Prairie Fest


Topics Below:
     Live Auction Items
     Details to "Purchase a Horse"
     NHS Babysitting
     Valet Parking
     Hotel Reservations

Are you already tired of snow and cold weather?  Have your thoughts turned to spring 2020, with warm breezes, tulips blooming, birds singing and the Prairie School Foundation’s annual Prairie Fest?  We can assure you that Prairie Fest is off and running?  You can bet it’s not too early to mark this year’s date, Saturday April 4, 2020 on your calendars. Post time is 4:00 pm at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.   

The Prairie Fest Committee is already in training to run the best ever Fest this year! Have you noticed the words in italics? They are meant to give you a clue about this year’s theme: It’s “Night at the Races” our own version on the Kentucky Derby.

A Special Thanks To Our

Prairie Fest 2020 Sponsors


Prairie Fest is the largest fundraising effort for the district.

The doors open at 4:00 pm when 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. Dinner will be served at 6:15 and will be followed by the live auction.  You will be able to vote on next year's theme as well as the best Kentucky Derby hat!  Don't foget to join the Heads or Tails game and make sure you donate to Fund a Need where we will raise money for a special project.

This year we plan to change things up a bit by replacing our traditional entertainment with electronic horse racing. That's right - we're bringing our version of the Kentucky Derby to you. We are currently looking for 24 "horse owners" to participate in the fun! All you need to do is "purchase" a horse for $50, come up with a name for the horse and the jockey, and you are ready for competition. You will be randomly assigned to one of four races. Each winning horse will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Scheel's gift card.     

Remember there are only 24 horses available for purchaseWe must have the name of your horse and jockey by March 1st.  Have fun with the names but please keep it “clean”.  Feel free to promote your business when naming the horse and jockey.  (Send the name of your horse and jockey to Tina DuBois, Operations Manager, at

If the racing spotlight isn't for you, no worries, yhou can still join in the fun.  For just $5 per race you can place a "bet" on the winning horse. Cheer your horse to victory and each time your horse wins you get to choose a Prairie themed prize (valued at approximately $10). 

A few of the unique items to be sold during the live auction include:

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).
Preferred parking at popular school events including Homecoming, Bands Across the Prairie, Premiere and Grand March.
A lifetime family activity pass for all Prairie-sponsored activities.
Premium seating for Prairie graduation offering 10 reserved seats with the best views and vantage points for pictures of the graduates.
An autographed guitar from Rick Springfield.

Babysitting Available

Use this link to register for Childcare: National Honor Society Childcare Registration.

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 4th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. 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, crafts in the art room, and more.

Car Parking Valet

Prairie High School's chapter of National Honor Society is hosting a car parking valet service for all patrons of Prairie Fest. The service will be at the entrance to the event starting at 3:45 pm. 

When you are ready to leave, a member of NHS will retrieve your car and drive it back to the entrance for you. In return, NHS kindly asks for a donation (of any amount) that will go to help support our chapter's activities.

Hotel Reservations

Guests may book a hotel room for a reduced rate of $104/night. Reservations must be made by March 13 to take advantage of this rate. Please contact The Hotel at Kirkwood Center directly for booking: 319-848-8700. 



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