Cedar Valley 2019 Year In Review: What You May Have Missed

Cedar Valley 2019 Year In Review: What You May Have Missed

2019 was a year of celebration. Celebration of exciting announcements like the $100 Million Lost Island Theme Park, Cedar Falls E-Sports team winning a national championship, and the opening of two all-play facilities in the Cedar Valley.

We are thankful for the many great events, organizations, and people that have been champions for the Cedar Valley, promoting growth, community, and opportunity.

We compiled a shortlist of some of the highlights of 2019 and felt nostalgic as we put this together. We hope you enjoy and are looking forward to an even greater year ahead!

This Year’s Top Baby Names in the Cedar Valley (12/18/19)

The most popular girl’s name was Harper and the most popular boy’s name was Oliver. Oliver has been in the top five for the past two years. UnityPoint Health released the Top 5 Cedar Valley Baby Names after sharing and celebrating that the Cedar Valley was experiencing a baby boom – seeing “…about a 20 to 25% growth in births.” Read More

Cedar Falls High School E-Sports Team Wins National Championship (12/17/19)

CF Ambush took to the big stage and took first place over 244 other teams from across the US and Canada. E-Sports is a newer competitive arena and has paved the way for new career opportunities. Read More

Baby Boom in the Cedar Valley (12/12/19)

“It’s no secret the Cedar Valley is growing in population. Allen Hospital is growing with it.

‘So, in the last three years, we’ve seen about a 20 to 25% growth in births,’ Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nurse Executive of Allen Hospital, Mary Hagen said. Read More

John Deere Tractor Museum Named Best Museum in Iowa (11/1/19)

Within a few minutes of entering the museum, you will be amazed and inspired by the engaging displays and rich history that is displayed. John Deere has historic significance right here in the Cedar Valley. This story has been preserved and displayed at Waterloo’s one and only, John Deere Tractor Museum. Read More

All Play Inclusive Park Opens in the Cedar Valley (9/7/19)

“Two moms watched their kids with disabilities struggle on playgrounds. So they teamed up to bring an inclusive park to the Cedar Valley.

It’s a project that would take about five years and $1 million, but they did it!” Read More

Construction Begins on the Field of Dreams Stadium (8/8/19)

Shared in a tweet from the Chicago White Sox, they announced that they, “…are excited to partner with @MLB to host the first-ever major-league game at the Field of Dreams in Iowa! This game will be against the New York Yankees on August 13, 2020.” Read More

WWII B-17 Bomber Lands in the Cedar Valley (7/23/19)

In July of 2019, some famous World War II (WWII) planes touched down in the Cedar Valley of Iowa at Livingston Aviation, part of Waterloo Regional Airport. The planes include one of only a few B-17 Flying Fortresses, a B-27 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell bomber, P-51 Mustang, and P-40 Warhawk. Read More

Lost Island Announces $100 Million Theme Park (7/15/19)

“The project will include a variety of rides and attractions designed to immerse guests in the stories of magical lands that can only be found at the Lost Island Theme Park,” Gary Bertch said. “This attraction is expected to enhance the Cedar Valley as a great place for family entertainment.” Read More

All Play Inclusive Baseball Miracle League Kicks Off in Parkersburg (4/24/19)

“No matter what your ability or inability, however you want to look at it, baseball is something that you can play,” Waller said. “It’s America’s past time. We want everyone to be able to participate.” Read More

Mia Hamm and Olympic Soccer Players Host Soccer Camp (3/4/19)

This past March, Olympic gold medal soccer stars Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini coached and shared some of their wisdom and experience with the Cedar Valley’s young soccer stars. The Cedar Valley Sportsplex in Waterloo, Iowa was the location of the Team First Soccer Academy‘s Iowa stop on their tour to host soccer camps all over the country. Read More

We hope that you had a good 2019 and are looking toward 2020. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as we could not list all of the great things that took place this past year.


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