Fall Fest


Ely Parks & Recreation present the 10th Annual Ely Fall Fest

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14, 2017.

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 2017 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, October 13 at 7:45 PM.

Registration is from July 25 – October 12.

Packet Pick-up will be Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 8 PM at Ely Community Center and evening of the race, Friday, October 13, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.





5k Race Results

Fall Fest 5K Results
2016 5K – Overall 2016 5K – Division
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, October 14, 2017 at Ely City Park from 9 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


Tournament Rules


Fall Fest Adult Cornhole Tournament

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

Teams of two will compete against each other in a double elimination tournament on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Ely American Legion from 9 am – 6:30 pm.

Cost: $30 per team

Teams: 2-person teams

Awards: Cash awards to 1st and 2nd place

*Limit of 16 teams




2nd Annual Ely Fall Fest Wiener Dog Races

Sponsored by The Downtown Dachshund

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.

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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. Please contact Callie O’Brien at 319-848-4103 or callie@elyiowa.com if you or your company are 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 Fall Fest go towards construction and development of Ely’s local parks.  The City of Ely hopes to make Fall Fest a fun, family-oriented celebration that people of all ages can look forward to every fall.