Be A Competitor at the 2024 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Anyone can be a competitor during the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15. Whether you are passionate about livestock or creative arts, all open-class exhibitors are encouraged to register their blue-ribbon entries before the open-class entry deadline. Open class registration for all livestock entries will close on Monday, August 19th, at midnight. Pre-registration for non-livestock entries is also due Monday, August 19th, but entries will still be accepted prior to judging.

With six livestock departments and seven non-livestock departments, the 2024 Clay County Fair offers many opportunities to showcase your best blue-ribbon entries. Whether you’re an experienced competitor or a first-time entrant, the open-class competitions are a fantastic opportunity to learn and share your passion. You’ll have the chance to connect with fellow exhibitors, gain new insights, and potentially take home that coveted blue ribbon.

In addition to the prestige of winning a blue ribbon, there are also exciting opportunities to win substantial monetary prizes in open-class competitions. On the non-livestock side, the Oven Products Department hosts the highly anticipated $1,500 Cinnamon Roll Contest on Monday, September 9th. For livestock enthusiasts, the Beef Department will award $1,000 each to the Champion Bull and Champion Female during the Open Class Supreme Beef Selection on Saturday, September 14th. The Horse Department will also present generous monetary prizes for the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series, with the first-place winner taking home $2,000. Whether you’re competing for a chance to win or coming to witness these thrilling contests, the Clay County Fair promises excitement for all involved. Don’t miss out on these incredible events—enter now or mark your calendar to attend!

Open class entries are open to anyone from any county or state. Exhibitors are encouraged to check out the 2024 Exhibitor Handbooks for each department to find the rules and guidelines for their entries. These handbooks can be found online at or picked up in the Fair Administrative Office. All livestock entries must be registered online, by mail, or in person by Monday, August 19th, at midnight. While pre-registration for all non-livestock entries is encouraged by Monday, August 19th, non-livestock exhibitors also have the option to register their entries before judging. Non-livestock exhibitors should refer to the exhibitor handbooks for specific walk-in dates and times for each department.

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 300,000 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