Help us kick off the weekend festivities with themes from the Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest, Resurrected Tin's Bologna Nationals, and the Marion County Fair. Kermis games, cookie decorating, a preview of classic cars, photo opportunities, meet and greets with pilots, remote control car obstacle course (please bring your own cars), live music, and a watermelon eating contest (register at the Tulip Toren at 6 pm, contest at 6:15). Also, bring the kids to hear local author Tricia Ballenger read her new book "If You Go To Tulip Time" at 6 pm and 6:30 pm. Don't miss it!
July 12-14 Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest
Come enjoy the beauty of hot air balloons as they lift off and participate in several races over the course of this weekend! Times are approximate and are dependent on weather conditions.
Friday, July 12:
6:30pm: Opening launch (time approximate)
Saturday, July 13:
6:30am: Morning Balloon Launch (time approximate)
7:00am: Pancake Breakfast on the Beach ($5/person)
8:00am: North Overlook Beach 5K and 10K FUNdraiser Run ($20 Registration)
9:00-11:00am: Sand Sculpting
9:00-11:00am: "Let's Go Paddling"
1:00pm: Pella Wildlife Company (located at South Overlook Visitors Center)
3:00pm: "Let's Go Fly a Kite!"
6:00pm: Food and drinks on the beach
6:00-10:00pm: Jefferson County Green Band: Live on North Overlook Beach
6:30pm: Evening Balloon Launch (time approximate)
8:00-10:00pm: Tethered Balloon Rides sponsored by Edward Jones
Sunday, July 14:
6:30am: Final Balloon Launch (time approximate)
For more information, please visit: http://www.redrocklakeballoonfest.com/
July 12-13 Resurrected Tin's Bologna Nationals 2013
July 12-18 Marion County Fair
Tons to see and do at the Marion County Fair! From animal shows to vegetables to art to entertainment, you'll want to check out the fun. For a fair schedule, please see http://www.marioncofair.com/#.
July 12 Alzheimer's Support Group
"Planning for the cost of Long-Term Care, including Medicaid & Medicare coverage" will be discussed in Pella Manor East Social Room from 1:30-2:30 pm. Want more information? Call 641-204-2655.
July 12 Marion County Fair presents Hairball
Marion County Fair presents acclaimed show Hairball, a bombastic celebration of Arena Rock! With special guests 3rd Generation. Gates open at 3 pm, concert starts at 7 pm. Ticket prices: Adult Advance Tickets $15, $20 day of event. Kids age 5-14 advance tickets $10, $15 day of. Kids 5 and under free. Tickets are available at www.knoxvilleraceway.com or call ticket office 641-842-5431. For info on Hairball, see www.hairballonline.com.
July 12-13 Federated Fellowship presents Share What You Wear
The 5th annual Share What You Wear event is July 12 (3-7pm) & 13 (8am-noon) at Federated Fellowship Church (309 Roosevelt Rd in Pella)! Donations are being taken through July 1 and can be dropped off at Federated between 8am-4pm. You won't want to miss this FREE clothing giveaway where you can find children's clothes, adult clothes, school supplies, bedding, and outerwear. New items put out hourly until supplies run out. Questions? Call 628-3363.
July 13 De Bloemen Hof presents All About Herbs!
Already have a flourishing collection of herbs, but don't know what to do with them? We'll share our techniques for harvesting, and using your herbs too! Limited Space, please pre-register to 641-628-2571 before Friday, July 12. Free. At 11 am, 2017 Washington Street.
July 18 Scholte House presents Kids Fun Day!
This is the last Thursdays in Pella for 2013! Great local options for physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Featuring displays from area fitness companies, fitness class showcases on the Tulip Toren, healthy eating options, a preview of Union Street Players' Bye Bye Birdie, and much more. Activities 6-8 pm with City Band performance from 8-9 pm.
July 19 Movies on the Lawn hosted by Church of the Open Bible
Church of the Open Bible will be hosting monthly movies on the lawn this summer. The next movie will be "The Ultimate Gift" on July 19. All movies will be shown on the lawn at 809 West 1st Street in Pella, IA. The movies will start at dusk and are free to the public. Please bring your own chairs and your blankets. Popcorn will be provided and pop can be purchased. In case of poor weather, the movie will be moved inside the Fellowship Hall at the same location. For more information, call 641-628-3707 or go to www.pellaopenbible.com.
Most Thursdays in July the Pella Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses partner to host weekly events for the Pella community! Each night features a different theme, entertainment, food vendors, city band concerts, and lots of fun for the whole family. The themes for the evenings are as follows:
July 11: The Air, the Rare, the Fair on the Square
July 18: Healthy LivingJuly 25: No Thursdays in Pella, please enjoy RAGBRAI festivities during the day hours
Pella Farmer's Market
Grades K-12 Sports Camps at Central
Various athletic camps, for more information see
Friday After 5
Live Bands + Patio + Drinks + Summer + Great Company = A great way to end the week! Young Professionals of Pella are hosting this event, but anyone age 21+ are encouraged to attend! Bring a friend or make new ones. $5 admission covers live music and appetizers; cash bar available.
Saturday July 13 from 7-10 pm, North Overlook Beach (part of Balloon Fest events, free, open to all ages). Performing: Jefferson County Green Band
August 9 from 7-10 pm, Molengracht Plaza. Performing: TBD
Iowa's famous annual week-long bike ride across Iowa will be passing through Pella on Thursday, July 25! You won't want to miss the sight of these bikers nor the entertainment, vendors, and music of the day. Whether you are volunteering or just hanging out, it will be a really good time! To volunteer, contact 641-628-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.