Four seasons of outdoor recreation can be enjoyed in numbers of beautiful parks (including the fabulous Volga River Recreation Area - one of the state's largest). Springtime offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to study nature while searching for wildflowers, hunting for mushrooms, or fishing in the sparkling streams, meandering rivers, or in Frog Hollow Lake (Volga Lake).
Throughout the year, people can participate in activities such as golfing (five courses in the county), camping (outstanding public and private facilities), picnicking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, and hiking. Stock car races are offered for spectators as well as a performing arts center and a movie theater.
In winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and skating top the list. Fall offers beautiful foliage during the "changing of the colors". One of four state-sponsored scenic-byways passes though this "award- winning" county.
History buffs wishing to get a glimpse of the past can pick from stops in most Fayette County towns. Among them are: Montauk, home of Iowa's 12th governor; the Union Sunday School which houses the country's largest Kimball pipe organ being used for concerts; along with many one-room school houses, magnificent churches, century-old buildings, fascinating cemeteries, unique barns, statues, bridges, the Stone Man, opera houses and numerous museums.
Convenient motels, bed and breakfasts, public and private campgrounds, and many fine restaurants and shops are ready to serve visitors. Come be our guest and "Explore the Bounty of Fayette County".
Towns include Arlington, Clermont, Elgin, Fairbank, Fayette, Hawkeye, Maynard, Oelwein, Randalia, St. Lucas, Wadena, Waucoma, Westgate, and West Union (the county seat).
The Fayette County Economic Development Commission (FCEDC) is a nonprofit (28E) countywide economic development corporation. The primary purpose of FCEDC is to enhance job opportunities for the citizens of the Fayette County area. FCEDC will initiate and assist in activities involving the retention and expansion of existing employers along with the attraction of new employers and entrepreneurs. Further, the organization will assist in efforts to expand the capabilities of the county's workforce and seek to assist with individual community development efforts.
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