Famous in a Small Town.

I bet you didn’t know that my little farm town is actually famous. In the summer of 1983 Hollywood invaded the little town of Readlyn, IA to film most of the movie Country. The movie portrays the struggles farmers faced during the farm crisis of the 1980s. It was filmed in other surrounding small towns, but the majority was done in Readlyn. At the bank, the co-op, the city hall, and the bar. They couldn’t have picked a better town to depict farmers across the nation. The movie would be released to the public in October 1984. Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard starred in the film. We’re also known for being the town of ‘857 people and One Old Grump’. We celebrate Grump Days each summer and someone is named the town grump. But that’s a story for another day! 🙂


“In this country, when the land is your life…you fight for your life.”