A once-in-a-lifetime calendar oddity is turning into a nine-day celebration of all that is Bettendorf. The city, along with its family-friendly amenities, business community, nonprofits, schools and more, are all teaming up with individual events and activities to help Bettendorf celebrate Zip Code Day. More than 40 events already are being advertised on Bettendorf’s new […]
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A once-in-a-lifetime calendar oddity is turning into a nine-day celebration of all that is Bettendorf.
The city, along with its family-friendly amenities, business community, nonprofits, schools and more, are all teaming up with individual events and activities to help Bettendorf celebrate Zip Code Day. More than 40 events already are being advertised on Bettendorf’s new web page, www.bettevents.org.
The celebration to Party Like It’s 5.27.22 – as the website with a countdown says – kicks off on Friday, May 27, (5/27/22), which is the day the calendar matches up with Bettendorf’s 52722 zip code. But events, festivities, sales, specials and the celebration continues through Saturday, June 4, when the finale – Be Downtown Festival – will be held at 15th and State streets.
“I think the event has turned out to be what we hoped it would become,” Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher told the QCBJ. “It’s a great way to get people involved.”
Mr. Gallagher said businesses, nonprofits, and others have been posting their own Zip Code events and deals on the city’s website. “I’m pleased with the amount of creativity our businesses are using in putting together events for the public for May 27. Every bank, Realtor and all kinds of services industries are getting involved,” he said.
While it is probably easier for retailers, bars and restaurants to participate, the mayor said he appreciates the everyday service businesses that have stepped up to join the fun. “It’s a little harder for those businesses to get their heads wrapped around the concept,” he said.
But a quick look at www.bettevents.org shows that plenty of Bettendorf businesses are finding ways to incorporate 5/27/22 into their pricing and specials. Here’s a few examples:
- K&K Hardware, for example, is offering sale items for $5 as well as 27% discount on other items as well as a $22 off savings on other merchandise.
- Happy Joe’s will offer a Little Joe, a small Birthday Cake Pizza and its new Blueberry Dessert Pizza all for $5.27 each.
- Peaceful Style Boutique shoppers will find anything with a zipper is 22% off for Zip Code Day – and 27% off the purchase of five or more zippered items. Plus there’s a chance for a $52 gift card drawing.
- The Family Credit Union is offering a 5.27% signature loan rate on new loans.
Other events are simply designed to help businesses and organizations open their doors to the public such as an open house at Shive-Hattery and Geifman First Equity as well as a Dunk Tank at BankORION and a competition at The Forge. Look for the QCBJ at two events: Alter Building Veterans’ Celebration, 9 a.m., 5/27/22, and Meet the Editor, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Palmer Hills Golf Course.
The City of Bettendorf itself is getting into the fun with 10 cash prizes of $527.22 to be awarded at Be Downtown, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 4. Must be present to win.
There are a few ways to get entered in the cash prize drawing: Enter to win at www.bettevents.org; take a selfie at any Zip Code event and upload it to the city’s website; or complete the City’s Scavenger Hunt.
From Friday, May 27, to Friday, June 3, pick up a Scavenger Hunt passport at Bettendorf’s City Hall, Life Fitness Center, Family Museum, Bettendorf Public Library the purchase of Bettendorf’s Public Works building. Across the city, there will be 10 life-sized photo cutouts of the mayor, council members, and a Bettendorf police officer and firefighter. Find all 10, mark their locations on your passport and return the completed passport to City Hall by noon, June 3, to be entered.
The celebration also includes the creation of a special 5272Brew – with five Bettendorf breweries each rolling out their own variety. All five new brews will be available at a Zip-Stock event from 4-10 p.m., May 27, at The Tangled Wood, 3636 Tanglefoot Road, Bettendorf. The participating breweries, include Twin Span Brewing, Five Cities, Crawford Brew Works, Adventurous Brewing and Nerdspeak Brewery.
“All these brewmasters worked together so there won’t be a duplicate beer, and all agreed to brew a certain amount and when it’s gone, it’s gone,” Mr. Gallagher said. “It will be six hours of music at Tangled Wood and will be a packed house.”
The same night, Isle of Capri Bettendorf will host Arch Allies in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in downtown.
“The response has been tremendous, if you’re not on the list, there’s still time to sign up your event,” Mr. Gallagher said.
For a full list of events, visit www.bettevents.org.