Fair season is upon us! The second week in July will fill the Central Iowa Fair Grounds with the sounds of the local county fair. From July 11th-14th, come on over to Marshalltown for the sights, sounds, and smells.
Wednesday kicks things off with Entry Day. Come see the 4-H and FFA youth bring their livestock exhibits onto the grounds and show off their creative and baking skills through projects on display. Stay that evening for the awards ceremony and fair queen and princess crowning.
Thursday is Veterans and Senior Citizens Day at the fair. All attending veterans are invited for a free evening meal beginning at 4:30pm to thank them for their service. Other activities that day include livestock shows, STEM activities, and bouncy rides for the kids. There will also be vendors selling goods and a youth rodeo in the evening which is free to attend and participate in. registration for the CIF Youth Rodeo can be done by calling 641-750-5124 or 641-750-4480. You can also register that day from 3-5pm. This is a great activity for kids ages 3-18 to come and have some rodeo fun! Participants receive a prize bag upon participation.
Friday is Agriculture Day. There will be several stations throughout the grounds set up for hands-on activities to teach about all areas of agriculture. Tours will be led by volunteers, or you can explore on your own. There will also be a petting zoo, so be sure to stop at all stations and enjoy the interactive experience! Friday evening does not disappoint-- with a family game night, an ice cream eating contest, and racing at the track!
Saturday is Family Day at the Central Iowa Fair. Mud volleyball, pony rides, and a rock wall?!? There is something for all kids and kids at heart (feel brave enough to ride the mechanical bull?. The fun doesn’t stop there either. That evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m., come enjoy the free 4-H carnival with games and prizes which is put on by the local 4-H clubs. Stick around after that and head up to the grandstands for the CIF Bull Riding Event. Hungry? Stop and support the Local Youth Ambassadors Club who will be selling concessions at the Bull Riding event to raise money to give annual scholarships to youth who show personal growth and leadership through 4-H. After the bull riding, Jason Pritchett takes the stage for a concert you won’t want to miss.
Whether you come for a day or the whole week, there will be plenty of fun to “stirrup” at the Central Iowa Fair. The fairgrounds are located a short distance north of Hwy 30 in Marshalltown.
More information and a complete schedule of events can be found at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds website.
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