Join us for the Clay County Fair September 10 - 18, 2022!

Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 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.


Fairgrounds open at 7:00am daily (Sept. 10-18).

Most buildings and exhibits are open from 9:00am-8:00pm (Sept. 10-17) and 9:00am-6:00pm (Sept. 18).  See daily guides for specific hours and times.

Outdoor farm machinery and ag equipment exhibits are open from 9:00am-6:00pm (Sept. 10-18).

GoldStar Amusements Midway opens at 10:00am (Sept. 10, 11, 16-18) or 4:00pm (Sept. 12-15).


Adult, age 13 & over (7am-7:30pm) - $8

NEW IN 2022!  Spencer Chamber Nights!  Free admission to the Fair after 7:30pm daily!

- Buy and print your discounted admission tickets HERE at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply).

- Buy your tickets by phone - 515-244-2771 (shipping and handling fees apply).

- Buy your tickets in person at the Fair Administrative Offices (now through August 26), the Grandstand Ticket office (starting August 29), or at more than 70 locations in your area (starting June 27).  Click HERE for a list of those locations.

Advance adult admission tickets are valid for regular Fair-time admission on any day of the 2022 Clay County Fair. Please note that admission discounts are available at the entrance gates on several special deal days throughout the Fair's run; admission pricing may be less expensive if you purchase admission at the gate. No refunds will be given if you purchase advance adult admission tickets and discover you qualify for a discount at the gate.


Adult, age 13 & over (7am-7:30pm) - $10 SAME RATE, NEW TIMES!

Adult, age 13 & over (7:30pm and after) – FREE NEW!

Child, age 12 and under (Anytime) – FREE

Credit cards accepted at Gate G only.


Veterans Appreciation Day (Monday, September 12) – Veterans and Active Military FREE

Senior Day (Tuesday, September 13) – Age 65 & over, $8

Kids Day (Friday, September 16) – Kids 18 and Under FREE

The Fair does not offer refunds for gate admission.