Ankeny SummerFest Information Center

Vendor Information

Local vendors are represented at Ankeny SummerFest each year. If you are interested in participating as a vendor for SummerFest 2019, read our 2019 Vendor Rules and Regulations for more information. As of June 1, any vendor applications will be put on a waiting list.

Parade Information

The Grand Parade is one of Ankeny SummerFest’s favorite summer traditions. The parade welcomes 20,000 spectators each year, and over 130 parade entries travel the 2.7 mile route through Ankeny’s neighborhoods. The 2019 Grand Parade theme is, “Get Your Giddyup! at Ankeny SummerFest.”

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SummerFest Frequently Asked Questions

Who oversees SummerFest?

This is the tenth year SummerFest is under the umbrella of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from the City of Ankeny and the Ankeny Community School District. SummerFest is a success due to the amount of Chamber and Community volunteers.

Does the Smokefree Air Act apply to SummerFest?

The Smokefree Air Act applies to all of the SummerFest grounds. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on SummerFest grounds. This is a state law that will be enforced.

Can I bring my dog with me to SummerFest?

SummerFest is a pet-free zone. This policy will be posted and enforced.

What are the carnival’s hours during SummerFest?

For carnival hours of operation and wristband specials visit the About page.

Where is SummerFest?

SummerFest is held outdoors at Prairie Ridge Middle School and Prairie Ridge Sports Complex at NW Ash Dr. and NW Prairie Ridge Dr. From Ankeny Blvd (Hwy 69) turn west on NW 9th or NW 18th Sts. There is no admission to the grounds.

How do I register to be a vendor?

You can apply for a vendor space via by clicking here and then filling out the appropriate application form or by calling/emailing the SummerFest office at 964-0685 or ankenysummerfest@ankeny.org to have the form mailed or emailed to you.

What bands are playing at SummerFest this year?

Starting in March, bands will be announced once per week. The entire 2019 line-up will be announced by May 1. Visit our Facebook page for updates.

Where can I find information on the Cardboard Boat Regatta?

Information regarding the Cardboard Boat Regatta is under the Events page.

How long is the parade?

The parade route is approximately 2.7 miles long and viewing the entire parade takes about 2 hours. Time spent if you are a participant depends on your location in the parade. There are no assigned spots; entries are fed through from the parking lots at Ankeny High School.

How is a new event included in SummerFest?

If you are interested in your event being a part of SummerFest, you must complete the Memorandum of Understanding form with your proposal which goes before the events committee and the full SummerFest committee for approval. Payment must be submitted with MOU form (if an event is not approved payment will be returned). No payment will be processed until events are approved. The cost is $85 for off-site, $90 for on-site and $100 for on-site with electricity. All organizations and businesses who are not members of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce will be assessed an additional fee to the event fees listed. The additional cost for non-member civic organizations is $160 and the cost for non-member general businesses is $320. Once an event becomes part of SummerFest, the event will be on the website and in the event program. MOU forms may be faxed or dropped off to the chamber. Those who fax forms must call with payment or event will not be considered.

Download MOU Form

Email: jerickson@ankeny.org
Fax: (515) 964-0487
Address: Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
1631 SW Main Street, Ste. 204/205
Ankeny, IA 50023

How can I get involved in SummerFest?

Ankeny SummerFest is a four-day event that is run by the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from the City of Ankeny, the Ankeny Community School District, and from many community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at SummerFest please sign up with the link below or contact jerickson@ankeny.org.

Sign Up to Volunteer

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