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April 21, 2006

RiverFest 2006 Set For April 28-30

RiverFest 2006 will bring a variety of food, music, theater, carnival games, art and other entertainment to the University of Iowa April 28-30.

Events will be held in Hubbard Park, south of the Iowa Memorial Union, and on the lawn of Hancher Auditorium, where the Riverbank Art Fair will be held. Admission to most events is free and open to the public.

Hancher events include the Riverbank Art Fair, while Hubbard Park will host music, theater, Taste of RiverFest, carnival rides, lawn games and KidFest. The Riverbank Art fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hubbard Park events will be held on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Riverbank Art Fair features student artists and artists from all over the Midwest and beyond exhibiting and selling their artwork in painting, metal, ceramics, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, jewelry and more. Food will be available from Urb Garden & Catering and The Pit. Music starts at 11 a.m. and will be provided by Kalimbaman and Nancita Wernett on Saturday, and Kevin B.F. Burt on Sunday.

At Hubbard Park, the Taste of RiverFest will include cuisine from such restaurants as Abel's Catering, Aladdin Restaurant, Big Ass Turkey Legs, Christ Holiness Apostolic Temple, Faith Holiness Apostolic Church of God, IMU Food Service, Marco's and Oasis Falafel. Diners will have the opportunity to vote for the "Best of Food" and "Peoples' Choice" awards.

Student group teams will also field teams to play Yard Games, a competition in bag-o, silly golf and tug-of-war. Competition starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Other events include KidFest, a family-friendly event featuring an air castle, pluck-a-duck, cake walk, face painting, mask making, slime making and more. Admission to KidFest is $1, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

Music and entertainment activities will be held on the main stage in Hubbard Park. A schedule of performances is as follows:


5 p.m. Critical Hour

5:45 p.m.  Matt Wagner

6 p.m. Earthwords undergraduate literary review magazine release party, featuring readings and food (this event will be held at Uptown Bill's Small Mall, 401 S. Gilbert St.)

6:15 p.m. Speak Easy

7 p.m. Abe Quigley

8 p.m. NYCO

9 p.m. Craig Karges, mentalist


10:15 a.m. No Shame Theatre

10:45 a.m. Dance Marathon

11 a.m. Pie eating contest

11:15 a.m. Voices of Experience

11:45 a.m. Cedar Rapids Symphony School

12:45 p.m. Scottish Highlanders

1:15 p.m. Hapkaido martial arts demonstration

1:30 p.m. In Letters 

2:15 p.m. Dance Marathon

2:30 p.m. Seven

3:15 p.m. Poetry Slam

4:45 p.m. University of Iowa Spirit Squad

5 p.m. The Distinctive Nobodies, breakdancers

5:15 p.m. No Shame Theatre

5:45 p.m. Overman

7 p.m. Euforquestra

8 p.m. Ross Christopher and the Familiar Voice


11 a.m. University of Iowa Spirit Squad

11:15 a.m. Baton Twirling

11:45 a.m. Muscatine Dancers

12:15 p.m. Intersection, male a cappella singing group

12:45 p.m. Jimmy Marquis

1:30 p.m. Swing dancers

2 p.m. Folk dancers

2:15 p.m. Janelle Lauer

2:45 p.m. NPHC Step Show

3 p.m. Greek Follies winners, talent performances

3:45 p.m. Jake Dilley

More information can be found on the University of Iowa Web site at

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