Despite the state's large expanses of rural land, Iowa is home to plenty of attractions for people seeking urban adventure and experiences. During the year, Iowa residents and tourists enjoy a robust repertoire of seasonal festivals, theater productions, special events and much more. Visitors can also take advantage of the state's numerous outdoor destinations to see Iowa's natural beauty.
The community celebrates spring and their Dutch heritage every year by hosting this event during the first weekend in May at various locations around Pella. Stroll through the magnificent tulip gardens, see the many examples of Dutch crafts and attend the auto and antique farm implement shows or tour the local museums. Vendors are on hand to provide refreshments and crafts.
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Considered the largest competition of its kind in the Midwest, the festival offers family entertainment as numerous bands compete during an annual May weekend. Visitors cheer for their favorite young musicians while taking a break to indulge in the concessions, carnival and marketplace. The event also features an auto show along with arts and crafts exhibits.
Every August for 11 days, the city in the heartland has held an annual fair for the past 150 years. In addition to a host of animal and craft exhibits, visitors enjoy the thrill rides of the carnival, a variety of live concerts and shows along with a bevy of fun contests and food.