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2016 IOWA: JULY 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2015 - 2011)


July 4, 2016  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 8-10, 2016
Bicycle, Blues & BBQ Festival
Clear Lake, Iowa
Eat a helping (or two!) of barbecue and enjoy some soul-revivin’ blues with top blues acts. Participate in several different bike rides including a charity fun ride, a criterium through the streets of Clear Lake or a road race through scenic Iowa countryside.

July 15-16, 2016 - BBQ'Loo and Blues Too! - Waterloo, Iowa
Come join us for great food, great music, and great fun in Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo. There will be the following events: BBQ for sale Friday night and all day Saturday. Chili contest Friday night - Come and vote for your favorite chili competitor. Three great blues bands. Celebrity rib eating contest.  Children ages 6 to 15 can also compete in a Kids-Q barbecue contest.

July 16, 2016  Watermelon Day - Stanhope, Iowa
If Stanhope had its own national holiday, it would be Watermelon Day. Started in 1958, thousands now come from all over annually for the parade, carnival rides and games, ball games, free entertainment, and all the free watermelon you can eat!

July 16, 2016  Humeston Watermelon Day - Humeston, Iowa
A July event where free watermelon is offered along with entertainment, tractor pull, dance and much more!

July 21-24, 2016  Elkader Sweet Corn Days - Elkader, Iowa
Little Miss Sweet Corn & Little Mr. Cornhusker, Ice Cream Social, Golf & Softball Tournaments, Donut Hole Eating Contest, Parade, Car Cruise, Live Music, and Free Sweet Corn!

July 22-23, 2016 Up In Smoke BBQ Bash - Mason City, Iowa
The 13th annual North Iowa BBQ Championship will offer great BBQ, big crowds, and live music, with cooking demonstrations, grilling and barbecuing tips, samples, really great energy, and fun! 
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July 23, 2016  J-40 Farm Crawl - Van Buren County, Iowa
Farm tours, artists, wineries, Amish furniture, Amish buggy rides, Amish school breakfast and more.

July 27-30, 2016  ACS 2016: Cheese in the Heartland
Des Moines, Iowa
Each year, the American Cheese Society (ACS) hosts the foremost educational conference and world-renowned cheese competition in North America. More than 1,000 professionals, purchasers, and influencers from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe attend to network, sample products, and learn from industry experts. The Conference culminates in the Festival of Cheese, where competition cheeses are available for sampling alongside craft beer, wine, cider, and specialty foods.

July 29-31, 2016  Fenton Sweet Corn Days - Fenton, Iowa
Parade, food, antique fire truck rides, citywide garage sales, street dance. Sweet corn dinner on Sunday.


2015 IOWA: JULY 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

July 10-12, 2015  Bully Bullhead Weekend
Ruthven, Iowa
Community celebration includes bullhead fishing contest, fun run, parade, tractor ride, carnival.


2011 IOWA: JULY 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 16, 2011  Farm to Market Day at Living History Farms
Urbandale, Iowa
Event highlights local foods and the history behind them.




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