Old Settlers Day

Old Settlers Day

Howard County's first festival of the season! June11, 2016 is a day to spend in Chester, Iowa.
It's Old Settlers Day!

Something for everyone! Food, Music, FREE Ice Cream, Tractor Pulls, Flea Market, Crafts, Kid's Activities, come dance and listen to live music, Tim 's Mobile Music and later that night music by DJ-Toad Runner Express, and much more!


Be sure to check out the Fire Safety House, Bean Bag Tournament, and BINGO

Rain or Shine we will be celebrating so plan to spend the day in Chester.


Old Roundhouse Trail Days

Old Roundhouse Trail Days

This is Howard County's second Festival of the summer.

"Old Roundhouse Trail Days (hereafter referred to as Trail Days) is Elma's annual town festival and offers a weekend of music, food and fun for all who attend. It is so named to commemorate the rich railroad history in Elma, when the "roundhouse" (an engine or rail car turning &  maintenance facility) was located here to repair equipment for the Chicago Great Western rail line.

Most Trail Days events take place in the Elma City Park, at the intersection of Maple Street and 4th Street, with the exception of the 5K Walk/Run event, breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning, and the parade Saturday morning.  The parade route begins at the Innovative Ag Services building on the north end of Busti Avenue, makes a turn right (west) onto Elm Street, then a quick left (south) onto 4th Street and another quick turn right onto Main Street.  The parade then follows Main Street west all the way to 9th Street where it ends at the Colonial Manor nursing home/Afton Oaks assisted living facilities.

It all takes place this July 15-17, 2016. Come on out for a weekend of great fun, friends, and celebration! Fireworks are Friday night, with rain date set Saturday night.  Live music Friday night by the "Novotny Trio" and later by "Endless Summer".  Live music Saturday night by "The Hepperly Band".

For more information click on the PDF below for schedule or go to elmaia.com and learn more about Old Roundhouse Trail Days, BRIDGE (sponsoring organization for Trail Days and many more community activities, and the city of Elma).

Steeple Day

Steeple Day

Howard County's third festival of the summer is in Lourdes, Iowa!

 It is the 17th Annual Steeple Day Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Spend a great day in Lourdes: breakfast, Polka Mass, softball and bean bag tournaments, tractor pulls, auctions, raffles, food, chainsaw art, kids games, bingo, Moo Mobile, country store and meet and greet family, friends, and neighbors alike!

Proceeds from the day event go towards Lourdes Church renovations.


Wapsipinicon Festival

Wapsipinicon Festival

 August 5-6, 2016 is the fourth Festival in Howard County.

Come to Riceville, Iowa and celebrate Wapsi Days!
Spend two days of great Food, Music, Dancing, 5K Run, PARADE, Kid's Games, FREE Watermelon, Lucky Duck Float, Car Show, Bean Bag Tournament, Live Music, and much more!

Make Riceville, Iowa your destination this first weekend in August and enjoy the Festival!


Sweet Corn Days

Sweet Corn Days

Howard County's fifth Festival of the Summer!

 Come out and celebrate Sweet Corn Days in Lime Springs August 12-14, 2016.

FREE sweetcorn and watermelon until its gone.

Don't miss the the ever popular Lime Springs Talent Contest. We've got the Howard County BBQ Competition at 1:00pm on Saturday, live music on Saturday evening, the PARADE at 1:00pm on Sunday, softball all weekend long, and buy your tickets to get in on the cash prizes to be drawn on Sunday night (need not be present to win).

There is something for everyone in Lime Springs this summer!


Czech Days

Czech Days

It's the 37th Annual Czech Days!
Come on out to Protivin August 19-21, 2016 for Howard County's sixth festival of the year.

Take in volleyball, softball, bean bag tournaments or get a team and participate!

Try our homemade Kolaches, Rohlikies, Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamed Chicken dinners, and of course, we've got Ribeye sandwiches, BBQ Pork sandwiches, and Bratwursts.

Everyone loves the traditional Bingo and the Cake Walk, games for young and old, Moo Mobile, Southeast Area Tractor Pull, Raffles, Beer Garden in Main Tent and Ball Park, live Music, Dancing, Polka Mass, and the Czech Choir. Definitely something for Everyone so Czech it out!

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest

Howard County's final and seventh Festival of the season.
Come out to Cresco and celebrate the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest September 15-18, 2016.

We've got tours to the Borlaug Farm, meal packaging event, Inspire Day, Hospital Auxiliary Quilt Auction, Cruise to Cresco, 5K Run/Walk, PARADE, great food, tractor shows, Bean Bag Tournament, live music, games for kids, crafts, flea market, Farmers Market, and so much more!

To promote the vision of Norman Borlaug, a meal packaging event is part of the NBHF experience. We will be packaging over 100,000 meals and you can be a part of the experience. Call 563.547.3434 for more details!


Proud Member of the Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce and we accept Cresco Chamber Dollars.