Attractions and Events

Major State Center Attractions 
  • State Center Historic Main Street District
  • Watson's Grocery Store Museum, located in the Historic District
  • Sheppler Barber Shop Museum, located in the Historic District
  • Washington Township No. 6 Country School
  • State Center Rose Garden, home of the annual Rose Festival
  • Kauffman Park, built in 1923 to serve Lincoln Highway travelers
  • Four routes followed by the Lincoln Highway through State Center
  • Veterans Memorial, located next to the Rose Garden
  • Lincoln Valley Golf Course and Clubhouse, located 1.5 miles east of town

Major State Center area events


  • Farmers’ Market held every Friday from May to October  Now on Facebook
  • State Center Rose Festival held the 3rd weekend of June go to
  • Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale in August 
  • Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show in August 
  • Franks From Us in August 
  • Watson’s Fall Festival in October 
  • Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main in December 

Be sure to click on the Attractions and Events Directory link to the left to view information about individual attractions and events.