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Lee County Fair Opens July 11 in Donnellson

Jul 9, 2018

The oldest county fair in Iowa gets underway in Donnellson this week. Organizers say the Lee County Fair, which dates back to 1841, will offer a little something for everyone from July 11-16.

Whitney Weisinger with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said that -- among other things -- the fair offers an opportunity for local kids to show off their love and appreciation for agriculture.

Weisinger said there are now more than 220 members of 4-H between nine clubs in Lee County, which is an increase of about 30 kids in the past year. And she said there are now even a couple of “Clover Kids” clubs for elementary school age kids.

Weisinger said the Clover Kids will take part in a small pet show during the fair and have their artwork on display while the older 4H members are showcasing their livestock and participating in the annual horse show.

A scheduled for the 4H events is available here.

Grandstand Events (Admission Required) :

  • July 11 - 6:00p – Crowning of Fair Queen, Jr. Fair Queen & Little Ms./Mr. Lee County Fair
  • July 11 - 7:00p – Iowa Harness Racing
  • July 12 - 7:00p – Hot Laps
  • July 12 - 7:30p – IMCA Races
  • July 13 - 7:30p – Freestyle Madness Motocross & BMX Throwdown
  • July 14 - 7:00p – Kid’s Power Wheel Derby
  • July 14 - 7:30p – Demolition Derby

Live Music :

  • July 13 – 9p-2a – Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters
  • July 14 – 9p-2a – Stumptown

Other Events during the week :

  • Kenny’s Funland Carnival
  • Bob Bohm Family Entertainment (Magic Show, Survivor Game Show, Farmily Feud)
  • Human Foosball
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Chess Tournament
  • Car Show
  • Tractor Pulls
  • Ag Olympics
  • Tai Chi Demonstration
  • Wine Expo