No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the Clay County Fair, Sept. 9-17.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that every person can attend the Fair at least once for free if they take advantage of the great promotions we have on our special days at the Fair,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “The special days give you an extra reason to attend the Fair.”
Monday, Sept. 11 is Veteran Appreciation Day with a parade at 10 a.m. and a special appreciation program at 11:00 a.m. As a thank you for their service to our Nation, veterans and active duty military receive free admission to the Fair. In addition, there will be a special patriotic music program at 2 p.m. by local gospel group The Browns in the Events Center Ballroom.
Fairgoers 65 and older can enjoy $6 admission and special activities throughout Senior Day on Tuesday, Sept. 12. That night, Family Night allows families of all ages to enjoy free admission after 5 p.m. thanks to the Spencer Chamber of Commerce. Special activities including Muttin’ Bustin’ will also be held that night.
Wednesday, Sept. 13 is Disability Awareness Day sponsored by Amerigroup. The Fair welcomes disabled persons from throughout the region with events planned just for them thanks to the Shriners, Pony Express Riders, Smith Concessions and GoldStar Amusements.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association brings Iowa Corn Day on Thursday, Sept. 14 with exhibits and presentations in Central Park showcasing the importance of corn in Iowa and beyond. Thursday is also Farmer Appreciation Day sponsored by Producers Hybrids.
Friday, Sept. 15 is Iowa Dairy Day sponsored by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance. Learn about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa through special activities and displays in Central Park.
Also on Sept. 15 is Y100 Kids Day. Kids 18 and under are admitted free and can buy an all-day wristband to the GoldStar Amusements Midway for $23. This year there will be a special show, Curious George Live, which will take the stage for three free performances in the Events Center Ballroom that kids and families can enjoy.
Iowa Lakes Community College presents Science Saturday on Sept. 16. All ages can participate in hands-on science activities and experiments throughout the day in Central Park and the Activities Center located in the Depot. Hands-on activities include a bicycle unit and an Air Zooka, which shows how much energy one can generate. In addition, audience members will have the chance to balance a beach ball with the wind.
Sunday, Sept. 17 is Centennial Celebration Sunday, with $5 admission. This will give fairgoers one last day to “Come Home” and celebrate the Fair. The highlight of Centennial Day will be the Centennial Birthday Bash in the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. This once-in-a-lifetime show will feature a wide variety of entertainment and conclude with the largest fireworks show in Fair history.