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Solon Beef Days: Everything you need to know

Annual festival returns Friday and Saturday

Tara Slade (from left) and Kirby Lackman, both of Iowa City, ride the
Tara Slade (from left) and Kirby Lackman, both of Iowa City, ride the "Tornado" during the second day of Solon Beef Days in Solon on Saturday, July 19, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

SOLON — If you like red meat, you won’t have a beef with the annual festival taking over Solon this weekend.

Solon Beef Days kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs late into the night Saturday. The beef-themed festival includes food, drinks, live entertainment, a parade and carnival rides.

The money raised from the event helps fund projects and scholarships in the community, said Scott Kleppe, vice president of the Solon Beef Days Committee, which incorporated the celebration as a non-profit in 1978.

Last year, $30,000 was raised, Kleppe said.

Here’s everything you need to know before heading out to this year’s event:

Festival Hours

5-11 p.m. Friday

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday

(The Beef Days 5K and 1 mile Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday)


Location & Parking

Main Street in Solon; parking at various locations off Main Street


Weather Forecast

Friday — Mostly sunny; high of 79

Saturday — Slight chance of storms; high of 80


Food and Drinks

Don’t worry if beef isn’t your thing, plenty of other options are available. Food vendors are to operate form 4-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Here’s a look at some of the menu options:

• Beef Days Committee — Rib-eye steak dinners, steak sandwiches, pork patties — open 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Saturday

• American Legion — Sloppy Joe’s, hamburgers

• Women’s Club — Hot dogs, brats

• Boy Scouts — Grilled chicken, pizza, popcorn

• Carnival — Fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs

• Beer tent — Open 4 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday



Friday — 5 p.m. Wild Hogs Band; 9 p.m. Dogs on Skis

Saturday — 11 a.m. Iowa Vanguard Jazz Collective; 2 p.m. Terry McCauley; 7 p.m. FunkDaddies; 10 p.m. The Pork Tornadoes


Family Entertainment

Many activities are planned, including:

• Carnival on the Midway — Friday and Saturday; unlimited rides

• Hay bale toss — 7 p.m. Friday

• Parade — 10 a.m. Saturday

• Adult Jenga — 3 p.m. Saturday


What to Bring

Cash, sunscreen, bug spray, walking shoes


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