Clay County Fair announces Grandstand change

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces that Thompson Square (rather than Jimmie Allen) will be joining Parmalee as part of the SRG Concert Series at the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU on Saturday, September 9 at 7:30pm.

Parmalee will be moving to the headliner position. The ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee is one of country music’s most successful acts – the Platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut county album.  The North Carolina natives had a legendary return to the top of the charts with their Platinum-certified #1 single with Blanco Brown, “Just the Way”, and their follow up single, “Take My Name” from their new album For You, which became a multi-week #1 hit.

Back on the road after a hiatus Thompson Square is excited to be back on stage.  The husband and wife due found success with their debut album featuring Grammy nominated and double Platinum selling “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “I Got You”. They hold multiple awards including two ACM Awards, two CMA Awards, one CMT Award and four ACA Awards and have nearly 1 billion collective steams.  They have ten chart singles including “If I Didn’t Have You”, and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $55 (general admission stage front standing), $45 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $40 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets are available online at, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. Handling & processing fees, which are applied to all purchase methods, are included in the advertised price.

Refund Information – For those Jimmie Allen fans who would like to request a refund, please email by July 31, 2023.  As a reminder, the $3 per ticket handling & processing fee, which was applied to all purchase methods and included in the advertised price, is non-refundable.  

About the Grandstand – Bag checks are conducted at all Grandstand events. The following items will be prohibited: weapons/firearms, alcoholic beverages not provided by the Fair & Events Center, air horns/whistles or other noisemakers, helium-filled balloons, glitter/confetti, glass bottles, fireworks and illegal substances.

About the Clay County Fair & Events Center – Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and 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 Clay County 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