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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

Annie Alvarado
Program/Website Design

Angie Boreman
Partner Sponsors

Ann Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Ashley Hess
Treasury Committee/Outreach/Social Media

Agnes Kress
Merchandise

Angela Ott
Grants

Ann Woods
VIP Experience Table Packages

Brandon Alvarado
Program/Website Design

Brian Beery
Volunteer Coordinator

Brent Gilmore
Whiskey Snug

Brad Martin
Ticketing

Brooke Ullom
Shamrock N Run 5k

Chris Davis
Shuttle/Transportation

Craig Drewelow
Logistics

Cavan Finn
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Christina Gilmore
Whiskey Snug

Casey Hansen
Rugby Invitational

Chad Shipman
Director of Fest/ Advisory Board

Cheryl Vaughan
CARA

Diane Craig
High Nelly Bike Rally

Dee Kruger
Cultural Events Center

Doug Larrabee
Safety/Entertainment

Denise Osgood
Dance Workshop

Ethan Akin
Beer Co-Chair

Grace Fee
Grants

Greg Tagtow
Entertainment

Heather Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Jenn Bruns
Sheep Herding/Highland Games

Jim Dolan
Mass

Janet Drewelow
Visitor & Festival Information

Joe Giachino
Whiskey Tasting/Whiskey Snug

Jeanette Kester
Merchandise/Mass

Jim Mass
Logitics

Jennifer Matlock
Dance Workshop

Jane Messingham
Treasury Committee/Fest Operations Money Management

Jan Pratt
CARA

Jessie Shipman
Shamrock N Run 5k

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

Jake Weber
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Jocelyn Williams
Volunteers

John Woods
Safety

John Vaughan
CARA

Jolene Tagtow
Entertainment

Jon Frasher
Website

Julie Gage
Presenting Sponsor/Hospitality/Meet & Greet

Jordan Larkin
Social Media

Kathy McGowan
Food/Merchandise Vendors

Kristina Miller
Treasurer/Treasury

Klint Sauke
Rugby Invitational

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

Logan Rottinghaus
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Mike Bosner
Shuttle/Transportation

Maggie Burke
CARA

Mike Burns
Entertainment

Marianne Kurtenbach
Logistics/Electrical

Matt Thompson
Beer Co-Chair

Mike Miller
Logistics

Matt Vaughan
Mobile App

Meagan Visser
Cultural Event Center

Megan Weinstein
Marketing Radio

Nick Mena
Logistics

Pete Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Patrick Moran
Beer

Renee Duesenberg
Communications Specialist

Rich Kurtenbach
Logistics/Electrical/IBEW288 Rep

Rory Dolan Sr
Logistics/Past Fest Director

Rick Hartnett
Sponsorships

Rose Miller
Ticketing

Sue Beach
Ticketing

Shawn Kane
Logistics

Stephanie Kane
Visitor/Festival Information

Sinead Koeneke
VIP Meet & Greet

Sharon Gallen
Family Fun & Learning Area

Salina Gavin
Website/Phone App/Photography Contest

Shaylin Girsch
Jameson’s Public House

Shawn Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Stan Nielsen
High Nelly Bike Rally

Samantha Timmons
AMPERAGE Marketing/Fundraising

Samantha Wehr
AMPERAGE Marketing/Fundraising

Ted Batemon
Partner Sponsors

Tiffani Kieler
AMPERAGE Marketing/Fundraising

Tony Gage
Hospitality/Meet & Greet

Trent Hunter
Assistant Fest Director

Terri Meehan
Hospitality Tent/Reunions/Groups

Terry Nelson
Highland Games

Tim Tierney
Beer Co-Chair

Vickie Minard
Sheep Herding

Wendy Brunko
Workshops

Wendy Schaefer
Royalty/Family Area