Outdoor Arena events at the Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Horses will be the featured attraction every day at the Outdoor Arena during the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 11-19.

The Outdoor Arena will host daily open class horse shows, as well as 4-H and FFA horse shows. Open class (Paint, Appaloosa, Quarter, Pony Halter and Performance) shows will be Sept. 11-13 before the start of the 4-H and FFA shows on Sept. 14-16. The second weekend of the Fair, Sept. 17-19, will feature both big and little horses in several open class divisions, including pony and miniature halter; miniature, pony and draft driving; and the North American Cart and Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series.

The North American Classic Cart and Six-Horse Hitch Series will attract a large number of fairgoers on the last Saturday (Sept. 18) and Sunday (Sept. 19) of the Fair. The show will feature a $1,000 prize for the winning hitch both days. The hitch classes will begin at 12:00pm (Noon) giving attendees two full afternoons to watch horses and hitches.

Besides daily horse shows, special events will also take over the Outdoor Arena. The first Sunday of the Fair, Sept. 12, is the Ranch Rodeo, which includes various ranch style activities, such as roping a calf, sorting cattle, and milking a wild cow. On September 17, a Fair favorite returns with Team Roping.

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 claycountyfair.com.