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Release: May 31, 2001

Third Annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival set for June 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Mormon Trek Heritage Society of Iowa City, a recognized student organization at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the Third Annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Hawkeye Intramural Fields. Free and open to the public, the event will feature three hours of live pioneer and bluegrass music performed by local talents Al and Aleta Murphy, the Drollingers, The Nauvoo missionary "Pitt's Brass Band," and the Ocean Waves Square Dance Club.

The Hawkeye fields are adjacent to the University of Iowa's Mormon Handcart Park, just off Mormon Trek Boulevard and Hawkeye Park Road. People wishing to attend the festival should note that Mormon Trek Boulevard is closed between Melrose Avenue and Hawkeye Park Road. The suggested detour route directs northbound traffic west on Melrose Avenue, then north and east on Hawkeye Park Road to rejoin with Mormon Trek. In the event of rain, the festival will be held at Iowa City West High School on Melrose Avenue.

In addition to musical entertainment, an inexpensive barbecue dinner by Smokin' Joe's Barbecue will be available. Also, free activities, including pioneer games, and toys and crafts such as dolls and bonnets, will be featured. Replica wooden handcarts will be provided for people to pull across a patch of Iowa prairie at the Handcart Park, and historical data, such as the names of pioneers and their descriptions of life on the trail will be shared. For more information and a map to the Festival site, please see the Heritage Society's web site at: www.uiowa.edu/~handcart.