PrairieFest at the Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat -- September 24.

Sunday, September 24, 1 – 5 p.m.

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland IA

[September 20 update: Due to the forecast for weekend rain, event organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's outdoor stage events.]

Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland, Iowa invites enjoy an afternoon of music and family fun in the second-annual PrairieFest, the September 24 happening that boasts a quartet of live-music acts within the bucolic splendor of these grounds located a mere 40 miles from Davenport.

Beloved for offering an expansive site for respite and reflection, the Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is revered for its beautiful acreage that include gardens, fields, timber, trails, a labyrinth, a nature pond, a Cosmic Walk, and a soothing Retreat Center. Guests are welcome to spend a day, a weekend, or even a week reflecting, meditating, and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation in this very special place deep in the Midwest countryside. The Prairie offers people of all faiths an environment of quiet beauty conducive to engage in personal prayer and reflection, inner growth and nurturing the soul, and group team building, creative thinking, and decision making. And for those with a focus on eco-friendly experiences, the Prairie is sure to please. Surrounded by 100 acres of natural prairie grass and timber with no chemicals added, the site features abundant native wildlife and fresh Iowa country air. There is no bottled water, with filtered H2O coming fresh from a local well, and solar energy in employed throughout the retreat.

During this year's PrairieFest, live music featuring a wide variety of musical genres including pop, bluegrass, gospel, country, and folk is planned inside the Retreat Center's “coffee house,” with the lineup including music by Jen Craft (1 p.m.), Tom Vaccaro (2 p.m.), Donovan Gustofson (3 p.m.), and Jim Cook (4 p.m.).

PrairieFest will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on September 24, admission is free, and more information on the event is available by calling (563)374-1092 and visiting

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