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 13th 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.

2019 Iowa Irish Fest Committee

The people behind Iowa Irish Fest

Angie Boreman
Partner Sponsors

Ann Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Annie Alvarado
Program & Website Design

Ashley Hess
Treasury Committee, Outreach &Social Media

Ann Woods
VIP Family Tables

Brad Martin
Ticketing

Brandon Alvarado
Program & Website Design

Brooke Ullom
Shamrock N Run 5k

Casey Hansen
Rugby Invitational

Cavan Finn
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Chad Shipman
Director of Fest & Advisory Board

Cheryl Vaughan
CARA

Dee Kruger
Cultural Events Center

Denise Osgood
Dance Workshop

Diane Craig
High Nelly Bike Rally

Doug Larrabee
Safety & Entertainment

Greg Tagtow
Entertainment

Heather Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Jake Weber
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Jan Pratt
CARA

Jane Messingham
Treasury Committee/Fest Operations Money Management

Janet Drewelow
Visitor & Festival Information

Jeanette Kester
Merchandise & Mass

Jeff Eastland
Beer

Jenn Bruns
Sheep Herding & Highland Games

Jennifer Matlock
Dance Workshop

Jessie Shipman
Shamrock N Run 5k

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

Jocelyn Williams
Volunteers

Joe Giachino
Whiskey Tasting & Whiskey Snug

John Vaughan
CARA

John Woods
Safety

Jolene Tagtow
Entertainment

Jon Frasher
Website

Jordan Larkin
Social Media

Julie Gage
Presenting Sponsor & Hospitality Meet & Greet

Kate Schildroth
Family Fun & Learning Area, Grants & Continuity Manual

Kathy McGowan
Food & Merchandise Vendors

Klint Sauke
Rugby Invitational

Kristina Miller
Treasurer & Treasury

Logan Rottinghaus
Logistics Sigma Phi Epsilon

Maggie Burke
CARA

Meagan Visser
Cultural Event Center

Megan Weinstein
Marketing Radio

Mike Burns
Entertainment

Mike Miller
Logistics

Nick Mena
Logistics

Patrick Moran
Beer

Pete Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Renee Duesenberg
Communications Specialist

Rich Kurtenbach
Logistics & Electricians, IBEW288 Rep

Rick Hartnett
Sponsorships

Rory Dolan Sr
Logistics, Ex Fest Director

Salina Gavin
Website/Phone App/ Photography Contest

Samantha Wehr
Amperage Marketing & Fundraising

Sharon Gallen
Family Fun & Learning Area

Shawn Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Shaylin Girsch
Jameson’s Pub

Sinead Koeneke
VIP Meet & Greet

Stan Nielsen
High Nelly Bike Rally

Sue Beach
Ticketing

Terri Meehan
Hospitality Tent, Reunions, Groups

Tony Gage
Hospitality Meet & Greet

Trent Hunter
Merchandise

Wendy Schaefer
Royality