2016 Linn County Fair Association

 

The Linn County Fair Association wants to congratulate the 2016 Fair Board and officers.

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 51 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/membership/.

We also have hundreds of volunteers that help during fair week with exhibits, shows, and educational projects. The 2015 fair reached close to 12,000 volunteer hours recorded for the year. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 fair. For more information and how to get involved go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/volunteer/.

2016 Officers:

  • Albert Martin – President (new)
  • Lori Osterkamp – Vice President (new)
  • Kevin Banasik – Treasurer (new)
  • Kimberly Harford – Secretary

Fair Board Members Include:

2016 FairBoard

Front Row left to right: Mary Michels, Kim Harford, Lori Osterkamp, Albert Martin, Kevin Banasik, Kris Blackford, Bud Blackford
Second Row L to R: Kathy Clemens, Susan Clarke, Barbie Waltz, Heidi Steffen, Carrie Martin, Steve Martin, Tim Clemens, Bill Sloan, Steve Enabnit,
Not Pictured: Jenn Dunn, Justin Martin,

Association Members: 

2016TLCFAssocatesFront Row left to right: Leann Bowman, Ryan Sieck, Sara Ries
Second Row L to R: Aaron Balderston, Yon Abel, Mike Clemens, Deb Zumbach, Louie Zumbach, Josh Rich
Not Pictured: Dan Abel, Charlie Bach, Elizabeth Comried, Jean Dunn, Mike Eilers, Mike Etzel, Logan GrahamMolly Hogan, Leonard Holub, Todd Hunt,  Judie Martinson, Dave McDonald, Brandy Meisheid, Michael Meisheid, Justin Roberts, Carrie Robertson, Joel Rochleau, Cletis Sloan, Kyle Sloan, Chad Steffen, Allison Zumbach, Taylor Zumbach

A few of our 2016 “Junior Staff”

From left to right:  Makaila Arnold, Sophie Arnold, Henry Abel, Trenton Abel

Stay tuned for the release of the 2016 grandstand events scheduled for June 22nd to 27th, 2016. For more details or questions please contact Heidi Steffen at info@thelinncountyfair.com or 319-350-5569.

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New Fair Office Manager

The Linn County Fair Association is proud to announce Deb Zumbach as the new Office Manager for The Linn County Fair effective October 1, 2015. The Office Manager position was recently created to help manage events during and outside of the fair on the fairgrounds.

The Linn County Fair Event Manager will be responsible for managing and promoting rentals of the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building, managing The Linn County Fair Association’s Partnership Program,  managing the grants and donations for The Linn County Fair Association, managing the book work for The Linn County Fair Association and fair week duties and other duties as assigned by The Linn County Fair Association Board of Directors.

Deb has a true passion for the fair industry and you can see it in everything she does. She stated that  “My true passion is working with the fair visitors and partners and fair donors.  Watching the fair grow the past 10 years has been a great experience and I hope that I can continue to help the fair continue to grow and reach new areas in educational events and entertainment.” The Fair Association is excited to have Deb as our new Office Manager to continue to help grow the use of the fairgrounds through out the year and help grow the fair!

As part of Deb’s commitment to the fair industry on December 2, 2015, at the 125thAnnual Convention of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) she graduated from the Institute of Fair Management.

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Deb Zumbach receiving her degree from the Institute of Fair Management. 

Launched in 2007, The Institute consists of a series of 32 short courses covering the areas of core competency necessary for today’s professional and volunteers involved in the production of their agricultural fair. Courses cover management, risk management, marketing, programming, operations and year-round facility usage. The courses are offered in a variety of settings – as part of IAFE meetings, via webinars, and in an annual enrollees-only event called The Summit – in a two-year, repeating cycle.

Deb enrolled in the program in 2013 and was one of 38 graduates honored at the IAFE Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 2, 2015. Including this group of graduates, there are more than 230 individuals enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management from across the U.S. and Canada.

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The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, non-profit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.

Deb Zumbach:
Deb Zumbach lives near Coggon on a farm with her husband Louie Zumbach. They have four daughters, Brandy (married to Michael Meishied), Taylor, Allison and Rachel. She has been a volunteer with the Linn County Fair Association since 2005. During that time she has held the office of Treasurer for 6 years.She has raised her daughters through the 4-H and FFA programs and she currently is the leader of the Coggon Clippers 4H Club.

She currently has her real estate license and has now added a graduate from the Institute of Fair Management to her certifications.

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Deb Zumbach, Office Manager, The Linn County Fair Association

 

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Attendance Highs and Lows at The 2015 Linn County Fair

The 2015 Linn County Fair was another successful fair, “Where Great Memories were Made” by many fair goers.  The Linn County Fair ran from June 24th to 29th 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 throughout the fair with the overall grandstand and fair attendance. 

Opening Program held in the Indoor Arena- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Opening Program held in the Indoor Arena- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Rain on Wednesday moved the evening events, Fairboard Cookout, Opening Program and Donkey Races from the grandstand to the Indoor Arena. Due to the rain,the overall attendance for Wednesday of the fair was down from the previous year by 25%. 

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. Thursday overall was a record breaking day with a total day attendance over 11,000 people, the most on record for a Thursday of the fair. 

2015 Youth Day - Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

2015 Youth Day – Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

It seemed that it rained every other day of the Linn County Fair this year, Friday was another one of those rainy days. It kept many fairgoers away during the rain showers during the day, but the sun came out in the afternoon and so did the crowds to enjoy Sammy Kershaw in concert. The concert ended up being the second largest crowd we had for a concert at The Linn County Fair over the past 10 years, second only to the John Michael Montgomery concert held last year at the fair.

Sammy Kershaw Concert -  Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Sammy Kershaw Concert – Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Mother nature cooperated on Saturday and allowed the people of Linn County and surrounding areas to come out to the fair to create their own memories. One of the new grandstand events this year was bringing old time country back to the fair with Leroy Van Dyke and local legends Dave Dighton’s Band. We heard great reviews of the show and how it brought back many great memories of many concert goers.

Leroy Van Dyke signing autographs after the concert- Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Leroy Van Dyke signing autographs after the concert- Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Saturday was a huge day and ended with a bang! Not only did the fair break a one day overall attendance record on Saturday with over 12,300 people, but we also had a record breaking crowd at the Truck and Tractor Pull that evening with a total of about 2,600 people. Both previous records were set in 2012.

2015 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull - Photo provided by G.G. Photography

2015 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull – Photo provided by G.G. Photography

The threat of rain was back on Sunday. There were many calls and concerns if the Impact Pro Wrestling and Chuckwagon Races would go on if the rain hit the fairgrounds. The rain stayed away and both events went on as planned. Due to the threat of storms many fairgoers did stay at home causing the overall fair attendance to be down 30% on Sunday from previous year.

Chuckwagon Races- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Chuckwagon Races- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

With the heavy rains on Tuesday prior to fair, the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony show got moved to Monday of the fair to take place along with the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony Games Show. Monday of the fair ended up being a beautiful day for the Horse and Pony Show, the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction and the 4-H Dance to end the 2015 Linn County Fair! It was calm day compared to the storms that hit the fairgrounds on Monday of the fair last year. 

4-H/FFA Horse & Pony Show- Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

4-H/FFA Horse & Pony Show- Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

The Linn County Fair got knocked around again this year by Mother Nature, causing the overall fair attendance to be down by 5% from the record set in 2014 for the six day fair. With that being said The Linn County Fair has come along way in 10 years and has seen a 450% growth in that time span from 7,000 people in attendance in 2006 to this year’s 39,000 attendance. 

Linn County Fair Association being introduced at the Open Program - Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Linn County Fair Association being introduced at the Open Program – Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Special thanks to the many volunteers that helped make the 2015 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. Many “Great Memories were Made” at the 2015 Linn County Fair in Central City!

To take a look back at The 2015 Linn County Fair and check out the many pictures for the week’s events by going to https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelinncountyfair/collections/72157654918643079/ See you back at the fair June 22-27, 2016!

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“Friend of the Fair” Awards

Every year The Linn County Fair Association has a “Friend of the Fair”. This year the Association has chosen two “Friends of the Fair” for their hard work and support of The Linn County Fair. The awards were present during the Opening Program of the fair on Wednesday, June 24th at 6pm at the fairgrounds. 

The first “Friend of the Fair” for 2015 was Mary Dlouhy. Mary has been on the Youth Programs Committee, a 4-H Leader for the Dandy Doers, 4-H Youth Council Adviser for over 20 years.  She has seen generations of families come through the 4-H program.  She is the first voice you hear when you call the Linn County Extension office.  Her voice always has a “smile” when she answers.  She has been through a lot of changes throughout her years at the extension office, we appreciate her help through all the transitions we have encountered.  She is one of a kind and we greatly appreciate all her work she has done for all of Linn County’s youth and families in the 4-H programs.  Mary has 2 daughters, Tiffany and Teal.  Tiffany of Alburnett.  Teal and daughter Tylee of Las Vegas.

Jennifer Dunn- Fairboard Vice President, Mary Dlouhy- "Friend of the Fair" winner, and Bill Sloan- Fairboard President.

Jennifer Dunn- Fairboard Vice President, Mary Dlouhy- “Friend of the Fair” winner, and Bill Sloan- Fairboard President.

Mary Dlouhy accepting her award.

Mary Dlouhy accepting her award.

The second “Friend of the Fair” Award went to Cathleen Shaffer & her late husband Richard. They have donated their time building flower planter boxes, planted numerous flowers around the fairgrounds for many years.  Cathleen also donated the queen and princess bouquets &  all the candidates corsages since 1995-2014.  She would always make sure the corsages looked as beautiful as the girls themselves.  Cathleen truly enjoyed the fair and all it had to offer.  We are truly fortunate to have had Cathleen & Richard as part of the fair’s history.  We thank them for all their service they have provided to the fair.

Cathleen Shaffer- "Friend of the Fair" winner, and Deb Zumbach- Fairboard Treasurer

Cathleen Shaffer- “Friend of the Fair” winner, and Deb Zumbach- Fairboard Treasurer

Cathleen Shaffer accepting her award.

Cathleen Shaffer accepting her award.

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2015 Beer Competition Results

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The Beer Competition was held on Saturday, June 27th in the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building as part of the Homebrew competition. Contestants brought their home brewed beer to see how they their skills rate. The beers were judged on sight, smell, taste, finish and overall.

Lagers

  • 1st place lagers -Cal Corrin with a black barley lager
Porter Stout
  • 1st place porter stout Matt Newhouse with a Russian Imperial stout
  • 2nd place porter stout Chad Steffen with a ponderosa porter
  • 3rd place porter stout Chad Steffen with an Irish stout
Scottish Irish English American
  • 1st place Scottish Irish English American Joe Ohlinger with an Irish red ale.
  • 2nd place Scottish Irish English american Cal Corrin  with a deer spit brown ale
IPA and Pale Ale
  • 1st place ipa and pale ale Kent ball with an ipa
  • 2nd place ipa and pale ale Cal Corrin with a forever royal ipa
  • 3nd place ipa and pale ale Joe Ohlinger with an American pale ale.
Open Category
  • 1st place open category Joe Ohlinger with an English black mild
  • 2nd place open category Matt Newhouse with a cream ale.
  • 3rd place Kent ball with a dirty blonde

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2015 Quilt Block Challenge Winner

Great memories were created this year with the 2015 Linn County Fair Quilt Block Challenge contest. Connie’s Quilt Shop supplied the kits that included colors from this year’s fair logo. Fifty quilt blocks were purchased. Contestants had to use all fabrics and create a design with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop.

2015 Quilt Block Fabric

2015 Quilt Block Fabric

Blocks were displayed at the 2015 Linn County Fair June 24th – 29th. The blocks were judged for the Viewer’s Choice and the winner was block #6 created by Kathy Clemens.  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.

Winning Block by Kathy Clemens

Winning Block by Kathy Clemens

2015 Quilt Block Challenge

2015 Quilt Block Challenge

The 2014 Quilt Blocks were quilted into a beautiful quilt that was raffled off and the winner was announced Sunday, June 28th at the fair. The winner was Karen Vlasek.

2014 Quilt Block Quilt Raffled off

2014 Quilt Block Quilt Raffled off

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