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Ankeny Summerfest 2018, Part II

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Welcome back to part II in our series highlighting ANKENY SUMMERFEST and some of our favorite/we-think-you-ought-to-know-about events!  As we mentioned last time, not only do we pride ourselves on being the “Ankeny Specialists” when it comes to real estate, but we’d like to think we know a little something about our community and it’s happenings, too.  So, without further ado, here are just a few of the, what we consider to be, can’t-miss events from SummerFest days 3 and 4 (July 14 and 15).

Read Part I {here}.

Saturday, July 14, is a day jam-packed with fun and activities for all ages and citizens with a wide variety of interests. 

The day begins with a bang as the SummerFest Grand Parade takes to the streets of Ankeny at 9:00 am.  As long-time patrons, we encourage parade-goers to find a spot along the route early, come prepared, and be ready to be entertained!

In its 20th year, the Cardboard Boat Regatta is among the most popular of SummerFest events!  The challenge to, “design and build a person-powered corrugated cardboard boat that is capable of racing, or at least floating, “ is not only exciting for participants, but is also highly entertaining (read: hilarious!) to watch.

Once again, no SummerFest evening is complete without a stop by the Leisure Garden where Damon Dotson and the Pork Tornadoes will be performing on Saturday.

Among much, much more, don’t forget to check out other Saturday events, such as: The Miss 16 Contest; Kiwanis Pancake Fest; Sand Volleyball, Slowpitch Softball, and Kickball Tournaments.

Even on its final day, SummerFest doesn’t let up on fun!  The events schedule is full, but a few of our Sunday favorites are:

Family Fun Day.

SummerFest 5k/1 mile run.  This is the perfect way to work off some of that fantastic fried food from the midway that you’ve been consuming all weekend!  Even better?  It’s for a great cause!

Fireworks!  The finale!  It’s a spectacular show...especially for those that choose to be up close and personal, viewing the fireworks from the Leisure Garden or Prairie Ridge Sports Complex!  These fireworks are the perfect way to celebrate another successful year of SummerFest!

And there you have it!  Our complete list of must-see/must-do 2018 SummerFest activities!  For the full schedule of events, details, and other general information, visit http://summerfest.life/.

Now, we want to know, are YOU planning a trip to SummerFest this year?  If so, what’s on your list of can’t-miss events?

Ankeny Summerfest 2018, Part 1

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

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.

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