Porta Westfalica Festival

Every year, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month of June, the community of Waterloo joins together to celebrate our sister city status with Porta Westfalica, Germany.

The Porta Westfalica Festival began in 1981 after Sister Cities, Portaloo was founded in the fall of 1980. The event includes a parade, German music, food, and beverages, booths, and rides for children.

The festival is located in downtown Waterloo, at the Monroe County Courthouse grounds, as well as the surrounding streets. A beer and wine garden is located on the corner of Main and Third Street, with inflatable rides on Mill Street.

The parade begins at 6pm at Gibault Catholic High School, traveling on Columbia Avenue towards Main Street, turning South onto Main Street and traveling to the corner of Main and Third.

Back by Popular Demand! Join us for the Strong Arm Contest! Sign-ups at 8:15 pm in front of the Waterloo German Band float. Men’s and Women’s Division – $5 entry fee. Contest begins at 8:30 pm. Winners receive a prize and bragging rights!!

Join us for great food! Enjoy BBQ pork steaks & brats, ribeye sandwiches, potato pancakes with applesauce, pretzels, ice cream, funnel cakes, and so much more!!

Armbands are available for the inflatable rides. If purchased in advanced at area banks, the cost is $12 per armband. If purchased at the festival, the cost is $15. An armband allows unlimited access to all of the inflatable rides for the entire evening. Sorry, no refunds on advance sales. Individual ride tickets are also available for sale for $3.

Food is served beginning at 4pm at the courthouse square. Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a fantastic evening!! (Last call is 10pm.)

Music Entertainment Schedule:

4 – 6 pm – New Hanover Deutchmeisters (on the courthouse grounds)

After Parade – 7:30 pm – Bud Light Brigade

7:30 – 8:30 pm – Waterloo Municipal Band

8:30 – 10:30 pm – Waterloo German Band

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The Porta Westfalica festival is  brought to you by Sister Cities – Portaloo, the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and the Waterloo Lions.

For information on participating in the parade, please contact Jared Nobbe at jnobbe@wmnobbe.com.

For information on being a vendor, please contact Yvonne Dehner at yvonnewaterloo@aol.com.

For all other general questions, please contact Jenny Bullock at chamber@htc.net.

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