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Aug. 7 2010 WhippleFest, Mount Vernon, Iowa (2nd post)

I received the following (second) announcement of the August 7th WhippleFest in Mount Vernon, Iowa. (If you are uncertain about whether or not to attend, contact Blaine Whipple by visiting and clicking the “Contact” link near the top of the page. This is a followup to an earlier pre-announcement on this blog.)

WhippleFest will be held Saturday August 7 in conjunction with Elaine Whipple West’s 100th birthday celebration. (Photo below is Elaine and her mother, 1910.) Everyone receiving this message is invited to attend.

Place: The Lodge at Palisades State Park, 700 Kepler Dr., Mount Vernon, Iowa. Mount Vernon, home of one of Iowa’s oldest 4-year colleges, is about 20 miles from the Cedar Rapids airport. It is also about 20 miles from Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa; 30 miles from West Branch, birthplace of President Herbert Hoover and home of his Presidential Library and Museum; and approximately 30 miles from the Amana Colonies, a favorite tourist spot of travelers nationwide.

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Time: Festivities begin in the afternoon

Motel: Sleep Inn & Suites in Mount Vernon, 319-895-0055. E-mail: If you stay there, ask for the group rate under Whipple Fest. There are many motels in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Bring your family memorabilia to share. We will display family charts beginning with Matthew and Whipple of Ipswich.

Visit and send birthday greetings to Elaine in the Guest Book.

It will help in planning if you e-mail me if you plan to attend. Include the number in your party.

The attachment is a picture of Elaine and her mom taken in 1910.

I look forward to seeing many of you August 7.
Blaine Whipple
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Aug. 7, 2010 WhippleFest at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa

I received the following from Blaine Whipple six days ago. (He gave permission to post it. Visit Blaine at

We are in the final stages of planning for WhippleFest this year and hope to be able to provide full details in early July.

This year’s WhippleFest coincides with my sister Elaine Whipple West’s 100th birthday and will be held Aug. 7 at Palisades State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she lives. Her birthday is Aug. 6.

We will be selling T-shirts and the attachment includes three possible designs.  I would appreciate your vote on which design you prefer — regardless of your intention to buy one.

Once the design is determined I will order the shirts and for those interested in acquiring one, advise me of your size(s).  Mens, Womens, and Kids all come in Small, Medium, and Large.  The cost is yet to be determined because it is based on the size of the order  The shirts will be sold at cost.  Individuals not attending but interested in acquiring a shirt are welcome to place orders.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would respond to this request before July 4.  Thank you for your help.


August 2009 WhippleFest in Oregon

I received a note from Blaine Whipple, mentioning a WhippleFest in Oregon in August. (You can see a photo of Blaine’s 2007 WhippleFest held in Rochester and Stewartville, Minnesota at

In his note, Blaine indicates that he won’t be attending this year. However, if you would like a WhippleFest T-shirt, you can order one for $15. Send check payable to Blaine Whipple to 1834 SW 58th Ave., Ste. 105, Portland, OR 97221. Be sure to include size(s). Color is white only. No orders accepted after Saturday July 25.

Blaine’s web site is at You can contact him at