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University of Iowa News Release

June 2, 2005

Seventh Annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival Set For June 11

The Mormon Trek Heritage Society of Iowa City, a recognized student organization at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the seventh annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Hawkeye Intramural Fields on the UI campus in Iowa City.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature live pioneer and bluegrass music performed by local talents, including the Drollingers. This year's festival will be the final prelude to the 150th anniversary celebration of the departure of the Mormon Handcart Pioneers scheduled for June 2006. 

The Hawkeye fields are adjacent to the University of Iowa's Mormon Handcart Park, the site of the Mormon Handcart Pioneers' 1856 campsite, located just off Mormon Trek Boulevard and Hawkeye Park Road. In addition to musical entertainment, an inexpensive barbecue dinner will be available, the proceeds of which will go toward new historic street signs on Mormon Trek Boulevard. Also, free activities, including kids' crafts, replica pioneer toys to play with, and "Pioneer Olympics" will be featured. Replica wooden handcarts will be provided to pull across several acres 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: or contact Craig Gurney at 319-339-7617 or Ken Richardson at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,