Elma, Iowa

Elma Trail Days

In July, annually the weekend of the 2nd Saturday

Elma Trail Days 2019 parade entrant

News Release: May 12, 2020
After much deliberation and with great regret we have made the difficult decision to cancel Old Roundhouse Trail Days for 2020 (hereafter to be named Elma Trail Days). With the Covid-19 virus still present, we feel that the uncertainty of public safety to gather in large crowds again by July is a risk we are unwilling to take. We are working to offer a smaller scale event (or two!) of some sort yet this summer or early fall, so please watch for future news on this.
We all look forward to Elma Trail Days returning July 9-10-11 in 2021; please mark it on your calendars!
-The Elma Trail Days Committee

Elma Trail Days is the town's annual festival, occurring the weekend of the 2nd Saturday of July each year.  The event has a few preliminary activities in the week leading up to the festival, such as a family-friendly "Chalk the Walk" event and a "Medallion Hunt", but the majority of festival activities take place Friday evening through Saturday evening  and end with a  Knights of Columbus community breakfast on Sunday morning.  Some annual features of the festival include a kid's pedal tractor pull & ball games, a ribeye sandwich meal in the park Friday night with additional entertainment, beverage garden, & concession stand operating late into the night with a  fireworks display at 10 :00 p.m.  Saturday morning begins with a 5k walk/run, community breakfast, 11:00 a.m. parade, and then a full day/evening of fun in the Elma City Park.  Saturday fun typically includes the concession stand & beverage garden operating from the park noon-12:00 midnight, live music on the stage at night, inflatable bounce house & other kid's activities, a car/motorcycle/tractor show on grounds.  Other music & activities through-out the day vary from year to year, but in the past have included caricatures, scavenger hunts, bloody mary bar, fireman's water-ball challenge, face painting, 4-wheeler obstacle course, various eating contests, slow-pitch ball games, bean bag tournaments, mud volleyball and a dunk tank to name a few.

5k walk-run