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Folk music, food trucks and family fun at first-ever Prairie Land Music Fest


Prairie Land Music Fest

Johnson County Fairgrounds — Friday, June 24–June 26 at 11 a.m. each day

Photo by Adam Burke
Photo by Adam Burke

Summer generally brings thoughts of swimming pools, barbecues, ice cream cones and hot weather clothing. In Iowa City, we like to add one more thing to that list — festivals. The newest in the summer line up is the Prairie Land Music Fest. Organized by deejay Lynn Williams, the fest will feature 10 performers of folk, Celtic and Native American music.

Williams began planning last June after recognizing the need for a festival that caters to an “older style of music.”

“We don’t really have anything that falls into these categories,” Williams said. “I wanted to do something different and that’s the reason I came up with this.”

The three-day spectacle will also have family friendly activities such as kids’ pottery and tie-dye workshops, face painting and henna and caricature artists. Other entertainment options include belly dancers; fire spinners, jugglers and breathers; a blacksmith and old time axe throwing. Food trucks and vendors will be on the scene to satisfy any and all hunger pangs.

For families wanting to fully embrace the first-time fest, camping options are available at a fee of $20 per tent and $30 per RV.

Online ticket sales, which range from $5–100 and include several specialty prices for families, college students and veterans, close today. Tickets can also be purchased at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on each festival day. Kids 10 and under get in free.


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