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North Iowa Band Festival 

The North Iowa Band Festival is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. Tourism-related expenditures contributed an estimated $100.66 million into Mason City’s economy in 2017. In Cerro Gordo County, tourism generated an estimated $201.78 million in visitor spending, a record for the county and the 11th highest County level in the State. Tourism related jobs employed nearly 1,550 people in Cerro Gordo County.

Save the date for the 82nd North Iowa Band Festival, Memorial Weekend May 21-25, 2020.


  • 2019 Stu Nevermann Run RESULTS
  • Royalty, Marching Band Competition, and Parade float RESULTS

Registration Forms

Al forms for Band Festival 2020 will be added after the New Year.

      • Band and Royalty Entry Form
      • Parade Entry Form or Register Online
      • Marketplace Brochure
      • Stu Nevermann Run Registration & Route

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


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Parade, Parking & Downtown Info

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Band Festival Royalty

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Festival History

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2019 Band Festival Sponsors

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Drum Major Sponsors

FCNB   Curries


John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation

David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation

Band Master Sponsors


Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Foundation

Flag Corps Sponsors

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, PLC - Casey's General Stores - CENT Credit Union - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - Jane Fischer & Associates, LLC - MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center - North Iowa Area Community College - North Iowa Periodontics - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG Mason City, LLC - Rieman Music - River City Rugby Football Club 

In-Kind Sponsors

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

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

Friends of the Festival

Click here for a list of financial contributors donating $5-$999 to the 2019 festival.

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

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

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