Attendance Highs and Lows at The 2014 Linn County Fair

The 2014 Linn County Fair was another successful fair with the crowds “Back in the Saddle” after mother nature knocked us down in 2013. The Linn County Fair ran from June 25th to 30th this year in Central City. The fair was filled with crowd favorites and fun new events for the whole family.The new grandstand events brought out new people to the fair but the weather kept others away. This can be seen through out the fair with the overall grandstand and fair attendance.

Youth Day 2014

Youth Day 2014- Photo provided by Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

Thursday of the fair is Youth Day, an opportunity for youth of all ages to come to the fair and enjoy the many free events and activities that are on hand. They get to experience a local county fair like no other. The main Youth Day events ran from 9am to 1pm. With mother nature cooperating we had a record attendance of over 5,000 people during the peak of Youth Day. The crowd consisted of families, daycares and camps enjoying all the many free activities and local organizations on hand.

Thursday overall was a record breaking day with a total day attendance of about 11,000 people, the most on record for a Thursday of the fair. The crowd was twice the size we had in 2012 when Youth Day was dampered by excessive heat.

John Michael Montgomery-  Photo provided by G.G. Photography

John Michael Montgomery- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

The excitement for the John Michael Montgomery concert held on Friday, brought in the largest crowd for a concert at The Linn Country Fair since the fair started putting on concerts in 2007. Over 2,000 came out to enjoy a great night at the fair while listening to local band Reckless Abandon and kickin’ up their boots to John Michael Montgomery. The concert crowd contributed to the largest Friday fair attendance on record of about 7,200 people.

 

The 2013 rains that caused projected flooding of the fairgrounds were kept away for this year’s fair. The fair grounds didn’t get the flooding that others were dealing with in the area this year, but the fair didn’t luck out on getting hit with rain showers.  Saturday is normally the largest daily fair attendance but this year was second to Thursday due to a heavy down pour hitting the fair after 8pm Saturday night. The ECIPA ended up having to cancel the remaining of the Truck & Tractor Pull after only getting in 2 classes in before the storm blew in. The heavy rains also cancelled that night’s fireworks.

2014 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull - Photo provided by Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

2014 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull – Photo provided by Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

The rain cleared and dried up to hold many of the Sunday events from 4-H/FFA livestock shows to Impact Pro Wrestling event in the grandstand. The threat of more storms kept some people home Sunday night but the grandstand was still filled with a crowd that got to enjoy the Chuckwagon Races. The next storm was rolling in as the races wrapped up and people headed home for the night. Rain cancelled the fireworks for the second night in a row.

 

With the heavy rains of Saturday and Sunday night, the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony Games Show for Monday were already called off Sunday Night. The Game Show was then rescheduled for Monday, July 14th. 

Monday morning cancellation of the Harness Races planned for that night came in early, as the track was still drenched and the projected storms would not give it time to dry out before that night’s races. There is no rain date for this event. 

The only event that was able to take place on Monday was the 4-H/FFA Live Stock show that had to take a few breaks for attendees to take shelter as severe storms blew through the area. The storms continued through out the day that caused the postponing of the 4-H Dance from that night to Sunday, August 3rd at 6pm. 

Some of the 2014 Linn County Fair Royalty Photo provided by Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

Some of the 2014 Linn County Fair Royalty Photo provided by Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

The Linn County Fair got knocked around again this year by Mother Nature, but the fair still ended up having a record breaking overall fair attendance in 2014 with about 41,000 people enjoying the fair festivities. This record is about 7% higher then the record breaking year of 2012 and a growth of 480% since 2006.

 

Special thanks to the many volunteers that helped make the 2014 Linn County Fair another successful fair! Many thanks for the continuous support and dedication of our many Community Partners and the Linn County Supervisors, without their support The Linn County Fair Association couldn’t continue to provide a free fair and provide a great local county fair for Linn County and surrounding communities.

To take a look back at The 2014 Linn County Fair and check out the many pictures for the week’s events at https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelinncountyfair/sets/. See you in 2015!

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Linn County Fair Miscellaneous Pet Show

Linn County Fair Miscellaneous Pet Show

The Linn County 4-H miscellaneous pet show was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Linn County Fairgrounds. The

miscellaneous pet show gives youth a chance to share their knowledge and skill in working with a wide variety of pets

including fish, reptiles, hobby goats and llamas.

 

Overall Champion High Point Miscellaneous Animal : Timothy Spink, Marion

Overall Reserve Champion Miscellaneous Animal: Michael Bohlken, Springville

Champion Fish: Jeret Crow Schrader, Marion

Champion Bird: Michael Bohlken, Springville

Champion Hobby Goat: Tymbrie Snobl, Central City

 

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 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. Iowa State University Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

 

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2014 Linn County Fair Cavy (Guinea Pig) Show

2014 Linn County Fair Cavy (Guinea Pig) Show

The 4-H Cavy show was held at the Linn County Fair in Central City on Thursday, June 26,
2014. The Cavy (Guinea Pig) show gives youth a chance to share their knowledge and skill in working with Cavy. This year’s results were:

Champion Pet Cavy: Samantha Reilly, Cedar Rapids

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 youth kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information about 4-H, contact the Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids or phone 377-9839.

 

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Linn County Fair Dairy Cattle Show Results

2014 Linn County Fair 4-H Dairy Cattle Show Results

Linn County 4-H and FFA Dairy cattle were exhibited at Linn County Fair on 29 June in Central City.

Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer, J.J. Eilers, Urbana

Reserve Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer, J.J. Eilers, Urbana

Junior Champion Holstein Heifer: John Butz, Mt. Vernon

Reserve Junior Champion Holstein Heifer: Alexis Costello, Cedar Rapids

Junior Champion Jersey Heifer: J.J. Eilers, Urbana

Supreme Champion Heifer: Brock Henderson, FFA

Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer: J.J. Eilers, Urbana

Overall Champion: Josh Kettelkamp, Marion

Showmanship Class winners:

Senior Showmanship Champion: Alexis Costello, Cedar Rapids

Intermediate Showmanship Champion: John Butz, Cedar Rapids
dairy cattle
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.

Information about 4-H, contact the Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road, NE, Cedar Rapids or phone 377-9839.

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2014 Linn County Fair Bucket Bottle Calf Show Results

2014 Linn County Fair Bucket Bottle Calf Show Results

Linn County 4-H Bucket Bottle Calves were exhibited at the Linn County Fair in Central City on Friday, June 27. Entries

included newborn or orphaned beef and dairy calves . The results are as follows:

Champion Junior Bucket Bottle – Sam Stoner, Mt. Vernon

Reserve Champion Junior Bucket Bottle – Grace Matus, Central City

Champion Intermediate Bucket Bottle – Dallas Bowser, Central City

Reserve Champion Intermediate Bucket Bottle – Rylee Menster, Springville

Champion Senior Bucket Bottle – Sarah Melsha, Anamosa

Reserve Champion Senior Bucket Bottle – Kaylin Moyer, Alburnett FFA

bottle calf

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, Cedar Rapids or phone 377-9839.

 

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2014 Linn County Fair Club Booth Winners

Linn County Fair Club Booth Winners

Each year at the Linn County Fair 4-H Clubs decorate their display booths according to a theme. This year’s fair theme

was “ Back in the Saddle”. Those clubs winning honors for the best decorated club booth are:

Large Club Division:

First Place – Outstanding — Coggon Clippers

Second Place – Outstanding – Linn Electric Learners

Third Place – Outstanding — Indian Creek 4-H Club

Large Club Honorable Mention – Washington Busy Beavers

Large Club Honorable Mention – Barnyard Buddies

Small Club Division:

First Place – Outstanding – Lucky Club

Second Place – Outstanding – Central City Achievers

Third Place – Outstanding – Mustangs

Small Club Honorable Mention – Dandy Doers

Small Club Honorable Mention – College Challengers

fair booth winners

For more information about joining 4-H – as a volunteer or as a member, contact the Linn County Extension Office,

3279 7th Avenue, Marion, or phone 377-9839. 4-H Youth Development programs provide youth experiences in project

learning, communication, citizenship, leadership and personal decision making skills.

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2014 Results – Open Amateur Wine Making Contest

Back again this year was the Open Amateur Wine Making Competition at The Linn County Fair held on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Several contestants brought their home brewed wine to see how they their skills rate. The wines were judged on sight, smell, taste, finish and overall.

 

Best Overall

  1. Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Country Wine – Fruit, Red Sweet, Strawberry
  2. Ron Waite of Anamosa, Iowa with a Non-Varietal Wine – Red, Dry, Marcheal Foch
  3. Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Country Wine – Berries, Sweet, ElderBerry

Amateur Wine Making Best of Show 2014

 

Blue Awards “Outstanding Wines” Non-Varietal Wine

  • Ron Waite of Anamosa, Iowa with a Red, Dry, Marcheal Foch – Non-Varietal
  • Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Red, Dry, Wild Iowa Grape – Non-Varietal
  • Ron Waite if Anamosa, Iowa with a White, Dry, LaCresent/LaCross – Non-Varietal

 

Blue Awards “Outstanding Wines” Country Wines

  • Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Fruit, Red Sweet, Strawberry – Country Wine
  • Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Berries, Sweet, Elderberry – Country Wine
  • Chad Steffen of Marion, Iowa with a Fruit, White Sweet, Lemon

2014 Amateur Wine Making

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