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Swamp Fox logo 30 & ThrivingFriday, Sept. 27

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:  

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.   

Magician Comedian Ben Ulin
Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street
Food at 6 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by City of Marion and State Farm Insurance, Michelle Havener
Adventureland has featured Ulin’s comedy illusion show since 1988, one of the longest running amusement park magic shows in history. With over 30 years’ experience making audiences cry with laughter, this is one you won’t want to miss! Pack a cooler and bring a blanket or lawn chairs, concessions will also be available for purchase. Get ready for a night of good, clean fun!

Saturday, Sept. 28

Family Breakfast
Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th Street
7-9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Hills Bank
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.  

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 Race shirts are provided for those who pre-register for the 10K and 5K. Registration fees: 10K - $35 before Sept. 7, $40 before Sept. 26, $25 (without a shirt) before Sept. 7 and $30 (without a shirt) the morning of the race. 5K - $30 before Sept. 7, $35 before Sept. 26 and $20 (without a shirt) before Sept. 7 and $25 (without a shirt) the morning of the race. Military discounts also offered. 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 $15, shirt guaranteed if register by Sept. 17.  

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.–1:30 p.m. and live music 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 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 “30 & Thriving.” Floats are encouraged and advance registration is required. Registration forms are available at and due by Sept. 13.  

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, 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 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.   

NEW! Grass Volleyball Tournament
Lowe Park Sports Complex, Access from 4901 Alburnett Road
Check-in 10:30 a.m.; Play begins at 11 a.m.
Bump, set and spike your way into the Swamp Fox Festival’s first-ever Grass Volleyball Tournament. Open to 4 person teams, Level A or B or 6 person teams. Cost $20 per person - $80 for a team of 4, $120 for a team of 6. Free long-sleeved shirts for all participants and cash prizes awarded to the top finishers. Advance registration required by Friday, Sept. 13. 

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

Heritage Center Exhibition – The Collins Story
Marion Heritage Center & Museum, 590 10th Street
Opening after the parade
Free admission sponsored by the McIntyre Foundation
Don’t miss this local tie and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. This is the story of Arthur A. Collins, his life and the company that still bears his name, focusing on just a small portion of the business he created, Space, on the anniversary of his biggest achievement – bringing the world the voice and pictures of mans’ first steps on the moon. It took the work of thousands, but it would have been impossible had he not dedicated his life to perfecting radio communication and building the company that invented space communication and has brought us the voice and pictures of every astronaut for 50 years, Collins Radio. 

Pedal Marion!
Depart from City Square Park, 1-2:30 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.  

Eulenspiegel Puppets in Appleseed!
Allen’s Orchard, 5801 10th Street  
Performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., plus a make and take workshop from 1-2 p.m.
Hosted by Allen’s Orchard
Celebrate the 50th birthday of Allen’s Orchard and a special tribute to Johnny Appleseed. The Eulenspiegel Puppets will perform a new story about Johnny Appleseed’s true adventures and his relationships with the settlers, the Native Americans, and the animals and plants around him. The story goes on to tell about other apple heroes, including Henderson Luelling, who traveled across the U.S. from Iowa, across the Rocky Mountains to Oregon, with a wagon loaded with 300 growing apple trees to start the apple industry in the Northwest! Johnny, Henderson, and Jesse Hiatt, the creator of the Delicious Apple, battle the wilds and weather and meet creatures of all kinds in this exciting show! Watch hand puppets, tabletop puppets, and pop-ups and enjoy the whimsical live music of Ron Hillis!  

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: Firehouse Concessions, The Freeze, Kettel House Bakery, Allen’s Orchard and Kona Ice. 

Activities for Children
Lowe Park, 5-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Heritage Bank & Network Computer Solutions
Bigger and better for 30 years of the Swamp Fox Festival. Kids will enjoy painted faces, balloon creations, big bubbles and more! Plus life-size games, a rock climbing wall, bounce house and obstacle course.

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! 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.

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.  

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 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!

Fireworks Display
Lowe Park, 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by TownePlace Suites and Marion's Hotel/Motel Grant Program
You marveled at the fireworks display on July 3, get ready for more of the same. Prime viewing locations at Lowe Park or Oak Ridge School. Please note: no alcohol or tobacco products are permitted on school property.  

Sunday, Sept. 29

Swamp Fox Car Show & Shine
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. 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.