Grab your walking shoes, stretchy pants and check out this month's selection of fun outdoor events including appetizing food focused celebrations.
The Canteen in the Alley and Major League Eating present the first annual world championship Canteen eating contest on Saturday, June 2. Competitors will vie against each other to devour as many Canteens (loose-meat sandwiches) as possible in 10 minutes.
2. Ice Cream Days, Le Mars (June 13-16)
The flagship event for the "Ice Cream Capital of the World" includes a parade, Art in the Park, live music performances, a fishing derby for kids and, of course, ice cream.
3. Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington (June 14-17)
For 55 years, some of the finest entertainers in the country have performed at Burlington Steamboat Days. This year's line-up includes the Charlie Daniels Band, Fuel, Jefferson Starship, Craig Morgan and Survivor.
4. Breakfast on the Farm, Calmar (June 23)
The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation serves a wholesome breakfast complete with Belgian waffles, sausage and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, all produced and processed in northeast Iowa. The day also includes many farm-related activities.
5. Charles City Challenge, Charles City (June 23)
Competitive events for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Iowa's first whitewater park for paddlers of all abilities, plus and innertube event for those who just want to ride the waves. Additional activities for those who prefer to remain on land.
Can't make it to any of these? No problem! See our complete list of Iowa events here!
Image credit: World Championship Canteen Eating Contest, Ottumwa