My Waterloo Days (MWD) officials announced Friday afternoon, at Jim Lind Service, that festival buttons are now on sale and also gave additional festival event information.

“This is where we need the community’s support,” said Jim Ellis, MWD button chair. “My Waterloo Days is a volunteer organization and the button sales help us with the expenses of putting on a four-day, community festival.”

All My Waterloo Days events will require a button for admission. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. Buttons will cost $5 at each event entrance during My Waterloo Days. However, buttons will be available throughout the Cedar Valley for only $2 from now until the festival.

Buttons can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Hometown Foods, 1010 East Mitchell Avenue
  • Jim Lind, 230 East Ridgeway Avenue
  • Main Street Waterloo, 212 East 4th Street
  • Bank Iowa, 330 East 4th Street
  • Public Market, 327 W. 3rd Street
  • Plaid Peacock, 316 W. 3rd Street, #1
  • As well as all Waterloo/Cedar Falls Hy-Vee locations:
  • 1422 Flammang Drive
  • 2834 Ansborough Avenue
  • 2181 Logan Avenue
  • 4000 University Avenue
  • 6301 University Avenue, 
Cedar Falls

It was also announced that online registrations are now open for the parade, 5K and dragon boats and groups/organizations that would like to participate in People in the Park.

People in the Park will be held Thursday and Friday, June 12-13. Community groups and organizations are invited to participate as food vendors, with art demonstrations/sales, or with performance/activities for children. Go to the website, and click on People in the Park and then Become a Participant to fill out a form.

“Make sure to watch for more updates next week! We will be opening up our volunteer sign-up as well as online registrations for the bike races and disc golf tournament,” said Tracey Southall, MWD executive committee member.

Hot air balloon target locations and flight times were also announced. They will be:

  • Friday, June 13: target location downtown
 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14: target location at Byrnes Park,
 6 – 8 a.m. and 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 15: target location near Dragon Boat Races,

 6 – 8 a.m.

“Hot air balloon flights are heavily dependent on weather. Everyone needs to like our Facebook page to get updates on each flight!
Sponsorships are available for each balloon – just pick your favorite balloon or pilot and contact us to help fill the skies with color!” said Mason Fromm, MWD hot air balloon chair.

Food vending applications are also now being taken. Forms can be filled out on the website and emailed.

For more information, go to, visit the Facebook page or email