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June 3, 2004

Sixth Annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival Set For June 12

The Mormon Trek Heritage Society of Iowa City, a recognized student organization at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the sixth annual Mormon Trek Heritage Festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Hawkeye Intramural Fields on the UI campus in Iowa City. 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 and the Drollingers.

The Hawkeye fields are adjacent to the University of Iowa's Mormon Handcart Park, just off Mormon Trek Boulevard and Hawkeye Park Road. In the event of rain, the festival will be held at West High School in Iowa City.

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 Blvd. Also, free activities, including kids' crafts, replica pioneer toys to play with and "Pioneer Olympics" will be featured. Replica wooden handcarts will be provided for participants 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 Ken Richardson at 319-466-1802 or

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

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,