The Walldogs made their first visit to Vinton in 2000. A group of over 70 artists from all over the US brought our local history to life by painting eight murals located throughout our community. These murals capture the pride that Iowans have in agriculture and in their communities.
The Walldogs will arrive on Wednesday, August 21st. After a hearty evening meal and a formal "welcome!," the artists will go to work. At dusk, the artists will project their sketches onto the blank mural panels and begin tracing the mural design. Thursday morning, you can expect to see the murals coming to life as the artists begin adding color. The artists will work around the clock to complete the murals by Sunday, August 25.
— 2019 Mural Projects —
Mural Refresh 2019
Six of our original murals will be getting a much needed fresh coat of paint as part of this year's anniversary celebration! Our history deserves our dedication to its preservation! These include:
SHOP VINTON: 101 W 4th St. (Ketchen Inc.)
SWEETCORN DAY: Corner of A Ave & 4th Street (Cooling Dance Studio)
BASEBALL: 420 2nd Ave
THE FIRST TRAIN TO VINTON: Corner of 1st Ave & 5th Street (Cedar River Ink)
THE WATSON OPERA HOUSE: 305 A Ave
BENTON COUNTY FAIR: Corner of A Ave & 4th Street (Clingman Pharmacy)
Four of our existing murals offer a fun and exciting way to expand our history with a smaller companion mural (mounted close to the larger mural) to showcase the quality of life we enjoy in Vinton.
BASEBALL – Big league success companioned with little league progress. Located at 420 2nd Ave
A BENTON COUNTY FAIR long-standing Blue Ribbon Affair companioned with a child’s enthusiasm of a day at the fair. Located on the corner of A Ave & 4th Street (Clingman Pharmacy)
One of Iowa’s largest SWEETCORN DAY single day festivals companioned with memories from the parade route and town-wide sweetcorn picnic. Located on the corner of A Ave & 4th Street (Cooling Dance Studio)
FIRST TRAIN TO VINTON – Complimented with a companion mural of passenger service to Vinton. Located on the corner of 1st Ave & 5th Street (Cedar River Ink)
New History to Share
EDUCATING OUR BLIND (Vinton’s 150 Year Legacy)
No other community can share this length of service and commitment to educating the blind and visually impaired residents of the State of Iowa. We believe that it is time to celebrate and showcase this legacy as part of our Sesquicentennial Celebration! We are working closely with the Mary Ingalls Society to gather history and help create a new mural to honor this Vinton history. This mural will find it's permanent home on the second story of 414 W 1st St. (Ron-Da-Voo).