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Fort Dodge, Iowa, is located along the Des Moines River. The population of just over 25,000 people is 91% Anglo American. The largest minority is African American at about 4%. Less than 3% of the population is Latin America. Gypsum and limestone mining generate the bulk of the local economy in this midwestern city.
One of the state’s best golf courses is at the Country Club here. There are 32 city parks in all. The river and two creeks here make this a primary destination for river tubing aficionados. There are hiking trails in some of the town’s parks. Camp sites are not far.
There are some 60 restaurants in town including several big fast food chains. Historic Central Avenue in the downtown area hosts many of these restaurants as well as a number of small boutiques and a few larger stores. There is a limited offering of performers which includes a live community theater troupe. Movie theatres can be found here as well.
The Oak Hill District is home to the Blanden Memorial Art Museum. There are numerous 19th Century homes in this neighborhood. The town has approximately a dozen hotels and motels offering accommodations. There is a local public transit bus network known as the DART.
The site where the Des Moines River and Lizard Creek meet was the site where the US Army built a fort in 1850. After only 3 years it was abandoned. In 1869, the town was settled and the first Gypsum manufacturing in the US west of the Mississippi River commenced at this location.
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The Frontier Days event is a tradition in this town since the mid-1970s. It is held at the Old Fort Museum. Some of the townspeople here re-enact frontier life. A parade, live music and food and beverage sales are also part of the carnival atmosphere at this annual festival. (http://www.frontierdaysfd.com/)
For over a decade, the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is held in mid August. Funds are raised for charity with the event. Aside from team rowing competition, there is food, drink and live music at this festive event. (http://www.fortdodgedragonboat.com/)
Cruise to the Woods is the largest cruise car show in Iowa. It is held at the Webster County Fairgrounds in the early fall. It brings classic cars from around the mid west to this 2 day event. (http://www.wccruisers.com/cruisetothewoods.html)
The Chamber of Commerce holds an Annual Fall Fest every September. This street festival includes food and craft vendors as well as live entertainment on several stages throughout the day of the activity.
Each year there is an International Horse Archery Festival held here in Fort Dodge. Every September the festival seeks to highlight international mounted shooting styles with special guest archers. (http://www.intlhorsearchery.org/horse-archery-articles.asp)
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Delta service from Sydney (SYD) requires nearly 29 hours to reach Fort Dodge (FOD) due to more than 7 hours of layover time in Los Angeles (LAX).
Australians in this location can receive consular assistance from the Consulate-General in Chicago, Illinois. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ChicagoCG.html)