November Events and News

The holiday season is in full swing but there is still plenty of reasons to come on Down and join us for events throughout November.

News

As a reminder the main office has moved to a temporary location behind bingo past the grandstands. Our phone number is still the same if you need to reach us. Please contact us to set up an appointment if needed. We are also working on our 2018 racing season, so stay tuned for updates.

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be hosting the gun show once again in the expo center on the 10th, 11th, and 12th. For times and admission prizes, check out our Gun Show event page: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-nov-2017/ .

Festival of Trees

This free event is back this year on the 18th and 19th from 10 am until 5 pm both days. Come walk through the hall of trees and vote for your favorite. You can also purchase one to take home! All funds benefit local non-profits including The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Shoes for Kids, and Toys for Tots. Find more information here: http://www.thegazette.com/2017FestivalofTrees.

Christmas at the Downs

The popular crafts and art show will be at Hawkeye Downs on the 24th (9 am- 5pm) and 25th (10 am- 4 pm). Rent a booth and participate or view the best local crafts and art! Visit C and R Productions website for more information: http://www.candr-productions.com/CraftShows.htm.

Bingo

We have bingo on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights starting at 6:30! Come join us for food, bingo, and fun! Our bingo page: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo

November Calendar 2017

 

Hawkeye Downs Helps Houston From Own Backyard

Press Release

The devastation from hurricane Harvey has affected every one of us in some way or another. There are several ways people can get involved to help the immediate efforts, and the ongoing needs.

We here at Hawkeye Downs are all about positively engaging with our community and making sure we give back to the people that need it the most through various activities and charities. As a part of these efforts, we have teamed up with Fur Fun Rescue from Lisbon to participate in a special effort to rescue animals affected by the hurricane.

The Fur Fun Rescue staff and volunteers have gone down to Texas and rescued nearly 50 dogs who are in need of care and ownership. They will be treating these animals, updating their vaccines, and then bringing them back to Iowa to be adopted by caring families.

Hawkeye Downs is proud to donate the needed facilities for the Fur Fun Rescue team to complete the necessary grooming on these furry friends. Our friends will be leaving Texas Wednesday morning and will be arriving at Hawkeye Downs in the late afternoon/evening this Thursday, Sept 7th. We are pleased to be a part of this worthy endeavor.

If you would like to make a donation, or are interested in adopting one of these pets, visit their website at www.furfunrescue.org or by mail at 229 Badger Rd, Lisbon, IA 52253​.

RACING FOR A CAUSE TO BENEFIT C.O.P.S. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

This Friday night is “Hibu Night at the Races” and  the annual Racing for a Cause event benefiting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S).  The highlight of the night is a $1000 to win Regional Qualifier for Dublin City Pub INEX Legends. The special race in conjunction with C.O.P.S.  is sponsored by Hershberger Enterprises of Kalona. 25-30 Legends are expected for this race, which is the first of four throughout Iowa.

Legends Racer Warren Ropp, organizer of the special Legends race, told The Gazette earlier this week:“ It’s big because a lot of people and organizations are all about the money on their end — and you’ve got to have the money to make the doors stay open and operate — but (Hawkeye Downs) sees the big picture of what’s happening in the communities,” Ropp said. “It helps pull communities together. Whether it’s Military Night or Iowa Donor Network Night or my C.O.P.S. night, it’s big. The only way you get that message across is to keep putting it out in front of people.”

C.O.P.S. is a national organization that was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Their mission is “Rebuilding the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.” Today they have over 37,000 members.

 As a special recognition for local law enforcement, C.O.P.S. and Hershberger Enterprises have teamed up with Hawkeye Downs to offer free admission to all law enforcement officers (with proper credentials) and their immediate families for Friday nights’ race.

Hibu, the evening’s sponsor, is a multinational directories and internet services company headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, UK. It has operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.

 It’s week nine of the HyVee Racing Series as the track celebrates its 92nd season of racing as part of Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center, the premiere racing and leading entertainment destination in Eastern Iowa.

 In addition to the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Performance Concepts Late Models, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Miller Time Hornets will be action.

 The Lil’ Racer Car Club is back in action Friday night as well with the “Worlds Largest Candy Dash on an Asphalt track” during Intermission.  The current record is 1,049 pounds of candy. Candy Donations can be delivered to the clubhouse under the main Grandstand before the races start.

Gates open at 6pm with Opening Ceremonies slated for 7:20 and Racing at 7:30.

Hawkeye Downs will again be using RainedOut.com in 2017 to notify fans of weather related announcements for the speedway. Sign up at RainedOut.com to receive email or text alerts.

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Festival of Trees- Nov 18 and 19

Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th

Stroll through the hall of trees while enjoying live performances, visit Santa, and check out the holiday market. Support local non-profits by bidding on a decorated tree to take home!

Both days from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free but canned goods or Toys for Tots donations are welcome!

 

For more information, please visit thegazette.com/2017festivaloftrees

Festival of Trees 2017