Tucked in the beautiful Turkey River Valley amid the rolling hills of northeastern Iowa is a small community called Elkader. This is a place where children walk to school with no worry, neighbors know neighbors, and “going fishin'" is an acceptable reason to skip church.
Serving as the county seat for a rural, agriculture county, Elkader survived the tough times of the 80’s, rebounded in the 90’s and continues to build in the 21st century. As you walk down the quaint main street you will notice every storefront is full. For a community of 1,500 this is no small feat. This success can be attributed to an active Main Street program that was the recipient of the 2001 Great American Main Street Award. Most recently, Elkader earned the distinction as the smallest community in the country to have a designated Cultural and Entertainment District.