The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 23, 2014

Second annual FAIRfest is successful

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield hosted countless musicians and writers over the weekend at its second annual FAIRfest, a music and more festival.

The three-day festival invites area residents to attend local and national musical acts of various genres at no charge.

"The variety is terrific," said Jay Mattsson, a Fairfield resident. "There is music to suite every musical taste. Events like this one are family friendly and is known for its nationally known bands."

The festival began Friday with headliner Los Lobos, known for their adaption of Mexican folk song 'La Bamba.' The acts were on three stages from Friday night through Sunday evening.

The town square was alive with the hum of chatter Saturday, and the sound of the David Zollo band played loudly through the speakers. Residents used the show as an excuse to dance in their bare feet, bob their heads to a tune and pick up food from a local restaurant to dine on during the show.

In addition to the music, there were also a variety of food to satisfy concert goers. From traditional fair food-trucks to organic artisan foods there was something to please everyone. Audience members were even able to beat the heat with an inside stage located in the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

"People come to see the bands in Fairfield, and it allows them to see the town and the unique restaurants we have here," said Mattson. "There are so many ethnic restaurants on the square itself."

The Mount Pleasant Jazz Quartet performed inside the convention center on the Sondheim Theater, where the audience gave them a standing ovation.

"We did this last year," explained band member Jason Edwards. "It's nice because it has a lot of community support and brings in good crowds."

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