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Friday, Sept. 28Swamp Fox Festival logo

Marion School Foundation Golf Classic
Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road
10 a.m.
Join in this 16th annual golf tournament to support the Marion School Foundation and its mission to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in the Marion Independent School District. 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. 

Moonlit Movie - The Sandlot
Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street
7:30 p.m., Rated PG
Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Michelle Havener
The Sandlot
is a 1993 American coming-of-age baseball film which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing - soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team and the traveling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must overcome.

The Shriners will be serving popcorn and limited concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.

Saturday, Sept. 29

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.

NEW! 10K, 5K & Little Fox Mile
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. Looking for a longer distance? Try the first ever Swamp Fox 10K. Corridor Running is the event organizer and provides full details, including registration forms and a course map, at www.corridorrunning.com. Race shirts are provided for those who pre-register for the 10K and 5K. Registration fees: 10K - $40 before Sept. 18, $25 (without a shirt) before Sept. 28 and $30 the morning of the race. 5K -  $35 before Sept. 18, and $25 (without a shirt) before Sept. 28 and $30 the morning of the race. Back by popular demand...the Little Fox Mile, a one-mile route specifically for kids starting at 8:30 a.m. Youth registration is only $10.

Fall Marion Market
City Square Park, 7th Avenue and 10th Street
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. 12:30 p.m. and live music by Bryce Janey from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Swamp Fox Festival Parade
Starts at the corner of 15th Street and 1st Avenue, heads north on 15th Street, west on 3rd Avenue, north on 14th Street and then continue west down 6th Avenue ending at 9th Street
9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Linn County REC and Marion Hy-Vee
A signature event of the Swamp Fox Festival, this parade is one you won’t want to miss. This year’s theme is “Sports Through the Years.” The registration deadline has passed. Parade assignments will be mailed the week of Sept. 17.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Marion Public Library, 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, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
When you shop Uptown Marion, you experience a unique destination that’s Made for You. Home to a variety of locally owned restaurants and boutiques. Find original art, specialty clothing, personal accessories, antiques, sweet treats and gifts for anyone on your list.

Grass Volleyball Tournament

Cancelled due to lack of interest

Explore Uptown Artway
Alley between 7th and 8th Ave and 10th and 11th St
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. Visit the Artway between noon – 2 p.m. enjoy the sounds of the steel drum band Pandelerium.

Heritage Center Exhibition - 150 Years of Sports
Marion Heritage Center & Museum, 590 10th Street
Opening after the parade
Free admission sponsored by the McIntyre Foundation
Join us again this fall for our new exhibition: 150 Years of Marion Sports. We'll explore our passion for sports, its origins and many forms; its winners and losers, its heroes, villains and victims. We’ll introduce you to some of the sports crazes we’ve gone through like shuffleboard, pedestrianism, bicycling, horseshoes, duck pin bowling and pus ball, and try to explain our enduring love for football, baseball, basketball and track. As the home of the city's first large-scale YMCA, our building is singularly placed to present the story of the early days of Marion sports in this 150th year of the YMCA's history in the area. The Heritage Center auditorium will be dressed for the occasion!  Don’t miss this celebration of our heritage—and yours!

Pedal Marion!

Depart from City Square Park, 1 p.m.-2:30 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. 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.

Hot Shots Basketball Competition
Cancelled due to lack of interest

NEW! Pickleball Clinic
Marion High School Tennis Courts, 675 S. 15th Street
2 p.m.
Hosted by USA Pickleball
Pickleball is a paddle sport that blends tennis, badminton and ping pong. This is an opportunity to learn more about the game for both beginners and intermediates of all ages. Join us to hone your skills. There’s even an AAU club starting in our area for youth.

Seed Saving Workshop
Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street, 4:30 p.m.
Hosted by Linn County Master Gardeners
Participants will receive instructions on collecting and storing seeds and then have the opportunity to roam the demonstration gardens to collect seeds from plants. Master Gardeners will be available to assist and answer questions about the various plants and containers will be provided.

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, The Freeze, Kettel House Bakery, Allen’s Apple Orchard, Kona Ice and Zio Johno’s.

Activities for Children
Lowe Park, 5-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Heritage Bank
Painted faces, balloon creations, big bubbles and more! Kids will also enjoy fun with corn and life-size games.

Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
5-7 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! Come early to ensure yourself a seat. BINGO will be played inside the Oaks Room. 

The Spazmatics
Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts, Lowe Park
5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by Veridian Credit Union
Coming to us all the way from Chicago...meet The Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980's decade we'd love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, slicked-back hair and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. So tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999; only it's not!

Tomato, Apple & Pepper Tasting
Lowe Park Greenhouse, 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 can vote for their favorite varieties.

NEW! Hot Air Balloon On-Site
Behind the Lowe Park Greenhouse, 6-8 p.m.
Hosted by Summit Pointe Senior Living
Reaching Higher? Yes we are! Come see the new Summit Pointe Senior Living hot air balloon up close. Wind and weather conditions permitting.

Fireworks Display
Lowe Park, 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Collins Community Credit Union & City of Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program
Bigger and better in 2018, this fireworks display will be out of this world. Prime viewing locations at Lowe Park or Oak Ridge School. Please note: no alcohol or tobacco products are permitted on school property.

Sunday, Sept. 30

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 at Marion's Thomas Park. Suggested donation to benefit Eastern Iowa Honor Flights. Trophies will be awarded and Big Daddy Dogs will have food available for purchase onsite. 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.