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Expanded lineup for 2017 Loessfest announced; part of effort

Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 20:14:20-05

As the riverfront continues to evolve, Organizers for Loessfest announced plans for their big event in May.

Between 15 and 20 thousand people are coming to Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park for Loessfest 2017 this Memorial Day Weekend.
 
City leaders say it's one step toward making the riverfront attraction. It's part of redevelopment push that will include apartments, office spaces, a parking garage and eventually condos. 
 
There are a lot of southwest Iowa people who would like to live down on the riverfront so we think it's going to be an amenity that people on this side of the river will be attracted to," said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO Iowa West Foundation.
 
"It changes the front door of the city of Council Bluffs. Obviously adds a new tax base top the city," said Mayor Matt Walsh, Council Bluffs. 
 
Construction is already underway on the community center and the next phase is about to begin with the groundwork for apartments.
 
Another part is events like Loessfest.

This year, KC and the Sunshine Band is set to kick off the 5th annual event. Opening will be the Jimmy Buffett tribute band...Bluffett. 

"It's always good to hear a band with music you've heard growing up a band with songs you could sing yourself because you know all the lyrics," said Matt Johnson, Loessfest Longtime Attendee.
 
This year they are adding a country night with a performance on Saturday night of "Country Rocks the River" with Trent Harmon.
 
There'll be other events all Memorial Weekend long including the Omaha Symphony Orchesta, fireworks, movies in the park and more. 
 
The free event at Tom Hanafan Park, along the river front in Council Bluffs is scheduled to get underway on may 26th.

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