Many questions have been surfacing about changes to the Festival of Trails this year. It’s true. The Maion Street stage will be moved. The parade route and time is also different. There are other changes as well, in addition to some new events added to the Celebration.

Main Street Stage & Beer Tent: This year, the Main Street Stage will be located by Gregg’s Sporting Goods and face east where the beer tent, positioned between Cedar Valley Bank & Trust and Kramer Sausage Co. will be located Food vendors, including the ever popular firemen’s brats, mini donuts, gyros and plenty of others will be found in the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street.

Parade & Car Cruise: With the beer tent and stage occupying the 300 block of Main Street, the routes for the parade and car cruise will also change. The parade, which will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, June 15, will start at the Eastern Iowa Co-op, proceeding on Cedar Street before turning right onto Main. After travelling six blocks on Main, the parade will hang a right on Chestnut, then another right on 4th Street before finishing back at the Co-op. The car cruise will line up at the City Park at the conclusion of the Car Show and will run in the opposite direction of the parade route.

Returning Festival of Trails events:

5K Run/Walk

– Saturday, 8 AM

Sing Me To Heaven Duck Race

– Saturday, 5 PM. Race cars with local drivers and caricatures by Monte Synder begin at 4:30 after the pool closes.

New Festival of Trails events:


Teen Dance/Cheerleader Fundraiser – Friday, 9 PM-Midnight. Held at the Rusty Pig stuidents who will be in grades 6-9 when the new school year begins in August.

Sand Volleyball

–  Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM at the high school sand courts. Coed teams of 6, $30 entry fee. Proceeds go to the Kayla Decker Memorial Fund and Sing Me to Heaven Foundation.

Chainsaw Carving Exhibit

– Friday and Saturday. Chainsaw artists will carve benches, signs, fish, etc. The carving of logs of pine and cedar will take place between Cedar Valley Bank and LPC Utilities. Carved items can be purchased at auction Saturday night at 8 PM.


The La Porte City Lions Club is also raffling off a Wagon of Corn. Tickets can be purchased from your local Lions Club member, $10 each or 3 for $20. The Wagon of Corn grand prize is currently estimated at $2,500 with $500 and $250 prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Support the raffle by buying tickets or donating corn or cash to buy corn for the Wagon. Contact the Eastern Iowa Co-op at 319-342-3013 for more details.

So, that is the rundown of many of the changes. An official flyer will be printed and posted with contact information for the respective events. If you should happen to have questions in the meantime, please email or call Shawn Mehlert at or 319-342-3121 or Shawn Sheffler, 319-239-4727.