Who We Are

Our Mission

The Clay County Fair is “The World’s Greatest County Fair” by presenting blue-ribbon competition, world-class entertainment and innovative exhibits in a safe family atmosphere, while also providing year-round facilities for entertainment and events.

OUR PURPOSE

We will …

Bring the community together

Provide a wide variety of activities

Create a safe, clean, family-friendly environment

Be relevant in all aspects of our organization

Teach about agriculture, both Fair-time and year-round

Maintain and upgrade our century-old facility

Keep the Fair as our focus, hosting the best possible fair that we can put on each year

Build profitable non-Fair events through the Events Center and Blue Ribbon Catering

Be innovative

Foster good relationships with other fairs & be recognized as a leader in the fair industry

Promote all of our activities so everyone will know that “there is something to do” at the Fair & Events Center.

Our Values

SERVICE We deliver outstanding service and great experiences to each other and our guests.

EXCELLENCE We strive to be the “The World’s Greatest” through hard work, resilience, and enthusiasm.

CONSISTENCY We do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, every time.

FAMILY We operate with integrity, loyalty, and a sense of caring for each other and our guests.

FUN We realize that while our work is important, it is not a matter of life or death.

2021 clay county fair by the numbers

Youth Involvement

767 4-H and FFA exhibitors from 42 counties in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska participated in livestock and human sciences events at the Fair.

Approximately 1,300 third and fourth grade students from 16 regional schools visited the Fair as part of the AgCiting and SciCiting field trip programs coordinated by ISU Extension Clay County.

Fairgoer Spending

Fairgoer spending on food, beverage, specialty concessions, and carnival rides totaled $2,676,516.97, breaking an all-time record set in 2017.

Fairgoer spending set three single-day records for the first Sunday (Sept. 12), Wednesday (Sept. 15), and the second Saturday (Sept. 18).

GoldStar Amusements set single-day records for carnival ride revenue eight of the nine days of the Fair, including an all-time single-day record on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Exhibitor Participation

Exhibitor Participation

456 commercial exhibitors, concessionaires, and vendors showcased at the Fair. With at least 150 ag-specific exhibitors, the Fair again hosted the largest farm machinery and ag equipment show at any fair in the United States.

1,376 exhibitors participated in various open class livestock and non-livestock competitions.

Attendance

The Sleep Number Grandstand attracted 18,585 fairgoers to multiple stage performances and dirt events. The top two attended events were Skillet with special guest Ledger (2,763) and Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael (2,698).

Overall Fair attendance totaled 277,389.

Daily Attendance 2021 2019
Day 141,03752,044
Day 243,83937,947
Day 321,98220,353
Day 421,73729,085
Day 522,58820,726
Day 622,57221,329
Day 726,96036,841
Day 851,61648,144
Day 925,05830,529
Total277,389296,998

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