If you’re looking for something to do this summer, look no further than the annual events in North Iowa communities.
Whether it’s Summerfest in Hampton or Oatmeal Day in St. Ansgar, there’s something just about every weekend.
Here’s a rundown of the events by city:
ACKLEY: The 114th Sauerkraut Days will be June 7-8. The event celebrates the community’s settlers and began as a gathering of German farmers who were drawn together by one meal — franks and kraut. The celebration includes a parade, carnival rides, the Sauerkraut Queen ceremony, entertainment, fireworks, beverage garden, live bands at night and of course, free franks and sauerkraut.
ALGONA: This community has two annual events — Founder’s Day and ABATE Freedom Rally:
• The ABATE Freedom Rally is June 29-July 1. The motorcycle rally usually attracts more than 10,000 people and includes live bands, food and merchandise vendors. Visit abateiowafreedomrally.com for more information.
• Founder’s Day will be July 6-9. It includes trolley tours, food vendors, children’s activities, inflatables, a talent show, craft show, live entertainment and a free street dance. Visit www.algona.org/founders_day for more information.
ALLISON: Wilder Days will be June 2-3. The community celebration includes a parade, games, carnival and other activities.
BELMOND: This community has two annual summer events:
• Kites Over the Prairie will be June 3 and feature kites of all sizes and food.
• Prairie Homestead Antique Power & Craft Show will be Aug. 18-20. The event includes antique tractors and a craft show. This year will also include the 2015 National Plowing Contest.
For more information about both events, visit belmondartscenter.org.
CRYSTAL LAKE: Bullhead Days will be July 1-4. It will include a parade, craft show, fireworks, tournaments and children’s activities.
DOWS: Corn Days will be Aug. 4-6. The event includes a parade, sweet corn feed, entertainment, inflatables, petting zoo and other activities.
DUMONT: Sandbaggin’ Day will be July 8. In past years, the event has included garage sales, a home business expo, United Methodist Church breakfast and bake sale, a tractor ride, a motorcycle ride, kids’ games and entertainment, bingo, a beanbag toss, parade and other entertainment.
FERTILE: Fertile Days will be Aug. 12-13. The celebration includes children’s activities, a parade, flea market, community meal and other activities.
GARNER: Days will be July 7-8. The celebration is dedicated to Fred and August Duesenberg, who began their first bicycle shop on Main Street in Garner. It includes activities such as a parade, craft show, inflatables, community meals and entertainment. For more information visit garneriachamber.com.
GRAFTON: Turkey Day will be July 15. A variety of turkey will be available including grilled turkey, turkey drumsticks and smoked turkey. Other activities include a parade, musical entertainment, sports tournaments and a street dance.
GREENE: River Days will be June 16-17. The annual event celebrates the Shell Rock River which runs through the community. It usually includes live entertainment, inflatables, food vendors, parade, children’s activities and a beer garden.
HAMPTON: Summerfest will be Aug. 25-26 and includes inflatables, live entertainment, vendors, a car cruise and other activities.
HANLONTOWN: Sundown Day celebrates summer solstice. The event will be June 18 and 21, and typically includes a kids tractor pull and lunch in the park.
KANAWHA: The city’s big Labor Day celebration will be Sept. 4. It usually includes a parade, pedal tractor pull, food stand and other entertainment.
KLEMME: Ag Days will be June 16-18. The event usually includes live music, children’s activities, a parade, street dance, beer garden and more.
LAKE MILLS: July Jubilee will be July 7-9 and usually includes a parade Saturday morning, community picnic, vendors, entertainment in the park, children’s games and street dances Friday and Saturday night.
MANLY: Railroad Ag Day will be Aug. 26. In past years the celebration has included a parade, train ride, inflatables, contests, games, food, vendors and live entertainment.
NASHUA: Water Over the Dam Days will be June 22-25. Past years included a parade, golf tournament, mud run, zip line, beer tent, pedal push tractor pull, meals and music. For more information visit wateroverthedamdays.com.
NORA SPRINGS: Buffalo Days and Firemen’s Ball will be June 24-25. The event usually includes buffalo meal, parade and other activities.
OSAGE: Bike Ride Around Mitchell County, or BRAM, will be June 24. The event will include a countryside ride that will feature the flavors of food prepared in Mitchell County. For more information visit osagechamber.com.
ROCK FALLS: Rock Falls Fun Day will be Aug. 19. Past years included a softball tournament, bean bag toss tournament, kids’ activities, a community dinner and entertainment.
ROCKFORD: Rockford Fun Day will be July 14. It typically includes a parade, children’s activities/games and activities for adults.
ROCKWELL: This community has two annual summer events:
• The annual Kicken’ & Chicken Weekend will be Aug. 4-6. It includes a rodeo, softball tournament, chicken dinner, street dance, live music, motorcycle fun run and car show.
• The National Truck and Tractor Pull will be July 8-9.
ST. ANSGAR: This community has three summer events:
• Oatmeal Day (former Town and Country Day) will be June 17. It will include a 2x4 Bike Ride, 5K Color Walk/Run, Fun on 4th Street, sidewalk sales and a parade.
• St. Ansgar will also host an Herb Festival on July 15. The downtown event includes herbs and herbal bake goods for sale, vendors, lectures, tours, children’s workshops, Pedal Tractor Show and Dinosaur Park.
• St. Ansgar’s Fall Festival will be Sept. 9 and include food, games and vendors.
SHEFFIELD: People in the Park (formerly Sourdough Days and Octoberfest) will be Aug. 19. Last year’s event included a parade, omelet breakfast, garden tractor pull, activities in the park, live music, food and fireworks.
STACYVILLE: Bratwurst Daze will be July 29. The event includes children’s games, adult games such as basketball and bean bag toss, grilled bratwurst, live music, a dance and parade.
TITONKA: Indian Days will be June 23-26. The event includes parade, community meal, games, inflatables, street dance and Bill Riley Talent Show.