Welcoming Wings to be featured at Downtown Farmers Market

Wings will come together in Greene Square Saturday

Welcoming Week wings
Cedar Rapids Public Library public services associate Ralph Washington is shown with one of the welcoming wings on display in the Library Commons. ALISON GOWANS PHOTO/CEDAR RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY

The welcoming wings currently scattered around Cedar Rapids will all come together for a final showing Saturday morning at the Downtown Farmers Market.

Shoppers will find the eight sets of wings on display at Greene Square, immediately across the street from the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The seven-by-four-foot wings, representing various cultural backgrounds, have been on display around Cedar Rapids as part of Welcoming Week, a week-long event celebrating immigrants and the many cultural backgrounds of local residents.

“These gorgeous wings will be an added bonus to our popular morning market,” said Maddix Stovie, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance events planner, in a news release. “The wings are a fan favorite with selfie-takers and amateur photographers.”

Anyone taking a photo with the wings is asked to share it on social media with the hashtag #welcomingCR.

In addition to the welcoming wings, the Downtown Farmers Market will also feature more than 100 vendors, many of whom are now offering fall items like apple cider donuts, pumpkins and fall décor.

There are three remaining Downtown Farmers Markets this year: the market this Saturday; the evening market called Market After Dark presented by Alliant Energy on Saturday, Sept. 25; and a special Downtown Farmers Fall Market presented by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The Downtown Farmers Market continues to follow mandatory health and safety guidelines to successfully execute the outdoor in-person markets. Social distancing and masks are encouraged for both vendors and attendees. One-way pedestrian traffic flow is also encouraged through the venue.

Vendors, patrons and volunteers are asked that if they are feeling ill or have a fever, to not attend the market to protect the health and safety of all.

For more information on the downtown farmers market, go to cedarrapids.org/events/farmers-market