For Event Questions /  Contact Vinton Unlimited Director at melissa@vintonia.org

© 2019 a MONKEYTHIS design      

'Marketing is our job. Strengthening communities is our mission."

  • Grey Facebook Icon

EVENTS

SATURDAY, AUG 17

Download a printable schedule of all events!

 

• CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT  |  9am to 5pm

Held on the grounds of the VINTON RAILROAD DEPOT, 612 2nd Ave

Download the schedule for the depot grounds. Cannon demos, musket demonstration, style shows and an afternoon skirmish!

Check out www.armysw.com for more information on the reenactment group. 

* sponsored in part by the BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

SWEET CORN DAYS THROWBACK | 11am 

Served next to MICHAEL & DOWD'S, 102 E 4th Street

Grab some FREE sweet corn as a throwback to the Vinton Sweet Corn Days of the past! Cooking over 4,000 ears of locally grown sweet corn, corn will be available until gone. 

 

• CEDAR RIVER PARADE | Boats to arrive approx. 12:30pm

CELEBRATION PARK

Grab a spot on the bank of the Cedar River to see the boat floats! Boats are expected in Vinton between 12:30 and 1:00pm. (Parade will conclude before the start of the Grand Parade) For information, please contact Tamara Stark, (319) 558-7476

* organized by the Cedar River R.A.T.S.

GRAND PARADE | 2pm

Don't miss the BEST parade of the summer! To guarantee yourself the perfect spot, you may want to plan ahead and get there early. Parade route can be seen here

 

• BENTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE FLAG REDEDICATION |  Immediately following parade

Held on the south lawn of the BENTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1111  E 4th Street

 

Originally installed and dedicated on July 23, 1969 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of end of World War I, join the American Legion of Benton County and Auxiliary for the rededication of the flagpole and monument. Remarks from Justin Jensen, Regional Director for Senator Joni Ernst and Doug Anderson. 

• ACT I PERFORMANCE of The Music Man |  7pm

VINTON SHELLSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, 210 W 21st Street.

Local community theatre group, ACT I will be presenting classic musical ”The Music Man”. Visit www.act1.org for ticket information. 

 

• LIVE MUSIC | 5pm - Midnight

CELEBRATION PARK  

$5 admission for those 12 and older.

5pm -7:30pm | 5 Second Rule

7:30pm | Parade float winners announced & drawing for hot air balloon ride!

8pm -Midnight | Standing Hampton

 

Grab a bite to eat from the Vinton Lions Club, the Benton County Cattlemen or the Benton County Pork Producers. A beer tent will be available for those 21 and older. The only entrance into Celebration Park will be on A Avenue.  

*sponsored by VINTON UNLIMITED

5 SECOND RULE: Playing music isn’t quite like riding a bike, says Clickstop CEO Tim Guenther. Participating in the Corridor Business Journal’s Battle of the Band Contest for a second year, 5 Second Rule spent its off season tuning up in Mr. Guenther’s steel-lined barn for the 2017 competition. While the barn’s acoustics leave something to be desired, the band has the most fun when their music is fast and loud. They can often be found jamming out to songs like “Enter Sandman” by Metallica and “Santeria” by Sublime. The band also listed Thrice as a musical influence, and teased that they may be playing one of their songs at this year’s battle. The group’s members all have different musical styles, Mr. Guenther noted, “but as long as it has some distortion guitar and a good rock beat, we’re in.”

 

STANDING HAMPTON: Famous for Rock, Standing Hampton is a high powered tribute to the hottest Rock icons of all time! For over eighteen years, Standing Hampton has been entertaining 70s & 80s Classic Rock fans across the Midwest, performing at countless festivals, town celebrations, casinos, special events, and clubs. In addition Standing Hampton has shared the stage with many national acts including Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Night Ranger, Little River Band, April Wine, Head East, Firehouse, and Janey Lane.

 

SUNDAY, AUG 18

Download a printable schedule of all events!

 

• ACT I PERFORMANCE of The Music Man | 2pm &  6pm

VINTON SHELLSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, 210 W 21st Street

Local community theatre group, ACT I will be presenting classic musical ”The Music Man” during our celebration.  Visit www.act1.org for ticket information. 

 

• CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT  9am to 4pm 

Held on the grounds of the VINTON RAILROAD DEPOT, 612 2nd Ave

Download the schedule for the depot grounds. Cannon demos, musket demonstration, style shows and an afternoon skirmish!

*sponsored in part by the BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

• EVERGREEN CEMETERY TOUR | 4pm

Held on the EVERGREEN CEMETERY GROUNDS, 1002 E 10th Street

This is a walking tour, please wear appropriate shoes.

 

Rich Farmer is your tour guide through this local cemetery rich with history. His program will include rich burial customs of our ancestors. It is rumored that this cemetery is home to a ghostly woman on horseback who wears a white dress and rides up and down the train tracks. There are also reports of strange phenomena surrounding a statue and apparitions of military men who wander in the portion of the cemetery for unknown soldiers. Whether that's true or not, the cemetery is the final resting spot for Civil War veteran and former Iowa governor, Buren Robinson Sherman.

• The EUCMENCIAL SERVICE planned for Sunday aftnernoon has been cancelled. The Livewire inserts went to press before this decision was made. We apologize for any confusion.

 

MONDAY, AUG 19  

Download a printable schedule of all events!

 

• MOVIE MONDAY | 7pm

RIVERSIDE PARK

Join us for a family movie night featuring Disney’s Monsters University. Bring your lawn chair or blanket! Enjoy FREE TREATS (snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and bottled water) during the movie! The evening will kick-off with a youth book exchange & activities in the Hummel Pavilion at 7pm. Sully and friends will be on hand for a story reading at 7:30pm with the help of the Be The Change Fitness Group and the movie will start at Dusk. PLUS: Benton County Women's Leadership & Networking Group, JUST US, will be announcing the initiative "One Book One Community" book club. 

*sponsored by VIRGINIA GAY HOSPITAL, VINTON FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC & the VIRGINIA GAY HOSPITAL HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION

 

TUESDAY, AUG 20 

Download a printable schedule of all events!

 

• LANTERN GLOW & GIANT BUBBLES!

Held at the area behind TILFORD ELEMENTARY'S playground equipment during ”Back to School“ Night. Put your dreams in the air! Assorted color paper lanterns will be available for sale at $3 each. Add your wish or a personal message and let it take flight.

Tom Pingenot will be blowing his amazingly huge bubbles too! Fun for all ages! 

Rain Date: TBA

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG 21  

Download a printable schedule of all events!

WALLDOGS ARRIVE

The Walldogs are a group of highly skilled sign painters and mural artists from all over the globe. Once a year, hundreds of Walldogs gather in one lucky town or city to paint multiple murals and old-fashioned wall advertisements. Their visit to Vinton was in 2000 and they are coming back to refresh some of those original murals and to create a couple more.

 

thursDAY, AUG 22 

Download a printable schedule of all events!

• FARMER'S MARKET | 5 to 7pm

Join the fun at CELEBRATION PARK! Live musical performance by the Vinton Community Band. Hot sandwiches served by Merchant's Grilling. This market showcases the best of Benton County producers of fruits, vegetables, jams & baked goods. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information, call the VPRD office at 472-4164. 

sponsored by VINTON PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

 

• IOWA HISTORY 101 MOBILE MUSEUM | 5 to 7pm

CELEBRATION PARK

A multimedia exhibit in a custom-built Winnebago that travels the highways and backroads to share the stories of Iowa’s past and showcase some of the artifacts from the State Historical Museum's collection in Des Moines. 

 

FridaY, AUG 23  

Download a printable schedule of all events!

• IOWA HISTORY 101 MOBILE MUSEUM | 10 to 5pm

1ST AVENUE, DOWNTOWN

A multimedia exhibit in a custom-built Winnebago that travels the highways and backroads to share the stories of Iowa’s past and showcase some of the artifacts from the State Historical Museum's collection in Des Moines. 

• TGIF PARTY | Gate opens at 5pm

Come to the BENTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS for the TGIF (Thank God It's Fireworks!) Party as a preview to Boomtown held on August 24th. Enjoy food vendors, grab a drink from the beer tent and enjoy a small fireworks preview with the Class C IPA challenge. Free admission, free parking. 

• VINTON-SHELLSBURG FALL SPORTS BLOW-OUT

Held at the at the VINTON-SHELLSBURG HIGH SCHOOL GYM 

and the KARR ATHLETIC COMPLEX.

An opportunity to preview the Vinton-Shellsburg Viking and Vikettes fall sports teams. Activities include introductions to the athletes and varsity football and volleyball scrimmages. Admission for non-athletes is one bottle of a sport drink (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.).

 

saturDAY, AUG 24    

Download a printable schedule of all events!

KIWANIS 5K | Registration begins at 8am, Run/Walk begins at 9am

Begins at the BENTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE 

Register here: http://getmeregistered.com/KiwanisBoomtown5K

BOOM-FEST | 9am to 2pm

DOWNTOWN VINTON

Boom-Fest is an annual Arts & Crafts Festival promoted by Vinton Unlimited, Vinton’s merged non-profit Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development group. Artisans and crafters, farmers market and food vendors are welcomed to the downtown streets of Vinton. Kids activities and live entertainment fill the time slot with a family-friendly street fair type atmosphere for all to enjoy.

IOWA HISTORY 101 MOBILE MUSEUM | 9am to 2pm

1ST AVENUE, DOWNTOWN

A multimedia exhibit in a custom-built Winnebago that travels the highways and backroads to share the stories of Iowa’s past and showcase some of the artifacts from the State Historical Museum's collection in Des Moines. 

MURAL WRAP UP CELEBRATION | Doors open at 5:30pm, Auction at 6:30pm

Held at the VINTON COUNTRY CLUB, 314 N 9th Avenue

Join us to celebrate the completion of an amazing mural project! Visit with the artists who designed & painted our latest murals. Stick around for a live auction of original pieces created by the artists. Hor d'oeuvres served, cash bar available.  

BOOMTOWN | Gates open @ 4pm with fireworks at dusk!

Held at the BENTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 1801 2nd Avenue

Boomtown isn’t your typical small-town-USA fireworks display. Its an Earth-shaking pyrotechnic experience you will not soon forget. If blinding ground effects and feel-the-heat-on-your-face fireballs aren’t enough, wait until the aerial bombs greet you with a heart-pounding aftershock.

 

And don’t be late. The best seats in the house are in the grandstands at the fairgrounds, but parking and seating fills up quickly. Come to town early for Boom-fest in downtown Vinton and then head to the fairgrounds for the main event.