By the Numbers

By the Numbers

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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

  • 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.


  • 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 Attendance20212019
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