Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun

Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun


Are you one of those people who looks forward to lounging by the pool all summer? Not me. Some of my favorite activities involve the multitude of festivals that take place during the warmer months. Here in Iowa, we have to cram as much of that goodness into the summer months because the other half of the year is too cold.

If there’s something you are interested in, chances are there is a festival or fair of some sort to attend. A few years ago, we attended an event focused around the success of American Pickers. Their original shop, Antique Archeology, is a stone’s throw from here and the stars of the show are graduates of our local high school.

If you enjoy food, crafts and livestock, then you’ll want to hit the county or state fair. As a former 4-H member, I still enjoy stopping by to see what kind of projects the kids have completed. There are some pretty talented kids out there. It’s also pretty amazing to see how mature they are about raising and preparing their livestock for show. It’s a lot harder than you might think. Of course, I’m always a sucker for a cool gadget that’s being displayed at the fair. And who can resist the smells of funnel cake wafting through the air? Not me.

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In addition to fairs, we attend cultural festivals as well. Our favorite is the Celtic Heritage festival where the kids get to partake in historical activities like pseudo sword fighting. We divide our time watching sheep-herders, listening to the music and cheering on the athletes as they launch bails of hay and logs through the air.

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One of my favorite tents to stop at is the depicting my maiden name: Robertson. Whenever I visit, they insist on a customary welcoming toast. Was that really a shot of Whiskey they were sharing at 10:30 in the morning? Yes, it was.

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Of course, we can’t forget about our native history. Pioneer Days is a showcase of candle making, one-room schoolhouses and a wild-west shootout. They even have a makeshift jail, barber and post office. Oh, and a saloon serving up root beer and sarsaparilla.

No worries that these events often take place at remote rural locations. We’re still able to get service through U.S. Cellular’s high quality network. Good thing, too, since we like to share our adventures with our family via our social networks.

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We enjoy events in-town as well. Parades are fun but the traffic to get there is often a pain. We’re thrilled that Uber is now in our city so we can take advantage of the service and not have to battle for parking.

It’s also a great option for those festivals that have beverages of the adult variety. Nobody should be drinking and driving. Nobody. Just like you ask your kids to agree to driving rules, so should you. Ask a sober friend for a ride, use public transportation or grab your phone and schedule an Uber pickup. With U.S. Cellular’s service, you shouldn’t have any problem connecting and watching your ride as it pulls up to the curb.

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One of our favorite events for the summer is the Bix Beiderbecke festival. It’s a huge extravaganza here with the Bix 7 road race being the signature event. A 7-mile road race that pushes runners to go up (and down) some major hills taking on some of Davenport’s historic cobblestone roads. The night before the big event, our girls participate in Jr Bix, an abbreviated race ranging in length depending on the child’s age. The weekend event includes races, a street festival, foods of all kinds and of course, music honoring the event’s namesake.

You can also use your phone to find events and activities happening that you weren’t aware of. Bandsintown app locates nearby concerts based on your phone’s music library. Just want music but no concert? Join the other 45% of smartphone users and tune in to music on your phone. Spotify and IHeartRadio are awesome options.

No matter what you’re planning to do during the summer, staying connected is important to making the most of your time.

What types of fairs and festivals do you look forward to each summer?


About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

22 comments on «Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun»

  1. Nuno Santos says:

    Music festivals.

  2. Dogvills says:

    While we love to lounge by the pool, we also love going to festivals and fairs.Did you just say funnel cakes? I love them and I am suddenly craving for funnel cakes.

  3. That looks like loads of fun. We go to our local fairs every year and have a great time.

  4. Fairs and festivals are the best parts of summer. There’s nothing better than the colored lights, dull roar of the crowd, and the food you find at a fair.

  5. diane says:

    We do tons of fairs and festivals…we have the Yellow Daisy Art Festival coming up soon that we are looking forward to!

  6. Daisy says:

    Awe, looks like a blast! I love going to festivals with my little guy.

  7. CR Williams says:

    I love fairs and festivals especially when I get to perform there.

  8. William Wilson says:

    Thanks for the adventures. We love the Celtic festivals, too. Good weather and good times.

  9. James Reid says:

    Looks like fun!

  10. James Reid says:

    Good choice! Looks like fun!

  11. Funnel cake!! yes, yum! This all looks amazing. It’s hard to find family friendly things to do, it looks like you know where the great spots are! I will definitely bookmark this so we can explore and have some great family adventures ourselves!

  12. There were so many fun activities for the whole family to participate in. I love that you got to meet the guy from American Pickers too.

  13. Liz Mays says:

    Local festivals are so much fun. Sometimes they surprise me with how creative they can be in their themes!

  14. I think this is awesome. I love how your girls had a great time at the festivals and fairs this summer. I need to start checking some out for next year. I am so jealous

  15. Jennifer Williams says:

    We never lounged by the pool during summer even when we had one. I love attending events like these, they provide fun and an educational opportunity for kids. Looks like your girls did a great job at the race!

  16. terri s says:

    I love the state fair! Here in Texas they have deep fried everything at the state fair.

  17. Joann Adams says:

    I love to attend local festivals. It is a fun day for the whole family. I love the food!!

  18. Lindsay Bade says:

    We love going to parades and festivals. I have wanted to try Uber but haven’t yet. Maybe we will give them a try this weekend!

  19. Susan Hartman says:

    I also enjoy keeping busy with summer fairs & festivals. Right down the road we have the Sussex County Fairgrounds.The NJ State fair is held the 1st week in August every year. They also have a Crabfish festival and BBQ Master festival. But I do love lounging at one of our local lakes or the Jersey shore!

  20. Kristin K says:

    I haven’t been to a fair, or festival in a few years. But, now that I have a nephew who is 4, there will be a lot more opportunities to go!!! My favourite is the Royal Winter Fair!!!

  21. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I love festivals. We have several in my area. But to see the American Pickers!! That would be a dream come true. Thanks!

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