Fall Fest


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

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

*Check back here often for more information and updates

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 2017 Fall Fest 5k & 1 Mile Run

The Ely Fall Fest 5K Moonlight Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 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 5:30 – 6:30 PM at Ely City Park.



5k Race Results

Fall Fest 5K Results
2017 5k – Overall 2017 5k – Division
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 11 am – 6:30 pm.

Cost: $30 per team

Teams: 2-person teams

Awards: Cash awards to 1st and 2nd place

*Limit of 16 teams




 Fall Fest Youth Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by Bait, Guns & More in Anamosa, IA

Grab your fishing pole and head to City Park on October 14th!

Anglers ages 5 – 16 are invited to participate in the first annual Fall Fest Fishing Tournament! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winner of each division! Division 1 will be working towards most fish caught, while Division 2 will be fighting for most fish caught and longest measured fish!

No need to rush to the store to stock up, our generous sponsor will have a tent located at City Park containing all your fishing needs! They will be selling poles, a very wide variety of bait, hooks and any other gear you may need throughout the event!

Cost: $5 registration only / $10 registration + Ely Fishing Tournament t-shirt



Punt, Pass & Kick Competition   

This FREE competition is open to all 3rd – 8th grade participants

The competition will be held at the Football Fields at the top of Ely City Park and will begin at 1:30pm. Registrations will also be available in person the day of the event at 1:00pm.

Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each grade!




1st Annual Ely Fall Fest Board & Brush Party!

This exciting event is for participants 16+ who have an interest in crafty designs! Denise Hoy with Creative Outlet will be leading two separate classes on Saturday October 14th. No previous painting experience required!

Over the hour long session, participants will enjoy prepping their board and painting a beautiful Fall design that they can take home with them after the event! Please choose which session you would like to sign up for below:

                           11:00am – 12:30pm



                                3:00pm – 4:30pm


Registration fee is $20 per participant.


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.

Click to volunteer


The Parks and Recreation Committee will be hosting a Prelude to Fall Fest Chili Dinner on Sunday October 1st from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Ely American Legion. We invite all who have signed up to volunteer at Fall Fest to come out and celebrate, allowing us as a community to thank you for your time and effort in making our 10th annual the greatest year yet!

*** All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the Prelude Chili Dinner! Please sign up to bring your favorite chili or cornbread recipe by emailing: callie@elyiowa.com ***



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

Bass Family Farms  Price Mechanical

Platinum – $500 to $999




Atlantic Bottling Company – Coca-Cola



Innovative Signs


Schulte Development



South Slope Cooperative Communications


Harapat Auto


Gold – $250 to $499

Solon Sate Bank  1540 State Street, Ely, IA 
Casey’s General Store State Street, Ely, IA
Novak Electric Cedar Rapids, IA
First Presbyterian Church Near Ely 11100 Spanish Rd., Ely, IA
Thompson Truck & Trailer Cedar Rapids, IA
Harger’s Acoustics 2245 State St., Ely, IA
Hy-Vee –  Wilson Avenue Store 20 Wilson Av. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Lynch Ford Chevrolet 410 US 30, Mt. Vernon, IA
MMS Consultants, Inc. 1917 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA
 Jesse Grade – Realtor

St. John Lutheran Church

ACME Electric

Downtown Dachshund 

Ely, Iowa

Ely, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

Ely, Iowa

 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
Quaker Oats 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.