana, who we talked to on the street…and what we were doing in Manning - small town communication at its best - she went on to share with us a farm that we needed to visit and their phone number. While waiting on our food we made some calls and plotted out our afternoon rounds and listed the farms we wanted to visit and the best order - and on our way out the door we were offered homemade cupcakes for dessert, seriously people of Manning I love you!
Once we ate… and exited Third and Main with waves of good bye's from the locals that now knew several things about us: where we were from, why we were in town, how long we would be in the area, the farms we were visiting…!!!!
So if any of the…people that read this blog are ever in the area of Manning Iowa may I suggest that you stop by Third and Main - just tell Julie that I sent you - basically she will have no idea who I am but it will make me feel special!”
Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing