2014 Linn County Fair Queen Contest

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2014 Linn County Fair Queen Contest. The Queen Contest has been a long standing tradition at the fair and provides contestants a great experience with other young talented women that are role models in their communities.


2013 Linn County Fair Princess & Queen

The Linn County Fair Queen Contest is open to ladies 16 to 21 years old that reside in Linn County and are an active member of at least one service organization in her community such as 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, and church youth groups. For a complete list of contestant qualifications go to http://www.thelinncountyfair.com/queen-competition.html. It is required that contestants have at least two years of involvement with The Linn County Fair prior to running.

The responsibilities of The Linn County Fair Queen includes but not limited to:

  • Being a spokesperson for the fair to help promote it through parades, banquets and other public events.
  • Be present during different fair events from grandstand to livestock events.
  • Represent The Linn County Fair at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in August.
  • Through the different activities, the queen will help promote and represent The Linn County Fair!

Queen contestants will be required to attended several events. The first event is The ROYALTY DAY that will be held on June 14th from 9 am to noon. This day will consist of interviewing skills/techniques, relaxation and much more for all fair queen contestants. Contestants will feel like a real queens when this day comes to a close while coming away with new interview techniques, networking and public speaking skills.

The contest judging will take place on the same day from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, place to be determined. Public will be allowed to meet the contestants after the judging at 3:30 pm.

2012 Queen Judging Day

2012 Queen Judging Day

Other events include the Hiawatha Hog Wild Days Parade on Saturday, June 21st and the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Market on Saturday, June 7th.

The 2014 queen and princess will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 25th at The Linn County Fair Cook-out and Opening Program in the grandstand starting at 5:00 P.M.

The contest will help develop many of the skills that are needed to succeed today. The current Linn County Royalty is Queen Allison Zumbach of Coggon and Princess Tymbrie Snoble from Central City. Past Linn County Fair Queens and contestants have gone on to be role models and leaders in their communities.

Applications are due by May 15th. They can be mailed to The Linn County Fair – Queen Contest, PO Box 329, Central City, IA 52213. NO APPLICATIONS will be accepted by committee members.

Linn County Fair Queen Committee Chair, Jennifer Dunn encourages young ladies to get involved, “This is a great opportunity to represent one of the best and fastest growing county fairs in the nation. We have many people looking at our county for information in what we do as a fair and what a great opportunity to be able to help display this great accomplishment as a fair.”

Rules and entry forms are available online at http://www.thelinncountyfair.com/queen-competition.html

Questions please contact Jennifer Dunn at jenn@thelinncountyfair.com or Kathy Clemens at Kathy@thelinncountyfair.com or by calling 319-929-FAIR (3247).

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General Fair Manager Position Available 

The Linn County Fair Association is seeking a General Manager to oversee the day-to-day operation of the Linn County Fair Grounds, Lynn Dunn Memorial Building and other special events on the fairgrounds.  Responsibilities will include overseeing the grounds and grounds keepers, managing the Lynn Dunn Memorial (LDM) Building, managing and promoting rentals of the LDM building, managing The Linn County Fair Association’s Partnership Program, general bookkeeping duties, fair week duties and other duties as assigned by The Linn County Fair Association Board of Directors.
Job specifications include:

  • Prior fair or event planning experience
  • Quick learner
  • Ability to attend all monthly The Linn County Fair Association board meetings, held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Flexible schedule with availability to work some weekends
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • A four (4) year degree or equivalent work experience
  • Detail oriented individual
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Basic computer skills

For complete job description go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/job-opening.html.

Please submit cover letters and resumes via email to: jobpostings@thelinncountyfair.com or by mail to: 
       The Linn County Fair Association
Attn: Personnel Committee
P.O. Box 329
Central City, IA 52214-0329



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2014 Quilt Block Challenge Kits available

We are ready to get “Back in the Saddle” with the 2014 Linn County Fair Quilt Block Challenge contest. Connie’s Quilt Shop will be supplying the kits that will include colors from this year’s fair logo. Fifty quilt blocks are available for purchase. Contestants must use all the fabrics with one of those designated as the focus fabric for their block. Kits are currently available.

Kris Blackford, chairman of the Quilt Block Challenge, describes the process they go through every year to determine what fabric they are going to use for this year’s challenge. “We first decide if we are going to try and carry out the fair color theme for that year, sometimes we can and sometimes it’s not possible. We make the trip to Connie’s Quilt Shop and first look for a focus fabric. Then from there we look for coordinating colors to go with that focus fabric and what we’re going to use for a border, sashing, setting stones, picture framing, etc. we do this with Connie’s help.”
 2014 Fabric
Blocks will be display at the 2014 Linn County Fair June 25th – 30th. The blocks will be judged for the Viewer’s Choice that will receive a $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop. Later the blocks will be made into a quilt to be raffled off at the following year’s fair. All proceeds will go towards improvements of The Linn County Fair.Rules:

  • Contest limited to 50 participants. Open to all Iowa residents.
  • Contestant will pay $5.00 per kit. One kit per exhibitor.
  • Exhibitor must use all the fabrics included in the kit, do not add fabrics. Do not quilt block. Appliqueing is allowed this year.
  • Exhibitor may use an established pattern or create an original block, (the block size must be 9 ½” by 9 ½”)
  • Blocks entered become property of The Linn County Fair Association. Blocks to be made into a quilt and raffled off the following year with the proceeds going for improvements of The Linn County Fair. Extra blocks received may be made into a small wall hanging, shams or pillows.
  • A $25 gift certificate to Connie’s Quilt Shop will be awarded for Viewers Choice.

You may pick up your kits at Connie’s Quilt Shop or by emailing Kris Blackford at blackfords@thelinncountyfair.com or call Jean Dunn at 319-377-6079. The finished block must be dropped off or mailed no later than Monday, May 7, 2012.

Stay tuned for your opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for your chance win the 2013 Quilt Block Challenge finished quilt. Drawing will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at The Linn County Fair, need not to be present to win. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $1 per ticket.


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John Michael Montgomery Concert Tickets On Sale Saturday

The Linn County Fair presents John Michael Montgomery in concert on Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at The Linn County Fair grandstands. This is an all-ages show.  Opener is local country act Reckless Abandon. John Michael Montgomery

Ticket information: Tickets for the concert go on sale this Saturday, March 29th at 8am online only.  “Back in the Saddle” ticket special, Buy Two (2) tickets for the price of 1 ($18). Tickets can be purchased by going to www.thelinncountyfair.com. Special runs from 8am on March 29th to midnight on April 4th. Tickets prior to concert are $18 or $20 day of show.

 Concert location: The Linn County Fairgrounds are located 15 minutes north of Marion on the south end of Central City on the east side of Highway 13 at 201 Central City Road, Central City, Iowa.  For more information on the concert go to www.thelinncountyfair.com or email info@thelinncountyfair.com.

John Michael Montgomery:John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets–believability. Few artist in any genre sing with more heart than his handsome Kentucky-born artist. 


John Michael Montgomery

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John Michael Montgomery to Perform During The Linn County Fair’s Friday Night Concert

John Michel Montgomery is set to perform during the Linn County Fair’s Friday Night Concert at 7:30 PM on June 27th in the grandstand.   Tracy Lawrence who was originally scheduled to perform, was forced to cancel due to a personal conflict.  All tickets purchased for the Tracy Lawrence concert will be honored for the John Michael Montgomery concert. For individuals that would like to purchase tickets for the John Michael Montgomery concert, they will go on sale in a couple of weeks, stay tuned for more details.

John Michael Montgomery
Chuck Pursel, Tour Manager/Artist rep for Tracy Lawrence stated, “I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience in this matter. When this makeup date came back around our calendar was wide open for it. And gladly accepted the offer. Our cancellation for personal reasons is due to the wedding of a dear friend of our group.”


Any individual that purchased tickets for the Tracy Lawrence can get a refund if they choose not to use them for the John Michael Montgomery concert or any other grandstand event that will be held at the 2014 Linn County Fair. For a full list of the grandstand events go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/daily-schedule.html.   Tickets that were purchased online through the fair’s website will be refunded to the credit card on file once an email with the information below of the purchase has been received and verified. Email request to info@thelinncountyfair.com;


Information needed for refund of tickets purchased electronically:

  • Name of the individual that purchased the tickets
  • email address that was used to purchased the tickets
  • the number of tickets purchased and ticket number(s)

Tickets that were purchased at any of the local Farmers State Bank locations, Hometown Market in Central City, or at the fair’s booth at one of the farmers market, can request a refund of their tickets by mailing their tickets to the address listed below, including their full name, address, phone number and email address. Once the the tickets and information has been received and confirmed a refund check will be mailed. All refunds request must be posted marked by April 15, 2014.


Mail refund request to:

Attn: Ticket Refund

The Linn County Fair

PO Box 329

Central City, IA 52214


The Linn County Fair Association apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused any fans, we appreciate your continuous support. We might have been knocked down  by Mother Nature last year, but this year we are “Back In the Saddle” and ready to have fun in 2014!

John Michael Montgomery


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2013 in review

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2013 Results- 4-H Horse & Pony Show

Due to the rainy weather on June 26, the Linn County Fair Horse & Pony show had to be rescheduled.  4-H’ers competed in the Horse/Pony show on Saturday, July 27, at the Linn County Fairgrounds.  Those winning are as follows:


Grand Champion Halter Pony – Corrine Kettelkamp, Marion with Elmo


Reserve Champion Halter Pony – Sierra Dougherty, Coggon with Brezzy


Grand Champion Halter Horse — Jacque Murray, Ely with Rubys Nick of Time


Reserve Champion Halter Horse – Sara-Anne Kettelkamp, Marion with Zippin Faith


High Point Pleasure Pony 9th Grade and Above – Jacque Murray, Ely riding Sunruler


Reserve High Point Pleasure Pony 9th Grade and Above – Sara-Anne Kettelkamp, Marion riding

Remington Steele


High Point Pleasure Pony 8th Grade and Below – Tie between:

Corrine Kettelkamp, Marion riding Elmo

Miranda Schneider-Ketelkamp, Marion riding Little Man


Reserve High Point Pleasure Pony 8th Grade and Below – Brooke Kettelkamp, Marion riding Bullseye


High Point Pleasure Horse 9th Grade and Above – Jacque Murray, Ely riding Rubys Nick of Time


Reserve High Point Pleasure Horse 9th Grade and Above – Sara-Anne Kettlekamp, Marion riding Zippin Faith


High Point Pleasure Horse 8th Grade and Below – Chelsea McEvoy, Walker, riding Cutter


Reserve High Point Pleasure Horse 8th Grade and Below — Mollie Coffin, Marion riding Jammz Spitin Goldust


4-H, the youth component of the Iowa State University Extension, offers opportunities to choose from among fifty different project areas.  The 4-H program is open to all urban and rural youth kindergarten through 12th grade.  For more information about 4-H, contact the Linn County Extension Office,383 Collins Road NE, Suite  201, Cedar Rapids or phone 377-9839. Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age or disability.

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