New Life Community Church is pleased to host its fourth annual “Free Fun for the Whole Family” event, SummerFest. This year’s date is August 4, beginning at noon and ending at 7:30 pm. SummerFest features a dozen inflatables, face painting, bingo, a silent auction, food trucks, and more! Featured this year is magician David Cases, who will perform for small groups from 3-4 pm, then provide a stage show. Beginning at 5:30, live music will take the stage.

Entry, parking and activities are free! Free ice cream and snacks, plus food trucks available (5-7pm) for dinner purchases. All proceeds from bingo (50/50 payout), silent auction, and free-will donations benefit a non-profit organization supporting local families. This year’s non-profit is Sleep In Heavenly Peace Linn County.

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The History of SummerFest

After the 2020 derecho swept through eastern Iowa, New Life Community Church wanted to do something fun for families in Marion and throughout the area. We began planning for a summer festival that would be provided free of charge. The inaugural event was held August 15, 2021. Local fan favorite Airwaves played an evening concert, while 100% of all donations were given to three area non-profits — Marion Cares, Families Helping Families and Safe Families for Children. About 600 people attended.

In 2022 more than 800 people turned out on a cloudy afternoon. We were able to donate $3,000 to Chains Interrupted. Full Circle provided evening music. In 2023, SummerFest’s original date was rained out and rescheduled for August 13. Nearly 700 people arrived despite the delay and enjoyed guest magician Eric Michaels. Guests could choose to make financial donations to Safe Families for Children.