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North Iowa Band Festival 

We have had many questions about the 2020 North Iowa Band Festival. As of now we plan to host this event May 21-25 as scheduled. We will keep the community updated with any changes.

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
  • 2019 Royalty, Marching Band Competition, and Parade float RESULTS

Registration Forms

NOTE: If you are interested in entering a convertible to transport royalty, honorees, etc. in the parade, please contact Kativa Weitzel 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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2020 Band Festival Sponsors

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Drum Major Sponsors


John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation


Band Master Sponsors


David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation


Flag Corps Sponsors

CENT Credit Union - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG Mason City, LLC - Rieman Music

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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