Sammy Kershaw in Concert – Tickets

The Linn County Fair presents Sammy Kershaw in concert on Friday, June 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in The Linn County Fair grandstands. This is an all-ages show.  Opener is, up and coming national country act Madd Hoss Jackson. 

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Sammy Kershaw

Ticket information: Tickets for the concert go on sale this Saturday, March 14th 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 ($18). Tickets can be purchased by going to Special runs from 8am on March 14th to midnight on March 20th.  Tickets prior to concert are $18 or $20 day of show.

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 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 or email


Sammy Kershaw

Sammy Kershaw

Sammy Kershaw Bio:

Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90’s, Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music—both with a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules.

Sammy Kershaw’s plan for country music is re-claiming its roots and recapturing the spirit that made it great “Man, for someone like me who had George Jones’ music imprinted in my DNA before birth, the last few years have been rough as a fan of country music,” noted Kershaw candidly in a recent national interview. “Country music is not a formula…it’s a music with its own soul…and I’m all about saving that soul!” Kershaw’s current album “Honkytonk Boots” promises to be a much-anticipated first step in that plan of salvation.

For the newest Kershaw project, the singer’s soulful sound and Cajun vocal kick is teamed back-up with the genius of producer Buddy Cannon—whose efforts, like Sammy’s, have lined his walls with platinum. Sammy’s vibe about his latest studio venture has all the earmarks of a proud father talking about his new arrival “In music, everything is timing. I knew when we were in the studio working on the new album that we had something radio and fans are ready for…the feel of the album is a return to the kind of country music I, and a lot of other people, have missed.” Powerful words from a man who has picked, written, and sung a lot of hits.

Sammy Kershaw

Sammy Kershaw

Often referred to as the “heir apparent” to the legendary ‘voice’ himself—George Jones—Sammy Kershaw helped make the ‘90’s a shining decade for country music. It’s a comparison not lost on Sammy, who grew up in the Cajun country of Louisiana on a diet of crawfish and country music. The oldest of four children, the tragic loss of his father, matured him even faster than the clubs and honky tonks he was performing in at 12 years old. He speaks openly today of years spent battling substance abuse and addictions. “It’s not a period of my life I’m proud of but I do talk about it to encourage kids not to follow in my footsteps,” Kershaw recently noted. Helping others is a subject close to the heart that beats within what might often appear to be a tough, macho exterior. Sammy Kershaw is, in fact, a softie when the subject turns to kids. If proof were needed it stands in his hometown of Kaplan, Louisiana. There Sammy has established the Sammy Kershaw Foundation. Its outreach has extended through donations so far of more than 2 million dollars in aid to children and child related charities. With projects that extend from granting wishes through “Make A Wish Foundation” to establishing camps for crippled children, the foundation exists to fulfill Sammy’s simple goal of improving the lives of children. In the course of breaking into the ranks of stardom in country music, Sammy Kershaw has made contributions to more than just the charts. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” “Haunted Heart,”…and many other milestones.

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2015 Fair Kick Off Event Successful

Full house for the Kickoff event on November 22, 2014.

Full house for the Kickoff event on November 22, 2014.

The annual Linn County Fair Kick-Off Event and Fundraiser was another successful fundraising event for The Linn County Fair Association. The event was held Saturday, November 22nd at 5pm at the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building on the Linn County Fairgrounds. There was a record attendance of 239, a 30% increase from last year. The event consisted of live and silent auctions, dinner and presentation. The presentation recapped the 2014 fair and highlighted the events planned for the 2015 fair.

The 2015 Linn County Fair will run June 24th through 29th at the fairgrounds in Central City. The Fair will again be affiliated with the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, helping to reach more people in Linn County and surrounding areas.

The theme for the 2015 fair is “Where great memories are made!” We are looking to help create many great memories this year with the announcement of Sammy Kershaw in concert with opening band Madd Hoss Jackson on Friday, June 26th. Then for the rockers, many past memories will be relived with the performance of “Hells Bells”-AC/DC tribute band and opening band Framing the Red rocking out on Thursday, June 25th on stage at the fair. We are looking forward to announcing other events planned as things are finalized.

2015 Linn County Fair's logo and theme "Where great memories are made!"

2015 Linn County Fair’s logo and theme “Where great memories are made!”

Other weekend grandstand events tentatively schedule for the 2015 fair are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 24th 7:30pm – Donkey Races
  • Saturday, June 27th at 7pm – Truck & Tractor Pull
  • Sunday, June 28th at 1pm – Impact Pro Wrestling
  • Sunday, June 28th at 6pm – Chuckwagon Races

Stay tuned for more new and exciting events planned for the 2015 Linn County Fair.

2014 Linn County Fair Princess - Kelly Breja and Mr. Little Linn County Fair - Carl Rathje, helped out at the 2015 Kick Off Event.

2014 Linn County Fair Princess – Kelly Breja and Mr. Little Linn County Fair – Carl Rathje, helped out at the 2015 Kick Off Event.

Along with kicking off the 2015 fair the event’s purpose was to raise money for the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building. We are excited to announce that we raised $10,254.. The Fair Association wants to thank everyone that donated items and participated in the fun filled night!

Jean Dunn, enjoying the evening dedicated to her late husband, Lynn Dunn.

Jean Dunn, enjoying the evening dedicated to her late husband, Lynn Dunn.

The Lynn Dunn Memorial Building is in honor of a man whose passion was the Linn County Fair.  Lynn served as a board member for many years even holding many leadership positions within the Linn County Fair Association with great pride and diligence. He also served as director of the Association of Iowa Fairs Northeast District before his passing.

Lynn’s dream was to take the Linn County Fair to the next level, he helped bring this dream to life when bringing back the carnival, providing concerts, and more grandstand events.  His next dream was to have a building on the Linn County Fairgrounds that was an “all year” building. His dream became a reality last year when the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building was built. The building includes meeting rooms, kitchen and exhibit hall.  Now the fairgrounds are open all year long and no longer need to be shut down during the months of October-April. This facility now host 4-H meetings, board meetings, education seminars, receptions, etc. For information on the project and how you can contribute please go to 

For more information on the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building go to or contact Deb Zumbach, at 319-350-5297 or

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2015 Linn County Fair Board and Officers

The Linn County Fair Association wants to congratulate the 2015 Fair Board and officers.

·              Louis Zumbach – President

·              Bill Sloan – Vice President

·              Deb Zumbach – Treasurer

·              Kimberly Harford – Secretary


The Linn County Fair Association is ran completely by volunteers and would not happen year after year without the countless hours put in from our dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Our Association Membership this year reached 45 members. Association members help year round with the planning and organizing of the fair. We are also looking for new Association Members, for more information go to

We also have hundreds of volunteers that help during fair week with exhibits, shows, and educational projects. The 2014 fair reached over 10,000 volunteer hours recorded for the year. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the 2015 fair. For more information and how to get involved go to

Fair Board Members Include: Front Row left to right: Deb Zumbach, Louie Zumbach, Kim Harford Second Row L to R: Kris Blackford, Kathy Clemens, Kevin Banasik, Steve Enabnit, Jenn Dunn, Heidi Steffen, Susan Clarke, Glenys Fox Back Row L to R: Bud Blackford, Carrie Martin, Tim Clemens, Justin Martin, Steve Martin Not Pictured: Bill Sloan, Lori Osterkamp

Fair Board Members Include:
Front Row left to right: Deb Zumbach, Louie Zumbach, Kim Harford
Second Row L to R: Kris Blackford, Kathy Clemens, Kevin Banasik, Steve Enabnit, Jenn Dunn, Heidi Steffen, Susan Clarke, Glenys Fox
Back Row L to R: Bud Blackford, Carrie Martin, Tim Clemens, Justin Martin, Steve Martin
Not Pictured: Bill Sloan, Lori Osterkamp

Stay tuned for the release of the 2015 grandstand events scheduled for June 24th to 29th, 2015. For more details or questions please contact Heidi Steffen at or 319-350-5569.

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Iowa’s Largest Gardening Fair Set for February 21

On one of the coldest days of the winter thus far, here is a little something that will hopefully warm you up as you look forward to planting your garden in the spring to start growing your fair projects…

Article provided by: ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County News, Programs & Events

Date: 31 December 2014

Winter Gardening Fair Master Gardener Kirkwood 2015

The garden’s been harvested, the last blooms clipped and the tools stored for the winter, but it is not too early to start planning for spring’s growing season!

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Winter Gardening Fair at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

The Winter Gardening Fair is the largest event of its kind in Iowa, a day-long event which will include a choice of 3 keynote presentations and more than 50 different workshops, all designed to inform and entertain the home gardener who wants to learn tips, techniques, and problem-solving for any landscape. There is something for everyone, from beginning gardeners to seasoned veterans.  The large variety of topics range from trees and shrubs, sustainable lawn care, bees, square foot and organic vegetable gardening to garden art and photography, food preservation, butterfly gardening and so much more. Tuition is $59 for all day and includes a boxed lunch.   An additional materials fee applies to the hands-on classes.

Registration for the Winter Gardening Fair opens January 5, 2015. To see a complete list of classes and register online, go to  You may also enroll by calling Kirkwood Community College directly at (319) 398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833.

Contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County office at (319) 377-9839 or with questions.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Linn County Fair New Event Manager

The Linn County Fair Association is proud to announce Justin Roberts as the new Event Manager for The Linn County Fair effective September 1, 2014. The Event Manager position was recently created to help manage events during and outside of the fair on the fairgrounds. The position was made possible through the Economic Development Fund that was granted by the Linn County Supervisors.

The Event Manager will be responsible for managing and promoting rentals of the newly built Lynn Dunn Memorial Building, managing The Linn County Fair Association’s Partnership Program, fair week duties and other duties as assigned by The Linn County Fair Association Board of Directors.  The Fair Association is excited to bring Justin on board to continue to help grow the use of the fairgrounds through out the year.

Justin Roberts Events Manager The Linn County Fair Association

Justin Roberts
Events Manager
The Linn County Fair Association

Justin Roberts:
Justin grew up in Northeast Iowa on a small dairy farm outside of Fayette. As a youngster, he was heavily involved in 4-H and the Starmont FFA. He spent many a summer showing dairy cattle at the Fayette County Fair. He began his broadcasting career in radio at KOEL in Oelwein. After high school, he left the family farm in rural Fayette and moved to the ‘Big City’ of Cedar Rapids and now instead of milking cows and throwing around bales of hay, he spends his mornings forecasting weather for KGAN CBS2 where you can join him every morning on ‘CBS2 This Morning’ and ‘The CBS 2 News at Noon‘ (when he’s not on the fairgrounds, of course).

He’s an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and organist  for St. Jude’s Catholic church in Cedar Rapids and Welsch Congregational Church in Iowa City.

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2014 Quilt Block Challenge Winner

The sixth annual Quilt Block Challenge is now in the history books. Forty five blocks were submitted for the challenge.  Contestants used fabrics provided to them to create a quilt block. One of the pieces of fabric was designated as the focus fabric for their block. All fabrics were included in the kit that was provided by Connie’s Quilt Shop of Marion.
Blocks were displayed at the 2014 Linn County Fair June 25th-30th, 2014. The blocks were judged for the Viewer’s Choice and received a $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop. The 2014 Quilt Block Challenge winner was block #40 created by Sara Serbosek of Cedar Rapids.
Later the blocks will be made into a quilt to be raffled off at the 2015 fair. All proceeds will go towards improvements of The Linn County Fair.

The 2013 Quilt Block Challenge blocks were made into a beautiful quilt that was raffled off at this year’s fair. Cheryy Elsberen from Walker was the winner of the 2014 quilt raffle.

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