Floriculture Department rooted in tradition at Clay County Fair

The tradition continues at the Clay County Fair with the Creative Living Center being a location that hosts local art, culinary creations, floral designs, and different demonstrations, Sept. 8-16.

A portion of that blue ribbon tradition is the Floriculture department, which catches fairgoer’s attention with roses, gladioli, dahlias, annuals, perennials, container-grown plants, trees and shrubs daily.

Along with these plants, the gourd show will take place Sept. 8-10. The decorative gourds can be formed into birdhouses, musical instruments, holiday décor, dolls, lamps, or jewelry and can be entered into this competitive class.

“We are excited to have the educational exhibits in the gourd category back this year,” said Floriculture Superintendent Victoria Rute. “This allows exhibitors to teach other people how to grow and design with gourds.”

The department is unique because there are different exhibits displayed throughout the nine days of the Fair. The opening show days, Sept. 8-10, will include gladioli, trees and shrubs, and gourds. Roses, annuals and perennials will be displayed on Sept. 11-12. The open class show will take place on Sept. 13-14 along with the container-grown plants. Ending the 2018 Fair will be dahlias on Sept. 15-16.

Along with educational exhibits, there are exhibits and categories for all ages and experience levels. “You do not need to be a member of the garden club to exhibit in the Floriculture Department,” said Rute.

There are no entry fees and exhibitors also do not need to be residents of Clay County. New exhibitors are also encouraged to enter their creations at the Fair. Every age group, from age 2 to 92, will find a class to enter.

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. All exhibits will be received beginning at 6:00pm the day before the show until 10:30am on the first day of the show.

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 claycountyfair.com.

Tradition with fun interactions on Farmers Bank Stage

The Farmers Bank Stage will bring six different acts to the nine-day Clay County Fair, Sept. 8-16. This is just a portion of the $180,000.00 of free entertainment that will be offered to fairgoers.

“From comedy to Dixieland jazz to music from the past 60 years, the Farmers Bank Stage will have something for everyone,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “The tent in southwest corner of the fairgrounds will again be a popular spot to see great free entertainment.”

New to the Clay County Fair this year is Hit Ticket (Sept. 8-10), a tribute group focusing on the greatest music from the past six decades. The group is composed of four sensational vocalists, and the audiences will be astonished by their high energy choreography and anthems, amazed by their harmonies, and refreshed with their clean humor.

Another new act to the Fair is Eric E., a comedian and stellar guitarist who will put on a great show for all attendees. Providing an interactive, variety-filled, and high energy show, his skill is irresistible and the audience will be cheering from Sept. 8-10.

A returning favorite Sept. 11-13 is the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band. A Dixieland jazz band that has been putting performances on since 1967 and was inducted into the 2001 Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, this group of gentlemen will be sure to put on a show bringing fairgoers to their feet and keeping a beat.

The Looney Lutherans will also appear Sept. 11-13.  A definite Fair favorite, this trio of wacky gals is working hard to promote their new cookbook. With a mixture of comedy, audience interactions, and music, these ladies will share wisdom on how to live a long healthy life.

On the Fair’s final weekend (Sept. 14-16), be sure to check out SongBlast.  These two dueling guitars will deliver a fast-paced, interactive experience with a non-stop show of sing-alongs and comedy.

Along with SongBlast is Coyote Wild, a country rock band. The show will feature a blend of talent and creativity showcasing music from the genres of classic rock and contemporary country. Coyote Wild will be sure to put on a fast paced and moving show to make the audience want to stand up, sing, and dance.

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 claycountyfair.com.

Special Day highlights for the 2018 Clay County Fair

No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the 2018 Clay County Fair, Sept. 8-16.

“Each day the Fair is chock full of activities for all ages,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “However, some activities are scheduled on a special day, which makes each day at the Fair a very unique experience.”

Monday, Sept. 10 is Veteran’s Appreciation Day starting with a parade at 10:00am and a special program at 11:00am. All veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to the Fair, as a thank you for their service to our Nation. In addition, there will be a special patriotic music program at 2:00pm by Glenn Henriksen in the Events Center Ballroom.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, fairgoers 65 and older can enjoy $6.00 admission on Senior Day sponsored by Telco Triad Community Credit Union. Special activities include a parade of antique tractors, Glenn Henriksen’s “Salute to Seniors” concert, the antique tractor pull, and The Apron Lady.

That night (Sept. 11), Family Night sponsored by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce features free admission for families of all ages after 5:00pm.

“One of the exciting things about our special days is that they provide the opportunity for everyone to attend the Fair for free at least once,” said Parsons.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 is Disability Awareness Day. The Fair welcomes disabled persons from throughout the region with events planned for them thanks to the Pony Express Riders, Smiths Concessions, GoldStar Amusements, and Shriners. Persons who have pre-registered for the day can participate in carnival rides and a special luncheon.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association brings Iowa Corn Day on Thursday, Sept. 13 with exhibits and presentations in Central Park showcasing the importance of this crop in Iowa and beyond. The day is also Farmer Appreciation Day presented by LG Seeds, and features the Outlaw Elite National Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Friday, Sept. 15 is Y100 Kids Day and Iowa Dairy Day.  Kids 18 and under are admitted free all day and can by a special all-day wristband for unlimited rides on the GoldStar Amusements Midway at the price of $23.00. Other activities include free performances by the Dollipops, a pedal tractor pull, and Muttin’ Bustin’. Sponsored by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, dairy day lets fairgoers learn about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa through different displays and activities at Central Park.

Iowa Lakes Community College presents Science Saturday on Sept. 15. All ages can participate in the hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and experiments in various locations throughout the Fair.

The final Sunday of the Fair (Sept. 15) is Last Chance Sunday. On this day admission is half-price ($5.00 for adults and $2.00 for juniors), which will give all fairgoers one last day to experience the 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 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 claycountyfair.com.

Tradition with a new twist to be featured on the Northwest Bank Stage

The Northwest Bank Stage will feature six different quality acts at the nine-day Clay County Fair, Sept. 8-16. This is just a portion of the $180,000 in free entertainment offered to fairgoers.

While the schedule and variety of acts (three new acts and three returning favorites) is a fair tradition, the location of the Northwest Bank Stage will be new.  The stage will be located in the new Centennial Plaza.

“We are excited to feature top-notch entertainment in a new venue,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “Fairgoers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment in a new setting.”

A stand-up comedian using a creative blend of “out there” one-liners and well-written jokes, Tim Harmston will make his audience think outside the box Sept. 8-10.  The show that is goofy, smart, and uses side effects allows for edgy entertainment with respectful material.

Joining Harmston will be Kazual, an a cappella group that does it all. They sing, dance, and are extremely entertaining to watch. This family band mixes the sounds of hip hop, pop, and R&B to create a mind blowing experience for their audience.

Scott Novotny, another stand-up comedian, will hit the stage Sept. 11-13. Over his thirty years of being a professional, he has made people laugh from coast to coast. Using clean and physical comedy he sure knows how to make an audience chuckle, otherwise known as “getting the job done.”

Songstress Becky Schlegel will be joining Novotny with her original music rooted in genres of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and thoughtful spirit. She has been known to take her audiences on a musical journey by having her voice float between whispers and soars of the highest music quality.

Starting on Sept. 14 and rounding out the Fair will be magic comedian Jerry Frasier. Frasier is known for bringing his acts to the next level with making audience members the stars of the show. From close ups to stage illusions, there will be smiles and giggles at this unforgettable free stage entertainment.

Joining Frasier the final three days of the Fair is Forever Elvis: The Spirit Lives. This tribute band will make the audience feel as if it were Elvis himself on the stage.

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 claycountyfair.com.

Red, white, dark or light exhibits take on the 2018 Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair Home Wine and Craft Beer Department is excited for another year of exhibits in the Creative Living Center. With a successful first year, the craft beer division will return with new additions.

With the two new classes to the craft beer division – ale and specialty – there are now a total of eight different classes within the division. Along with the addition, Superintendent Sharon Simington has been working diligently on finding sponsors and prizes for exhibitors.

“I am excited for more entries in both the craft beer and home wine categories,” said Simington.  “There are good prizes from local businesses as well.”

Two of the prizes that will be awarded are a $125 gift certificate from The Hen House and three growlers from West O Beer.

All exhibitors planning to enter a project within this department must enter two bottles of wine or craft beer. This allows for the entry to be judged and displayed during the nine days of the fair, Sept. 8-16.

“We know how popular home brewing and homemade wine is today,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “The addition of new classes in this department will give even more fairgoers to opportunity to showcase their best at the Fair.”

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 Creative Living Center on Sept. 4 (1:00pm-7:00pm).

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 claycountyfair.com.

Learn culinary secrets from the best at the 2017 Fair

“Come Home” for special demonstrations in the Creative Living Center during the 2017 Fair.

Adam Sorenson from Dakota Grills will present ideas for second day meals with “Hoping for Leftovers – Pulled Pork, Canadian Bacon, Butternut Fish” on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Join Margo Sievers and the Chefferettes from Sioux Rapids for an entertaining culinary experience of “Ya’ll Come Home Now Ya Hear” on Wednesday, Sept 13.

Finally, on Thursday, Sept 14, Chef Suzanne Bicknese will present “Salads from the 1920’s – Caesar Salad, Aspic, & Waldorf Salad”.

Gayle Simons, superintendent, invites fairgoers of all ages to not only learn from the best, but to show off their own culinary skills with one of our 14 new baking contests, “We’ve got a contest for everyone this year, from our famous Cinnamon Roll Contest to fried chicken and potato salad, as well as youth contests; we encourage everyone to enter something in this year’s Centennial Fair.”

For more information on these contests as well as other competitions at the Fair, please visit www.claycountyfair.com to download an exhibitor handbook.

FarmHer to be a part of Clay County’s Centennial Celebration

FarmHer, an organization dedicated to shining a light on women in agriculture, will be at the 100th Clay County Fair supporting a different perspective of agriculture; the women.

The FarmHer display will be featured at the Centennial Plaza, September 14-17. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the important roles women play in agriculture through FarmHer images displayed on a 36-foot trailer, screens airing FarmHer images and short video clips from the award-winning FarmHer TV series as well as FarmHer merchandise. The FarmHer theme for the 2017 Clay County Fair is “Are you a FarmHer fan?” and anyone who signs up for the FarmHer mailing list will receive a free folding fan, featuring a FarmHer photograph. It wouldn’t be a fair without temporary tattoos, and visitors to the trailer will have the opportunity to wear home their FarmHer pride.

“Being an Iowa-based organization, we are proud to be a part of not only the largest county fair in the nation, but its 100th year celebration,” says Marji Guyler-Alaniz, Founder and President of FarmHer. “We shared FarmHer at the fair two years ago and are excited to be back to share all of the new and exciting aspects of FarmHer, including the TV show, in our home state of Iowa.” To find out more, visit www.farmher.com.

About FarmHer: FarmHer was founded in 2013 to change the image of agriculture, depicting women taking an active role in the industry through photographs and by sharing their stories. It quickly became clear that women in agriculture not only appreciated FarmHer, but they needed it. And they asked for more. Today, FarmHer has grown into much more than just a gallery of images; it is changing the way people perceive a farmer. The brand includes a national, award-winning weekly television show, events for women around the country, merchandise and home goods. Women are rising to the forefront of agriculture and FarmHer is excited to be a driving force behind this effort.

Clay County Fair Sprint Car Triple Header features IRA, UMSS Winged & UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars

The long-standing tradition of dirt track racing during the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa will continue this year as the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and both divisions of the Upper Midwest Sprint Series (UMSS) take to the track at Clay County Fair Speedway on Friday, September 15. Billed as “The World’s Greatest County Fair,” the Clay County Fair is celebrating its Centennial this year.

For the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series, the event will mark their first visit to the three-eights-mile Clay County Fair Speedway. The series was scheduled to race at the track in 2010, but that event fell to rain. The IRA has raced in the state of Iowa in the past at a number of tracks, including earlier this season at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, where Paul Nienhiser was victorious.

Leading the way for the IRA this season is Bill Balog, the multi-time series champion. Balog, who hails from North Pole, Alaska, but now calls Wisconsin home, has racked up 10 victories thus far in 2017 and also leads the series in top-five and top-10 finishes.

Scotty Thiel is currently second in the standings, on the strength of four wins. Scotty Neitzel, who is still chasing his first win of the season, is currently third in points. Kyle Marten, who picked up his first-career series win earlier this season, is fourth in points. Jeremy Schultz, the defending IRA champion, rounds out the current top-five.

Also following the tour this season is Blake Nimee, who is sixth in points, Steve Meyer, who sits seventh in the standings, Russel Borland, who is eighth, Dave Uttech, who holds down the ninth spot in points and Wayne Modjeski, who rounds out the top-10.

A strong contingent of drivers from the state of Iowa are also expected to take on the IRA competitors, including Terry McCarl, who won with the IRA at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Wisconsin back in July. A number of drivers who compete weekly at the famed Knoxville Raceway and Jackson Motorplex are also expected to be in attendance.

Leading the way for the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) will be Chris Graf, from Glencoe, Wisconsin, who has a pair of wins this season. Kevin Bradwell is currently second in the UMSS standings, followed by Reed Allex, Chase Viebrock and Jared Goerges.

On the UMSS Traditional Sprint Car Series side, Mike Mueller is the point leader on the strength of three victories. Bryan Roach is currently second in the standings, with Jimmy Kouba, who also has three wins, in third. Scott Brandt, who has one win sits fourth in points, with Jake Kouba, who has two victories, rounding out the current top-five. A total of nine different drivers have won with the series this year.

A full race program awaits the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, beginning with hot laps, followed by time trials, heat races, a B-main and an A-Feature event. For both divisions of the UMSS, hot laps will open their night, followed by heat races, a B-main (if needed) and an A-Feature event.

Tickets for the Clay County Fair Sprint Car Triple-Header on Friday, September 15 at Clay County Fair Speedway can purchased online at http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/clay-county-fair and at the track on race day. For ticket information, visit www.ClayCountyFair.com.

Get in the Fair Spirit early

It’s time to get in the Centennial Fair spirit with last minute savings and kick off celebrations prior to the opening of the Clay County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Advance adult gate admission tickets are available for $7, saving fairgoers $3 before the gates open Sept. 9. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Grandstand Ticket Office, or at more than 70 locations throughout northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota. To purchase those tickets (or see the list of locations where you can buy in person), please visit www.claycountyfair.com.

Advance gate tickets will also be sold from the Historic Gate A Towers on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7 and 8.

Advance carnival wristbands for the GoldStar Amusements Midway are available online, at the Grandstand Ticket Office, or at various Godfather’s Pizza locations in Iowa and Minnesota. All-Day wristbands are valid for unlimited rides all day on Saturdays or Sundays for $22 in advance (another $3 savings). VIP wristbands are valid for unlimited rides all nine days of the Fair. The wristbands are $49 in advance, saving fairgoers $6 if purchased in advance. To purchase those wristbands (or see the list of locations where you can buy in person), please visit www.claycountyfair.com.

Fair Food Bucks are a special for all fairgoers. Each Fair Food Buck is worth $1 and can be redeemed for food or beverage at any non-carnival food and beverage vendor at the Fair. Fair Food Bucks can be bought on the Fair’s website or at the Grandstand Ticket Office.

Everyone can get a taste of the Fair ahead of time by attending “Fair on the Square” Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. This special Centennial “thank you” to Clay County will take place on the Courthouse lawn with free food for the first 1,000 people.  In addition, there will be samples of Fair food along with GoldStar Amusements and free entertainment.

The food contest grabs hearts and stomachs of fairgoers

Back by popular demand, “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest returns for its second year at the Clay County Fair, September 9-17. Out of 31 new foods at the Fair this year, the contestants have been narrowed down to five finalists.

“We knew we had to bring ‘The World’s Greatest County Fair Food’ Contest back when we saw how popular it was last year,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “I know fairgoers will enjoy all of the great new foods at the Fair this year.”

The five finalists (and the vendor) are as follows:

Waffle Chix (Waffle Chix) is a chicken tender skewered on a stick, baked inside of a waffle.

Thanksgiving Balls (Eat It) are a combination of an abundance of traditional vegetables (carrots, potatoes, corn, celery and sweet potatoes) with Iowa grown turkey – all rolled into a ball, breaded with an herb infused stuffing, deep-fried and drizzled with their homemade sweet ‘n spicy cranberry sauce.

Cookie Dough Kabobs (Dough Boys) are made with safe to eat cookie dough.

Hot Tenderloin Sandwich (Terry Town Enterprises) includes diced breaded tenderloin on bread with mashed potatoes smothered in pork gravy.

Breakfast Quesadillas (Regals Concessions) are made with sausage/egg, bacon/egg, steak/egg, or cheese/egg.

The winner will be announced at the contest judging, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. in Central Park.

Other new foods at the Fair include:

Mini donuts with optional side to donuts of chocolate sauce or strawberries (J & F Mini Donuts)

Homemade mac-n-cheese, variety of different flavors (Spencer Dream Center)

Hostess Deep Fried Twinkies (Gobblestop Turkey Shop, LLC)

Jumbo stuffed lobster tots; jumbo stuffed buffalo chicken tots; jumbo stuffed Reuben tots; jumbo stuffed bacon cheddar tots (McLellan’s Concessions, Inc.)

Ollie’s Crab Fritters, made-from-scratch crab fritters with dipping sauce (Regals Concessions)

Quesadillas with homemade salsa filled with chicken, beef, steak, pulled pork, bacon and cheese; nachos topped with beef, nacho cheese, jalapenos, black olives, green onion and sour cream (Regals Concessions)

Cinnamon roasted nuts – almonds, pecans, cashews (Norman Phillips)

Waffle Stix – choice of bratwurst, breakfast sausage, Snickers or MilkyWay skewered on a stick, baked inside a waffle (Waffle Chix, LLC)

Not Your Mommas Taco – deep-fried flour tortilla, layered with tender, shredded, perfectly seasoned turkey and our fresh, home-made veggie slaw, topped with a sweet mango salsa (Eat It)

Pig wings – tender, slow-smoked pork on bone, covered in a sweet and spicy BBQ glaze (Eat It)

Safe to eat cookie dough – create your own dough, cookie dough shakes, blizzards, dough Klondike bars and a gluten free cookie dough (Dough Boys)

Iced coffees, banana bread and zucchini bread (Colonial Nut Roll Company)

Danish kringles, Danish letters, Danish krispies and cream horns (Village Café)

The 2016 winners of the “World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest, Spam Curds.

New Vendors join to celebrate the Fair

There will be 46 new additions to the vendor list this year joining the hundreds of favorite commercial exhibits and concessions at the Clay County Fair, Sept. 9-17.

“With nearly 500 vendors, the Clay County Fair will again be an ultimate shopping destination providing everything you need for home and farm,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.

Some of the new vendors include the following:

Okoboji Canning Company (Spencer) offers over 100 different flavors of salsas, sauces, dressings, preserves, and ketchups, as well as their best-selling butt rubs. They are sure to offer something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Pawsitively Stunning Boutique (Whiting, Iowa) offers something for every stylish pet including pet collars, leashes, bows, flowers, bandanas, goodie bags, pet clothing, harnesses.

 Pressed Jewelry (Spencer) offers hand-stamped metal jewelry inspired by songs, quotes, Scriptures, family, and the Midwest. In addition to jewelry, they will have equally inspired and designed locally printed T-shirts.

Pasta of the Prairie (Marion, Iowa) offers flavored pasta noodles, pasta salad mixes and pasta based soups in numerous flavors.

Krull’s Creations (Spencer) offers handcrafted wooden items: cutting boards, cheese boards, cheese knives, pens, pepper mills, salt mills, wine corkscrews, corkscrew-bottle stopper combo, bottle stoppers, barbecue food flippers, seam ripper, bracelet assistants, and shaving sets.

Other new vendors include:

Corn-Fed Cricket

Sleep Number

Western Iowa Tourism

DISH

Granny B’s Cookie Co.

Lee Unlimited

Uncommon USA. Inc.

2 Crazy Ladies

Cutco

Becker Ag Sales

Boss Supply, Inc.

Carey’s Electronics

Coffee Queen Coffee

Fire Rocks

Southside Monuments, LLC

USM Wear Technologies, LLC

Aqua Lube of Kentucky

Eric’s Elite Guide Service

Gideons International

S&S Innovations

BigIron Auction Company

Energy Wise Outdoor Furnaces

Farm and Home Services

JUG Waterers

Legacy Steel Buildings

Steier Ag Aviation

Breezy Mills

Midwest Mowers and Accessories

Windmill Savers

List Ventures

Underwater Solutions, LLC

Greg’s Repair

Lone Star Enterprises, Inc.

Meridian Manufacturing, Inc.

JD Custom Coatings

Triple S Custom, LLC

Opening in 2017, our latest commercial exhibits building, the Tower Gate Pavilion will feature all new vendors.

Strolling entertainment and local acts take center stage at Fair

New and returning acts will entertain audiences in the KICD Courtyard and around the fairgrounds at the Clay County Fair, Sept. 9-17.

Hillbilly Bob will be returning with his 1929 Model A Ford, Old Ruthie, loaded with antique fishing and camping equipment fit for a master outdoors man. They will be strolling around grounds daily at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Matt’s Family Jam also returns to the Fair with their variety of genres, including rock’n’roll, jazz, swing, country and gospel with tight family harmonies. Together they encourage families to have fun and enjoy building relationships and performing for audiences at fairs and festivals all over. They will be riding around the fairgrounds once again on their Beat Bus rolling stage and performing at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fairgoers will be amazed by the award winning eco-magician, Steve Trash. As a strong advocate of the Green Movement, he promotes environmental friendliness and even created the world’s first eco-friendly green magic set made of renewable bamboo and rubber tree wood. He performs his magic acts at theatres, fairs and festivals all over the world. He will have strolling performances on grounds at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Texas Terry will have crowds laughing with his family-friendly and funny shows. Performances will be Sunday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept 17 strolling on grounds at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the Boy Scout Experience will return for the second year in the KICD Courtyard beginning at 9 a.m. daily. Learn about Dutch oven cooking and foil packet cooking – complete with samples. Fairgoers will recognize the signature large teepee in the green space of the Courtyard. Other fun activities also included water rocket demonstrations and rope-making using a special machine. Area Boy Scout troops will be camping on location, allowing people to see what the troops do and how they work throughout the day.

There will be various acts on the KICD Courtyard Stage throughout the week as well. Elle-Shante and Kyle Verner will perform acoustic and vocal music on Sept. 9 and 16. Living Word Worshipis a Christian worship band that will perform on Sept. 10. Sept. 11 and 14 will be Grand Ole Country which is classic country. Also classic country, Frank Tuma will perform on Sept. 12 and 15. Norweiga, a youth band, will perform on Sept. 17. Each of these performances will be at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on their perspective days.

In addition to these performances, the strolling acts will have daily stage performances as well. Each day at 10:30 a.m. audiences can enjoy Steve Trash’s magic show, followed by T. Texas Terry at 2:30 p.m., ending with Matt’s Family Jam at 6:30 p.m.

These acts, plus many more, make up the $180,000 worth of free entertainment that can be found at the 2016 Clay County Fair. For a complete listing, please visit www.claycountyfair.com.