Fireball Run Adventurally

Fort Dodge has a proud tradition of hosting great events every year. This year Fort Dodge is one of eight cities selected for inclusion into FIREBALL RUN: Big Country, an adventure-experience series distributed on Amazon Prime.  

FIREBALL RUN has an even greater mission.  Their awareness campaign, The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, assigns each team a child missing.  To date, FIREBALL RUN’s campaign has resulted in the successful recovery of 49 children. Team Fort Dodge’s goal is to raise awareness for Eugene Martin. Eugene went missing on August 12, 1984, as he delivered newspapers in Des Moines.


Fort Dodge will have a team in the Fireball Run.  Fort Dodge Mayor, Matt Bemrich and Matt Johnson, Fort Dodge Ford, Lincoln & Toyota will represent our region. The public can help Team Fort Dodge by voting for them at

Wednesday, September 27, Celebration on Central, 3-7 pm in Downtown Fort Dodge, Central Avenue between 10th Street & the City Square.

3-7 pm

  • Market on Central, Central Avenue between 10th Street & 8th Street
  • Local classic cars on display, cars by invitation only, Central Avenue between 8th Street & 6th Street
  • Kids Zone activities by local service providers on the City Square
  • Upper Des Moines Opportunity was chosen by Fireball Run as the charity to receive items donated by the Fireball Run teams.  Donations will be collected for their Birthday Bags program and Baby Room.  Everyone is invited to bring items for birthday parties for children and baby item.  Suggestions for items to donate include cake mixes, frosting, decoration, plates, napkins, party favors, balloons, baby clothes and baby items. They will be located at Central Avenue & 7th Street.
  • The Iowa National Guard will have their climbing wall and other equipment on the City Square for the public to enjoy.
  • A Missing Children's Wall will be displayed on the City Square with all of the Fireball Run teams posters displayed.

Sometime between 3:30-6:00 pm the Fireball Run teams will be entering Downtown Fort Dodge. Their vehicles will be on display between 7th Street and the City Square.

Approximately 4 pm.

  • Bike Rodeo will be held North of Central Avenue on 8th Street.  The Fort Dodge Police Department will provide bikes for the kids to use while learning bike safety in fun way.  They will also, be giving away 300 bike helmets to children participating.
  • ICCC, St. Edmonds, Fort Dodge Senior High student organizations will be on site to entertain and cheer on the Fireball Run teams.

Approximately, 5:30 pm, the Karl King Band will perform on the City Square. Bring your own lawn chairs.


There will be a Fiery Fort Dodge Send-off on Sept. 28 morning from 7:30-9 am at Veterans Memorial Park on Central Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Missing Childrens Wall will be on display. 
  • St. Edmond Middle School will be having a missing children's ceremony. 
  • National Anthem and Color Guard.
  • See all the Fireball Run teams as they line-up to leave Fort Dodge and hear the starting signal as only the Iowa Army National Guard can provide! Two howitzer cannons will be signaling the start of Day 6.

For more information on FIREBALL RUN go to

For more information on the Fort Dodge Fireball Run Planning efforts go to

Fort Dodge is able to host the FIREBALL RUN due to generous sponsors who have committed funds, service and/or supplies:

Hometown Fireballs

  • Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • City of Fort Dodge
  • TJG Holdings
  • USG

Hometown Hitter

  • Calcium Products
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Best Western Starlite Village
  • Mid Country Machinery
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority

Hometown Racer

  • Alpha Media-Fort Dodge
  • The Messenger
  • CS Products
  • Fort Dodge Community Foundation
  • UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge
  • Nestle Purina Pet Care Co.
  • Elanco
  • Cargill
  • Fort Dodge Ford,Lincoln,Toyota
  • Bemrich Electric
  • Formation Group Inc.
  • McClure Engineering
  • Rasch Construction
  • Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation

Hometown Welcomer

  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • US Water Corp.
  • Webster County Supervisors
  • Decker Development
  • Webster County
  • Beisser Lumber Co.
  • Modern Sound Engineering
  • Availa Bank
  • Walmart, Fort Dodge

Hometown Supporter

  • Crimmins Relocation Services
  • First State Bank
  • Crossroads Mall
  • Kallin-Johnson Monuments
  • People's Credit Union
  • KHI Solutions
  • First American Bank
  • Friendship Haven
  • Northwest Federal Savings Bank
  • CJ, Fort Dodge

Other Sponsors

  • United Bank of Iowa
  • Fort 8 Theater
  • Verizon Wireless, Crossroads Mall
  • Advantage Aerial
  • New Age Media Production
  • Becker Florists
  • Racing Unlimited
  • KC Nielson's
  • Baymont Inn
  • AmericInn 

These events will cause street closures on Sept. 27 & 28. Central Avenue between 10th and 4th Street will be closed most of the day on Sept. 27.  On Sept. 28, Central Avenue between 9th and 13th Streets will be close during the morning hours. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause in travel and business.