Linn Creek Arts Festival

July 15/MARSHALLTOWN – Among the many art festivals that take place throughout the Midwest in summer, the annual Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown stands out due to its location, quality, and venue. It’s an artful experience through and through!  It is a family friendly arts festival showcasing all different types of art medium, music performances, kids events, and an eclectic choice of food with beer and wine sampling for adults. Hours: 10am-5pm at the Fisher Community Center. Fisher Community Center houses the Central Iowa Art Association, whose members coordinate indoor and outdoor activities for youth during the art festival. Kids can enjoy painting the shell of an old vehicle and ‘parent-free’ hands-on art projects. Also geared toward young people is the Junior Art Lovers’ Gallery”, another parent-free activity designed to connect youth with original art. >MORE 

Poweshiek County Fair

July 15, 18-24/GRINNELL – The theme for the fair this year is “Fun for the Whole Herd.” There will be the usual 4-H/FFA Shows and Exhibits, Tractor Ride, Queen Pageant, Talent Show, Contest and Games, Entertainment, Vendors, Food and more. Com and see Lulu & LeRoy at the fair. The Poweshiek County Fair Talent Show will be held Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. in the show ring.  For further information contact:Brianna Erikson 641-888-0372. Another highlight is an animal costume contest at 5 p.m. Friday. Kids can join in the fun at 6:30 at the annual Kiddie Tractor Pull.  Live entertainment will be featured by the High Bank Boys at the Show Ring at 8 p.m. Friday. >MORE

Grundy County Fair

July 18-23/REINBECK – 4-H/Livestock Shows and Exhibits, Demo Derby, Truck/Car Soccer, Figure 8 Races, Dance, Live Music, Entertainment, Food, Vendors, Kids Activities, Fireworks, and much more. A family fun night is scheduled the first night at 6:30 p.m. with awards, fair queen & King Announcements, grandstands. Watch an outdoor movie under the stars Wednesday, beginning at 9 p.m. On Thursday, dance your way around the fun with a little Kids Dance from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Alumni Bldg., then at 8 p.m. with Danny Grause. A Truck/Car Soccer will be in front of the grandstands at 7 p.m. >MORE

Great Jones County Fair

July 19-23/MONTICELLO – It features Food, Carnival, Livestock shows, Car races, Truck and Tractor Pulls, and Live Music and performances. Pre-sale of the Carnival Ride Wristband Vouchers are available for $20. There is a Kids Zone open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday featuring Lego Race Tracks, Corn Boxes, Papap Balloon creations, arts and crafts, and face painting.  A full lineup of live entertainment at the grandstand includes Nickelback with special guest Chris Daughtry, Thomas Rhet with Big & Rich, Keith Urban, and  Mercy Me