Prairie Fest

Prairie Fest Save the Date Announcement

Save the date for Prairie Fest 2020.  We invite you to join the Prairie School Foundation for a “Night at the Races” on Saturday, April 4th at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center!  That’s right – we are bringing our own version of the Kentucky Derby to you!  Enjoy a delicious dinner and desserts, bid on live and silent auction items, and “bet” on simulated video horse races. We invite you to come dressed in your favorite Kentucky Derby themed attire and help us raise money for our Prairie students. 

Tickets go on sale in January!

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2018-2019 Prairie Foundation Sponsors


Prairie Fest is the largest fundraising effort for the district.

In recent years, Prairie Fest has raised over $60,000 annually to support the students and programs of our Prairie Schools. Prairie Fest is the Prairie School Foundation's signature event. The Prairie Fest Committee, selected from among the foundation board, chooses a theme for the event. Our guests, almost 500 of them, are encouraged, but not required, to dress-up accordingly. Prairie Fest has four corporate sponsors with an additional 15 businesses sponsoring corporate tables. 

The doors open at 4:30pm when the participants can register, enjoy a complimentary beverage, catch-up with friends and view the hundreds of silent and live-auction items donated by local businesses, merchants and individuals. The committee initiated the use of a cell phone-based bidding system for Prairie Fest beginning in 2017. The system allows bidders to follow the silent auction from virtually any location. They can bookmark items of special interest and bid remotely on those items. Dinner is served at 6:15pm and a very brief program is usually incorporated into the dining hour. A live auction is held once dessert has been enjoyed by the participants. 

There are many unique items sold during the live auction including:

Prairie School Campus Street Signs (Each winning bidder can personalize their street sign with their business name or perhaps the names of their Prairie Students).
Sideline passes to Prairie Varsity Football games.
A lifetime family activity pass for all Prairie-sponsored activities.
Premium seating for Prairie graduations offering 10 reserved seats with the best views and vantage points for pictures of the graduates.
There are always a variety of other auction items including dinner prepared in your home by a professional chef, top quality bicycles, vacation packages, hotel suites, date night packages and many more opportunities.
Raffles have long been a Prairie Fest tradition. In 2018, the foundation raffled 100 bottles of wine donated by board members and divided among three winners. We also raffled a $500 gift card donated by Scheels.

Approximately 450 people were in attendance for Prairie Fest 2018!  

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, the Foundation is able to provide and enhance educational opportunities and make a positive difference in in a Prairie student’s education.

See the following link for pictures from the event Prairie Fest Roaring 20s pictures


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Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5200 Ext. 2044