After Harvest Festival

Every year in Grinnell, the town comes together to celebrate the alumni and community members on the third weekend of July. You will find games and events for all ages to enjoy including a tailgate supper, bounce houses, concerts in the park, fireworks, a 5K fun run/walk, breakfast, bike races, a parade, and MORE!  This year, come and enjoy the festivities with us July 19-21, 2024.


July 19, 2024

Gather with alumni, enjoy great food, and a free concert in the park featuring Sunset Sinners!


July 20, 2024

Start the day off with a 5k followed by breakfast, a parade, and other games for all ages throughout the day! End the evening with a meal, cornhole and dart tournaments, and live music by Esper Winds, and the annual fireworks show!


July 21, 2024

Last, but not least, show off your skills on the golf course during the Harvest Fest Shoot’em Up 2 Person Scramble at the Cow Paddy Golf Course. See Registration information below.

The Countdown Begins!








Alumni Events

The class of 1973 is invited to the Cow Paddy Golf Course on Friday afternoon from  3:00 – 6:00 for the 50 year class reunions. Snacks and bottled water will be provided. The class will be honored during the intermission of the Jimmy Dee Band concert.

On Saturday, the 50 year class is invited to meet again for brunch at the Heritage Center from 8:00 – 10:00 am.

The Grinnell Alumni Fun Run/Walk will start off the Saturday morning festivities with registration at 7:30 am and race start at 8:00. Grab a group of family, friends, or classmates to walk or run with other alumni and community members. Registration information can be found below under “Event Registrations”.

The Alumni is welcome to participate in the annual parade down Main Street on Saturday at 10:30 am. Get creative with a fun float to showcase your class! More information can be found below about registration. The 2024 theme for floats is MOVIES!

On Sunday, the Grinnell Alumni Association hosts a 2 person scramble golf tournament at the Cow Paddy golf course. Open to anyone! Registration on Sunday at 8 am with tee off at 9 am.

Events for All


    Tailgate in the Park – Bring your own chairs, shade, and refreshments!
    There will be food available in the park for purchase.
    Call Christy to reserve a spot. 785-673-6786

6:30 PM
    WELCOME GRINNELL ALUMNI!  (at the shelter in the park)

6:30 – 8:00 PM
     Free Will Donation Pulled Pork Meal (Sponsored by Equity Bank & Grinnell Harvest Festival

    FREE Concert in the Park featuring Sunset Sinners (Sponsored by NWKS Radio)


8:00 AM
    5k Fun Run/Walk (Registration begins at 7:30 am)

8:00-9:00 AM
    Poker Run registration in front of Senior Center
    contact Jason Schwarz for information (785) 443-1938
    Kick stands up at 9:00 am!

8:30-10:00 AM
    Free Will Donation Pancake Breakfast (GP3)

10:00 AM
    Parade Line-Up at VFW – THEME: Movies
    Contact Lisa Bixenman to sign up your float or vehicle! (785)-953-0286

10:30 AM
    Parade down Main Street

11:00 AM – Events will run one after another…
   Pedal Tractor Pull – Sanctioned Event – Siruta Pedal Pullers – Ages 4-2 (Sponsored by Ostmeyer Farms Seeds)
   Bike Races – Ages 2+
   Turtle Races – Ages 2+
   Egg Toss, Balloon Toss, 3 Legged Race – by Age Division (Sponsored by Class of 1980)
   Water Slides & Slip n Slide

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
   Car Show Registration

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
   Harvest Fest Hamburger meal (Free Will Donation)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
   Car Show (awards at 5:00 pm)   

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Bounce Houses for kids
    Free Face Painting
    Corn Hole Tournament – Ages 14 thru Adult

6:00 PM
    Dart Tournament at the Fire Station (Sponsored by Iron Order Motorcycle Club)

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Hamburger/Hot Dog Supper at the Fire Station (Sponsored by Iron Order Motorcycle Club)

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    FREE Concert in the Park – ESPER WINDS

9:30-10:00 pm
Firework Show (Sponsored by Harvest Fest & City of Grinnell)


Event Registrations


SATURDAY (7:30am Registration – 8am Race Start)
Whether you walk or run, join us for the 5K through the town. Race starts at 8 am!



SATURDAY (9 am – 1:00 pm)
SHOP LOCAL at the GP3 Community Market! Vendors include locally sourced produce and bison meat, homemade jams, soaps & wax melts, custom shirts and gifts, hand-crafted items such as bookmarks, jewelry, and more! Contact Jewel if you’d like to be a vendor. 785-953-7056



SUNDAY (8am Registration – 9am Tee Off)
Last, but not least, get a partner and head out to the Cow Paddy Golf Course for a 2-person scramble. Hosted by the Grinnell Alumni Association.


SATURDAY (11am – 5pm)
Show off your cars, pickups, motorcycles, and tractors. All ages welcome to enter. Registration begins at 11 am on Saturday. Show starts at 2pm with awards at 5pm.



SATURDAY (8 am registration)
Meet in front of Senior Center on Main Street to register on Saturday morning. Registration begins at 8 am with kick stands up at 9am All proceeds to benefit the Grinnell Fire Station and Reese Latoush Family! Route will include Oakley, Levant, Winona, and Grinnell locations. Contact Skippy for more info at 785-443-1938.



SATURDAY (10am Lineup – 10:30 parade)
Enjoy the parade of firetrucks, tractors, cars, and more. The kids are sure to love it! And once the parade is over, there will be even more food and fun in the park!


Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!