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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 Memorial Union.

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 executive director.

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 lecture.

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