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.


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.

2022 clay county fair by the numbers

Youth Involvement

750 4-H and FFA exhibitors from 46 counties in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska participated in livestock and human sciences events at the Fair. Last year, 708 exhibitors from 42 counties participated.

Approximately 1,300 third and fourth grade students from 15 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 is an all-time record of $3,040,177.45, breaking the previous record set in 2021.

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. 17.

Exhibitor Participation

466 unique commercial exhibitors, concessionaires, and vendors (up from 456 in 2021) 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.

1,225 exhibitors participated in various open class livestock and non-livestock competitions at the Fair – up 8% compared to 2021.


The Grandstand attracted 16,642 fairgoers to multiple stage performances and dirt events. The top two attended events were Dwight Yoakam with special guest Runaway June (3,035) and the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull season championships (2,202).

Overall Fair attendance totaled 325,585 – a 17.4% increase over 2021.

Daily Attendance 2022 2021
Day 147,73541,037
Day 246,55043,839
Day 327,40221,982
Day 429,19921,737
Day 527,21522,588
Day 628,17122,572
Day 735,45126,960
Day 852,37951,616
Day 931,48325,058

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