Iowa had its share of ups and downs in 2018. Take a look back at some of the highs and lows chronicled by Homegrown Iowan during the past year:
Iowans braved the cold last winter to demonstrate in favor of common-sense gun laws.
Advocates in Cedar Rapids also turned out to show their support for America’s “dreamers.”
Linn County Master Gardeners held another successful Winter Gardening Fair in 2018.
Spring brought the devastating news of the death of Feed Iowa First founder Sonia Kendrick.
Visitors saw a hilltop view of Cedar Rapids when Mount Trashmore’s scenic overlook opened for a sneak peek during EcoFest 2018.
Iowa’s farmers markets were wholeheartedly welcomed after an unusually long winter.
Iowa native Maddie Poppe made an appearance at the Butler County Fairgrounds before going on to win “American Idol.”
Cedar Rapids marked the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 floods in June 2018.
Summer brought top talent to Iowa during festivals in 2018, including Czech Village Blues.
As usual, the Iowa State Fair also drew top acts and large crowds in 2018.
Demonstrators took to the streets in September as part of an international effort to raise awareness during the RISE for Climate Action.
The long-awaited opening of the new location for the History Center was celebrated with a grand opening in October 2018.
Fall 2018 saw the final days of an iconic shoe repair shop in Marion, Iowa.
Residents in southeast Cedar Rapids ramped up efforts to save their neighborhood from industrial development this winter.
Many thanks to all of the readers and friends of Homegrown Iowan. Cheers to a healthy and happy 2019!