On Monday, the Iowa Tourism Office started a contest where travelers can enter for a chance to win prize packages to three major music festivals this summer during the Iowa Tourism Office’s “Soak Up Some Tunes” promotion that runs through Friday, May 8.

People can enter for a chance to win prize packages to Mumford and Son’s “Gentlemen of the Road” tour stop in Waverly, the inaugural Hinterland Music Festival in Des Moines or Creek Fest in Cherokee. Participants can also select the “surprise me” option to be entered into all three ticket drawings.

“Iowa is known for its rich musical heritage, and this summer communities around the state will host more than 20 music festivals featuring everything from country to folk to hard rock to pop,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “These events not only provide great entertainment for residents, but they attract visitors from around the nation and world. While they’re here, those travelers spend money on food, fuel, lodging and more, creating a substantial economic impact and jobs for Iowans.”

Prize packages:
Gentlemen of the Road, Waverly; June 19-20: two tickets, reserved camping space and up to $50 in concert merchandise
Hinterland Music Festival, Des Moines; July 31-August 1: two VIP tickets, VIP camping pass and up to $50 in concert merchandise
Creek Fest, Cherokee; August 7-8: two VIP tickets, reserved camping space and up to $50 in concert merchandise
A feature on summer music festivals, including a Spotify playlist of artists performing in Iowa this summer, is available on traveliowa.com.

Any Iowa festival organizers are welcome to submit their event information at no charge to the Iowa Tourism Office’s website, traveliowa.com. The site hosts more than a million travelers annually.

According to the Iowa Tourism Office, tourism generates more than $7.75 billion in the state and employs 65,400 people statewide. Additionally, they said that tourism generates $353.9 million in state taxes.

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