The 61st Annual Rose Festival


Held annually since 1958, the State Center Rose Festival celebrates the history and charm of our beautiful town and historic Rose Garden.  Nestled near the center of the state, our town is the perfect setting to be known as the “Rose Capitol of Iowa” and host to this tradition.  Each year during the third weekend in June, the town comes alive as current residents host those who have moved away, those who are just passing through, and anyone interested in a weekend full of fun, family-centered events.  Visit our event schedule pages for a full listing of all the events!

Featuring a Grand Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday, the Rose Festival has something for everyone to indulge in throughout each day.  If you’re hungry, KCBS BBQ entrants cook up award-winning entrees for sampling on Friday night, food vendors serving an array of tastes fill our food court area, and other local stands complete the menu.  Kids and adults alike will love the new Extreme FunZone, smaller kiddies can enjoy the kid’s RoseZone on the library grounds where there’s always something ‘wild’ to explore, shoppers can browse through our main street stores and Main Street Market, adventurers can join the State Center Fire Department for Sunday waterball fights, or if you need a tranquil setting tour the aromatic Rose Garden.  Evenings are capped off with main events like the Rose Queen coronation pageant, live music, and an explosive fireworks show.  Reigning over the festivities are the Rose Queen and her Princess, along with Little Miss and Mr. Rosebud.

To learn more about State Center, we encourage you to visit our town’s website at

11 responses »

  1. Can you tell me who is coordinating the food vendors in the little parking lot next to the fire station this year? I have emailed Amber Downs but not sure she is in charg this year.
    We have been vendors there for the past 12 years.
    Thank you!!
    R Adams
    R&R Concessions


    • Hi Rex! Amber is still our contact. I see you also submitted the form on the vendor page, which she received. I’ll touch base with her to make sure she reaches out to you soon. Thanks!


      • I’m a woodworker and was curious if setting up a “booth” or something to have a few items for sale and get my name out there. Also if so? How would it cost? Thanks


      • Hello! We have our craft and vendor market Friday night, June 14th from 5-8 pm, right in the heart of the happenings. A booth costs $20 for the 3 hours. If you are interested, visit our vendor tab and select the market vendor link for even more details and the online link or pdf of the form to complete. We’d love to have you!


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