Community Center (Quimby, Iowa)

Community Center (Quimby, Iowa)

Named after an officer for the Illinois Central Railroad line, the Cherokee County community of Quimby was founded in August 1887, and a post office was established two months later. The Quimby Community Center, which sits along Main Street in the town of 368 residents, serves as the regular meeting spot for six community organizations, including the American Legion and Auxiliary, a Senior Citizens group, and the local Red Hat Society.

It is also a focal point in the annual Watermelon Days celebration, held in Quimby each June. Over 3,000 pounds of watermelon are served during the weekend event, which features amusement rides, a children’s parade, and a golf tournament at the 9-hole course located on the southeast side of town.

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