2024 Birthday Celebration

We are pleased to announce that our musical headliners for the 2024 Birthday Celebration will be the wildly popular stars of stage, screen and television, Riders In The Sky. Forty-year veterans of Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, these classic western music performers are probably best known for “Woody’s Roundup” the theme song from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 2. No strangers to the John Wayne Birthplace, the Riders were on on hand in 2007 to help celebrate John Wayne’s 100th birthday and the launch of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

We’ll also be presenting classic John Ford films starring John Wayne, a Friday night reception at the Birthplace Museum featuring discussions and book signings with esteemed authors Scott Eyman and Michael F. Blake, and our annual Benefit Dinner & Auction at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

This event will sell out fast,
so make your reservations online or by calling 515-462-1044.

Friday, May 24th, Welcome Reception: 5:00 pm, John Wayne Birthplace

Saturday, May 25th, Benefit Dinner & Auction: 5:00 pm, Madison County Fairgrounds

*Please note, reservations are non-refundable.

Our 2024 Musical Headliner: Riders in the Sky


We are extremely pleased that Alysa Goethe, reigning Miss Iowa, reached out to say she’d like to participate in this year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration Benefit Dinner & Auction. As an ambassador for her pageant, she desires to meet and greet as many John Wayne fans as the evening permits. 

To learn more about Alysa and the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program visit:  https://www.missiowa.com/current-miss-iowa

Click Here for Printable Version of the Schedule

Big screen presentations of these John Ford Classics at
the Iowa Theater

For reservations, go to: The Iowa Theater

Just Added: John Ford/John Wayne:
The Filmmaker and the Legend. 

This magnificent production, originally aired on PBS’ American Masters, explores the friendship and professional collaborations that spanned 50 years, changed each other’s lives, changed the movies, and in the process, changed the way America saw itself.” 
Screening will be at the Iowa Theater at 2pm on May 25. Admission is free.

Musical entertainment at the Fly-In Breakfast will be provided by Winterset’s own Benge Family Band.

Join the Cavalry!

In tribute to John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy, horse soldiers will be on hand at the John Wayne Birthplace on Saturday, May 25th to provide visitors a taste of military life on the frontier.

John Wayne 5K Walk/Run

Celebrate the Duke’s birthday with the Winterset Rotary John Wayne Birthday Celebration 5K Walk/Run.
Proceeds to benefit CRISP, First Readers & Youth Scholarships.