Livestock entry deadline approaching quickly for the 2023 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The open class livestock entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 9-17.

All entries for open-class beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, rabbits, and horses are due by midnight on Monday, August 21.

Check out the exhibitor handbooks online at or pick one up at the Fair Administrative Offices to find the rules and guidelines to enter your livestock at the Fair. Pre-registration for all livestock departments with the exception of rabbits is mandatory and must be completed online, by mail, or in person by midnight on August 21.

Daily open-class livestock shows are a large part of the Fair with more than 500 exhibitors showing off over 2,000 head of livestock in 2022. In addition to the open class showings, several hundred FFA and 4-H exhibitors also show at the Fair. Livestock showings have been a long-standing tradition at the Fair for many to enjoy, whether you are an exhibitor or a spectator.

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. 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