It's a midsummer's day and what better way to beat the heat than to get involved with a local county fair?! While every county seems to have a fair promising the best in sheep, cattle, goats, dogs, and more, the Clarke County Fair dives to new depths and engages the entire community with its selection of animals and family fun entertainment! If you want to enjoy the fun and frolic of the best summer fair this side of the Iowa State Fair, you want to make your way to Osceola and the Clarke County Fairgrounds between Tuesday, July 19th and Monday, July 25th!
Southern Hills Specialty Care sponsors the first day of our great fair and invites you out for some the dog show at 8am. Keep cool the rest of the day by enjoying the Exhibit Building and touring the fairgrounds. At 6:30pm that evening, recognition will be given to all the participants in the 4-H Style Show as well the Communications Participants. But the highlight of the evening will be when the Fair crowns its royalty: Queen, King, Junior Princess, and Junior Prince! It's an event you don't want to miss!
On Wednesday, July 20th, Hy-Vee has a full day of events planned. The poultry show starts at 10am with a Butter Sculpting Contest Intermission planned! The rabbit show will follow with the pet show at 3pm that afternoon. At 6pm, Dean Franzen will do some juggling with a Hippology contest from 6-7pm. End the evening with Movie Night at 8:30pm.
Family Fun Day is on Thursday, July 21st, sponsored by American State Bank. The 4-H/FFA Horse show kicks off the celebration that morning. There will be a Kids Make & Take at the Gazebo and Woodcarver Andy Klindt will be on hand from 10am-4pm. The Family Fun Evening goes from 4pm-10pm and will have face painting, Kiracatures by Kira, Whistle-Nut & Ole performances, the Hawkeye Pedal Pull at 5pm, two great hours of magician Eric Michaels, and a hot dog dinner served by American State Bank. It's free and fun family entertainment!
Osceola Farm & Home invites fairgoers on Friday, July 22nd. The morning starts with the sheep judging at 8am concurrently with Linda Graves wool spinning. There will be another chance for kids to Make & Take at the Gazebo as well as another shot of seeing woodcarver Andy Klindt from 10am-4pm. Goat judging, Clover Kid Sheep Judging, Dairy Goat Judging, and Dairy Cattle Judging will all take place in the afternoon and evening, so make sure you see our local talent giving it all to claim the top prize! End the evening with the Truck & Tractor Pull at 7pm in the West Arena. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6-11; and free for kids 5 and under.
Saturday, July 23rd is brought to you by the Farmer's Co-op. The highlights of the day are the Farm Bureau Cookout Contest at 1pm, the cutest baby contest at 5pm, seeing the working exhibits from 5:30pm-6:30pm, and ending the night with the Draft Horse Pull! The Pull will be in the East Arena with a freewill donation.
On Sunday, July 24th, the Clarke County Cattlemen are sponsoring the day's events and judging, which include Bucket Calves and Feeder Calves in Place, Breeding Beef Heifers, Bucket and Feeder Calves, and Market Beef. The Champion Drive will start at 4pm followed at 7pm by the Chuck Wagon races! The evening ends with the exhibitor dance for all of those hardworking men and women from 9pm-11pm.
The final day of the fair on Monday, July 25th is sponsored by Rueter's and is the perfect way to end a fantastic week-long celebration. At 4:30pm, there will be an Exhibitor & Buyer Supper. This will be followed at 6pm by the livestock sale and pie auction. This county fair is like nothing you have attended before, so get out of your comfort zone and boring old county fair and DIVE TO NEW DEPTHS with the Clarke County Fair!