Small animals on the move at the 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Fairgoers looking for poultry and rabbits at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 11-19, will find them in a different location, the new Farm Nutrients Small Animal Barn.

The new barn, located on the south side of the fairgrounds in the former Ag Marketplace, will include coop and pen spaces, a show ring, and an educational space for fairgoers to learn more about poultry and rabbits.

“The new space is a state-of-the-art facility that we are very excited to provide to exhibitors and fairgoers,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “The Farm Nutrients Small Animal Barn will be a premiere small animal facility, and I would put it up against any other facility of its kind in the nation.”

Every year, the Small Animal Barn is home to 4-H/FFA rabbit and poultry shows, along with open class rabbit shows. In recent years, small animal projects have become increasingly more popular. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in both the poultry and rabbit shows at the Fair,” said Parsons. “In future years we hope to add an open class poultry show.”

Vendors who were previously in the building when it was the Ag Marketplace have been moved to new locations on the fairgrounds, and the old Small Animal Barn will be turned into additional space for the Fair’s growing horse show.

Exhibitors who wish to enter for the open class rabbit show at the 2021 Clay County Fair can register by going to and clicking on “Competitions.” Exhibitors interested in showing in the 4-H/FFA poultry and rabbit shows can contact ISU Extension Clay County at (712) 262-2264.

About The Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair & Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at