Town and Country Innovation celebrates fifth year in 2019

The Town and Country Innovation Show will celebrate its fifth year of competition at the 2019 Clay County Fair, Sept. 7-15.

The Fair’s newest competitive department was started by Karen Schwaller of Milford, who got the idea from watching her family thumb through the “Successful Farming” magazine, specifically, watching them devour the page headlined as “All Around the Farm.” The page features inventions or adaptations by farmers for tools or equipment used around the farm.

After three successful years, the department changed its name to “Town and Country Innovation Show” to incorporate opportunities for more people to exhibit their creations.

“We’ve had so many creative ‘projects’ in the past four years,” said Superintendent Karen Schwaller. “In our youth division alone it’s been amazing to see the projects that young minds have created, including a home-made tool ‘handy holder’, a home-made mouse trap, a yard drag made from feeder house chain from a combine, and a working windmill that created electricity.”

“With the new name of our department, entries can come from anyone regardless of whether they live on the farm or in town, and entries can be anything that is invented or adapted for use for any purpose, in town or on the farm,” said Schwaller. “This competition is literally open to everyone with a mind to invent something or improve on something they are already using, regardless of where they are using it.”

Entries can be anything from a simple improvement to an everyday tool or piece of equipment on the farm or in the house, to a brand new invention that can be used inside or outside, in town, on the farm, on vacation, etc. Some examples of past entries include a garden hose adapter, a flower planter made out of an old school desk, a calf catcher, and a work-table made from a cable spool.

“Entries don’t have to look brand new,” Schwaller said. “Part of our judging criteria is appearance, but something that functions well and is very creative might fare better than something that looks shiny and new, but isn’t as creative.”

The “Bucket of Junk Challenge,” which focuses on being innovative and resourceful with a five-gallon bucket of identifiable junk, will return again this year. “This category is especially fun to see, with the exhibitor bringing their own junk from around the farm or house to life,” said Schwaller. “We had some very creative ideas on exhibit last year.”

“Entrants can win $100 for first place in any of these categories, so whatever they enter, it could be worth at least that much in a payout.”

The Town and Country Innovation Show exhibits are judged on workmanship, usefulness, appearance, design and creativity. They also have one “Best Safety Award” and one “Most Creative Use of Resources Award.”

There are no entry fees and exhibitors also do not need to be residents of Clay County. New exhibitors are especially encouraged to enter their creations at the Fair, but return exhibitors are welcomed back as well. Divisions include small and large exhibits for for youth and adults. A group project division is also part of the competition, with entries created by any group of people who work together on a project.

Check out the exhibitor handbook online at www.claycountyfair.com or pick one up at the Fair Administrative Offices to find the rules and guidelines to enter your work at the Fair. Pre-registration for all exhibits is encouraged and can be completed online, by mail, or in person by August 15. For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted at the Ag Marketplace on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4:00pm-6:00pm, unless an appointment has been made.

Exciting Updates, New Competitions at 2019 Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair announces 19 new contests for the 2019 Clay County Fair. Whether you are baker, a tinkerer, a photographer, or an at-home brewer, there is something for everyone to get involved in at this year’s Fair, September 7-15.

Along with the new contests, increased cash premiums and added prizes will make 2019 a year of change for exhibitors. Premiums have been increased in the canned goods and dried foods, fields and gardens, and floriculture departments, while additional prizes have been added to home wine and craft beer making competition.

“The Fair is a showcase for everyone,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “And by ‘everyone,’ we truly mean ‘everyone’ because anyone in the world can enter their blue ribbon best at the Fair.”

The Town and Country Innovation Show is shifting their entry day to Thursday, Sept. 5, and will again feature the Bucket of Junk Challenge. The challenge, in its second year, allows fairgoers to let their creative juices run wild and create something out of a bucket of junk.

The Oven Products Department makes up a bulk of the new competitions with 14 new additions this year, including Clay County Pork Producer’s Breakfast Tacos, King Arthur Flour’s Classic Apple Crisp Contest, and the Clay County Cattlemen’s Shepherd’s Pie Contest.

Fields and Gardens, formerly the Agriculture Department, has increased cash premiums for the “best of blues” winners. The department also has new check-in times on Wednesday Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5. The Floriculture Department has also increased cash premiums in some classes, and has added new competitions for sunflowers, planters, and table design. New sponsors and prizes have been added to the Home Wine & Craft Beer Department, including new classes for specialty beer and ale.

The Photography and Textiles, Crafts and Arts Departments will also have new changes this year. For photographers, the new sponsored “Proud” class gives exhibitors a chance for a wide interpretation of capturing the feeling of “Proud to be a Fan.” Crafters can participate in several new sponsored classes including Creative Use of Batting, Yarn Projects, and All in the Hoop Embroidery.

Details about these new competitions, as well as hundreds of other blue-ribbon opportunities, can be found at www.claycountyfair.com. Complete exhibitor handbooks with rules, information, and entry procedures are available online or at the Fair Administrative Offices.

 

Multiple fan favorites return to Fair dirt track

Spencer, Iowa — The Sleep Number Grandstand will showcase multiple fan favorite dirt events, including the final appearance of chuckwagon races, during the nine days of the 2019 Clay County Fair, September 7-15.

A long-standing Fair tradition, Chuckwagon Races will appear at the Fair for the final time Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at noon on both days. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and child general admission (ages 12 and under) tickets are $10.

The Chuckwagon Racers of Iowa-Minnesota Association is disbanding following the Fair races, ending a Fair tradition that started in 1962.

“Chuckwagon racing and the Fair have been synonymous for nearly 60 years,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. “We hope to make their final performances here a highlight as we thank them for entertaining thousands of fairgoers over the years.”

The Antique Tractor Pull will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, and will be free to all fairgoers. The historical pieces of machinery are always a highlight during the fair.

The Casey’s General Store IMCA Blue Ribbon Showdown’s hot laps will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. Adult general admission tickets are $15, child general admission (ages 12 and under) tickets are $10 and pit passes are $30. This will be the final night for IMCA class racing for the 2019 season at the Clay County Fair Speedway. IMCA classes include Hobby Stocks, Sports Mods, Modifieds, Stock Cars and Sports Compacts. The night will also feature the IMCA 305 season championship sprint car race.

Tickets for all dirt events are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Clay County Regional Events Center Box Office.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

Outlaw Pullers bring ground-shaking finale to 2019 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The season championships of the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pullers Association, which will include the return of the popular Pro Stocks class, will serve as the grand finale in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair. The finals will include two sessions on Sunday, September 15 beginning at 1:00pm and 5:30pm.

“It truly is an honor to host the OTTPA season championships for the first time, and moving the pull to the last day of the Fair will make it easier for pulling enthusiasts to enjoy this high caliber action,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “It’s also a bargain as one ticket will get you admission for both sessions.”

Formed in 1982, the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pullers Association (OTTPA) is the largest of sanctioned national pulling associations, endorsing over 40 sessions of pulling in over 37 cities from Texas to South Dakota. OTTPA has 16 classes and more than 350 competing vehicles. These monsters include pullers with rear tires taller than the average human being and engines that literally shake the ground when they’re cranked up during a pull.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under (general admission). One ticket will be valid for both sessions. Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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. 

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

High-flying ATV action to entertain at 2019 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — High-flying action will make its debut in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair with national touring ATV Big Air Tour. The show will fly into action on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm.

“This will be a great night of family-friendly entertainment as our fairgoers will enjoy these high-flying performers,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “ATVs, motorcycles, and BMX bikes will be soaring off the big ramps located in front of the Sleep Number Grandstand.”

The ATV Big Air Tour is a high-flying, high-energy motocross/off-road show that will get you on your feet screaming and cheering for more. Created by legendary professional ATV riders and Wabasso, MN locals Derek & Jon Guetter, the ATV Big Air Tour will be an event for families and audiences of all ages. In addition to the high-energy show, the Tour makes sure the fans can meet the Big Air Crew at the free meet & greet for photos, autographs, and to see the machines up close.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 an under (general admission). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

Fair advises concertgoers to be diligent about purchasing Sleep Number Grandstand tickets for 2019 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — With only 150 days remaining before the 2019 Clay County Fair, fairgoers are asked to use diligence when purchasing tickets for Sleep Number Grandstand events.

The Fair has seen an increase in third-party buyers over the past couple of years, making fans susceptible to ticket scalping. Tickets are purchased by these third-party vendors and then resold at a higher value to make a profit.

“Ticket prices for our Grandstand shows range anywhere from $25 to $60,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. “If you’re seeing tickets with additional fees or higher prices, you are most likely purchasing from a third-party vendor. We’re seeing ticket prices on third-party sites listed as high as $140 for a $48 ticket.”

Parsons continued that it is important to be a diligent online consumer because tickets not purchased directly through the Fair’s ticket partner MIDWESTIX (online, by phone, or in person at the Events Center Box Office) cannot be guaranteed as valid, and will not be refunded if the event is canceled or postponed.

“The bottom line is that if you buy a ticket from a third-party vendor, you do not have a real ticket,” he said.

Parsons suggests the following to insure you are getting your tickets from the Fair:

  • Click directly from the Clay County Fair website (claycountyfair.com). DO NOT use Google-searching for tickets to Fair concerts or admission. This is the only link you can purchase valid Clay County Fair concert and admission tickets through: http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/clay-county-fair
  • Check the prices of tickets on the Fair’s website before you purchase a ticket. If you are paying more for a ticket than the published price on our website you are not buying from the Fair.
  • All communications (email confirmations etc.) should come directly from MIDWESTIX. If you are seeing a name other than MIDWESTIX on your tickets or correspondence, you are buying an invalid ticket.
  • You will receive your ticket directly from MIDWESTIX. If you receive a receipt and no ticket or receive a MIDWESTIX ticket with a name other than your own on it, you have likely purchased an invalid ticket.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact MIDWESTIX at info@midwestix.com or 515-244-2771.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

Jon Pardi to perform at Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces Jon Pardi with special guest Jake Rose as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm.

“It will be exciting to have this great night of country music on Friday night at the Fair,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.

2017 CMA New Artist of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, Jon Pardi has dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive #1 hits including “Dirt On My Boots,” Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache On The Dance Floor.” Pardi, bred in the West Coast honky tonks, stocks his album with classic Nashville melody, blue-collar lyrical themes and authentic country instrumentation – real drums, loud-and-proud fiddles and tangy steel guitar.

Jake Rose, a singer-songwriter from a pumpkin farm north of Minneapolis, spent his early years bailing hay, building fences, and side stage at his Dad’s country band shows, “Stampede.” His first single “Sleeves,” co-written with hitman Craig Wiseman, debuted on The Highway and CMT. Rose spent 2018 opening for Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, FGL, Eli Young Band, Russell Dickerson and LoCash to name a few.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10:00am. Prices are $53 (general admission stage front standing), $43 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $38 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

RAIN – A Beatles Tribute

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Sunday, September 8 at 7:30pm.

“Thousands have seen this spectacular show at the Civic Center in Des Moines or the State Theatre in Minneapolis,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “I’m excited to bring this production to Spencer and the Fair.”

Seen by over 2 million people worldwide, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring high-definition screens & imagery – RAIN is a stunning concert that delivers a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10:00am. Prices are $35 (general admission stage front seating), $30 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

Clay County Fair announces RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles

The Clay County Fair announces RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Sunday, September 8 at 7:30pm.

“Thousands have seen this spectacular show at the Civic Center in Des Moines or the State Theatre in Minneapolis,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “I’m excited to bring this production to Spencer and the Fair.”

Seen by over 2 million people worldwide, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring high-definition screens & imagery – RAIN is a stunning concert that delivers a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10:00am. Prices are $35 (general admission stage front seating), $30 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

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 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 claycountyfair.com.

Michael W. Smith to perform at Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair announces Michael W. Smith with special guest We Are Messengers as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30pm.

“One of the most iconic contemporary Christian artists of all time coupled with one of the best of the up-and-coming artists will make for an unforgettable Family Night at the Fair,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.

During a storied career spanning more than three decades, multi-Platinum artist and bestselling author Michael W. Smith has written 35 No. 1 singles and sold more than 15 million albums while accumulating numerous accolades, including three GRAMMY® Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and, most recently, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Originally from Ireland, We Are Messengers saw their career explode with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2016. The album earned them their first Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and included Top 5 hits “Everything Comes Alive,” “Magnify” and “Point to You.” Their new album, featuring the Top 10 single “Maybe It’s Ok,” is already a fan favorite.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10:00am. Prices are $35 (general admission stage front standing), $30 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

Country Gold Tour to perform at 2019 Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair announces the Country Gold Tour, starring Leroy Van Dyke, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, T. Graham Brown, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, and Moe Bandy, as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Monday, September 9 at 7:30pm.

“It has become a tradition at the Fair that Monday evening’s Grandstand show is a patriotic salute featuring classic country music,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “It will be an honor to have some of the most decorated artists in country music history on our Grandstand stage.”

The Country Gold Tour, by definition, is a stellar evening featuring renowned classic country music performers who have topped the charts and had massive media exposure. Enjoy them in person as they perform the celebrated Nashville sound that took their music around the world and back including hits like “Auctioneer,” “Walk on By,” “All the Gold in California,” “She Used To Be Somebody’s Baby,” “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love,” “Too Old to Die Young,” “Don’t Go to Strangers,” “Darlene,” and more.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10:00am. Prices are $27 (general admission stage front seating), $27 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $22 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.

Clay County Fair announces Foreigner

The Clay County Fair announces a night with Foreigner as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2019 Clay County Fair on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm.

“One of the greatest rock acts of all time will be a perfect start to the 2019 Fair,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “I know this high energy show will have the crowd singing along the whole time.”

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” the worldwide #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and many more, Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10:00am. Prices are $43 (general admission stage front standing), $38 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $33 (general admission bleacher seating). Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods.

Please note Grandstand guest services changes for 2019. Bag checks will be implemented at all Grandstand events at the 2019 Fair. 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.

The Fair will also sell beer at selected Grandstand events during the 2019 Fair.