Thousands of people will descend on McKinley Park Saturday for Creston’s largest and loudest party of the year - Party in the Park.
For the seventh year, Creston Park and Recreation Board and McKinley Park Restoration Committee are hosting a concert, which will feature four bands, food vendors and a beer garden.
Festivities, which will be headlined by Jimmie Van Zant, will begin 4 p.m. Saturday. Opening acts will include The Rumley Brothers, Sydney Lett and Rebyl Road.
Rebyl Road is a country rock band that has played with national acts, such as Bret Michaels, Uncle Kracker, LeAnne Rimes, Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley, Neal McCoy, Casey James, Chuck Wicks, James Otto, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols, Tracy Byrd and more. Band members are currently finishing recording their debut album “Reckless.”
Lett is a 15-year-old country music singer from Des Moines. Lett’s repertoire includes original songs such as “Count the Stars,” which was written for Iowa soldiers and played at several community events.
Creston Parks and Recreation Board Chairman John Kawa said Lett is a rapidly up and coming talent.
Lett has graced the stage with country artists LeAnn Rimes and Blake Shelton and is working on her first album.
The Rumley Brothers of Leon are a country band, which is inspired by country legends, such as George Strait and Dwight Yoakum and modern country musicians like Dierks Bently and Justin Moore.
“The bands that have been picked this year, they have connections to Winterset, to Des Moines and to the south of us,” said Kawa. “Everyone but our main headliner have connections to Iowa. Most of these bands have a following and that helps.”
Party in the Park will be held at McKinley Park band shell, which is an open air venue.
“The acoustics are wonderful,” said Kawa. “The forecast sounds good and people are ready to get out.”
Doors will open at 4 p.m. and music begins at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Party-goers must be at least 16 years old to enter the event, and only those over the age of 21 will be permitted in the beer garden.
Food and drink will be available for purchase and no carry-ins are allowed.
“There will be pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers, bratwurst,” said Kawa. “Everything is on a bun.”
Kawa said cash and checks will be accepted to purchase tickets at the gate, and credit card transactions to purchase food will be left up to each individual vendor.
Admission is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.
To purchase your ticket to Saturday’s Party in the Park, visit the Creston News Advertiser office, Creston Hy-Vee, Jane Brown physical therapy, Sidetracked, Stalker Chevrolet, Elms Club, Rumors in Mount Ayr, the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune office, Bear’s Den in Leon or online at mckinleylakepark.org or redtrucktickets.com.