Dueling Pianos: Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds with the Dueling Pianos Band was just one of several musical acts during Prairie Fest.

The Toy Story Float was a highlight of the Prairie Fest parade.

Poppin a wheelie during the Prairie Fest parade

Dog days of summer: The Prairie Festival marks the “end of summer” and the beginning of fall in central Iowa. Wayne Rimathe, of Slater Auto Co., and man’s best friend maneuver the parade route as the shiny paint reflects the parade crowd.

Sand volleyball was one of several sporting contests throughout Prairie Fest.

Kids games/activities: “Don’t pop!” The local Cub Scouts had several learning activities for area kids.

Community Band and Chorus performed Saturday afternoon to a large crowd.

Food vendors: Brick City was one of the most popular food vendors during Prairie Fest. At one point, they had to close temporarily to restock.

Best Prairie Fest weather ever? Amazing fall weather and a variety of things to do for all ages brought huge crowds to this year’s Prairie Fest.

Photos by Andrew Gogerty