All State Park Tour Coming to Gladbrook, you’re invited to join

Anna Rea and her Crew Kevin Szcodronski and Ann Raisch

Jump in your favorite car, fire up the engine, roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and put on your biggest smile. It is time to hit the road to show your support for state parks in Iowa.

The crew for Anna Rea, the 1930 Ford Model A invites everybody to drive along for the visit to Union Grove State Park on Sunday May 22, 2022. While the tour is emphasizing vintage or classic cars, participants can join the fun in any vehicle of their choice.

Interested people can meet up with the tour in Gladbrook at Matchstick Marvels at 319 Second Street at 12:00 p.m. If you would like to view Matchstick Marvels, prior to the tour of the park, they will open at noon and the cost will be $5/per person. We will depart Gladbrook in time to arrive at Union Grove State Park by 1:00 p.m. We will do a windshield tour of the park and listen to a short presentation by park staff.

Crew members are Kevin Szcodronski of Ankeny and Ann Raisch of Eldora. They will be leading the tour in an original 1930 Ford Model A affectionately named Anna Rea to visit all 94 state parks in Iowa.

The purposes of the tour are to show support for state parks in Iowa, recognize the contributions that state parks provide to our quality of life, celebrate Iowa State Parks Centennial, and enjoy traveling along Iowa’s most scenic roadways at a leisurely pace. Our challenge to you is to drive at Anna Rea’s cruising speed of 40 mph!! This trip is also about the most fun you can have and never leave Iowa. You will visit Iowa’s most beautiful areas and meet some of our best people. Take this challenge to get a glimpse of wildlife in road ditches, have more time to enjoy barn art, wave at oncoming drivers, and beep your horn at the people along the route greeting us!! We will do a lot of smiling, and hopefully put smiles on the faces of others as we travel along the way.

People can participate in the tour for as many visits to state parks as they desire. Be warned though. Once you start, you may not want to stop! There is no fee, however, please contact Kevin at least a week in advance to help us better plan the tour.

Three tour loops with 33 state park stops were accomplished in October 2021. The remaining 4 loops and 61 parks are scheduled for 2022. More information about the tour can be found on the website: www.annareamodela.com and you can email Kevin Szcodronski at skidia3@outlook.com or phone 515-240-7668.

So grab your keys and come along to see the best of Iowa!!

Anna Rea says, “AHOOOOGA.”