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Advertisement The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival in Marion
by Staff Report · June 22nd, 2017

This summer, Marion will host four events from the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival 2017.

K9COLA Dog Treat Hunt

K9COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) will host a dog treat hunt at K9 Acres from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. Cost is $5 without a Freedom Festival button and $3 with a button.

Dogs are required to be on a leash during the event and permits are not needed to participate.

K9COLA will also put on several contests during the treat hunt including:

Most Patriotic dog costume

Most Patriotic dog owner

Best dog trick contest

For more information on the event, visit the K9COLA website at

Drive-In, Fly-In Breakfast

A Marion Muncipal Airport Drive-In, Fly-In Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The melt-in-your-mouth meal provided by the Marion East Rotary, includes pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice, and coffee; Adults $8, children 12 or under $5 (free to fly-in pilots).

This eat and runway event, hosted by LuxAir Aviation and P& N Flight and Charter, is part of the 2017 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, and includes $15 airplane rides per passenger; two Skydiving Demonstations by Skydive Iowa; Marion Police, Marion Fire, and other City departments on display; Ultralight, homebult, and antique aircraft; obstable course for kids; classic cars on display; helicopters; information on learning how to fly; Farmers Market vendors; and improvment plans for the airport.

Freedom Ride

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is continuing its celebration of cycling with family and friends at this second year event, Freedom Ride.

This is an opportunity for intermediate cyclists to have fun, practice for RAGBRAI, and enjoy the City of Marion's beautiful facility at Lowe Park on Sunday, June 25.

Registered riders are provided options of 25-, 50-, or 75-mile loops with sponsored rest stops along the way. Upon arrival back at Lowe Park, registered riders can enjoy their one meal ticket and two beverage tickets with food from Hy-Vee and beverages from Fleck Sales. Also included is a concert featuring Airwaves.

Registration is $35 with a Freedom Festival button. Buttons are available for purchase at local Hy-Vee and Casey's locations and cost $5.

For more information and registration, go to If you have questions, contact Liz Neff at or (319) 365-8313.

Free Concert at Klopfenstein Amphitheatre

A new event this year is coming to beautiful Lowe Park. The 34th Army Concert Band Sidewinders are performing a free concert at the Klopfenstein Amphitheatre in Lowe Park. The date is Sunday, June 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The 34th Army Concert Band of the Iowa Army National Guard is stationed in Fairfield and is the only military band in the state of Iowa. The band is under the command and direction of CW2 Kent C. Wesselink, of Eagle Grove and 1SG Brent T. Krumboltz of Beardstown, Illinois.

The 34th Army Band is made up of citizen soldiers whose civilian occupations include teachers, salesmen, corporate management, engineers, and students. Members of the band live throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. The 34th Army Band has performed in various locations across Iowa, the continental United States, and overseas.

The current focus of the 34th Army Band has been developing smaller Musical Performance Teams (MPTs) to expand their ability to support more musical requests, both for the military and community relations events throughout Iowa. Current MPTs include the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Sidewinders Rock Band (playing at this event), Scrap Metal popular music group, Patriots Fife and Drum MPT, Iowa Brass Command MPT and Operation Groove jazz ensemble.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free concert. For more information on Freedom Festival events, go to
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