New Hampton Industrial Park 5K Color Run!

Great Family Fun!

New Hampton Industrial Park  5K Color Run!

The New Hampton Industrial Park Businesses along with New Hampton Park & Rec. are hosting a color run/walk on Saturday, August 29th!  We can't wait to join the craze and get colored!  The race will be runn around the industrial Park walking trail and road (north of the rail road tracks only).  You will be blasted with color at numerous stations along the way! All proceeds will go directly to the "Star Mentoring Program" of Chickasaw County!

When:  Saturday, August 29th, Shot gun Start - 9:00 AM
What:  5K Fun Run/Walk (Fun-meaning there will be no timing)!
For:  Any Age!  (Strollers are welcome and FREE)
Registration/Check In:  Will open at 7:30 am at the TriMark Tech Center (425 Bailey Ave.). Each participant will receive an e-mail with parking directions and route details.


$25-If registered before 8/13/15
$20-For youth 12 & Under if registered by 8/13/15
$40-If registering after 8/13/15 or on race day
$35-For youth 12 & Under if registering after 8/13/15 or on race day
New This Year! FAMILY DISCOUNT - Register as a family and a receive a discount! $15/per family member if registered by the deadline and $30/per family member after the deadline (must be immediate family only).

How to Register:
Register Online at:
Or in person at the New Hampton Park & Rec Office

Adult Programs

Adult Programs

Our department has been providing wellness programs for Adults for as long as we've been around.  Our most popular wellness program is Water Aerobics which is offered at the Super 8.  We also offer a "Fit & Tone" class for those ready to take the challenge!  Along with our wellness programs, we promote a healthy living by getting outside and moving around.  We are lucky enough to have many beautiful parks in towns, and we encourage everyone to get out and get moving!


Local Company Receives 'Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur' Award

Posted: Fri, October 2, 2015
Family Business Earns Accolades for Spurring Local Economic Growth

Milkhouse Candle Creamery, a leader in the soy candle industry, is the latest winner of Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award.  A new focus and timely business mentoring helped turn the Sparrow's candle making hobby into a booming business, with national clients and a growing employment base.  
    The 'Milkhouse Candle Creamery' success story began in 2002, when the Sparrows set their sights on making the best, and healthiest candle possible.  Through experimentation and selling the experiments to co-workers and friends, the Sparrows discovered an untapped market niche that ultimately led to their company's tremendous growth and success.  
    Most candles are made from paraffin wax, a carcinogen, according to Sparrow.  And, even the 'green' and healthier candles advertised as 'soy-based' have just a small percentage of soy.  The Sparrows learned that consumers were looking for a candle product that didn't have carcinogens, so the couple experimented with different soy blends, trying to get it just right, noted Sparrow.    
    "We were living on an acreage at the time, surrounded by soybeans, so we thought we'd give soy wax a try," said Eric Sparrow.  "It doesn't have any of the carcinogens; it's renewable; it's a product of American agriculture; and hey, you can look right out our window and see the soybeans where this wax comes from."
    As the soy candle market grew, so did the success of Milkhouse Candles.  Following the closure of a candle factory in New Hampton that employed 120 people, the building and machinery went up for auction, and the Sparrows launched their plan to expand their candle business.  
    While Milkhouse Candles doesn't have the staff size as the previous company, county leaders say the company's growth and economic benefit for Osage has been extremely valuable.  
    "I was here when the original candle factory closed down, and I know how important those jobs were to our community," said Chickasaw County Farm Bureau President Travis Swehla.  "It's great to have Milkhouse Candles in our community and getting some of those jobs started again.  I'm looking forward to their future in New Hampton."
    The Sparrows say they're looking forward to their future in the community as well, and business continues to grow rapidly.  Milkhouse Candle's original factory in Osage can produce a couple thousand candles per day; their new operation in New Hampton can produce 30,000-40,000 candles per day. With consumers seeking higher quality, soy-based candles, the future is bright for Milkhouse Candles.  Janet Sparrow is quick to remind folks that despite the rapid growth, they are family focused and part of the community.  "We are a family company," Sparrow said.  "I truly believe that everyone that comes to work with us feels they are part of a family, part of a team, and part of something bigger than just making candles."  
    Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources.  The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar, "The Journey to Your Vision," takes place November 10 at Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium in West Des Moines.  For more information, go to
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Grants Available

Posted: Thu, October 1, 2015
The New Hampton Hotel/Motel Grant and the Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant are now taking applications!  If you are interested in applying for one and/or both of the grants, see the links below!  Application deadline for both grants is December 31, 2015.

New Hampton Hotel/Motel Grant -

Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant -
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Curbside Compost Dates

Posted: Wed, September 30, 2015
Compost will be picked up curbside on the following days:

Friday, October 23rd- Compost only
Friday, November 6th- Compost only
Friday, November 20th- Compost & Brush


The compost site will close November 21, 2015 (depending on weather).
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