Bettendorf's 100th birthday gets a proper party this weekend with a variety of activities led by the Trinity Street Fair & Dance on Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. The event will be on Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf, between 18th Street and Hardee's (in the old Eagle parking lot).

The free-admission event features two stages of entertainment (see sidebar), more than two dozen food and art vendors, and a children's activity area featuring inflatables, face-painting, crafts, finger-printing, games, and a dunk tank.

Other activities are also featured on the grass field, with volleyball tournaments at 10:30 a.m. (sixth and seventh grades) and 1:30 p.m. (eighth through 12th grades), a teenage tug-of-war (noon), Celtic Highland games (1 p.m.), rugby demonstration (2 p.m.), and a cowboy mounted shoot (3 p.m.)

There's also a focus on teen entertainment, with the East Stage being devoted to teen bands starting at 3:30 p.m., with seven bands over seven hours.

Another interesting event commemorating the city's 100th birthday is the performance of a locally written play on Bettendorf's history. Local playwright Mary Louise Speer authored Many People/One Legacy, and the work will be performed Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley High School.

For more information on all Bettendorf centennial activities, visit (

Entertainment Schedule
East Stage

Teen Variety Show (11 a.m.)
Jesters (1:30 p.m.)
Since 17 (3:30 p.m.)
Led by Last (4:30 p.m.)
Gung-Ho (5:30 p.m.)
My Junior Year (6:30 p.m.)
2nd Best (7:30 p.m.)
Degrees of Freedom (8:30 p.m.)
Hopewell (9:30 p.m.)

West Stage
Academy for the Performing Arts Children's Dance Performance (10:30 a.m.)
The ASHHS Singing Group (noon)
Voces de Venezuela (noon)
Why Not? (2 p.m.)
Los Mocambos (5:30 p.m.)
Ballet Folklorio (6:15 and 7:15 p.m.)
Blue Collar Band (9 p.m.)

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