Fairfield celebrates 175 years
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Fairfield, which townspeople will celebrate with three days full of activities from July 4-6.
The festivities will begin with the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk July 4, featuring Kevin Hart & the Iowa All Stars Band, children’s activities and vendors. The party continues the following day with a parade, vintage tractor show at Maasdam Barns and a historic photo display located in buildings around the square. The farmers’ market will host pioneer kids’ activities and Waterworks Park will host a family-friendly celebration, capped off with fireworks.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will be open to all businesses, non-profits and organizations with floats. Vintage cars and tractors as well as middle school, high school and community bands are invited, too.
Parade entries will take off from the Fairfield High School parking lot and follow the same route as the Kiwanis Kids’ Day parade, which means it will travel west on Broadway past Central Park; turn north on Main Street; east on Grimes Avenue; south on Court Street; then east on Briggs Avenue and back to the high school.. Extra parking will be made available for trailers to be left for items pulled to the school for the parade. The parade lineup will start at noon. Each parade entry will need to register but registration is free. Forms can be found at city hall and Premier Pack & Ship Plus. Questions about the parade can be directed to Joy Messer at 472-6193 (firstname.lastname@example.org); or to Andy Nelson at 641-242-0600 (email@example.com).
After the parade, festival-goers can mosey on over to Waterworks Park where activities begin at 4 p.m. Festivities include games, dunk tanks, food and music. The Bonnifield Log Cabin will host live music and country dancers wearing authentic 1840s costumes. Children will have a chance to play old-fashioned games from the early days of Fairfield’s history. The house will be furnished with pioneer artifacts and will be open to visitors. A fireworks display courtesy of the Fairfield Fire Department will conclude the day.
Nelson and his Heartland Rod & Custom will host the 175th Celebration Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 6, around the square. Organizers are planning many more activities for the day including live entertainment. For more information on participating in the event, contact Nelson or Troy Elmore at 919-2122 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Residents won’t have to wait till July to celebrate the 175th anniversary. The committee has planned an event starting one week from today, which involves planting 175 trees in town. From April 28 through May 2 each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the committee will plant trees in O.B. Nelson Park. Scott Timm will be on site with tools and gloves. Groups of adults and supervised kids are welcome to participate. On Saturday, May 3, the committee will plant 14 trees on the square. Contact Timm on his cell phone at 515-291-2560 or via email at email@example.com.
Commemorative T-shirts and other items will be available for sale during art walk, at the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and at city hall. Proceeds from these sales will go toward funding the festivities and events for the weekend.
For more information, contact Terry Baker at the Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau at 472-2828 or Michael Halley at 233-0445.