MUSCATINE, Iowa–Rockin’ on Sycamore Street is making a post-pandemic come back, taking over Second Street on Saturday, Oct. 8. This year, Rockin’ on Second Street is partnering with new organizations to bring more music and more family fun to the downtown area. The intersection of Second and Pine is the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Rockin’ on Sycamore Street made a community debut in 2018 with two nights of music, including the return of Lefty and the Spinners from retirement. The weekend event, benefitting Shop with a Cop, raised a little over $15,000. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the event committee was ready to reinvent this popular music event.
This year, Rockin’ on Second Street is focusing on one night jam-packed with music and delivering double the fun by partnering with Crossroads, Inc. Crossroads will host a Carnival Kickoff and an opening band as part of their annual fundraising and awareness campaign. The Crossroads Carnival, traditionally held in the parking lot of their building on Houser Street, will be set up in the parking lot at Second and Pine. The decision was easy when the opportunity presented itself to team up with Rockin’ on Second Street and relocate. Crossroads services strive to empower individuals with disabilities to live their best lives as an integrated part of the community. What would be better than everyone coming together for a night of dancing and carnival fun? Crossroads hopes this new event will bring awareness to their services and serve as a fun night out for our entire community.
The carnival games will kick off at 1 p.m. Festivities include bounce houses, a silent auction, a dunk tank, a balloon artist, and plenty of games and prizes to entertain the whole family. The Crossroads kick-off will include the opening band Winterland, a Grateful Dead cover band out of Iowa City, who will begin playing at 2:30 p.m. Following Winterland will be the debut of the Spinners, a tribute to Lefty and the Spinners. Music from Zero Dark 30 and Roadside Circus is planned to last until at least 10 p.m.
Thanks to our event sponsors, admission to the event, including the carnival and music, is all free to the public. Sponsors for the event include Ed Morris, HNI, Stanley Consultants, and Proof Social. Community members will have opportunities at the event to support both Shop With A Cop and Crossroads, Inc.