Pufferbilly Days – Boone, Iowa




Pufferbilly Days – Boone, Iowa

Known for being a Railroad Town Boone celebrates Pufferbilly Days the first weekend after Labor Day annually. The celebration is rated as one of the top 5 celebrations in Iowa with over 30,000 people every year.

The term Pufferbilly stemmed from the little steam engines that were used in coal mines.  Friday and Saturday & Sunday – 1:30; Saturday and Sunday also at 4 are the Boone & Scenic Valley RR Train Rides.  On Saturday & Sunday you can get the train at Argo Street at 12:30 and 3:24 which is just north of the Craft Fair.

Live music acts are featured Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as on Sunday afternoon in McHose Park. In the past, a variety including polka, country, rock and jazz have featured musical styles.

Other events included in the celebration of Boone’s Railroad Heritage include: Karaoke contest, farmers market at the fairgrounds, the softball tournament,; 5K Run; parade, antique tractor show, softball tournament at McHose Park, music, a motorcycle show, disc golf tournament, wine tasting and so much more.;

Join the fun, enjoy the trains, make new friends, see old friends and remember to visit the other sites in the Boone area.

Locaiton: Boone Fairgrounds
1601 Industrial Park Road
Boone, Iowa


  1. I heard that years ago you used to have the Iowa Scottish Pipes and Drums march in the Pufferbilly parade. Sure would be nice to see them march in the parade again this year, especially since one of their members is a Boone resident!

    Bagpipe bands are great for parades…something really fun and different for Boone!

    You can contact them through their website.

    Thanks for considering this,
    Andrea Mattingly

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