Local Donkey Riders WANTED

New rodeo stars will be born during the wild and crazy Dairyland “Celebrity” Donkey Races Show at The Linn County Fair on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm, This will be a fun free family event. It’s racing action on real, live donkeys. Guaranteed to be wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus!

2014 Donkey Races
The fair is looking for forty local “celebrity” donkey jockeys. This is a chance to become a local “celebrity” and show off your riding skills, or lack of them.  If you or someone you know would be interested in riding one of the donkeys please go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/donkey-races/ to fill out the entry form. We are looking for team of four. We are hoping to have all 40 riders placed by June 13th. It will be a fun event for all ages and a good opportunity to show your community support.
2014 Donkey Races
Several Notes for Riders:
  • Minimum age of 16 years old
  • All Riders must weigh less than 225 pounds
  • Suggested to be in good healthy and physical fit
  • Must attend the training class prior to the event the night of the races. The class will be at 6:30pm.
  • Gym shoes or boots are a must, no cleats, spikes or sandals
  • Feel free to wear your organizations/team shirts/t-shirts
  • Long pants should be worn
  • For a crowd pleaser feel free to come in outlandish costume.
  • Baseball helmets and elbow/knee pads will be provided.
Email donkeyraces@thelinncountyfair.com for questions or more details.  Here is your chance to become a local “celebrity” in the Dairyland Celebrity Donkey Races at The Linn County Fair!
2014 donkey races

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The Linn County Fair Association teams with Sched.org to Create Interactive 2015 Fair Schedule. 

 The 2015 version of The Linn County Fair website incorporates some new changes and content, including an interactive 2015 fair schedule using Sched.org program tools.  The new schedule found athttp://thelinncountyfair.com/2015-fair/, allows website users to view the schedule in many different ways.  Users have the ability to create a user profile in which they can add different events to their profile schedule and can interact with other users as well.
Main view of the schedule tool in The Linn County Fair's website.

Main view of the schedule tool in The Linn County Fair’s website.

“The new schedule allows website viewers to view The Linn County Fair schedule how they want to see it”, says Website Manager Kevin Banasik.  “Users can view fair events by venue, by day, or even by class.  This allows fairgoers to easily plan their fair experience.”

The 2015 Linn County Fair schedule also allows users to create a calendar of events they wish to attend and upload that calendar into their personal planning tools including Facebook and Gmail. This will allow fairgoers a quick and easy way to track what events they want to see at The Linn County Fair so they don’t miss a thing! 

View of an event page within the schedule tool.

View of an event page within the schedule tool.

Check it out today to see all the fun and exciting events and activities planned at the 2015 Linn County Fair! Come and create your own “Great Memories!”

The Linn County Fair 2015, June 24th-29th – “Where great memories are made!”

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2015 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest.  Working to involve the youth of The Linn County Fair, the Little Mr. and Miss Contest is now in its fifth year and 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.

2014 Little Miss- Addison Sloan and Mr. Linn County - Carl Rajthe

2014 Little Miss- Addison Sloan and Mr. Linn County – Carl Rajthe

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/2015-fair/fair-royalty/little-mr-miss-linn-county/. 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.
2014 Royalty:  Beef Queen- Rachel Zumbach, Little Mr. Linn County- Carl Rajthe, Fair Princess- Kelly Breja, and Little Miss Linn County- Addison Sloan.

2014 Royalty: Beef Queen- Rachel Zumbach, Little Mr. Linn County- Carl Rajthe, Fair Princess- Kelly Breja, and Little Miss Linn County- Addison Sloan.

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 Brandy Meisheid or Taylor Zumbach by mailing it to The Linn County Fair postmarked no later than May 30th, 2015. Contestants must also attend judging on June 24th, 2015. at the Linn County Fairgrounds Grandstand. The 2015 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 24th at the Linn County Fair Opening Program in the grandstand.

Applications are to be postmarked no later than May 30th, 2015 and can be mailed to

Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair
c/o Brandy Meisheid and Taylor Zumbach
PO Box 329, Central City, Iowa 52214

NO APPLICATIONS will be accepted by committee members or the extension office.

Rules and entry forms are available online at:
http://thelinncountyfair.com/2015-fair/fair-royalty/little-mr-miss-linn-county/

Questions please contact Brandy Meisheid at brandy@thelinncountyfair.com
The Linn County Fair in Central City from June 24th – 29th, 2015
http://www.thelinncountyfair.com

Contest Sponsored by:
SECURITY STATE BANK
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Hells/Bells In Concert- AC/DC Tribute Band

The Linn County Fair presents Hells/Bells- the #1 Tribute to AC/DC, in concert on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at The Linn County Fair grandstands. Framing the Red will be back again opening the high energy show.  “One of the Best tribute bands on EARTH!!” – Rolling Stone Magazine. 

Hells Bells Poster 2

Ticket information:

Tickets for the concert are on sale NOW! They are $10 general admission.  This is an all-ages show. Tickets can be purchased by going to http://thelinncountyfair.com/2015-fair/ticket-information/.

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

Hells Bells PicHells/Bells:

For 15 years and counting, Hells/Bells is the world’s #1 tribute to AC/DC! Touring 42 states, 50 weeks per year, Hells/Bells salutes the driving force of AC/DC in a manner surpassed only by the real AC/DC. With authentic costuming, the look, the sound, and all of the crazy antics of Angus Young, Hells/Bells is total energy, absolute adrenaline – the most complete party experience acclaimed across the United States, Honduras, Mexico, Trinidad, and Europe by many die-hard fans!

Hear all the hits of both singers, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. If you can’t have AC/DC, get the next best thing…feel the thunder…the power of Hells Bells!

http://www.hellsbellsrocks.com/Home/tabid/266/Default.aspx

Framing the Red Framing the Red: 

Framing The Red is a southern Rock n Roll band that is taking the national music scene by storm. They are not trying to get their foot in the door of opportunity, they are knocking it down. For a band that has only been together and touring for a little over 3 years, each and every member has the talent and can put on a show that any onlooker would think this was a seasoned band that has been touring for years. Framing The Red promises to deliver a show like none other, grabbing their audiences and bringing everyone to their feet with catchy riffs, great lyrics, and high impact live stage show that people will continue to talk about!

In 2010, Framing The Red started with five guys straight out of the heart of the southern United States. During the first year and a half the band went through line up changes, recorded their first E.P., and began touring the nation hoping to make Framing The Red a household name! The bands first single “A.O.” gained mass popularity across the south beginning with a local station (Rock 93.7) out of Lafayette, La spinning the single on a constant rotation. After the release of their self titled E.P., which produced 2 radio singles “A.O” and “Lay Down Beside Me” the band set back and began writing what would become their freshman album “Welcome To The Show”.

In August of 2012, Framing The Red released their debut album “Welcome To The Show” producing three radio singles off the freshman album, along with a video release of the third single “Country Band Man”. Framing The Red has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such bands as Motley Crue, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Cavo, Rains, Alien Ant Farm, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Hurt, Smile Empty Soul, Lynam, 10 Years, and festivals such as Rocklahoma just to name a few! Framing The Red is the next “big thing”, this band embraces Rock ’N Roll at its finest and is a firm truth that Rock ‘N Roll is not dead.

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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. 

Sammy Current Promo

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 www.thelinncountyfair.com. 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 www.thelinncountyfair.com or email info@thelinncountyfair.com.

  

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 KickOff 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 http://thelinncountyfair.com/about-us/lynn-dunn-memorial-building/ 

For more information on the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/lynn-dunn.html or contact Deb Zumbach, at 319-350-5297 or deb@thelinncountyfair.com.

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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

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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 http://thelinncountyfair.com/about-us/.

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 http://thelinncountyfair.com/volunteer/.

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 info@thelinncountyfair.com or 319-350-5569.

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