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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.

NEW ROUTE! The parade starts near 15th Street and 1st Avenue, heads north an turns west on 6th Avenue and travels into Uptown Marion ending at 9th Street.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. This year’s theme is “Back to Our Future.”

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. The registration fee is $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. Late registration does not guarantee a shirt.