From parks to pools, minigolf to racing, and movies to trails, there are numerous Entertainment opportunities in the Oskaloosa area. Review the Entertainment category in our business directory and peruse the listings below!
- Edmundson Park/Pool
- Golf Courses
- Lacey Sports Complex
- Miniature Golf
- Nelson Pioneer Farm
- Penn Central Theater
- Mahaska Community Recreation Trail
- Southern Iowa Fair
- Southern Iowa Speedway
- YMCA - Mahasksa County
Edmundson Park is a 60-acre park on the south side of Oskaloosa that, along with the Municipal Swimming Pool, was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. Since it is an historic landmark, it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The park features three ball diamonds - one for Babe Ruth league, one for a church league and one for an industrial league. It also has seven shelter houses of varying size that can be rented during the week or on the weekend. For shelter house rental inquiries, call the city houseing department at (641) 673-8361. The park also has an 18-hole disc golf course.
Since 1996, the wooden playground has been a fixture at the park. The park has several picnic areas and four restrooms. Edmundson Park also has a 1-acre pond open for fishing. People also can access the Oskaloosa Recreation Trail from the park. There is parking for 15-20 vehicles near the trail.
While the buildings are historic, the pool was renovated in 2005 and reopened its doors on May 26, 2006. The heated pool holds 450,000 gallons of water and measures 150 feet by 75 feet in addition to having a zero-depth area. The pool features three slides, two 1 meter diving boards, a water mushroom and a portable basketball hoop. The swimming pool has a family dressing area and lockers people can use on a daily basis. The pool also has a designated concession area for food and drinks.
People can rent the pool for birthday celebrations or pool parties. For details on pool parties or hours, call (641) 672-2233. The pool is located at 1405 S. F. Street.
The Edmundson Golf Course, at 1608 Edmundson Drive, has 18 holes on a more than 6,031 yard, par 70 course. It is located on the southwest side of Oskaloosa, just east of Highway 163 in beautiful Edmundson Park. Edmundson offers an 18-hole championship golf course and complete golf shop operated by PGA Professional Jeff Peterson. The golf course, established in 1940 is characterized by rolling watered fairways lined with mature trees and undulating greens. Annually the host course for the Oskaloosa Amateur and Oskaloosa City Tournament, Edmundson golf course provides different tees and a course layout that is enjoyable to the occasional golfer as well as the experienced. Fees for 18 holes are $20 and season passes are available. Among the many services provided by the PGA Professional include golf instruction, junior golf, tournament operations, corporate outings and club repair. For tee times or more information call (641) 673-5120.
Oskaloosa Golf, located at 2214 S. 11 St., is an 18-hole, more than 6,382 yard, par 72 golf course, open to the public. Nestled within the beautiful central Iowa rolling country side, the golf course opened in 1920 as a 9-hole course. In 1998 a newly designed 9 holes were added. The course features lush, tree-lined fairways, undulating greens, and four sets of tees to offer a challenge to every skill level. Before or after your round of golf, enjoy lunch or dinner at Dr. Salami's featuring a full menu and bar. Sit on the outside deck, in the dining room, or watch a ball game on one of the many HDTVs in the bar area. The phone number is (641) 676-GOLF (4653).
Harvest Point Golf Course, at 1507 15th Ave. W., is a nine-hole, more than 3,036 yard, par 35 public golf course. Harvest Point is the newest of the three golf courses in Oskaloosa. Opened in 2000, it is owned and operated by Jeff & Lori Smith. Three generations of the Smith family have served golf in Oskaloosa since 1951. Harvest point is a challenging 9-hole course, with four sets of tees, rolling hills and fast greens. If time is more of an issue or you just want to learn or practice the game, you will enjoy the large driving range and practice green. PGA Professional instruction is available. Harvest Point is a public golf course with a full service golf shop, competitive prices and a friendly staff. The phone number is (641) 673-3100.
Lacey Sports Complex
The Lacey Complex, located just north of the Oskaloosa Elementary School, is a multi-sport facility that encompasses 200 acres of land.
The Lacey Complex features five ball diamonds served by a pentagon-shaped concession stand, 20 soccer fields on 25 acres of land, and a football field. There is parking for about 350 vehicles at the Lacey Complex. It features permanent outdoor lighting by the ball diamonds for night games.
A variety of organizations use the Lacey Complex such as Mahaska Soccer League, the William Penn University soccer team, Oskaloosa and Mahaska County Little League organizations, softball teams, T-ball teams, YMCA for football and more.
Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation officials are developing a Solar Walkway between the football field and ball diamonds that will feature a model of the solar system to educate and entertain both players and fans. MCRF and Trees Forever are collaborating on planting a tree-line windbreak for the complex. The recreation trail goes through the complex as well.
Mini Putt is located on the east side of Oskaloosa in University Park. Hours change seasonally; please contact via email email@example.com or phone 641-660-2798. Rates are from $2 to $4 each, with group rates available. Summer hours, end of May through end of September, are Tues. - Fri. 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sat. - Sun. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nelson Pioneer Farm
The Nelson Pioneer Farm, located two miles northeast of Oskaloosa on Glendale Road, takes tourists back in time with its recreation of a 19th century farm.
The Nelson Pioneer Farm is an historical complex administered by the Mahaska County Historical Society. The farm is located on the site of a 153-acre farm that Daniel Nelson staked a claim to in 1846. The Nelson family farmed for 114 years, until 1958 when the family bequeathed the farm to the Mahaska County Historical Society.
The Nelson Pioneer Farm features the Nelson Pioneer farm and Craft Museum, a summer kitchen, a meat house, a lumber yard office, a scale house, the 1900 era Wright Post Office, a voting house, a log cabin at the site of an original 1844 cabin and a black smith shop. It also features the Daniel Nelson Barn, a county store, the Coal Creek Meeting House, the Hopewell store Post Office and the Prine School. The newest addition to the historical farm is Bradbury Hall, named after the first president and founding father of the historical society, completed in 2005. The 60-foot by 120-foot one-story building has a capacity of more than 320 people.
The Nelson Pioneer Farm is the site of the Annual Pioneer Farm Festival, held on the third Saturday in September. The festival features demonstrations of 30 pioneer skills as well as special exhibit is and musical entertainment. The event is topped off with a country-style dinner.
Southern Iowa Fair
The Southern Iowa Fair is a major attraction for the city of Oskaloosa in late July when the fairgrounds is the gathering place for one of the largest County Fairs in Iowa. During the Fair, the 4-H and FFA livestock shows and exhibits are exceptional. Here you will also find the largest antique farm machinery display in Iowa. For more information, call the Fair office. (641) 673-7004.
The Southern Iowa Fair was first held on October 23, 1852, in the Oskaloosa city square. The fair included a livestock show that was held outside of town and horse racing was held on a course that is now North G Street. Today, the Southern Iowa Fair includes activities ranging from 4-H and FFA livestock competitions to concerts, harness racing to stockcar racing and a demolition derby.
In 1858 and 1859, the Iowa State Fair was held in Oskaloosa. The fairs were held on an unfenced fairgrounds northwest of Oskaloosa. By 1860, state officials permanently move the state fair to Des Moines.
Southern Iowa Speedway
Photo Credit: Southern Iowa Speedway
Beginning in April, the Southern Iowa Speedway comes alive each Wednesday night with the sound of racing cars. IMCA Modified, Stock and Hobbies participate as they race for the checkered flag.
The Southern Iowa Speedway features a half-mile, semi-banked oval dirt race track and grandstand seating for about 3,000 race fans. The drivers of sprint cars, stock cars, modified and hobby stocks compete on Wednesday evenings for cash prizes and the glory of crossing the finish line under a waving checkered flag.
Oskaloosa is in the center of Iowa racing action as drivers also compete in nearby communities such as Eddyville, Knoxville, and the Iowa Speedway in Newton.