Aug 6, 2021 - Aug 8, 2021
Pufferbilly Days™ started in 1977 as a small retail promotion organized by members of the Chamber of Commerce, who tied its name back to Boone’s long-standing railroad heritage. (The name Pufferbilly comes from the little steam engines that were used in coal-mines. Originally named Billy Goats, the engines then became known as Puffing Billy's, and finally Pufferbilly's.) The festival annual y draws more than 15,000 attendees and was named Iowa’s Outstanding Event in 2019 by the Iowa Department of Tourism.
After more than forty years of celebrating Boone’s railroad heritage the weekend following Labor Day, the Boone County Chamber of Commerce and the Pufferbilly Days™ Steering Committee have announced that the festival will move to a new weekend beginning in 2021.