About
What drives us
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The Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, founder of the Iowa Irish Fest, is an organization intended to foster and develop Irish fellowship and outreach into the community with Irish cultural events and programs.  Entering its 15th year, the Iowa Irish Fest is an open-air event held on the first weekend of August in Waterloo, Iowa. The Fest provides nearly 50,000 annual attendees the opportunity to participate in a premier cultural event that broadens their global perspective and introduces them to experiences and lifestyles far beyond the Midwest, while acknowledging and celebrating the history of the Irish community. Association President, Jim Walsh, said, “The Irish in Iowa have done such a fine job of melding into their communities that we felt it was time to draw them back out a bit and show them off to their neighbors and as many visitors as we could.

Accolades and Awards

WINNER OF THE:

Cedar Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
“2013 Event of the Year”

Cedar Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
“2011 Event of the Year”

Cedar Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
“2010 Event of the Year”

$6,000

in weekend passes for local organizations to use in their own fundraising efforts.


$8,838

donated from a freewill offering at the Sunday Mass.


$6,832

meals donated for those in need. Partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.


$834

donated to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.


$500

donated to the Boy Scouts of America.


$1,100

to local school and church groups.

Iowa Irish Fest Committee

The people behind Iowa Irish Fest

Agnes Kress
Merchandise

Ann Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Ann Woods
VIP Experience Table Packages

Annie Alvarado
Program/Website Design

Angie Boreman
Hospitality

Amy Carter
Outreach

Ashley Hess
Treasury Committee/Outreach/Social Media

Brad Martin
Fest Ticketing

Brandon Alvarado
Program/Website Design

Brent Gilmore
Whiskey Snug

Brian Beery
Volunteer Coordinator

Brian Giachino
Logisitics

Brooke Ullom
Shamrock N Run 5k

Casey Hansen
Rugby Invitational

Chad Shipman
Director of Iowa Irish Fest

Cheryl Vaughan
CARA

Chris Davis
Shuttle/Transportation

Christina Gilmore
Whiskey Snug

Craig Drewelow
Logistics

Diane Craig
High Nelly Bike Rally

Dee Kruger
Cultural Events Center

Greg Tagtow
Entertainment

Heather Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Jan Pratt
CARA

Janet Drewelow
Visitor & Festival Information

Jane Messingham
Treasury Committee/Fest Operations Money Management

Jason Mohorne
Beverage Chair

Jeanette Kester
Merchandise/Mass

Jeff Eastland
Beverage Chair

Jessie Shipman
Shamrock N Run 5k

Jim Mass
Logitics

Jim Walsh
President of the Irish Cultural Association Board/Advisory Board

Jocelyn Williams
Volunteers

Joe Giachino
Whiskey Tasting/Whiskey Snug

John Woods
Safety

John Vaughan
CARA

Jon Frasher
Website

Jolene Tagtow
Entertainment

Jordan Larkin
Social Media

Julie Gage
Public Relations

Kate Schildroth
Workshop Program & Continuity Manual

Kathy McGowan
Food/Merchandise Vendors

Kelly Sullivan
Hero’s Area

Klint Sauke
Rugby Invitational

Kristina Miller
Treasurer

Lori McConville
Partner Sponsors

Maggie Burke
CARA

Marianne Kurtenbach
Logistics/Electrical

Mary Wymore
CARA

Matt Vaughan
Mobile App

Meagan Visser
Cultural Event Center

Michael Meeter
Whiskey Snug

Mike Bosner
Fest Shuttle/Transportation

Mike Burns
Entertainment

Mike Miller
Logistics

Patrick Moran
Beer Chair

Pete Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Renee Duesenberg
Communications Specialist

Rich Kurtenbach
Logistics/Electrical/IBEW288 Rep

Rory Dolan Sr
Board Of Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association

Ruby Hibben
Amperage

Salina Gavin
Website /Photography Contest

Scott Lake
Beverage Chair

Scott Wymore
CARA

Sharon Gallen
Family Fun & Learning Area

Shawn Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Shawn Kane
Logistics

Shaylin Girsch
Jameson’s Public House

Stan Nielsen
High Nelly Bike Rally

Stephanie Kane
Visitor/Festival Information

Sue Beach
Fest Ticketing

Ted Batemon
Partner Sponsors

Tim Tierney
Beer Chair

Tonya Meeter
Whiskey Snug

Tracey Kerker
VIP Experience

Trent Hunter
Hero’s Area

Vickie Minard
Sheep Herding

Wendy Brunko
Workshops

Wendy Schaefer
Royalty/Family Area