(37 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2017 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 23-24 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250), July 8-9 (ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946.
The main museum building houses many artifacts of the county displayed in individual room settings, including a country store, rural school room, and reproductions of rooms from the Victorian era and the 1930s. Newton was known as the “Washing Machine Center of the World” at a time when over 40% of the world’s washers were shipped from Newton and that exhibit includes information and artifacts from many of those companies. Maytag was the dominant company in the industry for many years and a large number and variety of Maytag products are on display. Products range from an early Buffalo Hay Press, rare 1907 Pastime washer and an exhibit of aluminum military parts, to the last Maytag machine made in Newton.
Winter Hours (self-guided tours only)
October 1–April 30
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Monday–Friday
Summer Hours (docent-led or self-guided tours)
May 1–September 30
1:00–4:00 p.m. 7 days/week (excluding major holidays)
The Arboretum occupies six acres of land in the southeast portion of Agnes Patterson Memorial Park along 3000 North 4th Avenue East. More than 185 individual trees of 150 species cover the grounds. The park is filled with demonstration beds including three annual beds, a mixed perennial bed, an ornamental grass bed, a rose bed, two woody shrub beds, a shade garden, a tulip bed, a rose bed, a butterfly garden, a water garden, and a native prairie. The park also has a large pond and over 3,000 feet of hard surface trails. Other focal points include the Betty Allen Gazebo, the Smith Garden Arbor, the Swanger Bow Bridge, and numerous sculptures. The Arboretum was developed and is managed by Project AWAKE. Project AWAKE is a 501(c)(3) public charity. No tax dollars have been used in the development and maintaining of the Arboretum. The Arboretum is maintained by a volunteer Board of Directors and the “Friends” of Project AWAKE.