The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 24, 2014

'Bigger and better' for FAIRfest '14


With four nights and three days of music and arts, FAIRfest '14 is also an opportunity to draw people into the community. Many of the event's partners, including the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fairfield Economic Development Association and Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, are seeing the impact the festival is having on the community.

"It's remarkable, but it's vintage Fairfield," Mayor Ed Malloy said, "because Fairfield is the city of a thousand passions. This is a passion that is quickly rising to the top of the things we do to celebrate community, and we want to invite people here to have that experience as well."

Volunteers are still needed and wanted, organizers say. There are many teams of event planners looking for help. For more information, visit the FAIRfest website at

— Follow reporter Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC

FAIRfest '14 lineup highlights • The Mike Dillon Band • Glenn Hartman • James Singleton • Charanga Tropical, the nine-piece Cuban salsa band • David Lindley, Jackson Browne's slide guitar player • Los Lobos on its 40th anniversary tour • Christopher the Conquered • The Mumfords • MODOC, Nashville rockers • Bambu, celebrating its 20th anniversary • Rebirth Brass Band • Dave Zollo • Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band • Fox and Crow • Milltown • Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir • Jefferson County Green Band • Pieta Brown • Bo Ramsey • The Pines • Mac Gayden with Zenphonic • Keelan Dimick, 350 Duo, Yojimbo, Natalie Brown, Paul Weddie, Host Country, Truckstop Souvenir The lineup is still in the works, so check out their website,, and Facebook page for continuous updates between now and the third weekend in June.

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