Prairie Fest

Registration is Open! 

Register here: Prairie Fest 2019 Tickets

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Location: Hotel Kirkwood
Time: 4:30PM-11:00PM
Theme: Pirates: Ahoy Matey!
Price: $60 Individual Tickets
          $800 Corporate Table (10 Seats) 

Ahoy Matey – It’s Prairie Fest 2019!

The Prairie School Foundation is pleased to announce that Prairie Fest 2019 will soon be here! Join us for a night of fun on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at The Hotel Kirkwood Ballroom.

Come dressed in your best pirate attire and enjoy a menu prepared by the Kirkwood School of Culinary Arts and dance to the entertainment of Vibrations Pro DJ’s.

Mobile bidding will be available again this year so don’t forget your phone! Also back again this year will be Emily Wears as our auctioneer (you’ve seen her on Storage Wars).

Doors open at 4:30 so come early to get first look at the items up for bid.

Ticket registration will open on Monday, February 4. Get your tickets early, this is a quick sellout every year as Prairie’s largest fundraiser. Single tickets available for $60 and Corporate tables available for $800.

Paying by check? or have questions? 
If you need to pay by check or have questions, please contact TIna DuBois, Operations Manager, at or (319) 270-4134. 

Hotel Reservations
Guest may book a hotel room for a reduced rate of $104/night. Reservations must be made by March 15 to take advantage of this rate. Please contact The Hotel at Kirkwood Center directly to book a room: (319) 848-8700. 

Childcare Available
Prairie High School's chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) wants to help you! National Honor Society is hosting a babysitting event for children ages 4-12 at Prairie Hill on April 6th from 4:00pm to 10:30pm. The cost is $6 an hour per child, with $1 deducted for every additional child. Supper and snacks will be provided. 

Activities such as noodle tag, kickball, basketball, and others are sure to make it a great night for your children. There will also be kid friendly movies, Wii games on a projector, and crafts in the art room.

Additional Information: Childcare Information Letter
Childcare Registration: Childcare Registration Here


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