Des Moines Parks and Recreation Hosts First Family Fun Festival

DES MOINES, Iowa – The city of Des Moines Parks and Recreation hosts its first annual Family Fun Festival Saturday.

Parks and Recreation Marketing Supervisor Jen Fletcher said the department has been planning the event for months.

“With the first year out of the gate we have no idea what to expect. We put a lot of planning and thought into the event, and we are just hopeful that people can come out and enjoy,” Fletcher said.

Beginning at noon families will be able to celebrate the season with a variety of activities. Activities include:

  • Eating Contests at Captain Roy’s
    • Participants will eat either potato oles, pumpkin pie or tacos
    • 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Youth Music Showcase
    • Bands 18 years of age and under performing at Captain Roy’s
    • 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-carved pumpkin contest
    • Prizes to scariest, funniest and most original pumpkin
    • Winners announce at 6:30 p.m. at Union Park
  • Meet the Des Moines Police Department and Fire Department
    • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Union Park
  • Free face painting and rides on Heritage Carousel
    • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Union Park
  • Watch “Ghostbusters”
    • Begins at 6:45 p.m. at Union Park

Fletcher said Union Park is the perfect place to host this event. “It’s got a great wide open space. Captain Roy’s is just down the hill, so it’s a nice central location where we can put everything together.”

For more information about the first Family Fun Festival click here.