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Swamp Fox Logo 20172017 Swamp Fox Festival

Last weekend in September

Join in the celebration of Marion's heritage at the 28th annual Swamp Fox Festival. A variety of events will take place in and around City Square Park including the Fall Marion Market, Swamp Fox 5K, a pancake breakfast, and the ever-popular Swamp Fox Parade.

The fun moves to Lowe Park on Saturday evening for live music at the amphitheater, food, bingo, kids activities and a grand fireworks finale.

Event Schedule

A variety of activities are planned from Friday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 1. Find the full schedule of events.

Parade Info

The Swamp Fox Festival Parade, sponsored by Linn County REC, Marion Hy-Vee and Marion Hy-Vee Drugstore, is a Marion tradition and this year will be following a new route! The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. This year’s theme is “Back to Our Future.” Parade entries could honor Marion’s past, its existing attributes or the community’s forward momentum.

The parade line-up has been completed and mailed to participants. Parade entries will not be accepted the day of the event.

5K & Little Fox Mile Registration

The Swamp Fox Festival 5K run/walk is set for Sept. 30 at 7:30 a.m. lining-up on 5th Avenue between Marion City Hall and Vernon Middle School. Prizes awarded to the first overall male and female finishers. Active or former military service men and women receive a $10 discount. Race shirts are provided for those who pre-register for the 5K. The registration fee is $20 before Sept. 1, $25 before Sept. 22 and $20 (without a shirt) up to the morning of the race.

The Little Fox Mile, a one-mile race especially for kids, returns in 2017. Register by Sept. 22 for $10, which includes a t-shirt and finisher medal. Late registration does not guarantee a shirt. Race registration forms are available online or at Marion City Hall, Lowe Park or Thomas Park.

Swamp Fox 3-on-3 YMCA Basketball Tournament

New this year! The YMCA is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament as part of the festivities. The tournament will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Thomas Park in Marion. The tournament will be organized in two divisions (5th/6th and 7th/8th graders) of up to 5 players each. Teams are guaranteed 4 games, which will be 20 minutes long or the first to score 30 points. Each game will have a certified official. Cost: $100 for the team, which includes 1st and 2nd place awards in each division. Find registration information online or contact Dave Baker or Dale Emerson with the YMCA at 319-390-3488.

Bags Tournament

Teams of two adults, ages 18 and older, will compete in a double elimination tournament as part of the City’s annual Swamp Fox Festival celebration. It will take place on 6th Avenue, between City Square Park and Marion Public Library following the parade (approximately 11 a.m.) Cost of $15 per team of two. Registration deadline extended to Sept. 29, sign up today!