2017 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest



Reminder, The Linn County Fair Association is accepting applications for the 2017 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest.  Applications must be postmarked by June 1st. The Little Mr. and Miss Contest provides the contestants the chance to get further involved with the fair as well as meet and bond with peers in the same age group.

The Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest is open to boys and girls who have completed Kindergarten through third grade, who reside in Linn County, and have been involved in the fair in some way.  Such involvement may include, but is not limited to, clover kids, the Kiddee Tractor Pull, the Kiddee Calf Show, and/or Bucket Bottle Lamb. For a complete list of contest qualifications, please visit http://thelinncountyfair.com/fair-week/royalty/mr-and-miss/. The responsibilities of winners include representing the fair during fair week by handing out ribbons and awards at various shows as well as participating in various events throughout the following year.

To enter this contest, contestants must be eligible in accordance with the provided rules as well as fill out and turn in the application form and coloring page to Allison Zumbach no later than June 1, 2017. Contestants must also attend judging on June 28, 2017 at the allotted time at the Linn County Fairgrounds Grandstand. The 2017 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 28 at the Linn County Fair Opening Program in the grandstand.

Applications are to be postmarked no later than June 1, 2017 and can be mailed the below address.

Applications must be mailed to this address will not be accepted.
Allison Zumbach
c/o Little Mr. and Miss
PO Box 329

Central City, IA 52214

Application available at: http://thelinncountyfair.com/fair-week/royalty/mr-and-miss/

Questions please contact Allison Zumbach at Allison.zumbach@wartburg.edu

The Linn County Fair in Central City from June 28th – July 3rd 2017 | www.thelinncountyfair.com


2016 Miss and Mr. Linn County Fair – Madison MeMean & Trenton Abel

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2017 Linn County Fair Queen Contest 

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 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.

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. 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!

Rachel Zumbach – 2016 Linn County Fair Princess, and Makenna Blackford – 2016 Linn County Fair Queen

Queen contestants will be required to attended several events. The first event is The ROYALTY DAY that will be held on June 4th from 1pm- 4pm. The afternoon 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 4 -6:30 pm, place to be determined. Public will be allowed to meet the contestants after the judging at 6 pm.

Other events include local parades and the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Market on Saturday, June 17th.

The 2017 queen and princess will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 28th 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, Makenna Blackford of Alburnett and Princess, Rachel Zumbach of Coggon.  Past Linn County Fair Queens and contestants have gone to continue being great 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 52214. 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.”

Forms and Rules online at http://thelinncountyfair.com/fair-week/royalty/fair-queen/

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


2016 Linn County Fair Queen Candidates; (L to R) Mikayla Bowen, Rachel Zumbach, Makenna Blackford, Kylie Mysak and Jessica Etten.

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2017 Quilt Block Challenge

Wanted, Quilting and sewing enthusiasts!  The Linn County Fair is looking for participants for the annual Quilt Block Challenge. With help from Connie’s Quilt Shop, the contest is back again this year. Fifty quilt block kits are now available for purchase. Contestants must use all the fabric included in the kit to create a quilt block for a chance to win the Viewer’s Choice and $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop.


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.”

Blocks will be on display at the 2017 Linn County Fair June 28th thru July 3rd. 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.


  • Contest limited to 50 participants. Open to all Iowa residents.
  • Contestant will pay $5.00 per kit. One kit per exhibitor.
  • Exhibitor may use all fabrics that are included in the kit. Do not add fabrics.
  • Appliquéing is allowed. Quilting is now allowed. Machine or hand embroidery is not allowed.
  • Paper piecing is allowed but must take off the backing yourself before entering your block.
  • Exhibitor may use an established pattern or create an original block, the block size must be 9 ½” by 9 ½”, will finish to 9″ x 9″.
  • 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.


  1. Take your fabrics and copy them off on your printer, lay them out on a graphic design.
  2. Use scrap fabrics to make your block 1st before cutting into your kit fabric.

Stop by Connie’s Quilt Shop in Marion to pick up the quilt blocks or by contacting Kris Blackford at 319-721-9136, Jean Dunn at 319-721-6524 or emailing blackfords@thelinncountyfair.com. The finished block must be dropped off or mailed no later than Monday, May 8, 2017.

Stay tuned for your opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win the 2016 Quilt Block Challenge finished quilt. Drawing will be help on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Linn County Fair, need not be present to win. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $1 per tickets.

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Professional Bull Riding with Bellamy Brothers in Concert

The Linn County Fair presents Professional Bull Riding with Bellamy Brothers in concert on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. in The Linn County Fair grandstands. This is an all-ages show.  

Ticket information: Tickets for the concert go on sale this Saturday, February 25th at 8am online only.  Grab a partner and corral the fair’s 2 for 1 ticket special available the first week of ticket sales! Buy Two (2) tickets for the price of 1 ($20). Tickets can be purchased by going to www.thelinncountyfair.com. Special runs from 8am on February 25th to midnight on March 3rd.  Tickets prior to concert are $20 or $25 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.

Professional Bull Riding with Bellamy Brothers in concert is brought to you by Raynor Door of Cedar Rapids, Dekalb Seeds- Mitch & Debby Zumbach, Liebe Trucking, Inc, CR Feeds & FIbers, and KMJM Classic Country 1360.

Professional Bull Riders


For the first time at The Linn County Fair, Rice Bull Riding Presents “Professional Bull Riding” starting at 7:00.  Get ready for the heart-pounding, bone-breaking action as Professional Bull Riding comes to The Linn County Fair in Central City, IA June 30th 2017.

Produced by Rice Bull Riding Company from Princeton, MN. This event will bring the Midwest’s top bull riders competing for a season filled with up to a half a million dollars in cash and prizes from coast to coast.  Professionally sanctioned with the Central Bull Riders Association with over 150 Bull Riders representing 15 states.  Rice Bull Riding Company is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and grows bigger every season with some of the best cowboys, bucking stock; entertainers and bull fighters Rice Bull Riding Company events are family-focused. It’s a thrill-a-minute fun for the whole family! Stay after for the autograph session.

For more information about Rice Bull Riding Company, please contact Dave or Christina Rice at 763-389-1399 or dave@ricebullridingcompany.com or christina@ricebullridingcompany.com

Bellamy Brothers

Bellamy Brothers-close up


Howard Bellamy and David Bellamy continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 30 years of success.      

The road that started on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and previously—The Judds.  But before the road forked into country, the musical odyssey of brothers Bellamy started creatively smoldering in their home state of Florida, before exploding nationally amidst the ’70’s pop music culture of L.A.     

The brothers first official gig was in 1968, playing a free show with their father at the Rattlesnake Roundup in San Antonio, Florida.  They honed their early skills playing black clubs throughout the south, and singing backup for artists such as Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, and Little Anthony & The Imperials.   Within a few months, the brothersmoved north, immersing themselves and their rock/country sound in the Atlanta market, where the Allman Brothers were the emerging kings of the music world.     

With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius on the horizon, and America embroiled in a smoke haze of drugs, civil unrest and an unpopular war, The Bellamy’s music picked-up the hard driving edge that bespoke the times.  Songwriting had become David Bellamy’s drug of choice during the long road gigs he and Howard were regularly pulling bodies and equipment to and from.  It was his songwriting that was posed to soon provide the duo a national breakout.     

The break came in the form of the hit, “Spiders & Snakes,” written by David and recorded by Jim Stafford.  The song became a smash, eventually selling more than three million units worldwide.  It became the catapult that rocketed the brother onto the L.A. music scene.  Young and impressionable, Howard and David fell into the musical circle of the greats of the day: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Van Morrison, as well as West Coast based country rockers like Poco and the Byrds.

It was a creative shoe that fit.      

Now known by their music and the company they were keeping, The Bellamys officially lifted off the launch pad in 1976 when their single, “Let Your Love Flow,” became an instant smash in both the U.S. and Europe.  It stayed on the international charts long enough to build a huge international fan base for the hip young brothers that endures to this day.  In Germany alone it perched at #1 for more than two months. The love was indeed flowing as The Bellamys jammed for audiences on their sold-out concerts and shared stages with the likes of Loggins & Messina, the Doobie Brothers, and the Beach Boys., with their patented blend of rock/country music.        

True to their musical roots, their style and their songwriting was moving steadily more towards their raising.  By the late ‘70’s The Bellamys were emerging on the country charts with another bona fide smash. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to the top of the country charts the way “Let Your Love Flow,” had done in the pop market just a few years earlier.  It proved to be the first of a string of fourteen #1 singles in the U.S. alone.      

Success followed success: “Dancing Cowboys,” “Sugar Daddy,” “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Lovers Live Longer,” “Do You Love As Good As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “For All The Wrong Reasons,” “I Love Her Mind,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,” “Kids Of The Baby Boom,” and “Reggae Cowboy” and “Crazy From The Heart,”…all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.     

Along the way, Howard and David created a patent on the newly cool “duo” category in country music.  In the era of the 2000’s, The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations.   Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers.     

Internationally, the story has been the same—though the titles may be different.  The Bellamys have releasedmore than two-dozen hit songs outside the U.S. that were never released here.  With a sharp eye on the songwriting skills that have been the bedrock of their success, Howard and David concur that their career is unique in their international finesse for matching their songs to the market.       

 “For the international releases, you have to have a strong melody,” notes David.  “The lyric is very important, but internationally the melody is something fans can lock into, even if they can’t understand the lyrics.”  Howard and David continue to perform and film TV specials in Europe and around the world.       

These days when the subject turns to touring, The Bellamys are showing a new generation of country music how it’s done. “We’re old road dogs,” grins Howard when asked about the motivation behind the brothers 200 plus concert dates each year. Adds David: “Our live draw is bigger than it was in the ‘80’s.  I think the same people that grew up with us and with our music in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s obviously have raised a whole new generation of Bellamy fans who started toddling to our music.  Now they’re turning up at our concerts as college kids, who are really turned on and tuned in to us and our music….it’s a great feeling.”      

On the infrequent off days from the road, Howard and David head the bus back to their 150-acre family ranch in Darby, Florida just north of Tampa. A working ranch, the spread consists of Purebred Charlois cattle and quarter horses.  Amid a land lush with fruit trees, ancient oaks and crepe myrtles, three generation of the Bellamyfamily, headed by David and Howard’s mother, Frances, populate the homes clustered in the family compound.

      David and Howard’s latest effort has been the corroboration with thirty or more guest artists from all genres of music recording their vocals on over twenty of the Bellamy’s greatest hits plus three new selections.  The release of “Angels & Outlaws – Volume One” (Curb/Bellamy Brothers Records) features such songs and artists as “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie” with Alan Jackson; “Old Hippie” with Montgomery Gentry; and “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body” with none other than Ms. Dolly Parton (whose interpretation makes it sound new all over again).  Cuts from Volume One have charted here as well as in Europe.  (As reported, “The Bellamy Brothers Country Music Duo makes history by scoring the Top 3 Slots on Europe’s Hotdisc Chart.”)  Willie Nelson, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and many more also contributed their talents to this CD proving these hits from the past still resonate today. Once again, The Bellamy’s “Let Their Hits Flow.”  Stay tuned for Volume II and another 30 year.

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Commerial & Non-profit Vendors Wanted

The Linn County Fair is “A Family Tradition” and is looking for vendors for the 2017 fair. 
Join the festivities of The Linn County Fair and become part of its rich history.  The Linn County Fair is a six-day extravaganza of entertainment, competition, and exhibits. Over 41,000 people flock to Central City every summer to take part in the many sights and sounds that the fair has to offer. Here is an opportunity for local commercial business, home business, and non-profits to target the variety of fair goers that visit the fair to sell and/or promote their products, services or organization.

All vendor spaces are 10 x 10 outside booths unless stated otherwise. Vendors will need to supply their own tent, table, chairs, etc. for vendor space.

There will also be vendor space available in our Indoor Vendor Building and Garden Building. The spaces are 8 x 4 and available on a first come first served basis. These spaces are for commercial vendors only. The cost will be the same as an outdoor vendor space.


Non-profits booths are available for free with proof of non-profit status and will be 10 x 10 outside booth only unless stated otherwise.


For vendor applications and guidelines go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/vendors.html

For all questions and/or information concerning Vendors please contact: Lori Osterkamp, by calling 319-560-8297 or email vendors@thelinncountyfair.com.

The Linn County Fair, June 28th – July 3rd in Central City.


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Partnership Manager Position Available

The Linn County Fair Association is seeking a Partnership Manager to oversee the Linn County Fair’s Partnership program.

Job Specifications

  • 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 20 hours per week
  • A four (4) year degree or equivalent work experience
  • Detail oriented individual
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Basic computer skills
  • Will need your own computer (preferably a lap top)

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


Partnership Manager Job Description: 

Partnership Responsibilities

  • Secure and manage all partnerships (new and renewal partnerships)
    • Providing lists, information and handouts for the partnership program
    • Tracking all partnerships in SalesForce
    • Communicate to the Website Manager and Marketing Manager which partner partnerships need to be included on the website and in all advertising
    • Encourage Fair Association members to sell partnerships and train them if necessary on the partnership packages available and how to present to a potential partner
    • Provide a monthly report to the board on partnership process
    • Create and oversee distribution of the “Proud Partner” certificate for all partners
    • Responsible for organizing and the distribution of partnership packets
      • Distribution partnership packets no later than May 15th to all paid partners or to association members that sold the partnership with the completion of all finalized packets by June 1st
  • To work with the Marketing Manager on putting together posters, flyers, etc.; making sure all partners are mentioned for what they partnered, including correct logos and spelling
  • In charge of managing and putting together the partner appreciation invite to BBQ and all necessary “Thank Yous”
  • In charge of partnership signs and banners located on fair grounds. Including but not limited to:
    • Making sure all partnership signs/banners are cleaned and in place prior to fair
      • This includes putting up and taking down during the fair
      • This also includes grandstand signs for each grandstand event placed up in front of the grandstand for their event
    • Placing all vinyl banner signs necessary in front of exhibits throughout the fairgrounds
    • Work with the ticket office manager to make sure all partnership flyers are posted on ticket booth windows, ticket scanner podium and inside the grandstand for that partner’s event
    • Having banners ready and in place for events that banners are sold for (ex. Chuck Wagon Races), in accordance with their partnership agreement
    • Making sure the list of partners is displayed during the fair on the fair kiosk
    • In charge of making sure all partnership signs and banners are cleaned and are stored in the fall to protect against theft and/or weather damage
    • Complete an inventory of all signage and report any damage the fairboard
  • On site fair week duties include but are not limited to:
    • Attend all morning board meetings held during the week
    • Attend all grandstand events
    • Attend non-grandstand events to view for future partnership ideas and event suggestions
    • Make sure partner signs are put up each day on fairgrounds as needed (ex. grandstand, golf carts, kiosk, exhibit area, etc.)
    • Provide a script for the announcer for each event with partners listed
    • Serve as fair host to all current and potential fair partners
      • Give partners contact information so they can call when they arrive at the fair
      • Greet all partners at the fair BBQ
      • Provide tours to partners as needed
      • Determine how partners would like to be recognized at their event

Internal/External Cooperation

  • Attend community events to promote the fair/fairgrounds/network
  • Maintain professional internal and external relationships that are in accordance with the Linn County Fair Association policies and by-laws, code of conduct, conflict of interest policy and social media policy.
  • Work effectively with The Linn County Fair Association

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Check Presented for Beef Barn Renovations

On August 9, 2016 JaLea Horning and the Linn County 4-H Beef Committee presented a check to The Linn County Fair Association in the amount of $13,241.70 to go towards electrical improvements for the beef barn on the fairgrounds. Miss Horning had donated the proceeds of her steer in the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction that was held on June 27th at The Linn County Fair in Central City. Initial money raised as of July 1st from the auction was $9,855. Additional money was donated by others to bring the total of what was presented to the Linn County Fair Association.


JaLea Horning with her steer at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at The Linn County Fair on June 29, 2016

The Beef Committee will be working with The Linn County Fair Association on the project. Depending on what funds are left after the initial electrical project, additional money will be used for additional projects needed in the beef barn from a face list to possibly addition to the barn for more tie outs. Additional projects will be determine with joint partnership between the Beef Committee and Association.
Donations can still be accepted for the Beef Barn project by mailing them to The Linn County Fair Association c/o Beef Barn Project, PO Box 329, Central City, IA 52214. Any questions concerning the Beef Barn Project should be sent to Linn County Fair Office Manager, Deb Zumbach at deb@thelinncountyfair.com.



Jalea Horning presenting the check to The Linn County Fair Association

Thank you again to JaLea Horning, the Beef Committee and the many donors that have donated to the Beef Barn Project at The Linn County Fairgrounds!


The presenting of Beef Barn check to The Linn County Fair Association: (L to R) TJ  Carrothers – Beef Committee, Bud Blackford -Linn County Fair Board Member, Albert Martin- Linn County Fair Board President, JaLee Horning – 4-H Member, Neal Horning – Beef Committee, Susan Rouser- Beef Committee, Mike Rosuer- Beef Committee, Tammy Varvacheck- Beef Committee

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