The Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Freedom Festival are presenting this year’s Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday December 6.
Things to note for this year include a new parade route, free carriage rides, children’s train rides, huge balloons in the parade, and much more!
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Here are some pictures from the beautiful fall foliage we’ve experienced here in the corridor the last few weeks.
If you haven’t had the chance yet, get out and enjoy this beautiful October!
So many people travel to New England to see the amazing colors of Fall, but if you haven’t noticed, it’s quite gorgeous around here right now.
I heard on the news that this weekend will be Eastern Iowa’s peak in terms of color, so let’s all go out and take some pictures of the beautiful reds, oranges and auburns gracing our trees. Submit your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them next week.
Let’s show the world just how beautiful Iowa is in autumn.
Looking for something to do this fall with your little pumpkins? The corridor offers a ton of fun activities from apple orchards, to pumpkin patches, to safe trick-or-treating. Here’s a list of activities I compiled. Feel free to comment if you’ve visited any of these, and let me know if I missed any good ones!
Knight’s Farm: Pumpkin Patch
This is the one my family usually goes to every year. It’s located outside Cedar Rapids in Springville. It has a pumpkin patch, kids fun area with inflatable toys, a hayrack, and a mini-corn maze just right for the kiddos.
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Recently I had the opportunity to take my Girl Scout Troop to a local apple orchard, Honey Creek Acres. I have lived in Cedar Rapids for 8 years now, and was unaware that this great opportunity was less than 5 minutes from my home on the SW side.
Honey Creek Acres has just recently re-opened. The couple that previously owned the orchard didn’t have the time or energy to keep it up. After 10 years of the orchard sitting neglected, the Pilarczyk’s took up the challenge and are running it as a family business. Honey Creek Acres is located at 799 Swisher View Drive, in Swisher. (If you turn at the Swisher post office, you just need to follow the road for about ½ mile and you are there.) The orchard is open from August to October. You can pick your own apples or purchase some that have already been picked. By next year they hope to have the bakery open too, so it will be a one stop shop for all your apple pie, cider, honey and apple pastry needs.
The girls in my troop had a magnificent time. They received a tour of the orchard via hayrack ride where they viewed all the different kinds of apple trees, the bee hives, and the pumpkin patches. They also learned about what all is involved in maintaining the orchard. After the girls took turns picking their apples they were able to eat them and explore the different areas.
By now, the orchard should have their pumpkin patch ready with games etc for the Halloween season, so if you and your family are interested in having a group outing please consider visiting this amazing local orchard for all your pumpkin and apple needs. They also have field trips available, and the hours are located on their site.
By Kristen Everett