THURMAN (KPTM)-Fifteen minutes is how long it took for a tornado to level a small Iowa town. It has taken the town of Thurman a year and a half to rebuild.
"The town is durable, the people are durable and things go on," Ken Forney said.
Everything came to a halt last April, when a tornado destroyed the town.
"I love this town so it hit me hard," Sharlyn Trudell said. She has lived in Thurman her whole life.
"It was like total destruction there were sheets of tin, shingles and trees all over the street," Forney said.
"Heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking. I sat out on my deck and looked out on places I couldn't see before, and all of the sudden there were no trees," Trudell said.
The community building was also destroyed. That's just one of the reasons why the town of Thurman is sponsoring the Loess Hills and Heritage Music Festival Saturday. All of the money raised will help rebuild the community center. Some money will also be used to reseed the park.
The Loess Hills Music Festival runs from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday, September 28th at Blackburn Green Hollow center, 1291 Cemetery Road. It is just a couple minutes north east of Thurman.
Music kicks off with open stage performances. Featured bands are the Jerry Forney Band, The Weight Boys Band, The Playground Bluegrass Band, and Incahoots Bluegrass Band.
People are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be available at the festival.
The festival is free, but donations are being accepted. Donations can be made at the First State Bank in Tabor Iowa, with check made payable to "The Green Hollow Center-Hills Festival."