What is Boomtown?
Be Prepared. Boomtown isn’t your your typical small-town-USA fireworks display. Its an Earth-shaking pyrotechnic experience you will not soon forget. If blinding ground effects and feel-the-heat-on-your-face fireballs aren’t enough, wait until the aerial bombs greet you with a heart-pounding aftershock.
And don’t be late. The best seats in the house are in the grandstands at the fairgrounds, but parking and seating fills up quickly. Come to town early for Boom-fest in downtown Vinton and then head to the fairgrounds for the main event.
How much does it cost to watch?
The fireworks are free to watch, and can be seen for miles around. However, if you are not at the fairgrounds, you’re missing half the show! Ground effects, heart-pounding music and feel-the-heat-on-your-face fireballs set the scene for the greatest pyrotechnic show you’ll ever see. For more information on this years event, visit the schedule of events page. (take me to the top)
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are available at the grandstands starting at 4:30pm on Saturday. There are no early or reserved individual ticket sales. Planning a party? Reserved seats are available in blocks of 15, but don’t wait, email for availability and pricing of reserved seating. (take me to the top)
Rain or shine? Really?
Yes. It takes months of choreographing and days of wiring to set up the grand public display. Bring your umbrellas and be ready for a good time. Updates will be posted as frequently as possible on the website and Facebook. There are no refunds, no exceptions. (take me to the top)
Can I bring a cooler?
Coolers are not allowed. The Benton County Fairboard operates a beer tent and other beverages and food are available on-site from food vendors. (take me to the top)
What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash. (take me to the top)
Is an ATM available on the grounds?
Loud noises cause vibration, and ATM’s don’t generally like vibration because they think they’re being stolen.
We will do our best to provide an ATM for your convenience, but please come prepared. ATM’s are located throughout Vinton, including local financial institutions and gas stations. (take me to the top)
Can I bring my pets?
No. Boomtown is NOT a pet-friendly event. Please leave them at home. Local residents are encouraged to speak with their veterinarian if their pets are scared of loud noise. (take me to the top)
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is not permitted in the grandstands in accordance with Iowa law. Please show respect to the property and those around you when outside the grandstands. (take me to the top)
Will earplugs be available?
Earplugs will be available to purchase at the Boomtown Vending Booth near the entrance of the grandstands. (take me to the top)
Is there anything for kids to do at the fairgrounds?
Inflatable activities will be available at the fairgrounds in the early evening. You are welcome to bring small-sized, safe toys and games for your family but please show respect for other people and their property. We will not be held liable for any lost or stolen belongings. (take me to the top)
Will the show be broadcast on the radio?
Local radio towers have caused problems with our low-power transmission in previous years, however, we will make every effort to broadcast the music on a radio frequency for those outside the fairgrounds. We will not know the frequency until we get closer to the event. Please check the website and Facebook for the frequency. (take me to the top)
Can I camp at the fairgrounds?
***IPA members: You need to reserve your spot through the IPA. Click HERE for more information.
Public camping spots are scarce. Prior campers have first choice, then they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to camp at the fairgrounds or have other questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the standby list. We’ll let you know if a spot opens up. Absolutely no spots will be reserved without payment, no exceptions. Click HERE for other lodging options. (take me to the top)
Can I pay for parking and then leave the fairgrounds?
Yes, we can give you a pass to get back in, but we do NOT save parking spaces. The pass will only get you back in the gate if there are spaces left. You risk losing your parking spot if you leave. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. (take me to the top)
Are there handicap parking spaces available?
Yes, approximately 40 spaces are reserved near the grandstands. Please have your state issued tags visible to parking staff and tell them you would like easy access parking. We will make every effort to fulfill your request, but please remember parking areas fill up quickly. (take me to the top)
The annual meeting of the IPA had been held on private property, but due to growth in membership they decided it would be best to hold the event somewhere else. The IPA contacted Vinton Unlimited in 2007 about incorporating a community event in conjunction with their meeting. After much discussion and planning, Boomtown was born. The public planning for Boomtown is managed by an all-volunteer committee, with the pyrotechnic expertise of the IPA coordinating the fireworks displays. Visitors have been welcomed from all over the Midwest and as far away as Arizona and Massachusetts.
Volunteer committee members include: Co-chair Tami Stark, Co-Chair Dan Engledow, Matt Marovec, Bob Mahood, Dave Henkle, Brenda Hackbarth, Bill & Teddi Newton. Interested volunteers can email the committee at VintonBoomtown@gmail.com
Food vendors are welcome at the fairgrounds for Boomtown. A flat fee for vending is charged to all vendors. Once your application has been approved and all fees are paid, you are also invited to set up your booth during the Friday Night TGIF party at no additional charge. Water and electrical hookups are limited. Please be sure to speak with us regarding your power requirements prior to the event. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO WE PROVIDE POWER CORDS OR OTHER SUPPLIES. Please be prepared. For more information email Tami Stark: email@example.com. (take me to the top)
How do I learn more about fireworks?
Join the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association! The IPA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to safe, legal and artistic pyrotechnic operation in the state of Iowa. The club helps the professional development of it’s members through training, demonstration and the exchange of information. For more information visit the IPA website at www.iowapyro.com
Email us at: VintonBoomtown@gmail.com or use the form below.
Note: Inquiries made the day of Boomtown will be answered as time allows. Please check out our Facebook page for up-to-the minute news the day of Boomtown.