Second Annual West Liberty Fun Fest Kicks Off Muscatine County Fair

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

One of West Liberty’s biggest events, local residents always look forward to the Muscatine County Fair. To welcome the fair to town, the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce (WLCC) held their second annual West Liberty Fun Fest from July 12th through the 14th.

According to Stephanie Martin, director of the WLCC, West Liberty Fun Fest grew out of several activities taking place the weekend before the fair. “We were already doing the parade and picnic in the park on Sunday and decided we wanted to make a weekend celebration in West Liberty,” she outlined.

This year’s West Liberty Fun Fest proved even bigger and better than ever. To kick it off, the Parks and Recreation Department held a free movie night in the park. Screening Hotel Transylvania Three, everyone enjoyed a good laugh out under the stars.

On Saturday night, the WLCC doubled the fun with a pair of concerts. First, Adam Keith, an Iowa native, performed. With an untamed country sound all his own, audiences loved this outstanding show with a regional connection. Following Keith, Corey Cox put on his rousing Pack the Pack performance. An Indiana native who now records out of Nashville, Tennessee, concert goers appreciated his blend of familiar midwestern fare and southern sounds.

Sunday provided a spectacular finish to West Liberty Fun Fest, packing in a wide variety of events for residents to enjoy. The day began bright and early with the West Liberty Youth Sports Foundation’s fun run at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds. Then the Fair Parade officially welcomed the fair. Finally, the traditional picnic in the park gave everyone time to enjoy good food, free swimming in Kimberly Park Pool, and excellent music by the West Liberty Alumni Band and Choir.

Reflecting back over the weekend, Martin felt this year’s West Liberty Fun Fest succeeded, and all the help and hard work by the WLCC’s many volunteers paid off. “So many people [worked] behind the scenes to make all these events work and then seeing the hustle and bustle of people coming in and out of town,” represented the best part of the weekend for Martin.

“I’m proud to call West Liberty my hometown and want others to love it as much as we all do that live here,” added Martin. By showcasing all West Liberty has to offer through their annual Fun Fest, Martin and the WLCC did just that.

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