Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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January

Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt

January 28 - February 3
North Liberty, IA, 405 N Dubuque St
North Liberty, IA 52317 United States
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Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt

Explore areas of North Liberty you know and some you aren't familiar with by taking on the challenge of our Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt! We’ll post at least 5 items from the list online HERE and on Facebook each day the week…

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Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Drive
North Liberty, IA 52317 United States
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Polar Plunge

Kick-off Beat the Bitter with the coldest and most challenging feat of the week, a polar jump into Centennial Park Pond (on St. Andrews Drive) on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Organized by the North Liberty Police…

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My life as an Olympic bobsledder

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jean Prahm

A talk and Q&A with Olympic bobsledder, World Cup Champion, Two-Time World Championship silver medalist, and North Liberty resident, Jean Prahm. Prahm competed in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, and has served on the Olympic selection committee or the…

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February

Ice Carving

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Carving

It's February. It's cold. That means ice, but instead of dreading it, lets make something out of it. Watch master carver Ron Dillavou create several ice sculptures before your eyes!

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Horse drawn carriage rides

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Horse Carriage Rides

Live out a fairy tale and enjoy a magical ride around the park in the comfort of an antique trolley. The carriage will load by by the ice rink on the southeast side of Penn Meadows Park. Rides are free and open to…

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Hot chocolate

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Hot Chocolate

It's cold. We get it, but we're prepared. Warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from our sponsor Adam Schechinger State Farm.

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Ice Skating

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

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Character Meet & Greet

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Character Meet & Greet

Make the kids' dreams come true and meet Chase from Paw Patrol and Bad Kitty from the Bad Kitty book series at Fire & Ice Friday in Penn Meadows Park.

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Food Trucks

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Food trucks

No need to grab dinner before you head to Penn Meadows Park. There will be several food trucks on site.

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Photo Booth

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Photo Booth

Capture the fun of Fire & Ice Friday with a photo at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be available for a meet-and-greet!

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Community bonfire

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Community Bonfire

Escape the cold and gather around as a community. Join us for a special community bonfire. Come and go as you please throughout the evening. S'mores provided!

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S’mores

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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S'mores

Enjoy complimentary s'mores around the bonfire courtesy of Hills Bank and Trust Company!

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Learn to Curl

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Learn to Curl

This is the perfect opportunity for those who have never tried the sport of curling! Learn to curl from the Cedar Rapids Curling Club on the outdoor ice rink in Penn Meadows Park during Fire & Ice Friday on February…

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Tug of War

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Tug of War Kids

Jump into a game of tug of war!  Two 80 foot ropes will be available for pop up matches between 6-7 p.m., with members of the winning teams will get a free pair of Beat the Bitter gloves. Children and…

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Foam Light Sticks

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Lights Sticks

Light up the park with 2-foot foam light sticks! We'll be handing 250 sticks out for free beginning at 6 p.m.

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Fireworks

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Fireworks

Celebrate all that winter has to offer with our 15 minute firework show! Fireworks will be set off from the center of the north ball diamonds.

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Photo Booth

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Photo Booth

Get a picture before or after you take on the challenge of the 5K-ish Obstacle Run and our other winter activities at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be around for a meet-and-greet!

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5K-ish Obstacle Run

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Obstacle Run

The 5K-ish Obstacle Run is a fun run with obstacles! Runners will complete the course around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park, executing the obstacle challenges on loops one and three and only running on the second loop. This run isn't…

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Curling Tournament

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Curling Tournament

Join Cedar Rapids Curling in Penn Meadows Park for a rare opportunity to compete in a curling bonspiel (tournament) on an outdoor rink! Here is your opportunity to embrace the fun of being on the ice and beat your winter blues…

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KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

Put together a team of nine to twelve players and register for the KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament taking place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Penn Meadows Park Tundra. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Registration is…

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Broomball Tournament

February 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Broomball

If you can swing a stick and hit a ball YOU can play Broomball! Snag one of the limited spots at the bottom of this page. Must be 16 years or older to participate. Registration is broken out into two…

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Ice Skating

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park, 170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

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Snuggie Bar Crawl

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
North Liberty, IA, 405 N Dubuque St
North Liberty, IA 52317 United States
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Snuggie Crawl

2018 Snuggie Crawl attendees: here is Your Guide to the Snuggie Crawl. Questions? Contact beatthebitternl@gmail.com. Back by popular demand after a sell-out inaugural event in 2017, JCI Johnson County and Beat the Bitter have teamed up with BeerBurger, Rocky O'Brien's, J&A…

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