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Wayne is located in Wayne County (of which it is the county seat), between Norfolk and South Sioux City along Hwy 35, just west of the Winnebago Indian Reservation.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 5,373, an increase of 231 since 1990.

Originally named "Brookdale" by railroad officials the settlers persuaded them to rename it "Wayne" for General Anthony Wayne of Revolutionary War fame, for whom the county had been named.

Some area attractions for Wayne include: Garden Perennials - Walk among three acres of flowers and display gardens on this picturesque location in the country located 3 miles south of Wayne on Highway 15, Planetarium - The Fred G. Dale Planetarium is located on the Wayne State College campus in the Carhart Science Building (south entrance), Wayne County Museum - The Wayne County museum is housed in the Rollie Ley mansion, built in the 1890s and the Wayne Chicken Show anually every June.

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Orange City Tulip Festival Orange City IA May16-18 The Orange City Tulip Festival - an entertaining celebration of the best of small-town America - showcases for 100,000 visitors this thriving community's rich Dutch heritage. Festivities include music and dancing by hundreds of children and adults in intricate authentic costumes, two daily parades featuring top area marching bands, nightly musical theatre, a carnival midway, fun ethnic food treats, plus thousands of tulips and a dozen reproduction windmills throughout a charming village.
Teapot Days Tea SD June13-15 Enjoy the carnival, view antique tractors and equipment, and watch the crowning of Ma and Pa Teapot.
Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City IA June13-15 Awesome Biker Nights is Northwest Iowa's premier regional motorcycle event with an attendance of over 25,000! Of course, even those who aren't traveling on two wheels are welcome at the event. The Awesome experience includes three stages of live music from National and Regional Bands, motorcycle stunt performances, a poker run through the beautiful countryside, a bike show, tattoo contest, poker tournament, bike raffle, vendors and more.
Swedish Festival Stromberg NE June14-16 Welcome to Stromsberg, the Swede capital of Nebraska. Swedish dancing, costumes, and food can be enjoyed throughout the festivities.
Glenn Miller Festival Clarinda IA June13-16 Hear exciting bands from around the world topped off by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Enjoy the new Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home; stage shows; picnics; dances; historical displays; plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world.
Turner County Fair Parker SD August12-15 South Dakota's oldest county fair. The four best days of summer.