The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) is sponsoring an up-close, hands-on tour of unique places in Sioux Center, on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tour, “Oh, the Places You’ll See!” will feature Dean Holdings Classic Cars, First Reformed Church of Sioux Center Parsonage, Smithfield Brand Foods, and the Dordt College Organ. 

Dean Holdings Classic Cars, located at 2856 St. Andrews Way, is home to a rare 48-car collection owned by Jim Dean. This Sioux Center secret includes cars from the 1920s to today. This collection is a blast from the past and a time capsule of automotive history, with something that will fascinate all ages. Guided tours will take place at 9, 10, and 11 a.m.  

The historic First Reformed Church of Sioux Center Parsonage (1164 1st Ave SE) has been home to seven pastors and their families over the past 50 years and has been recently renovated. Rev. Travis and Juliana Else invite you to stop anytime the morning of September 23 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to see the house. They are grateful for the opportunity to share it with the community.

Each year Sioux Center’s Smithfield plant supplies 23 million pounds of bacon to grocery stores and restaurants across the United States and Canada. It is one of the largest single-site employers in Sioux Center and winner of safety and environmental awards. Follow the signs at 251 15th St. NE for tours that will take place at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

Some of the world’s greatest organists have performed on the organ in B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College; it has been called “one of the best kept secrets of the Midwest.” Now you have an opportunity to see it up close in the organ loft! Mary Lou Wielenga, director of keyboard studies, and organ scholarship winners will demonstrate the unique sounds of the organ at 9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15 p.m., and noon.  

Tickets are $15 and are available at each site the day of the event. For more information, please visit niso.dordt.edu.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, a regional ensemble whose membership includes professional players, adults of all ages, and gifted music students from area high schools, middle schools, and colleges. NISO presents three concerts per season in addition to the annual Concert for Children for a thousand area 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.