Motorcycles and music? Oh my! It must be time for The Muddy Fest 2017!

The Muddy Fest is a two-day and two-night celebration of music, two-lane rides, world famous celebrities, motorcycle thrill jumpers, riverside camping and first class regional cuisine. The festival will take place at Centennial Park in Davenport, located at 315 S Marquette Street, from June 16-18.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.themuddyfest.com/buy-tickets/. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the veteran’s charity, Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, as well as the Iowa Donor Network.

The festival kicks off on Friday June 16. The gates will open at 3 p.m. with the Patriot Guard and Honor Guard roaring into the festival for the opening ceremonies. After a brief presentation, Olympic Gold Medalist, 15x National Champion coach and Iowa wrestling legend, Dan Gable will take part in a Q&A with actor Billy Baldwin on stage. Afterwards, Gable and Baldwin will sign autographs and take pictures next to the Iowa Donor Tent. The music starts with QC’s own, The Zealots, at 7 p.m. followed by Robby Krieger of The Doors at 9 p.m.

Saturday June 17 will begin at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf for a non-sanctioned ride led by the Patriot Guard and Sons of Anarchy star, Mark Boone Jr! The ride will lead you to Poopy’s Pub N’ Grub in Savanna and end at Centennial Park. Muddy Fest ticket holders have free access to the Muddy Fest ride. However, you can still join in without a festival ticket. The cost is $10 per rider and $5 per passenger.

The gates open at 1 p.m. at Centennial Park on Saturday, and Mark Boone Jr. will be available for autographs and pictures. Motorcycle thrill team, Nan-Sens, will also be performing three 20-minute jump shows with 40 foot leaps into the air.

The music continues with Juliana and a Soul Purpose, followed by Quad Cities’ Battle of the Bands winner Rude Punch and ending with Sublime with Rome!

Sunday June 18 will finish out with festival with a Biker Mass at 9 a.m. For a full schedule and list of activities, visit http://www.themuddyfest.com/event-schedule/. You can also check out the Muddy Fest Facebook page for updates and upcoming events at https://www.facebook.com/TheMuddyFest/.

Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy great music, a good time with friends and raising money for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities and the Iowa Donor Network!

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics for QuadCities.com.