Expansive unobstructed views of the Mississippi River can be enjoyed from Riverview Park, which is also home to many events and attractions. The Old Fort Madison replica stands guard, and allows guests to relive the outpost days and the events of yesteryear. Engine 2913 commemorates the close relationship Fort Madison has with the Santa Fe Railroad. These community icons are surrounded by acres of green space – which is accented by Kuhlmeier Memorial Reflecting Pond and the Armed Services Veterans Memorial.
The Tri-State Rodeo was established in 1948, and continues to bring PRCA Rodeo Action and top entertainment to more than 25,000 fans annually. The annual Rodeo Parade is not to be missed during Rodeo Weekend as floats and bands glide through town, with a grand finale of over 100 horses marching the parade route. Our strong Hispanic culture in the community is visible through local eateries and events. The Mexican Fiesta is a festival that features traditional Mexican food, music, dancing and a carnival. The best “snowfall” of the year is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving when the Parade of Lights arrives in town amid a flurry of sparkling snowflakes and illuminated floats. More than 50 shimmering floats glide down Avenue G along with marching bands and carolers.
Balloons over the Mississippi is an event not to be missed. Held in Rodeo Park, the competitive balloon race is free of charge to the general public. In addition to the gorgeous hot air balloons that fill the sky are childrens’ activities, live music and numerous food vendors.