Altoona, Iowa celebrates its 150th birthday in 2018.
Help us celebrate with events, activities and projects!


About Altoona 150

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Melissa Horton, Alex Payne and Tim Burget met at the Sugar Shack restaurant in Altoona. They began the process of creating an organization to plan the celebration for Altoona’s sesquicentennial in 2018.

Two weeks later, the three met with Chad Quick and Scott Atzen from the City of Altoona. Their lunch meeting at the Altoona Subway restaurant began the brainstorming of what the Altoona 150 celebration would be.

In June of 2016, members of the community were invited to join the organization to help with the planning of the largest community celebration in Altoona history. Officers were appointed to serve on the board, sub-committees formed, and plans began.

That July, two years out from the celebration, Altoona 150 launched the “Altoona 150 Logo Design Contest.” The contest was sponsored by the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce. Nearly two dozen entries were received. A committee was formed to select the logo that best represented the community, and the celebration’s theme, “Rising to New Heights.”

At the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner on February 18, 2017, the committee unveiled the winning logo. The selection committee unanimously selected Josh Finch’s design. It incorporates Altoona’s past present and future.

On August 15, 2016, Mayor J.M. “Skip” Conkling proclaimed July 26 – 29, 2018 as the official date for the sesquicentennial celebration in Altoona. The proclamation also designated Altoona 150 as the official planning organization.

The planning committee has several events leading up to the big celebration. To make this event a success, volunteers and donations are needed. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Altoona 150 is a special celebration presented by the Altoona Area Historical Society, to commemorate Altoona’s Sesquicentennial in 2018. The Altoona Area Historical Society, doing business as “Altoona 150”, is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to Altoona 150/Altoona Area Historical Society are tax deductible. Federal Tax ID # 20-0118182

Altoona 150 Board