Vinton Unlimited

A merged chamber of commerce and economic development group.

Boom-Fest 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Boom-Fest is an annual Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Vinton, Iowa, promoted by Vinton Unlimited, Vinton’s merged non-profit Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development group. Artisans and crafters, farmers market and food vendors are welcomed to the downtown streets of Vinton. Kids activities and live entertainment fill the time slot with a family-friendly street fair type atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Boom-Fest 2019 will definitely be one of the best as the event will help wrap up a week of celebrating Vinton’s Sesquicentennial Celebration!

For more information about Boom-fest, call the Vinton Unlimited office at 319-472-3955 or email

Vendor Information

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting vendors for the 2019 event. 


Vendors as of 8/23/19:

Stover’s Crafty Creations, Perfectly Posh, Norwex, Granny’s Ruffles, Solid Surface Crafts, Hertges Pottery, Jessy’s Gems, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, All Those Little Things, Java’s Dog Toys, Origami Owl, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Color Street, The Salty Hog, TLC Creations by Lindsey, Creative Crafts & More, Lilla Rose, Barbara Floyd-Campbell Fine Art, The Woodshop, Unique Metal Artwork, Tupperware, Hidden Creations, LeafFilter, My Crazy Yard Obsession, Benton County Historical Society, Terri Nekvinda, Cedar Valley Humane Society, Mel’s Crosses, Stones of Fire, Back Porch Living, Aunt Chrispy Crafts, Sharon’s Rag Rugs, The Crafty LAM Shop, Nielson’s Honey Farm, Klinzings Kreations, Avon, Country Thyme Bath & Body, LimeLife by Alcone, Willyart, Vinton Guild of Fine Arts, Vinton Popcorn, Mustard Faith Sign Creations, Rags to Rugs, Jennings Winery, Embroidery by Barb, G.R.E.E.N., Martha’s Usborne Books & More, R&N Crafts, Real Time Pain Relief, The Ice Box, LeeAnn’s Creations, Vinton Newspapers, J&D Crafts, Birkers Bows for Haiti, On the Hill, LuLaRoe, Bartels Creations, US Cellular – EchoVision, Red Cedar Traders, JP’s Rustic Designs, Ah Jeez, Lyn Swallom, Fire Safety Tech, Sweet Pickins, Cub Scout Pack 47, Anderson Lee Designs

Boom-Fest Schedule

Kiwanis 5K
Sign up here:

9am-2pm (Note, new starting time!)
Arts, Craft & Repurposed Vendors set up on the downtown streets.
Food Vendors Open on the downtown streets.
Downtown Stores open with Boom-Fest specials!

FREE inflatables!

Scratch Cupcakery

Music by the Cedar River Whalers

The “Cedar River Whalers” have been performing at public and private events locally as well as open mics in the region for over a year now. Darryl Hokanson of Urbana and Phil Thomas, Vinton, met during the 2017 IJam in Vinton and started picking and singing in Hokanson’s home. Hokanson’s smooth baritone pairs nicely with Thomas’ tenor to create balanced harmony. 

It did not take long after they met to work up a few songs and venture out to Stone City for the Sunday, Open Mic. Later they became regulars at the Open Mic hosted by The Artisan’s Sanctuary in Marion, IA. They have performed at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Fest and the South Amana Great Swap and Farmers Market. Last fall, the Cedar River Whalers played the first Pollinator Fest at Lake Iowa, and are members of the Small but Mighty Songwriters group in Iowa City.

Soon after their first open mic they started writing their own material. You will hear songs they describe as, Old School Country, Folk, Americana, Roots, and Bluegrass. In addition, they cover older folk and acoustic music of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. You will find something to tap your toes to! Some songs will bring back memories and other songs will create new memories.

 You never know when the Cedar River Whalers might show up with a friend…or two!



Vinton Unlimited
310 A Ave
Vinton, Iowa 52349