Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The top priority of the Clay County Fair is to provide a safe and clean environment for all of our fairgoers.  To that end, Fair officials continue to follow and monitor guidance provided by local, state, and federal authorities to ensure fairgoer safety and well-being.

Please do your “Fair share” to keep everyone safe and healthy!


All protocols will be based on Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines that are in effect in September 2021.

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have been around anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days.
  • Additional stations for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing will be provided. 
  • Restrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.  
  • Social distancing will be encouraged when possible; however, there are no plans for any capacity restrictions on the fairgrounds or in any buildings.  
  • Masks are not required for fairgoers, staff, volunteers, or exhibitors, but suggested for those who are unvaccinated, especially indoors.
  • Proof of vaccination will not be required for fairgoers, staff, volunteers, or exhibitors.


No person other than authorized law enforcement personnel are allowed to bring a firearm or deadly weapon onto the Clay County Fairgrounds.  Firearms are prohibited with or without a valid Iowa permit to carry. 


The following items are prohibited from being carried onto the Clay County Fairgrounds:

  • Weapons/Firearms
  • Alcoholic beverages not provided by the Fair Association
  • Air horns/whistles or other noisemakers
  • Helium-filled balloons
  • Glitter/Confetti
  • Glass bottles
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal substances


The Clay County Fair reserves the right to search all bags, backpacks, coolers, purses, containers etc. upon entry to the Clay County Fairgrounds and upon request while on the Clay County Fairgrounds.

The Fair will conduct bag checks and security screenings at selected Grandstand events during the Fair.  Please allow additional time for those bag checks and screenings.