News Releases

Clay County Fair returns in big way

Spencer, Iowa — Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU returned September 11-19 with sunny skies and smiling fairgoers. “There was much uncertainty heading into this Fair with the pandemic, a labor shortage, supply chain issues, and a 721-day break since the last Fair,” said Fair Manager Jeremy … Read more

Recycling Options Allow Fairgoers to Help Reduce Trash

Clay County Fair attendees are being encouraged to help with recycling efforts at the 2021 fair. Once again, plastic bottles and aluminum cans can be placed in blue bins lined with clear bags. In addition to the Fair and City of Spencer, the recycling effort is supported by the Women’s Basketball team at Iowa Lakes … Read more

Clay County Fair Makes Grandstand Change

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces that BlackHawk (rather than Tracy Lawrence) will be joining The Bellamy Brothers as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU on Monday, September 13 at 7:30pm. “Tracy Lawrence had to cancel due to circumstances … Read more

Thirty-one new foods will entice stomachs at 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Fairgoers to the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU will have 31 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 11-19, including five that have been named as finalists for the fifth edition of the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest. “In our visitor surveys, fairgoers tell us one of the … Read more

Livestock entry deadline approaching quickly for the 2021 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The open class livestock entry deadline for the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 11-19, is rapidly approaching. All entries for open class beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and horses are due by midnight on Sunday, August 29. Check out the exhibitor handbooks online at www.claycountyfair.com or pick one up at … Read more

Memorable Collections, new blue ribbon contests highlight Creative Living Center

Spencer, Iowa — Memorable collections, canned goods, dried foods and oven products will all fill a portion of the Creative Living Center at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 11-19. A recent tradition at the Fair, the Signe Kim Lauridsen-Jones’ Memorable Collections Contest will have cash prizes totaling $1,000.00. Exhibitors will create … Read more

Events Center Ballroom highlights for 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The EuroCAST Ballroom in the Events Center will bring a variety of speakers and performers to the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 11-19. “Whether it’s a game show or a patriotic salute or one of the top Southern Gospel music groups in the nation, the Ballroom will be a … Read more

Central Park full of fun activities at 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Interactive family fun and a brand-new Hispanic Festival will highlight Central Park at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 11-19. “Our goal each year is to provide unique, fun activities that will appeal to all fairgoers,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “Central Park definitely helps us meet that goal … Read more

Strolling Acts and a new performance venue come to the 2021 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Daredevil stunts, performing pigs, roving circus stars, and a brand-new stage are just a few examples of the more than $150,000 in entertainment that will be offered FREE to fairgoers during the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 11-19. This year’s Fair will offer a new performance venue, called the … Read more

Happy Hour to open Sleep Number Grandstand at 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — For concert-goers who want to start their night earlier in the Sleep Number Grandstand or avoid the long lines before the show, the brand-new “Happy Hour” will give them that opportunity at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 11-19. “We know that today’s concert-goers are always looking for a … Read more