Staying active should not be a problem for guests of Newton Fest, and best of all the event schedule has plenty of options for people of every level.

For instance, the folks who really want a workout can mosey on over to Gezellig Brewing Company for the Iowa Brewery Running Series Run for Beer 5K. The run is from 10 a.m. to noon June 11. It’s a fun run so take it as seriously as you like. Because after you cross the finish line you get a free beer!

Of course, you don’t have to run it. Organizers are more than OK with having participants walk or jog the route. Participants also get their choice of a collector’s pint glass or season swag item from the Brewery Running Series. There are also door prizes and other merchandise up for grabs.

If craft beer isn’t your thing, you can always try the Destination Downtown Newton Alliance’s Wine Walk retail event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11. Start at Nostalgia Wine & Spirits — the former Muse Wine Bar — to sample the refreshments and then walk from store to store for a shopping spree.

Afterwards, participants can finish their route at Nostalgia Wine & Spirits to enjoy a full glass of their favorite wine, as well as a charcuterie board with Maytag cheeses. Cards will be available in stores to record favorite wines. DDNA President Vicki Wade encourages folks to check out the many varieties of wine.

“Whether you are visiting Newton, catching up with fellow NHS Alumni or enjoying a summer stroll around the historic Newton square, several Destination Newton businesses and retailers look forward to hosting you on the 2022 Wine Walk,” Wade said.

But if walking or running isn’t your thing either, there is always a great stay-in-one-place workout waiting for you at Maytag Park. Morning Yoga at the Bowl will be held 9 to 10 a.m. June 11. The free session will be led by Rachel Braafhart, and it is open to all skill levels. Bring a yoga mat!

“It is easy to feel rushed in a weekend packed with events, activities and gatherings,” Braafhart told Newton News. “Yoga reminds us to slow down, be present and enjoy the moment. Memories aren’t made when you are in a hurry.”

Danielle Rogers, community marketing manager for the City of Newton, said there are so many ways to be active in the community that are showcased at Newton Fest.

“So having events such as a free community pool party, the beer run that Gezellig Brewing Company is hosting, as well as yoga at Maytag Bowl, the Newton YMCA’s pickleball tournament at Aurora Park and the Newton Alumni Association’s golf tournament at Westwood Golf Course make sense,” Rogers said.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or

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