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North Iowa Band Festival

The 2018 North Iowa Band Festival marked 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.

Save the date for the 2019 North Iowa Band Festival: May 23-27 (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.

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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.

Parade & Park Info

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

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Band Festival Royalty

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2018 Band Festival Sponsors

Drum Major Sponsors

For more information on becoming a sponsor, CLICK HERE.


John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation

David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation

Band Master Sponsors



Flag Corps Sponsors

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, PLC -  Casey's General Store - CENT Credit Union - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Corporate Farmer, Inc. - Estus Mixed Martial Arts - Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - Kwik Trip | Kwik Star- Mason City Motor Company - Mercy Medical Center North Iowa - NIACC - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG-Mason City - 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!

98.7 Kiss Country / 103.7 The Fox - Alpha Media, USA  -  City of Mason City  -  Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Control Print Creative - Convertible Drivers  -  Culligan Water Conditioning  - D&D Printing - Decker Sports -  Domino's Pizza  -  Fat Hill Brewing - Globe Gazette - Henkel Construction Co.  -  KIMT News 3  -  LeDoux Signs - Mason City RentAll- Trinity Lutheran Church

Sponsorship Information

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