COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Rural Maquoketa farm draws in thousands of people each year

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There’s a spot in the Quad Cities Area that’s gaining national traction as a concert venue and it may be in a place you least expect. 

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers is located in rural Maquoketa. 

“It’s kind of like a destination spot; if you can find your way out here, once you get here it’s pretty awesome,” says owner Tiffany Biehl. 

The barn sits on nearly one thousand acres of farmland and it’s also drawn in thousands of people as a concert venue.

Biehl and her husband have been running the show since 2009. 

“We had to clear out all of the hay from the barn and get the cows out from under the barn,” she recalls.

Since then, the couple has drawn in some national acts like the Counting Crows, Norah Jones and Frank Turner.

Everyone gets a warm Midwestern welcome. 

“A lot of them stay in our home and I cook them breakfast in the morning and some bands stay a couple days,” Biehl says. 

It starts on their drive in. 

“A lot of people say it’s like walking back in time coming out here because there’s no cell phone service usually for most people when they come out. And it’s on a farm in the middle of nowhere,” says Biehl. 

Once you finally get to Codfish Hollow, you have the option of taking a hayrack ride from the parking area to the barn where the music is performed.

Almost just as unique as the hayrack ride is the man behind the wheel.

“What year I came I’m not 100% sure but I think it was either 1958 or 1960,” says Marvin Franzen, also known as Marv.

He’s been on the same farm for most of his life. 

“I was 16 years old and you can figure it out, I’ll be 74 right shortly,” he says. 

He’s done just about every job here.

“You name it, I did it.” 

And his current one might be the best, yet. 

“The thing I like about driving the tractor on the hayrack ride is I get to meet a lot of people– nice people,” says Marv.

Marv doesn’t plan on ever leaving the farm. 

And now, he doesn’t have to because the country comes to him. 

“I think we’ve had people from every state in the United States that was here one time or another,” he says. 

“We’ve had them clear from Alaska.” 

From the cornfields to the rustic barn to the man on the hayrack who will always greet you with a smile, the details make Codfish Hollow more than a musical experience and into a memory.

Codfish Hollow has a lineup through the end of summer. 

You can check out the schedule and buy tickets by clicking here

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