My Biz: Johnson County farm built for celebrations

170 events planned for two barns in 2014

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Just off Highway 1 between Solon and Iowa City are two majestic barns.

Built by barn lover Dick Schwab — along with a few investors — the aptly named Celebration Farm features two barns and an outdoor amphitheater used for weddings, corporate parties, retreats and other events, including a car show and Halloween parties.

“It's our goal to provide an extraordinary experience in an extraordinary venue, no matter if you are here for two hours or the whole day,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Meyer.

The Celebration Farm has indeed been the site of many special days — weddings in particular — since opening in August of 2011.

“We are really busy with weddings from April until November. December through March is when we host a lot of corporate events, especially Christmas parties, and nonprofit fundraisers,” Meyer said. “We are projected to host 170 events this year. But we are still new enough that not a lot of people have been here.”

There are several spaces to choose from at The Celebration Farm. The timber frame barn — the smaller of the two — can host about 150 people. “This is our more rustic and intimate barn,” Meyer said. The double round barn, which is 6,048 square feet and accommodates 300 guests, has a cathedral ceiling and fireplace.

Meyer said they went to every effort to make the structures unique yet fit in with the woodland surroundings.

“All of the wood for the structures is from within 20 miles of here. Our dance floors are from the 1900s Solon High School building that we salvaged and had installed in the barns. And the stone is from Stone City.”

While weekends are typically chock full of events, the Celebration Farm staff — including two full-time employees and about 30 part time staff members — uses week days to keep up on maintenance and cleaning the properties. “We have a wonderful staff,” Meyer said. “They all take pride in this place and want to make sure that our clients' events go the best they can.”

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At a glance

Name: Elizabeth Meyer

Title: Director of Sales and Marketing

Company: The Celebration Farm

Address: 4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE, Iowa City

Phone: (319) 631-8116


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