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Friday, Sept. 29

Marion School Foundation Golf Classic
Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road
10 a.m.
Join us for a special 15th Anniversary celebration! Funds raised support the Marion School Foundation and its mission to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in the Marion Independent School District. This past school year, the Foundation contributed over $60,000 to support learning, focusing on classroom grants and scholarships. Learn more: marion-foundation.org/golf-classic

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue
4-6 p.m.
Hosted by the Friends of the Marion Public Library
Best ever sale of gently used books, music, and movies! Come today for the greatest deals. Sale is open only to Friends members, but you can get a membership at the door for just $10. 

Back to the Future – Moonlit Movie
Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street
7:30 p.m., Rated PG
Sponsored by The ESCO Group
In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

The Shriners will be popping popcorn and light concessions will be available for purchase from area Boy Scouts. Feel free to pack a cooler and bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Family Breakfast
Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th Street
7-9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Network Computer Solutions
The Marion Noon Lions Club will serve up breakfast under the canopy in front of the Marion Heritage Center. Proceeds will help fund the Lions Club’s efforts to help eliminate blindness worldwide and improve our community. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Enjoy this tasty breakfast for only $6, $4 for children 5-10, 4 and under free.

5K Run/Walk
5th Avenue, between Marion City Hall and Vernon Middle School
7:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Farmers State Bank
Start the day off right, running or walking through the fine city of Marion. Corridor Running is the event organizer and provides full details, including registration forms and a course map. Race shirts are provided for those who pre-register for the 5K. Registration fee is $20 (without a shirt) up to the morning of the race. Back by popular demand...the Little Fox Mile, a one-mile route specifically for kids. The youth race begins around 8:30 a.m. and registration is only $10.

Fall Marion Market
City Square Park
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by
Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, Fosters Heating and Air Conditioning, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community Physicians and Townsquare Media.
Pumpkins, gourds, and cornstalks, oh my! Don’t miss the Fall Market featuring vendors offering a wide variety of seasonal produce, artisan items, and tasty treats. Take-and-eat food vendors will be on-site. Kids will enjoy Papa Balloon from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and live music from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament
Unfortunately this new event was cancelled due to a lack of registrations.

Swamp Fox Festival Parade
Starts at the corner of 15th Street and 1st Avenue, heads north on 15th Street turns west on 6th Avenue to 9th Street
9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Linn County REC, Marion Hy-Vee and Marion Hy-Vee Drugstore
A signature event of the Swamp Fox Festival, this parade is one you won’t want to miss. Please note, the route will turn from 15th Street onto 6th Avenue instead of 7th Avenue this year. The “Back to Our Future” theme encourages parade participants to celebrate both the days gone by and days yet to come. Floats are encouraged. Advance registration is required.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Friends of the Marion Public Library
Best ever sale of gently used books, music, and movies. Come today and explore!

Shop Uptown Marion
Uptown Marion, various retailers
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
When you shop Uptown Marion, you experience a unique destination that’s Made for You. Home to locally owned boutiques featuring original art, specialty clothing, personal accessories, antiques, collectibles, and gifts for anyone on your list. Find great deals on a variety of unique merchandise.

Historic Architecture Walk of Pucker Street
Obtain a map at the booth in City Square Park
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hosted by the Marion Heritage Center
Embark on a self-guided tour of historic Pucker Street. The tour starts at the corner of 13th Street and 8th Avenue and travels east. Examples of each of the important architectural styles of the period of 1860-1920 can be found within just a few blocks of this National Historic District in Marion.

Bags Tournament
Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to a lack of registrations.

Explore Uptown Artway
Alley between 7th and 8th Avenues and 10th and 11th Streets
Anytime, Entertainment from noon-2 p.m.
Take a stroll through Uptown Artway, the re-imagined gathering space that runs behind 7th Avenue. What was once an under-utilized alley, now features nine permanent art installations by local and national artists.Check out local artist Pam Hyberger in action and listen to the steel drum sounds of Pandelerium from noon-2 p.m.

Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway Exhibit
Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th Street
Opening at Noon
Opening day free admission sponsored by the McIntyre Foundation
Long before it became part of the famous Lincoln Highway, the roadway loop through downtown Marion hosted scores of transcontinental automobile races, bicyclists and famous tourists. By foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile and truck, Marion witnessed and helped put our nation's first transcontinental road on the map. This exhibition tells the story of these travelers: their mishaps and adventures, their discoveries and endurance, from 1878 to 1919. See vintage bicycles, motorcycles and Linn County's 2nd automobile.

Pedal Marion!
Depart from City Square Park
1 p.m.
Hosted by the Marion Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
If you love to bike, this event is for you! Marion’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee will host an 8-mile bike tour of Marion from 1:00-2:30 p.m. We’ll ride bike lanes, bicycle boulevards and trails – ultimately returning to City Square Park at the end of the excursion. Participants should bring their bikes, helmets and sense of adventure.

Seed Saving Workshop
Lowe Park Demonstration Gardens, 4500 N. 10th Street
4:30 p.m.
Hosted by Linn County Master Gardeners
Participants will receive instruction on collecting, and storing seeds. They can then roam the demonstration gardens to collect seeds from their favorite plants. Master Gardeners will be available to assist and answer questions about the various plants. Containers will be provided for the collected seeds.

Activities for Children
Lowe Park
5-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Heritage Bank
Painted faces are so much fun, especially when you see the talent of Lizzy Dvorsky. Mr. Greenie’s Balloons are equally impressive. Kids of all ages can enjoy big bubbles and life-size games.

Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
5-8 p.m.
Hosted by Marion Parks & Recreation
Join the fun and a chance to win some cash during the Swamp Fox Festival at Lowe Park! Games of BINGO will be played for $0.25 per card, per game and we will pay back cash prizes to the winner(s) of each game. There will also be a few bonus games in which larger payouts are awarded. The night will conclude with a winner-take-all game of blackout BINGO. We have a limited amount of seating space and cards, so once they are gone, they are gone! Get there early to ensure yourself a seat. Play inside the Oaks Room. 

Tomato, Apple & Pepper Tasting
Lowe Park Greenhouse, 4500 N. 10th Street
5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Linn County Master Gardeners
Try some of the different types of tomatoes, apples and peppers that the Master Gardeners have been growing this season. The apple tasting is a precursor to the production of the orchard located just to the west of the greenhouse at Lowe Park.  Tasters will have a chance to vote for their favorite varieties.

Food Vendors
Lowe Park
5-8 p.m.
Grab some cash and enjoy dinner or a sweet treat from one of these local favorites: Linn County Cattlemen, Kettel House Bakery, Allen’s Apple Orchard, The Freeze, Pizza Ranch, Kona Ice and Irie Treats.

Brass Transit Authority
Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts, Lowe Park
5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by Veridian Credit Union
Brass Transit Authority consists of nine of the area's finest musicians, bringing you the music of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Stevie Wonder and many others. The group is comprised of several music instructors playing unconventional cover-band instruments. The songs have been around for decades and will have you up off your feet and dancing.

Fireworks Display
Lowe Park
8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Collins Community Credit Union & City of Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program
If last year was any indication, this fireworks display will be top notch. Prime viewing locations at Lowe Park or Oak Ridge School. Please note: no alcohol or tobacco products are permitted on school property.

Sunday, Oct. 1

Swamp Fox Car Cruise-In & Car Show
Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hosted by Cedar Rapids Corvette Club
Sponsored by Sheets Forrest Draper Insurance Agency

Join us for an all car cruise-in and scavenger hunt/poker run at Marion's Thomas Park. Suggested donation of canned goods for the Marion Food Bank. Then keep your eye out for the parade through town at conclusion of the event. If it rains, the show will be cancelled.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue
2-4 p.m.
Hosted by the Friends of the Marion Public Library
Best ever sale of gently used books, music, and movies! Come today to get the deals everyone else has missed. Nab a bag of books for just $3. 


Show your support of the Swamp Fox Festival by purchasing a $3 button. Buttons are available at the following Uptown retail locations: Kettel House Bakery, Lillians of Marion, ReAlive Metaphysical & Repurposing, The Chocolate Shop, Wits End Coffeehouse and Treasure Chest Collectibles.