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Posted on: September 13, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Park Festival Features Free Music, Food and Fun

Join Story County Conservation at this year’s Partners Fall Festival on October 7 and see how you can “GO GREEN.”

The Story County Conservation Partners Fall Festival will be held Sunday, October 7, from 3-6 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames. This free, public event features music, games and craft activities for children, and a free-will donation barbecue.

People of all ages will enjoy the music of the "Jefferson County Green Band" featuring rockin’ country reggae blues. The event also boasts children's crafts and activities. The barbecue features hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, and refreshments. Free-will donations will be accepted.

This festival is an excellent opportunity to visit McFarland Park, enjoy great music, and learn more about Story County Conservation Partners and the important things they do for conservation efforts in Story County. Best of all, the event is free and fun for everyone!

The festival will be held rain or shine; bring your blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the day! Pets must be on kept on leashes at all times.

Booths Needed
Help us show visitors how they can make a difference! At this year’s festival we would like to highlight people and organizations in central Iowa that are taking an active role in conservation, the environment and sustainability. There is no cost, and we encourage hands-on, interactive displays and activities. If you are interested, contact Special Projects Ranger Carol Williams as soon as possible.

Donations Needed
Story County Conservation naturalists have many fun games and crafts planned for the Fall Festival, but they need your help gathering supplies! Help us “GO GREEN” for the event by dropping off clean coffee cans, milk jugs and old neckties as well as bags of lentils. Please drop off all donations at the conservation center by Wednesday, October 3.

Volunteers Needed
Story County Conservation could not host events like this without the help of volunteers. There are still tasks available for willing volunteers, including helping with event set-up and take-down, festival greeters, food preparation and serving, and supervising games and craft activities. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved, please contact Outreach Coordinator Tiffany Cornelius by Friday, September 28.

For more information about the festival, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), via email at or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Carol Williams
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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