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"It's Not a Fair, It's a Way of Life": The Clayton County Fair
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"It's Not a Fair, It's a Way of Life": The Clayton County Fair

Come to Clayton County for a county fair smack in the middle of a tall, green, Iowa corn-field. The motto for this rural tradition is “It’s not a fair, it’s a way of life." The 164th Clayton County Fair in National, is great family fun. Enjoy five days of entertainment, livestock shows, concessions, (nine) FREE inflatables for the kids, and even a ride on a mechanical bull. This action packed event takes place August 1-6, 2018.

To kick-off the events on Wednesday, August 1st, sink your teeth into a mouthwatering barbeque sandwich, from 5 - 7:30 P.M. The flag raising and crowning for Clayton County Fair Queen starts at 6:30 P.M. One lucky lady will represent the county at the Iowa State Fair the following week. The entertainment for the night will be the 4-H Style Show as well as the 4-H Share the Fun Show. Talented 4-H’ers will show off their hard work and musical and acting abilities. It’s always a kickin' good time.

The many 4-H groups and FFA members will be ready to show their animals before the judges. The livestock will stay all five-days. Stroll around the barns viewing different breeds of sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, lamas, and rabbits. Be sure you don't miss the turkeys, geese, chickens, pigeon’s, and ducks. You may even catch a cow or steer getting a bath or some sheep getting sheered! Each 4-H group will proudly adorn their section of the barn, as well as the 4-H exhibit building.

On Thursday, August 2nd, for the first time in the history of the fair, watch a Skid Loader Rodeo at 5:30 P.M. The event asks-- who can operate a skid loader best? Later, classic country artist Moe Bandy takes the stage.

For Friday, August 3rd, multi-award-winning country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis (daughter of the late Mel Tillis),  and members of the Grand Ole Opry will take the stage at 8 P.M.

On Saturday, kick up dust with the 5th annual Stick Horse Rodeo at 5 P.M. Watch cowboys ride feisty bulls during 8th annual Bull Bash (this is an official sanctioned bull riding event). 

Things wind down on Sunday, August 5th with the two-track, fast-paced Truck and Tractor Pull beginning at 11 A.M. Enjoy The McEwyn Band, a family country band at a modern tailgate party jam.


By Gianna Manternach


Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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