Happy Trails

News and Announcements

Kidsway Tent Fundraiser and 44th Celebration

1/20/2019  The 44th Annual Sturgis Falls Celebration with theme “Happy Trails” will be held June 28-30, 2019.

Incorporated in 1985 and acquiring non-profit status, the Celebration grew out of the 1976 Cedar Falls Bicentennial Celebration. Administered and managed by an all-volunteer board, the Sturgis Falls Celebration is a free event providing musical entertainment, a parade, children’s activities, arts and craft fair and varied industries vendors.

Since first being created over twenty years ago, the Kidsway area has grown and developed more kid-friendly activities, and is currently “bursting at the seams”. A NEW Big Top Tent for Kidsway Stage and Activities will provide a larger covered venue for children and their families to enjoy stage performances and explore creative opportunities!

With a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, we are on our way to expanding the Kidsway with a NEW Kidsway Big Top Tent! However, we need your help! Please consider joining the Kidsway Fundraiser at the following membership levels:

$5000: Kidsway Extra Mile (named displayed with benefits*)
$2500: Hometown Hero
$1500: Major Sponsor
$500: Festival Fanatic
$100: Kidsway Fanatic
*benefits at all levels and naming information available

Then mark your calendar and plan to attend the Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Kidsway Fundraiser with Live and Silent Auctions including live entertainment, complimentary carnival appetizers, and more – all hosted at the Diamond Event Center (5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls).

Watch for more information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and visit the Kidsway Tent Fundraiser page.

Sturgis Falls is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, please consult your tax advisor about the tax benefits associated with your contribution.

2019 Dignitaries Named

1/1/2019  The Sturgis Falls Celebration Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 44th annual Sturgis Falls Celebration, “Happy Trails” themed Dignitary and Poster Artist.

For 2019, the Cedar Trails Partnership (CTP) will be honored as the sole dignitary entity for the Celebration. Established in 1995 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, representatives from the partnership began attending meetings and public hearings of the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MPO) in order to stay informed about trail funding opportunities. The focus of the CTP has remained on trail advocacy, with a representative serving on the MPO, its technical committee and enhancement committee, as well as organizing the annual trails festival and the volunteer Cedar Trail Patrol, which provides security and assistance to trail users.

Alyssa Schmidt has been named the 2019 Poster Artist. Ms. Schmidt was inspired by her time on the trails as a member of the Cedar Falls High School Track and Cross Country Teams. She had a true sense of community while using the trails. Ms. Schmidt is a 2017 CFHS graduate and is studying Graphic Design at Hawkeye Community College.


Sturgis Falls Honored with Melendy Spirit Award

7/10/2018  The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will celebrate donors, founders, and community builders at their annual event on Sunday, September 9th from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Windridge, Western Home Communities. The public is welcome to attend. The Community Builder Celebration is an opportunity recognize donors who have contributed to the many diverse Foundation funds that enhance Cedar Falls and support the important work of non-profit organizations; to recognize donors who enable the Cedar Falls Community Foundation to continue to grow and serve Cedar Falls; and to honor recipients of the Melendy Spirit Award.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation presents the Melendy Spirit Award to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to Cedar Falls residents or organizations that reflect the example set by Peter Melendy, an early resident who contributed significantly to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls. Nominations are accepted for honorees both living and deceased, annually in April.

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Melendy Spirit Award will be presented to the Sturgis Falls Celebration and the Streeter Family.

The Sturgis Falls Celebration is a Cedar Falls nonprofit that has organized a community wide festival annually since 1976. The Sturgis Falls Celebration is planned and implemented by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, each with specific responsibilities which they oversee during the year as well as during the Celebration weekend. Since 1976, ninety-seven community members have served on this Board. Currently thirteen individuals serve on the Sturgis Falls Board.

The Sturgis Falls Celebration is the community’s largest outdoor festival, celebrating both the heritage of Cedar Falls and present day Cedar Falls, bolstering community pride, bringing an influx of visitor-generated revenue, and providing an annual opportunity for reunions of families, classes, and friends. The Celebration provides an opportunity for local service groups to assist with various aspects of the weekend event, earning funds to support the important work of each service group. Since 1976, the Sturgis Falls Celebration has donated more than $500,000 to local groups and causes and invested significantly in City infrastructure such as the Gateway Park shelter and electrical services to Overman Park, Tourist Park, Island Park and Gateway Park.

The award to the Streeter Family will recognize multiple generations of the Zimri and Lucinda Dean Streeter family, who settled in Cedar Falls in 1852 and positively impacted Cedar Falls through contributions in the areas of politics, arts and culture, professional life, development of amenities, and service to the City. Short biographies of selected individuals from three generations of this family will be shared, including Zimri Streeter, James Wareham Streeter, Anna Streeter Wood, Bess Streeter Aldrich, Clark Streeter, James Ford, and Gaylord Ford. Accepting the award on behalf of the Streeter family will be Melinda (Mel) Petersen Hanlon, granddaughter of Clark Streeter, long time Cedar Falls City Engineer.

The Community Builder Celebration will provide an opportunity for the Cedar Falls Community Foundation to share recent impact and opportunities, recognize donors, and recognize those who have made the commitment to be part of the Founders Club, providing financial support to grow the Foundation’s capacity, infrastructure, and ability to serve.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation strives to be a champion of local philanthropy and a trusted, empowering partner to donors who are passionate about enriching the community of Cedar Falls. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation inspires and connects individuals, families, and organizations to enhance Cedar Falls, support non-profits, elevate educational opportunities, and build legacies through philanthropy.