No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the 2019 Clay County Fair, Sept. 7-15.
“While every day at the Fair is full of fun activities, there are some activities that only happen once on a special day,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “However, some activities are scheduled on a special day, which makes each day at the Fair a very unique experience.”
Monday, Sept. 9 is Veteran’s Appreciation Day sponsored by Okoboji Motor Company. The day starts with a parade at 10:00am and a special program to follow at 11:00am. All veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to the Fair, as a thank you for their service to our Nation. In addition, there will be a special patriotic music program at 2:00pm by Glenn Henriksen in the Events Center Ballroom.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, fairgoers 65 and older can enjoy $6.00 admission on Senior Day. Special activities include a parade of antique tractors, Glenn Henriksen’s “Salute to Seniors” concert, the antique tractor pull, and The Apron Lady.
That night (Sept. 10), Family Night sponsored by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce features free admission for families of all ages after 5:00pm.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 is Disability Awareness Day. The Fair welcomes disabled persons from throughout the region with events planned for them thanks to the Pony Express Riders, GoldStar Amusements, and The Shriners. Persons who have pre-registered for the day can participate in special activities.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association brings Iowa Corn Day on Thursday, Sept. 12 with exhibits and presentations in Central Park showcasing the importance of this crop in Iowa and beyond. The day is also Farmer Appreciation Day presented by CFE, Cooperative Farmers Elevator, and features an Iowa Soybean Association panel discussion and Orion Samuelson presented by DeKalb & Asgrow.
Friday, Sept. 13 is Y100 Kids Day and Iowa Dairy Day. Kids 18 and under are admitted free all day and can buy a special all-day wristband for unlimited rides on the GoldStar Amusements Midway at the price of $25.00 ($22 in advance). Other activities include a pedal tractor pull and Muttin’ Bustin’. Sponsored by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Dairy Day lets fairgoers learn about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa through different displays and activities at Central Park.
Iowa Lakes Community College and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach present Science Saturday on Sept. 14. All ages can participate in the hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and experiments in various locations throughout the Fair, including Central Park, Dish Plaza, Centennial Plaza.
The final Sunday of the Fair (Sept. 15) is Last Chance Sunday. On this day admission is half-price ($5.00 for adults), which will give all fairgoers one last day to experience the Fair.