MUSCATINE, Iowa–This August, Keep Muscatine Beautiful will bring back its signature event, Almost Friday Fest Aug. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Similar to events last year, Almost Friday will feature a live, outdoor concert, food and beverage tents, and an enjoyable evening out in Riverside Park.
Aftershock, an 80’s hair metal tribute band from Des Moines, will play for the event. A local favorite popular at one of last year’s Almost Friday Fests, Keep Muscatine Beautiful member Brenda Christiansen says they, “will give you a blast from the past and rock your socks off.” With a repertoire featuring hits from greats such as AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Pat Benetar, and Joan Jett, people of all ages and interests will find something to their taste they can dance along to.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Keep Muscatine Beautiful has made several changes to Almost Friday Fest to make it safer for guests. To promote social distancing and remove frequently touched surfaces, Almost Friday Fest will not feature lawn games or bounce houses. For this same reason, they will also not provide golf cart rides to different parts of the festival. However, the City of Muscatine graciously lent Almost Friday Fest a van, which can transport people from outlying parking lots to the main event area. Attendees will need to bring their own lawn chairs as well, as Keep Muscatine Beautiful will not offer public ones this year.
When guests arrive, they may set up their lawn chairs for their family or group inside one of the 10 foot by 10 foot squares Keep Muscatine Beautiful will have painted on the grass at six foot intervals, allowing for social distancing. If any attendees need a larger space for their party, they may contact Keep Muscatine Beautiful via their Facebook page or by calling Christiansen at 563-299-6425.
When outside of their own squares, concert goers should strongly consider wearing a mask. When at a food stand, drink tent, or restroom, or when in line for any of these places, attendees must wear masks. “We hope that everyone is able to follow the requirements we are setting forth with social distancing and mask wearing so the event can be a safe entertainment event and we will be able to hold future events in 2020,” emphasized Christiansen.
With the August Almost Friday Fest fast approaching, Boar looks forward to it, “Keep Muscatine Beautiful is excited to bring this event back to the community,” she stated: “There has been a lot of disappointment each month as we have had to cancel the event that we know the community loves. As usual, the sponsors stepped up to support the event when we made the recent decision to have the August event.”
Fellow event organizer Chris Boar also extended thanks to the City of Muscatine and Parks and Recreation Department for allowing them to host the event. “We have the support of the city and Muscatine Parks and Recreation to move forward with the event,” she said.
Currently, Keep Muscatine Beautiful plans to hold another Almost Friday Fest on Sept. 24, so long as participants honor the health and safety guidelines they set forth at the August event. Christiansen also hinted that additional new events may follow later in the year. “Keep Muscatine Beautiful is also investigating several other events in the next few months if all goes well,” she shared.