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5 August Events You Won't Want To Miss
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5 August Events You Won't Want To Miss

With schools starting later this year, you still have time for these great Iowa events!

Creekfest, Cherokee (August 7-8). Fans have a great time camping in a pasture just north of Cherokee during this outdoor country music festival. Look forward to the line-up this year which includes The Band Perry and Big & Rich.

Great River Tug Fest, Le Claire (August 13-15). The only tug-of-war across the Mississippi River pits residents of Le Claire, Iowa, against Port Byron, Illinois. Eleven teams from each side are formed and take turns pulling the 2,400-foot, 680-pound rope across the river. The side with the most winning teams claims the Alabaster Eagle trophy for that year.

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines (August 13-23). Iowa's largest tourism event inspired the novel State Fair and is featured in the New York Times best-seller 1000 Places to See Before you Die. During the 11-day event, visitors can take in mouth-watering food, fabulous free entertainment, one of the world's largest livestock shows and the world-famous Butter Cow.

Cedar Valley Gran Fondo, Cedar Falls (August 22). The Cedar Valley's first and only gran fondo cycling event debuts this August. Riders can choose to a bike a 100 mile, 60 mile or 30 mile course. All routes will begin and end in downtown Cedar Falls.

Boomtown, Vinton (August 28-29). Not your average small-town fireworks display! The Iowa Pyrotechnic Association showcases earth-shaking pyrotechnics, blinding ground effects, heart-pounding music and feel-the-heat-on-your-face fireballs as part of the community festival. 

Looking for more fun in August? Visit our complete events calendar at and check out our awesome Back To Summer travel deals.


{Pictured: Great River Tug Fest, Le Claire}

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