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


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”


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


donated from a freewill offering at the Sunday Mass.


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


donated to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.


donated to the Boy Scouts of America.


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 Experience Table Packages

Brad Martin

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

Dee Kruger
Cultural Events Center

Denise Osgood
Dance Workshop

Diane Craig
High Nelly Bike Rally

Doug Larrabee
Safety & Entertainment

Ethan Akin
Beer Co-Chair

Greg Tagtow

Heather Mulcahy
Celtic Cruise

Jake Weber
Logistics/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Jan Pratt

Jane Messingham
Treasury Committee/Fest Operations Money Management

Janet Drewelow
Visitor & Festival Information

Jeanette Kester
Merchandise & Mass

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

Joe Giachino
Whiskey Tasting & Whiskey Snug

John Vaughan

John Woods

Jolene Tagtow

Jon Frasher

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

Matt Thompson
Beer Co-Chair

Meagan Visser
Cultural Event Center

Megan Weinstein
Marketing Radio

Mike Burns

Mike Miller

Nick Mena

Patrick Moran

Pete Fuller
Elks Club 290 Representative

Renee Duesenberg
Communications Specialist

Rich Kurtenbach
Logistics & Electricians, IBEW288 Rep

Rick Hartnett

Rory Dolan Sr
Logistics, Past 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

Terri Meehan
Hospitality Tent, Reunions, Groups

Tim Tierney
Beer Co-Chair

Tony Gage
Hospitality Meet & Greet

Trent Hunter
Assistant Fest Director

Wendy Schaefer