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Shepherd Appointed to Events & Marketing Director


Cedar Rapids, IA (January 6th, 2019) - The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Karol Shepherd, formerly known as “Karol Kelly” from KZIA, as Events and Marketing Director.  Shepherd is responsible for planning, production and marketing of all Freedom Festival events.  According to Freedom Festival Executive Director Carissa Johnson, “Karol brings a fresh perspective to the Freedom Festival along with many strong relationships to key people in our community. She’s an innovative and experienced event planner and marketer and I am excited to see her talents flourish at the Freedom Festival.”

Shepherd most recently served as the Promotions Director for KZIA-FM Radio. Shepherd’s experience also includes being an on-air personality for KZIA-FM Radio, where she has worked for the last 17 years and previously served as the Group Sales Manager for the Cedar Rapids Titans. She holds a B.A. from University of Iowa in Business and Marketing. Shepherd will start at the Freedom Festival on January 8th.


The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving Cedar Rapids and a significant portion of Eastern Iowa. Our mission is to celebrate the quality of life in Eastern Iowa by providing safe, affordable and fun annual events that embody the spirit of patriotism and a sense of community and family.