News Releases

IAFE 2020 Wrap Up

“The World’s Greatest County Fair” lived up to its billing by winning multiple awards and recognitions at the 2020 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) “Virtual Vision” held November 30-December 1. “Virtual Vision” replaced the IAFE Annual Convention, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we could not gather in person, ‘Virtual Vision’ … Read more

Accepting 2021 Queen Applications

Spencer, Iowa – The search is underway for candidates to compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen. The winner, to be crowned Sunday, May 2, will reign over this year’s Clay County Fair and will also compete for the State Fair Queen title. Females between the ages of 16 and 21 by August … Read more

Speedway announces 2021 plans

The Clay County Fair Speedway announces a partnership with Trent Chinn Promotions for the 2021 season. The Speedway, which will be co-promoted by Chinn and the Fair Association, will host six nights of racing in 2021, including two nights at the 2021 Clay County Fair. “The Speedway has produced some of the best dirt track … Read more

Get your Fair Food fix

The Clay County Fair & Events Center announces two ways to get your Fair food fix in the month of August – Non-Profit Take Out Tuesdays and Fair Food To Go. In partnership with Farmers Bank, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer Radio Group, the Fair has scheduled a number of Non-Profit Take Out … Read more

2020 Clay County Fair postponed

The Clay County Fair Association announced today that the 2020 edition of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” will not be held and will be postponed to September 11-19, 2021. The decision, announced following a vote by the Fair Executive Committee, was made amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  After weeks of exploring various options, … Read more

Clay County Fair wins international recognition

“The World’s Greatest County Fair” lived up to its billing by winning multiple awards and recognitions at the 2019 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention held December 1-4 in San Antonio. The Fair claimed 14 awards this year – the most in its history, including four first-place awards.  (The previous record was 12 … Read more

Foreigner Refund Information

September 9, 2019 Dear Foreigner Ticket Buyer: Saturday, Sept. 7 was a rare event at the Clay County Fair – a Grandstand concert cancellation. Due to muddy track conditions that affected stage placement and issues with the stage surface, Foreigner felt that the Grandstand stage was unsafe for the band and stage personnel. The Fair … Read more

2019 Fair new foods entice stomachs of Fairgoers

Fairgoers to the 2019 Clay County Fair will have 32 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 7-15, including five that have been named as finalists for the fourth edition of the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest. “In our visitor surveys, fairgoers tell us one of the top reasons they attend the Fair … Read more

CCF Bull Riding Challenge returns to Outdoor Arena at the Fair

An evening of bull riding, as well as many other equine events and Muttin’ Bustin’, will be the featured attractions at the Outdoor Arena during the 2019 Clay County Fair, Sept. 7-15. “The Outdoor Arena will be filled with entertainment for the entire family all day and into the evenings,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. … Read more

Numerous prizes to be given for blue ribbon cooking at the Clay County Fair

Thirty-two different sponsored items for blue ribbon winners and cash prizes are just some of the things waiting for you and your kitchen creations to win in the Oven Products Department at the 2019 Clay County Fair, Sept. 7-15. Besides classic categories like chocolate chip cookies, pies, and other baked goods, there are several other … Read more