News Releases

Special Feature Class to exhibit in Textiles, Crafts, and Arts at the 2021 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair Textiles, Crafts, and Arts Department will again showcase memorable creativity in the Creative Living Center at the 2021 Fair, Sept 11-19. “We always look forward to the wide variety of exhibits brought to the fair, and this year there are a few new changes to the sponsors,” said … Read more

Multiple fan favorites return to dirt track at 2021 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The Sleep Number Grandstand will showcase multiple fan favorite dirt events, including tractor pulls, IMCA races, and the return of sprint cars during the nine days of the 2021 Clay County Fair, September 11-19. The Antique Tractor Pull will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, and will be free to … Read more

Ryan Hurd added to Clay County Fair Grandstand Lineup

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces Ryan Hurd with special guest Big Time Grain Co., as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30pm. Arista Nashville singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd has garnered more than 385 million … Read more

Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt to appear at Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair announces Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt 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 is one of country music’s truest traditionalists.  His impressive catalog of timeless music has sold more … Read more

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