Despite blistering heat, thousands of fans made their way to the Hy-Vee IndyCar Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton. In addition to the weekend full of racing, the event featured top-of-the-line talent performing outdoor concerts in the infield. Luke Combs and Eric Church performed July 13 while Kelsea Ballerini and Post Malone performed July 14.

Fierce Faith Music Fest returned for its third year in a row with performances by Jordan Feliz, Sanctus Real and Friday Night Fire on June 15 at Community Heights Alliance Church in Newton.

History was made this past weekend as race fans finally got what they had always been asking for: a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Iowa Speedway. A sold out crowd watched the Iowa Corn 350 on June 16 at the Newton-based racetrack, which had previously held the Hy-Vee Perks 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on June 15 and the Atlas 150 Menards ARCA Series race.

Kids participate in obstacle courses and take a try at the fire hose during Safety Fest on June 8 in Maytag Park. Safety Fest is regularly organized by the Newton Fire Department.