Codfish Hollow Barnstormers raises money, plans event to honor tractor driver after accident
Known for hosting live performances featuring some of the nation’s most prolific artists, Codfish Hollow can be found in rural Maquoketa, Ia. Bryon Houlgrave/The Register
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, the Jackson County barn turned indie music hotspot, is raising money and planning an event in support of Marvin Franzen, a well-known tractor driver at the music venue in Maquoketa.
Franzen and two others were injured on Aug.10 when a tractor driven by Franzen overturned on Codfish Hollow Road.
Franzen broke both of his arms and pelvis when the tractor left the road and fell into a ditch, according to a Facebook post by the venue. Franzen is in his 70s and has been an active supporter at the venue for several years. He was carrying attendees to the Artisinals concert in a hay wagon behind his tractor from a parking lot down the gravel road.
In the post, Codfish Hollow Barnstormers released a statement praising what Franzen, "the bib-wearing smile tucked under a feed store cap," has done for the venue over the years.
"His contribution to the Hollow is larger then life, and he is an integral part of our family, both to the Costello's/Biehls on personal level and to our extended Codfish Family - bands, volunteers and patrons," the post read.
The post also mentioned that a drill was held a week before the incident, but nothing prepared them for what took place. An update from the venue on Aug. 20 noted that Franzen had extensive surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics which was critical "due to a large skin graft his body needs to accept."
"Please save the visits for down the road. It simply isn't appropriate at this time," the post explained to supporters. "His health and healing are what's most important. We'll keep everyone in the loop as we are able. We appreciate your understanding and continued concern. ❤️ #marvstrong."
While Codfish Hollow Barnstormers continues to plan an event for Franzen, the venue staff created a GoFundMe for his medical expenses and tractor repair. It has reached over $20,000 of it's $30,000 goal.
"No matter the amount, or if all you can offer are good vibes, we appreciate it all," the fundraising page read. "We love you. And we all love Marv. Let's show him the love."
Cards and limericks to help Franzen pass the time can be sent to:
Marvin C/O Tiffany Biehl
3437 288th Avenue Maquoketa, IA 52060
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