With less than two months before the 28th annual Festival of Trails Celebration, plans are underway to make La Porte City’s festival better than ever. The two-day event, following a longstanding tradition, will once again be held the Friday and Saturday prior to Father’s Day, June 13-14. This year, however, the Celebration will have a little competition to the north, with My Waterloo Days being held June 12-15, instead of Memorial Day weekend as in past years.
In 2014, the Festival of Trails Parade will return to a familiar time and route, beginning at 7 PM on Friday evening. Participants in the parade will follow the traditional route used prior to last year- lining up at Union High School and proceeding along Oak Street before turning right to travel the length of Main Street. One of the unique features in this year’s parade is the number of antique tractors that will make their way down Main Street. Parade organizers are looking for more antique tractors to join the lineup. Please call Bill Starr at 319-230-3857 for more information.
Prior to the parade, the Jesse Wasson, Woman of the Year and Business of the Year awards will be presented on Friday evening at 6 PM near the Main Street stage.
Other traditional Celebration favorites remain: Thunder Over La Porte City, the annual fireworks display, is set to go off on Friday evening, with Saturday night reserved in the event of rain. La Porte City Golf Club will host the ever popular Omelet Breakfast and Golf Tournament on Saturday. Union High School is where runners and walkers will begin their 5K journey. Walk, don’t run to the Gazebo on Saturday morning for the festive turtle races. One hour tram rides on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail are slated to be available from 10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, as well. The Car Show will be on display at the City Park on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Car Cruise that evening. The Sing Me to Heaven Foundation will conduct their annual Duck Race on Saturday afternoon. Also making a return to La Porte City’s Main Street are Chainsaw Carvings, which will be auctioned off at 8 PM on Saturday, following two days of inspired chainsaw activities for all to enjoy.
The 2014 Festival of Trails promises to have plenty of entertainment to enjoy. Featured bands scheduled to appear on the Main Street stage include Urban Legend (Friday, 8 PM-Midnight), the Cedar Valley Big Band (Saturday, Noon-4 PM) and Brass Transit Authority (Saturday, 8 PM-Midnight). In addition to music, Hawkins Memorial Library will be the site of a family-friendly Magic Show, as professional magician Rick Eugene returns to La Porte City to entertain young and old alike.