2024 Boone County Pufferbilly Days Insignia designed by Dana Tilley of Infamous Ink

Pufferbilly Days

Celebrating the railroad history of Boone, Iowa since 1976

Boone, Iowa

Pufferbilly Days

Three days of non-stop fun, entertainment, & family friendly activities!

Countdown to the 2024 opening ceremonies

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Pufferbilly Days 2023 has ended. See you next year!

September 20-22, 2024

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the 2024 Pufferbilly Days Festival!
Rock The Rails

Please check back in shortly for more information!

If you’re interested in getting involved, becoming a sponsor, gathering event details, or media inquiries, please contact the Event Director at events@boonecountychamber.com.

Pufferbilly Days is led by a Steering Committee of volunteer community members who work year-round to plan elements of the festival. If you are interested in learning how to join the Steering Committee, contact events@boonecountychamber.com.

2024 Events

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Art in the Park | Sunday, September 22, 2024
10 AM to 4 PM

Call is OPEN for handcrafted artists and designers!

For years, Art in the Park has served the whole family with Handcrafted Art Fair

Come, eat and vote!

 

Beer Garden

Beer Garden

The Pufferbilly Days beer garden on 8th Street

Open Friday from 5PM – Midnight & Saturday from 11AM – Midnight

Bingo

Bingo

2024 Pufferbilly Days Bingo

Friday, September 20, 2024: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 21, 2024: TBA

VETERAN’S PARK ON 9th and STORY

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & James H. Andrew Railroad Museum

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & James H. Andrew Railroad Museum
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225 10th Street

The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is a heritage railroad that operates freight and passenger excursions in Boone County, Iowa.

Boone History Center

Boone History Center

Boone History Center

602 Story Street

The Boone History Center, previously known as the Champlin Memorial Masonic Temple, is a historic building in Boone, Iowa. Constructed in 1907 as the Champlin Memorial Masonic Temple, the building housed Mt. Olive Lodge No. 79 until 1990. It now houses the Boone County Historical Society.

Carnival Rides

Carnival Rides

THE CARNIVAL IS BACK TO ROCK THE RAILS THIS PUFFERBILLY DAYS!
Friday, September 20th from 5 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, September 21st from 11 AM – 10 PM

 

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Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show

2024 Pufferbilly Days Classic Car Show

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH from 5 PM to 9 PM

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Community Worship Service

Community Worship Service

Join us in the Boone High School Gymnasium

Come together for a community – wide worship service along with pancakes thanks to

Everyone welcome and encouraged to attend- (plus it’s all FREE!)

2023 Sponsors:

Fortress Construction

 

Downtown Art & Craft Vendors (Friday & Saturday)

Downtown Art & Craft Vendors (Friday & Saturday)

Downtown Boone | Art & Craft Vendors
Friday and Saturday, September 20th – 21st

Join us in supporting local makers, creators, and artisans downtown during Pufferbilly Days on Friday and Saturday!

Downtown Vendor Dates:  Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st
Event Application Schedule (Subject to Change)
    –  Applications open until July 1st, 2024
    –  Notifications sent to applicants by July 15th, 2024
    –  Payment & proof of sales tax permit number due by July 31, 2024
    –  Social media posts revealing our early bird vendors begin August 1st
    –  We will continue to accept vendor applications until September 1st, considering anyone who has a product that is not yet “covered” by another approved vendor
Tax & Insurance Policies
As of July 1, 2016 the Dept. of Revenue no longer issues temporary tax permits. Vendors who have used it in the past should apply for a permanent Iowa tax permit. A permanent tax permit allows you to conduct taxable sales or perform taxable services at any time during the year. When you attend a temporary event, such as a craft sale, you only need to provide the event sponsor with your name & address along with your permit number. If you do not have one you may go to – https://tax.iowa.gov/please-read-you-register-your-business
Pufferbilly Days/Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for lost or stolen items. The renter agrees to defend, hold harmless & indemnify Pufferbilly Days/Boone Area Chamber of Commerce for any claim of bodily or property damage except for those claims that result from the sole negligence of Pufferbilly Days or the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.
Important Event Notes
    –  Each booth will be given a 10ft X 10ft space with extra space on both sides to separate each vendor.
    –  Registration fees – booth fees are non-refundable.
          * $50.00 PER DAY fee for hand-crafted items

          * $100.00 PER DAY fee for commercial MLM vendors

    –  To remain competitive in the events market, we are striving to provide a balanced, unique & quality event  for the public. Handcrafted selection of artists & their work is at the discretion of the Pufferbilly Days Festival Committee.
    –  No unauthorized booth sharing, or sales of others’ goods will be permitted.
    –  Each vendor must follow state & federal laws. Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax. We will need proof of your tax permit number – question listed below.
    –  Vendors must provide their own equipment, ie., canopy, table, chairs, etc. And are reminded that we do not provide electricity or water. Also be reminded that vendors are responsible for leaving the area in the same condition as they found it.  we reserve the right to censor any booth.
    –  Vendors must pay their booth fee & provide their tax permit number by July 31st or their spot will be opened to the waiting list’
    –  Please mail checks to:          
 Pufferbilly Days- Downtown Vendors
903 Story Street, Boone, IA. 50036
*Maps will be available prior to the event & each vendor will be assigned a number.
Vendor Schedule (subject to change)
Please note – support vehicles must be parked off site at completion of set up to accommodate a positive pedestrian experience. No early load-out will be allowed.
        –    Friday 9/20:
                  *   Set up complete by 4pm; breakdown at 8pm (may stay later-festival events end at 11pm)
        –    Saturday 9/21:
                  *    Set up complete by 10am; breakdown at 5pm (may stay later-festival events end at 11pm)

Entertainment

Entertainment

FREE LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2024

The Pork Tornadoes

HEADLINER:

THE PORK TORNADOES

The Midwest’s favorite party band.

18M views, 1.3M streams and featured in Rolling Stone.

2024 Sponsors

Landus Cooperative

Mid Iowa Anesthesia & Pain Services
Mid Iowa Anesthesia & Pain Services

 

Food Court

Food Court

2024 Pufferbilly Days Food Court

September 20-22, 2024

Join us downtown Boone

Grab a variety of options from new and well-loved food trucks!

Do you have what it takes to be a Pufferbilly Food Vendor?  Pull up our Food Vendor Application form to find out more.

Primary Location: There will be a downtown food court centrally located in the festival’s activities
and entertainment area on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2024. There will be a limit of 6
downtown food vendors. Fairgrounds Location: We will allow one or two food vendors to set up at
the Boone County Fairgrounds, which is the location of the Train Collectors Swap Meet and Mud
Volleyball Tournament. This location setup will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22,
2024. There will be a limit of 2 Fairgrounds food vendors.

 

VENDOR REQUIREMENTS
• Contribute a diverse and interesting food/drink/dessert menu to the festival.
• Set pricing in competitive range with other vendors.
• Supply your proposed menu with your application. o Only approved menu items may be served
at the festival.
o Vendors are prohibited from selling beer, wine, brats, or hot dogs.
• City of Boone Mobile Food Vendor Permit on file in the current calendar year.
• Provide a current Sales Tax Permit Number on the application as well as proof of insurance.
• Be aware of Iowa State Regulations governing off-premise sales.
• Maintain a clean space during and following the festival. Any trash or grease buckets left behind
will result in loss of future vendor opportunities. It is the vendor’s responsibility to provide a clean
working environment.

• Your state mobile license and a copy of your driver’s license. Please have this turned in to the chamber office by 9/1/24
if not turned in you WILL forfeit your spot with NO refund.

Please obtain a city mobile food permit (There is a $20 fee) at:
https://ia.accessgov.com/boone/Forms/Page/boone/peddler-permit/1

You will need: a criminal background check, (There is a $15 fee)
https://stateofiowa.seamlessdocs.com/f/DPS_DCI_Criminal_History_Billing_and_Request_Form

Grease may NOT be dumped in the street or storm sewers.

APPLICATION REVIEW The preferred deadline for all food vendors is June 1, 2024. A completed
application includes the first page of this document, a copy of the menu with pricing, proof of
insurance, and vendor fee. All vendor applications will be reviewed by the Food Court Committee
with support from the Steering Committee. Decisions are final. If a vendor application is not
accepted for any reason before the festival date, payment will be refunded in full.

VENDOR SETUP DETAILS
All approved vendors will be notified and will receive detailed instructions for setup,
including the specific dates and times when the festival electrician will be available to assist with setup.

Questions? Email events@boonecountychamber.com

Grand Marshall

Grand Marshall

Pufferbilly Days Committee Announces 2024 Grand Marshal

George Eckstein

George Eckstein, Grand Marshall of Boone Pufferbilly Days 2024

The Pufferbilly Days Festival is proud to announce George Eckstein as this year’s Grand Marshall. A longtime advocate and philanthropist, Eckstein has been an integral part of the Boone community for many years. His dedication to various community organizations- most notably as the driving force behind the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum and more recently, Boone County Historical Society Iowa, , Kiwanis International, Boone County Chamber Chamber Ambassadors, and the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace, make him a deserving honoree for this year’s celebration.
“We couldn’t think of a better person to honor alongside our celebration,” said Jennifer Hanson, Executive Director of the Boone County Chamber, which produces the event. “George Eckstein’s commitment to our community and his passion for preserving our community’s heritage truly embody the spirit of Pufferbilly Days.

Karaoke

Karaoke

Take the stage and pick your song! Klassic Karaoke is back and ready to entertain Downtown Boone!

Check it out on Saturday, August 5 at the Greenspace at 8th & Story Streets from 1-3 p.m..

Participation is free and available onsite.

2023 Sponsors:

Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace

Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

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Since the 1970’s, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace has been a staple in Boone. It holds an enormous amount of history and information about the 34th First Lady of the United States.

Memorabilia & Info Booth

Memorabilia & Info Booth

2024 Pufferbilly Days Memorabilia Booth

Downtown

“Rock the Rails”

2024 Collectors tees, tanks, hats, buttons, stickers, and koozies will be available

at the downtown Memorabilia booth during the festival.

Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle Show

2023 Sponsors

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Click for Sponsor Information
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Congratulations to the following 2022 Motorcycle Show Winners:

Antique – John Augustine
Classic – RC Adams
American Stock – David Sherd
American Mild Custom – Eric Sharp
American Touring – Sara Sharp
Soft Tail – Mark Hiatt
Trike – Paul Olson
Sport Bike – Brodie Bock
Barn Fine – Steve Miller
Bobber – Wyatt Sharp
Radical – Kyle Laertheman
Mini Bike – RC Adams
Metric Stock – John Russell
Metric Custom – Jason Willins
Sportster – Missy Harkin
Best of Pufferbilly – Missy Harkin

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

2024 Pufferbilly Days Opening Ceremony

Saturday, September 21, 2024

Kick off the 47th Pufferbilly Days festival

Parade

Parade

Don’t miss out on this favored Pufferbilly Days tradition!
Saturday, September 21 st at 9:30 AM

THEME: The 2024 Pufferbilly Days theme is “Rock the Rails”

Pufferbilly Days Parade Policies

All entries are subject to the approval of the parade committee with support from the Pufferbilly Days
Steering Committee. Decisions are final.

ENTRY TYPES:

Floats – Judging scores will be decided by combining the scores from three areas:
Creative use of theme – crowd appeal, use of new and innovative ideas
Construction – quality of workmanship, use of materials
Details – animation, overall creativity, amount of work involved
Marching Units – These entries are open to any unit marching on foot and can be something any creative
group can form. The parade must be kept moving to not create large gaps along the route, so a routine that
keeps the group moving is necessary.
Politicians – All political entries should reach out to the Parade Chair, Janet Schultz for further instruction.

Please call 515-230-0977 or expect a phone call upon receipt of your application.

RESTRICTIONS
For safety purposes, nothing is to be thrown from moving vehicles. Walkers are permitted to hand out candy or novelty giveaways. Do NOT hand out brochures, coupons, or other paper items, as they are often left behind as litter. Groups whose handouts are found as litter after the parade will be banned from future parade participation.

The parade will be limited to 100 entries.

Entrants with animal units are expected to clean up after their animals in the parade lineup area and throughout the parade route. Please bring your own pooper-scooper!

*Company vehicles are allowed in the parade if they are pulling a float or are decorated with emphasis on the parade theme.

PARADE LINEUP INSTRUCTIONS
In mid-August, all approved entries will receive detailed instructions for the parade lineup, including the number
in the parade and what time to line up based on their assigned number.

*DEADLINE
All entries postmarked after August 15 must include a $20 late fee, bringing the entry total to $45.

Pet Show

Pet Show

Sunday, September 22, 2024
McHose Park

Bring your dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, groundhogs, bearded dragons and any other pet out for the annual Puffer Pet show!

Sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus.

Rail Explorers

Rail Explorers

Rail Explorers

123 10th Street

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Take a tour with Rail Explorers and experience the magic of the railroad like never before! Ride the rails on our pedal-powered ‘Rail Explorers’ – a unique activity suitable for everyone.

Train Show & Swap Meet

Train Show & Swap Meet

2024 Pufferbilly Days Model Train Show & Swap Meet

September 21st & 22nd from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Boone County Fairgrounds Commercial Exhibits Building / 1601 Industrial Park Road, Boone, Iowa 50036

Admission – $5 (12 & Under Free with Paid Adult) / Free Parking
Questions? Contact Janet Schultz by phone at (515) 230-0977 or email at mzengr2020@msn.com.

 

VENDOR INFORMATION

You are invited to be a part of the annual Pufferbilly Days Train Show and Swap Meet!

TABLE REGISTRATION – $20 PER TABLE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9 AM – 3 PM)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9 AM – 3 PM)

  • Location: Pufferbilly Day is celebrated in the downtown business district. The Train Collectors Swap Meet will be located at the Boone County Fairgrounds Commercial Building, 1601 Industrial Park Rd, Boone IA, 50036. Other festival activities will be taking place nearby with food vendors located in the area to accommodate vendors and customers.
  • Hours of Operation: Vendors may set up on Friday between 11-7pm or Saturday starting at 7am. Show hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. Vendors MUST remain open for the duration of set hours. Vendors are responsible for putting up their own tables during setup, then cleaning up their area, returning their tables, and vacating the building by 6:00 pm on Sunday.
  • Parking: Parking is free and available immediately outside the Commercial Building on both hard and grass surfaces.
  • Booths: Pricing is $20 for an 8’ table. Table availability is limited and tables will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Vendors are welcome to bring their own tables, shelving, and displays.
  • Restrooms are available and the building is climate controlled.
  • Merchandise: Vendors are prohibited from selling food and beverages. The Steering Committee reserves the right to disallow the selling or display of offensive/inappropriate material at its discretion.
  • Tax ID: Vendors are expected to provide a valid Tax ID number on the application. Vendors must also comply with sales tax obligations and reporting requirements.
  • Deadlines: Priority registration must be postmarked by  August 1st, 2024. Registrations postmarked after that date must include a $25 late fee, totaling the registration to $45. No registrations will be accepted after August 15th, 2024. An email confirmation with your booth assignment, map, and setup details will be sent to the email address listed on the form.

There are no refunds after your application has been selected for participation in the event. Register early – spaces are limited, and tables will go fast!

We look forward to hosting you at the event!

Sponsored By:

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Logo

Trolley Rides

Trolley Rides

Come and ride the Trolley this Pufferbilly weekend.

Trolley Schedule and Pricing

  • Ride to Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad depot and museum and return
  • Most Saturdays from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31
  • Trolley operates from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM
  • Tickets are $2 for adults – children free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult
  • Tickets are available for purchase from the motorman on board the trolley
  • Tickets do not include museum admission
  • Due to the age and history of this car, it is not ADA accessible

For more information click here.

Volunteer

Volunteer

Pufferbilly Days is coming up and we want you to join in the fun!

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Looking back at pufferbilly 2023

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!