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Waterloo is located in Black Hawk County and it is the county seat. It lies west of Dubuque along U.S. Highway 20, on the banks of the Cedar River.

The first settlers arrived in 1845 and called the place Prairie Rapids, but the name of the town was changed in 1851. Waterloo was incorporated as a city in 1868.

Waterloo, population 68,747, experiences a average high of 83.1 degrees in summer and 32.9 in winter, and lows of 59.9 and 14.6. The top three Waterloo employers are John Deere, Covenant Medical Center and IBP, Inc.

The area is well-known for its Cedar Valley 60-mile hard surface biking and hiking trail system. Other attractions include the Rensselaer Russell House Museum, one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County and an example of mid-Victorian architecture; and the Waterloo Center For The Arts, housing the largest public collection of Haitian art in the United States as well as Midwest art by Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and Thomas Hart Benton. .

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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.
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Dubuque IA May17-19 DubuqueFest's juried fine art fair features the work of over 70 artists and artisans from throughout the region offering the very best in fine art and fine craft. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and invest in hand-crafted pieces.
North Iowa Band Festival Mason City IA May23-27 The event is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. The mission of the North Iowa Band Festival is to provide a weekend of wholesome family entertainment at little or no cost to the family; to promote and celebrate the rich musical heritage of North Iowa; and to provide an atmosphere which showcases young musicians who are becoming a part of that heritage. It features Carnival, Concessions, Marketplace, Car Show, Arts and Craft exhibits.
Rhubarb Festival Lanesboro MN June1 Taste such delicious rhubarb delights as pies, crisps, cakes, soups, chutneys, chili, jams, ketchup, leathers, drinks and more. Be the judge of the best of everything rhubarb. After tasting your favorites, vote. Winners of Peoples Choice Awards win great prizes!
Quad City Pride Fest Davenport IA June1-2 The festival is a street fair, a shopping mecca, a non-stop cavalcade of regional entertainment, a carnival, an interactive arts & sports jubilee, a smorgasbord of summer treats, and an open air picnic with a few thousand close friends, all capped off with a night of fireworks and a “new-fashioned” revival!
Sparta Butterfest Sparta WI June6-9 Carnival, arts, craft, flea market, antiques, buttermaking demonstration.