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Contact: Jim Nepstad, 563-873-3491 ext 101
Effigy Mounds News Release
Release Date: Immediate
Contact: Jim Nepstad
Phone Number: (563) 873-3491, extension 101
Winter Film Festival at Effigy Mounds Cancelled
Visitor Center to remain open for winter, however
A long tradition – the Winter Film Festival held at Effigy Mounds National Monument – will experience a one-year interruption this winter due to a failed septic system at the park Visitor Center, located three miles north of Marquette, Iowa. The park and the Visitor Center will remain open through the winter, however.
“I really hate having to do this, because the Winter Film Festival it is a wonderful multi-generational tradition here,” said Effigy Mounds superintendent Jim Nepstad. “It brings in extra visitors during the winter months, which are otherwise fairly slow here. But with a failed septic system, we can’t accommodate the extra visitors. We made it through the fall with a line of portable toilets outside, but that isn’t a very desirable solution during the deep winter months.”
The failed septic system, constructed in 1959, has just enough capacity to handle the sharply reduced staff and the usual number of visitors that stop by during the winter, so the Visitor Center will remain open to the public during this time. No special events will be planned until the new system is constructed in the spring or summer of next year.
“We may not be hosting special events like the Film Festival until we get the system replaced, but I want to emphasize that the park and the Visitor Center will remain open for our visitors,” Nepstad continued. “And we certainly plan on bringing the Winter Film Festival back next year.”
Visitor Center hours through the winter are from www.nps.gov/effigymounds. For more information call (563) 873-3491, extension 123., seven days a week except for major holidays. For more information, visit the park’s Facebook page or website at