On October 9, 1893, Valley Junction was incorporated with a population of 500. Fast forward 125 years and Valley Junction, which was later named West Des Moines, has grown to 130 times that size. Throughout its 125 year existence, West Des Moines has endured floods, hosted national events, been named one of America’s ‘Best Places to Live’, and maintained its commitment to quality education. The steam engines that brought growth and prosperity to Valley Junction have been replaced by data centers and sprawling town centers that now do the landscape of West Des Moines. Businesses and churches have found a home here. Roads have been rerouted, and interstates have been constructed. City officials have been elected and city departments have been created. Parks have been built, and land has been annexed. All that has been done in the last 125 years has created the success story we call West Des Moines.
Help us celebrate West Des Moines’ quasquicentennial year, or what we are calling WDM125, this spring and summer! We’ve planned many events, activities, and reasons to celebrate. Some of the highlighted events are listed here, but look for an individual mailing that will be arriving in your mailbox soon. The mailing will have more details about ways to celebrate WDM125 as well as spotlight WDM125 sponsoring organizations. WDM125 merchandise can be purchased at the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall (4200 Mills Civic Parkway), at the Historic Valley Junction Foundation Office (137 5th Street), or at the West Des Moines Historical Society’s Jordan House (2001 Fuller Road).
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May 5 Festival de Cinco de Mayo Valley Junction
May 12 Mayor’s Bike Ride WDM City Hall
May 17 Tom Karpan Relays Tiger Field @ VHS
May 20 Discover Decoration Day Jordan House
May 20 Valley Junction Arts Festival Valley Junction
May 24 National Public Works Week Celebration Valley Junction Farmer’s Market
June 2 19th Annual Cops N’ Bobbers Fishing Derby City Hall Pond
June 3 Mustang Car show Valley Junction
June 10 Antique Jamboree Valley Junction
June 23-24 Great American Campout WDM City Hall Lawn
July 3 Independence Days Parade* VHS to Valley Junction
July 3 All Iowa Bash Valley Junction
July 4 36th Annual Mud Volleyball Tourney CANCELLED Raccoon River Park
July 4 Holiday Classic Horseshoe Tourney* Holiday Park
July 4 WDM125 Pool Party* Holiday & Valley View Aquatic Centers
July 4 WDM Community Band Concert* Raccoon River Park
July 4 Fireworks Display* Raccoon River Park
July 10-Aug 2 Discover WDM Parks Ice Cream Socials Various WDM Parks
*Details about Independence Day celebrations can be found here.