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2018 North Iowa Band Festival

Theme: TOTALLY 80s

The 2018 North Iowa Band Festival marks 80 years the event has been held. The event is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. Tourism related expenditures contributed an estimated $78.6 million into Mason City’s economy last year. In Cerro Gordo County, tourism generated an estimated $191.37 million in visitor spending, a record for the county and the 11th highest County level in the State. Tourism related jobs employed nearly 1,500 people in Cerro Gordo County.

The 80th North Iowa Band Festival: May 24-28, 2018

(Memorial Day Weekend!)


For Visitor and General Information about Mason City, check out these websites:

Visit Mason City    -    Main Street Mason City    -    City of Mason City


Your guide to all of the community happenings during Band Festival weekend.

View 2018 Schedule

Parade & Park Info

View the parade route, parking and entertainment maps, and other information.

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Registration Forms

NOTE: If you are interested in entering a convertible to transport royalty, honorees, etc. in the parade, please contact Linda Johanns at the Chamber.

Sponsorship Information

Learn about how to become a sponsor of The North Iowa Band Festival.

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Band Festival Royalty

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2017 Band Festival Sponsors

Drum Major Sponsors

For more information on becoming a sponsor, CLICK HERE.


Band Master Sponsors



John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation

David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation

Flag Corps Sponsors

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Burns Insurance & Financial

Casey's General Stores - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Corporate Farmer

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - Kwik Star|Kwik Trip

Mason City Motor Company - Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

North Iowa Area Community College - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown

Rieman Music - River City Rugby Football Club-  Wal-Mart SuperCenter

In-Kind Sponsors

For information on how to become an In-Kind Sponsor, please contact us!

Alpha Media, USA  -  City of Mason City  -  Convertible Drivers  -  

Culligan Water Conditioning  - Decker Sports -  Domino's Pizza  -

 Globe Gazette - Henkel Construction Co.  -  KIMT News 3  -

 North Iowa Broadcasting  - D & D Printing  -  Trinity Lutheran Church -

BizWiz Marketing - Mason City RentAll

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