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The Clive Festival

The Clive Festival will be here before you know it and we are working hard to continually make it better as we head into our 36th year. As one of the best community festivals in the Des Moines Metro area, we have built upon a nature theme to celebrate our beautiful Greenbelt Trail. This year’s schedule is packed with activities for both kids and adults to provide a well rounded event for the entire Clive community.

The Clive Festival has once again joined with Metro Arts Jazz in July to bring popular local recording artists to the stage. The popular Kid’s Corner will return on Saturday with expanded crafts, story-telling, tug-of-war, inflatables, a giant slip-and-slide hosted by the Clive Fire Department, and a free Saturday night swim at the Clive Aquatic Center for Clive residents (reduced fee for non-Clive residents).

And this year’s Clive Festival will highlight our city’s theme of “Distinct by Nature” by offering a variety of nature-related activities. The Pella Wildlife Company will provide an up-close look at numerous wildlife ambassadors such as a bobcat and lynx. SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) will exhibit endangered birds such as eagles, hawks, osprey, and raptors and will provide educational programs on their unique lives. Mathew’s Snake World will have live pythons, boa constrictors, and native Iowa bull snakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will provide a fishing & casting program for children of all ages interested in learning more about proper fishing methods. And a guided nature tour of the popular Greenbelt Trail will be provided to highlight the natural plant and wildlife found in Clive’s most prominent attraction.

The tradition of the Mayor’s Bike Ride continues with a 17.5 mile ride around much of the city starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Aquatic Center parking lot. This year’s Festival will also feature an art contest for local school children from many of the local area schools. Art will be judged by the Clive Arts Commission with winning artwork from each age group proudly displayed in Clive’s City Hall.

The Iowa Pork Producers will provide food Friday evening; while Saturday will feature a special Taste of Clive with local restaurants providing food and refreshments.

The fun will wrap up Saturday evening around 9:30 p.m. with the 9th annual “Thunder Over Clive” fireworks celebration.

All proceeds from the Clive Festival go to deserving local charities and municipal services including the fire and police departments.

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