Those searching for good food and family fun will find it at Upper Iowa University’s Fayette Campus with the return of the UIU Carnival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The free event will once again feature carnival rides, games, prizes and live music on the lawn, located just east of the Student Center. A selection of local vendors will also offer their food and wares for purchase.
“Last year’s inaugural carnival was a huge success, but we are even more excited about this year’s festivities,” Upper Iowa University Coordinator of Student Activities Jake Bass said. “We are extremely happy to announce that the North Fayette Valley (NFV) Fine Arts Boosters will be joining the UIU Greek organizations in providing food and games for people of all ages. In addition, the Iowa National Guard is bringing its climbing wall and the midway will feature the Sizzler and Tornado.”
Bass noted that the UIU Greek organizations will host a petting zoo, bounce house, dunk tank, photobooth, football toss and many additional activities. Live music will be performed by UIU students Owen Abkes and Travis Granberg from 10 a.m. – noon and northeast Iowa native Casey Klein from noon – 3 p.m. Younger children will also enjoy the NFV booster’s Frog Bop, Pig Racer and Nose Picker games.
The local vendors on site will offer a variety of food and refreshments and a long list of unique gift items, including art, home goods, apparel, beauty supplies, home goods, accessories and other items. In addition to the NFV boosters, the registered vendors include T&T BBQ, T&M Concessions, Kymar Acres, Leah Cakes, Popcorn Heaven, Fayette Sweets, Thirty One, Dollie designs by Angie, Nirvana Garden Creations, Warrior Servant Martial Arts, Usborne Books, Perfectly Posh, LuLaRoe, and many more.
UIU Fayette Campus will be swarming with free activities April 21. In addition to the Carnival, the day’s schedule includes the Peacock’s spring football game at 2:30 p.m. and Junior Visit Day. The UIU Center for International Education will also host a Holi Festival beginning at 3 p.m. at the Peacock practice fields. As part of the festival, participants throw brightly colored powders in the air and at each other. Those planning to attend are encouraged to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting stained.