Hoopla

This week's Freedom Festival highlights

From left: Five Seasons Ski Team's Lily Adams, Ryan Novak, Justin Harms, Anna Tuuri Nathan Kreitman, Makenzie Creger and Craig Stocki perform as team members practice for their show on the Cedar River at Ellis Park on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
From left: Five Seasons Ski Team's Lily Adams, Ryan Novak, Justin Harms, Anna Tuuri Nathan Kreitman, Makenzie Creger and Craig Stocki perform as team members practice for their show on the Cedar River at Ellis Park on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is in full swing, with lots of signature and affiliated events planned for this week in Cedar Rapids, unless otherwise noted. For full details, go to Freedomfestival.com

Today (6/21)

Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup: today (6/21) to Sunday (6/24), McGrath Amphitheatre

Five Seasons Ski Team: 7 to 8 p.m., Ellis Park, 2021 Ellis Blvd. NW; free admission. Fifty costumed performers do daredevil jump acts, including helicopters and flips, 50 mph barefoot pyramids and more. Bring seating; concessions available. Repeats 7 p.m. Tuesday (6/26).

Friday (6/22)

Kernels Baseball “Harry Potter” Theme Night: 6:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd. SW; tickets at the gate, (319) 896-7560 or Kernels.com. The teams on the field will be sporting theme jerseys of Gryffidor (Kernels) and Slytherin (Wisconsin) that will be sold via silent auction to benefit Operation Back Pack. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Harry Potter wand and keychain.

Saturday (6/23)

Finding Freedom: A K-9 Treat Hunt: 9 to 11 a.m., K-9 Acres Off-Leash Park, 5200 Golf Course Rd., Marion; $5 or $3 with festival button. Variety of dog sport demos, online leash biscuit hunt, recall testing, costume contests for most patriotic dog and owner, and best trick.

Rollin’ Rally: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kirkwood Continuing Education and Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW. Features various transportation vehicles, hands-on activities, and information Transportation and Logistics industry careers and employment opportunities.

Patriotic Picnic: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marion Square Park, 1107 Seventh Ave., Marion; free. With explore fun games of the past. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from vendors. Also, games of the past, inflatables, Freedom Festival Express trackless train rides, activity stations for all ages, old-time photos of Marion at the nearby Artisan’s Sanctuary.

Kernels State Fair Theme Night: 6:35 p.m., Veterans Memorial Stadium. Iowa State Fair display, petting zoo, dunk tank, carnival games. fireworks. Repeats Sunday at 2:05 p.m., with same attractions (except fireworks), plus food voucher for kids 12 and under, postgame autographs and run the bases.

Sunday (6/24)

Marion Airport Fly In/Drive In Breakfast: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marion Airport, 1710 Marion Airport Rd.; breakfast $8 adults, $5 ages 12 and under, $20 airplane rides. Also, displays of model cards and antique and home-built aircraft, flight training information.

Freedom Bike Ride: noon to 7:30 p.m., Lowe Park Amphitheatre, 4500 N. 10th St., Marion. Loop routes of 30 and 55 miles; meal 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., music by Boot Jack Duo 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; bike decorating contest.

Star Spangled Organ Concert: 4 to 5:15 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE; free. Featuring Eastern Iowa musicians.

Tuesday (6/26)

Frost Off!!! Cake Decorating Contest: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE; free mini cupcake with festival button. Enter or view decorated cakes. Child, youth and adult categories; to participate, register by noon Friday (6/22) at (319) 261-READ or Crlibrary.org

Voices of Hope Patriotic Concerts: 7 to 8:20 p.m., New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 N. Center Point Rd. NE; free admission. Patriotic music and narration, military recognition. Repeats Tuesday with Oath of Enlistment Ceremony and Wednesday with Freedom Festival Flag Retirement Ceremony (see details below). Concert to be broadcast on KMRY-1450 AM radio at 4 p.m. July 4.

Wednesday (6/27)

Linn County Fair: opens 7 a.m. and continues through July 2, Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Rd., Central City. Schedule: Thelinncountyfair.com/fair-week/

Special Needs Rock ’n’ Bowl: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Westdale Bowling Center, 2020 Scotty Dr. SW; festival button required. Bowling, dancing, free photo booth, food for purchase.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

Flag Retirement Ceremony: 6 to 6:30 p.m., New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 N. Center Point Rd. NE. Burning ceremony, reading of names of Iowa’s fallen soldiers during the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. To have your flag retired, bring your worn, torn, faded or badly soiled flag to the Freedom Festival office, 609 First Ave. SW, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING

Want to join the conversation?

Consider subscribing to TheGazette.com and participate in discussing the important issues to our community with other Gazette subscribers.

Already a Gazette or TheGazette.com subscriber? Just login here with your account email and password.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.