CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 13, 2000
22nd Annual RiverFest to be April 27-30
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Each April, the trees start to bud, students gear up
for finals and Hubbard Park is taken over by a large stage, several bands
and at least one Buffalo wings vendor. For more than 20 years, RiverFest has
been a centerpiece of Iowa City springtime.
The 22nd annual RiverFest will be the weekend of April 27-30 with various
activities taking place at Hubbard Park and the University of Iowa's Iowa
Last year more than 17,000 people volunteered for or attended RiverFest.
This year the RiverFest committee hopes to see even more.
"This year's activities are designed to bring together the UI and the
Iowa City/Coralville communities," said Danielle McKibbin, RiverFest
This RiverFest will feature some new events, such as a mud volleyball tournament,
a magician and a hypnotist. Other events have become staples in RiverFest's
22 years: Craig's Carnival Amusement Rides, the ACACIA Taste of Iowa City
food fair, the RiverRun 5K and 10K races, KidFest and a special RiverFest
The RiverFest committee, a UI student group, works in collaboration with
the student music productions group, SCOPE, for most of the year to book entertainment
for the event. Ekoostik Hookah, a jam band from Ohio, will be the main concert
act at this year's RiverFest, performing on Friday, April 28.
Because the spring celebration is centered on the outdoors, many activities
have back-up plans in case of rain. Events scheduled for Hubbard Park will
be moved into the union, or canceled, if the weather turns wet. The Friday
night Ekoostik Hookah concert will be moved into the IMU's Main Lounge in
case of rain.
For more information about this year's festival, contact the RiverFest office
at 335-3273 or visit its Web page at www.uiowa.edu/~rivrfest.