At Ankeny Real Estate Service, we like to refer to ourselves as the Ankeny Specialists when it comes to Ankeny homes.  BUT, that doesn’t mean that our expertise ends with the real estate market. Nope! We are proud to be a long-time, Ankeny-based business, which means our community ties are strong and we are well-versed on all things Ankeny...including local events. 


This year’s ANKENY SUMMERFEST is right around the corner and we think you need to know about it!  However, this 4 day event (July 12 - 15) is just too BIG for us to cram into just one blog, which is why we’ve decided to make this a 2-post series.  Today we’re excited to share with you some of our favorite Summerfest activities, beginning with the events of the first 2 days (July 12 & 13), then finishing up with the final 2 days (July 14 & 15) in our blog post next week.  So, hang onto your hats -- this is going to be fun!

Summerfest 2018 begins with a Thursday evening chock-full of fun!  Here’s the rundown on what Day One has to offer:

  • Summerfest on-site carnival and vendors.  Runs Thursday, July 12 thru Sunday, July 15.  There are games, rides, and lots of attractions for the kids (or kids a heart!), as well as, plenty of foods, drinks, and vendors for those less interested in the Midway shenanigans. 

  • The ever-popular Leisure Garden will be playing host to the band, The Maytag on Thursday, July 12, from 8:00-11:00 pm.  As always, entrance to the Leisure Garden is free.
  • This year’s 3-On-3 Youth Basketball Tournament gets its start on opening day.  What an awesome opportunity to grab a couple buddies, lace up those sneakers, and begin your quest for 5th-8th grade total basketball domination! 

The Summerfest fun continues on into Friday with a full day of activities offered.  Some of our favorites include:

  • The Ankeny Alumni Association will be hosting its 15th Annual Golf Tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course.  This is a 4 person best shot tourney, with a $70 registration fee that includes a cart, lunch, and plenty of swag!  Details can be found {here}
  • This year’s Kiddie Parade is fully embracing the Summerfest theme of “Go Wild!” and we have no doubt that it’ll be full of fun and LOTS of kids! Kids (and parents) should meet in front of the Ankeny Schools Administration Building at 5:45 pm.  Judging begins at 6:15, with the parade to start soon after at 6:30.
  • Friday night’s Entertainment Garden band line-up continues with opener Royce Johnson, from 6:00-7:30 pm and headliner Casey Muessigmann from 8:00-midnight.

And there you have it -- just a FEW of our Summerfest favorites from Days 1 & 2.  To view a complete schedule of events and to learn more about all that Summerfest has to offer, visit their website at http://summerfest.life/.  Plus, don’t forget to stay tuned next week, when we highlight more of event favorites from Saturday and Sunday in our blog: Summerfest, Part II.