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Altoona is located in Polk County in the Central Region part of Iowa, east of Des Moines. Altoona is part of the Des Moines, Iowa metro area.

The city name derives from Latin for "high," because the town was on a high point along the Des Moines Valley Railroad.

Attractions include Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and Adventureland Park.


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Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
Jefferson Bell Tower Festival Jefferson IA June7-8 Jefferson's annual Festival promises a weekend full of family-friendly fun and entertainment. Nestled in the middle of Greene County's county seat, the Festival is home to a broad spectrum of activities.
My Waterloo Days Festival Waterloo IA May30-June12 My Waterloo Days is a community-wide, annual festival organized by volunteers to showcase and celebrate Waterloo's cultural and recreational opportunities.
Newton Iowa Sculpture Festival Newton IA June14-16 The purpose and goal of the Iowa Sculpture Festival is to celebrate the development and growth of sculpture as an ultimate art form and to feature artists that create it.
Glenn Miller Festival Clarinda IA June13-16 Hear exciting bands from around the world topped off by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Enjoy the new Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home; stage shows; picnics; dances; historical displays; plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world.
Farmington Strawberry Festival Farmington IA June14-16 Crafts, antiques, collectibles, games, and food booths are just a few of the things you will find lining the streets of the downtown area on these three days in June.