Fall Fest


Ely Parks & Recreation present the 9th Annual Ely Fall Fest

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2016.

*Check back here often for more information and updates

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2016 Fall Fest 5k & 1 Mile Run

The Ely Fall Fest 5K Moonlight Run/Walk and 1 Mile Moonlight Fun Run will take place on Friday, September 16 at 7:45 PM.

Registration is from July 25 – September 15.

Packet Pick-up will be Thursday, September 15 from 6 – 8 PM at Ely Community Center and evening of the race, Friday, September 16, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.


click here to register



Recap: 2015 – A Glowing Friday Evening Event

The 2015 Fall Fest 5K & 1 Mile were, indeed, a great gathering of dashing gallivanting greatness in the autumn glow.  Richard Higginbot, of Cedar Rapids, was first across the finish line of the 2015 Fall Fest 5K run.  Jeff Nietert, of Palo, and Jessie Clark, from Palo, round out the top three.  There were 101 people to enjoy the 2015 Fall Fest 5K, with ages ranging 6 to 70 years old.  Mr. Higginbot finished the course in 18:26. Congratulations to everyone.  Complete race results are available here; and division results here. Or click below.
5K & 1 Mile Routes
Fall Fest 5K Results Fall Fest 1 Mile Run/Walk Results
2015 5K – Overall 2015 5K – Division

Fall Fest Adult Co-ed Softball Tournament

Grab your friends and get a team together for the Fall Fest Softball Tournament.

The tournament will take place Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Ely City Park from 10 am – 6:30 pm.

Cost: $200 per team

Teams: 9-14 person teams (see rules for male/female ratios)

Awards: 1st place wins 1/2 of all registration fees

*Limit of 8 teams

Return registration to connor@elyiowa.com or Ely City Hall



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Tournament Rules


Fall Fest Adult Cornhole Tournament

Bags. Lawn Toss. Cornhole. Whatever you call it, we’ll have it at Fall Fest.

Teams of two will compete against each other in a double elimination tournament on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Ely American Legion from 10 am – 6:30 pm.

Cost: $30 per team

Teams: 2-person teams

Awards: Cash awards to 1st and 2nd place

*Limit of 16 teams

Return registration to connor@elyiowa.com or Ely City Hall



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1st Annual Ely Fall Fest Wiener Dog Races

Sponsored by The Downtown Dachshund

Hot dog! Register your dachshunds in one of three age categories – Under-5, Junior 5-10, Senior 10+.

It’s not just for dachshunds – there will be a non-dachshund category also.

The entry fee is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Click to sign up


Fall Fest Volunteers

Ely is blessed with people who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to help make great things happen.

We need your help to put on an amazing Fall Fest.

Volunteer sign-ups are through the link below.

Click to volunteer



Fall Fest Sponsors


Our sponsors make it possible for Fall Fest to be a great time for all while raising money to develop and improve Ely’s parks and recreational opportunities.  As a Fall Fest sponsor, you and your business are recognized by hundreds of area residents and consumers for your community spirit.  There are countless reasons to be a Fall Fest sponsor: click here to find out more on how to promote your business and our community. Please contact Connor Fisher, at 319-848-4103 or connor@elyiowa.com if you or your company is interested in being a sponsor for this year’s Fall Fest.  Individual event sponsorships are available.

Diamond – $1,000 & More

Odie's Bar & Grill prime-mechanical-logo
Odie’s Bar & Grill  Prime Mechanical Inc.
Price Mechanical

Platinum – $500 to $999



Ely Fire & Rescue


harapat_autoHarapat Auto


Kibby Farms

Robert & Diane Kibby


Schulte Development


South Slope Cooperative Communications

tk_roofingT&K Roofing & Sheet Metal


MidAmerican Energy


Gold – $250 to $499

Acme Electric Co. 3353 Southgate Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Brosh Chapel & the Avacentre 2121 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Collins Community Credit Union Cedar Rapids, IA
The Company Store 1205 State St, Ely, IA
First Presbyterian Church Near Ely 11100 Spanish Rd., Ely, IA
F J Krob & Co Elevator 1705 Dows St., Ely
Harger’s Acoustics 2245 State St., Ely, IA
Hy-Vee –  Wilson Avenue Store 20 Wilson Av. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Interstate Power & Light Company 200 1st St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Lynch Ford Chevrolet 410 US 30, Mt. Vernon, IA
MMS Consultants, Inc. 1917 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA
Quaker Oats Cedar Rapids, IA
Solon State Bank – Ely 1540 State St., Ely, IA
St. John’s Lutheran Church 1420 Walker St., Ely, IA

Silver – $100 to $249

Action Services, Inc Cedar Rapids, IA
Brown Concrete & Backhoe Ely, IA
Brown Well Pump Ely, IA
Cleppe’s 66 1555 State St., Ely, IA
D&N Fence 4000 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Kiracoffe Oil, Company  1295 IA-965, Swisher, IA
Millhiser Smith 3100 Oakland Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Municipal Supply Co. 1550 NE 51st Ave, Des Moines, IA
Theisen’s Cedar Rapids, IA

With Ely’s rich agricultural history, it seemed only natural to hold the town festival in the fall.  Fall Fest encourages farmers to take a break and have a relaxing day with friends before the busy harvest season kicks into full gear.  And gives us “city” folk, a chance to slow down and visit with our neighbors before the cold temperatures and the hustle and bustle of the holidays keep us indoors for the winter months.

All proceeds of the Ely Fall Fest go towards construction and development of Ely City Park and maintenance of Community Center, Schulte and Vavra Parks.  The City of Ely hopes to make Ely Fall Fest a fun, family oriented celebration that people of all ages can look forward to every fall.