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81st Annual North Iowa Band Festival

May 25, 2019 07:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The streets of Mason City Iowa are alive with music this weekend.

The 81st Annual North Iowa Band Festival opened its doors on Thursday. The festival began as a parade to celebrate Mason City's birthday. But it has since expanded to a five-day festival. Local musicians flock to the downtown area where you will find high school orchestras, jazz bands, marching bands, and student dancers performing on stage. 

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Around 50,000 to 60,000 people attend the festival each year. That's double the population of Mason City, "Mason City has a ton of musical heritage a ton of musical heritage, a ton of musical culture. Meredith Wilson--he grew up here this was his home town and the town that inspired his broadway production of the Music Man. So that's really what we hold dear to our hearts and tribute," said Kativa Weitzel, festival coordinator.

Events continue with the Marketplace and Carnival on Sunday.

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