Linn County Fair 2016 Queen Candidates

Cowboy Boots & Country Roots – Linn County Fair 2016 Queen Candidates

The Linn County Fair Association is proud to announce the 2016 Linn County Fair Queen candidates:

Makenna Blackford

Makenna Blackford is the daughter of Scott and Dawn Blackford of Marion. Makenna will be a Junior at Alburnett High School this fall. Makenna’s future plans are to attend Iowa State University

Mikayla Bowen

Mikayla Bowen is the daughter of Rob and Kim Bowen of Center Point. Mikayla will be a Senior and Center Point High School this fall. Mikayla’s future plans are to attend University of Wisconsin Platteville to major in Criminalistics.

Jessica Etten

Jessica K. Etten from Praririeburg. She is the daughter of Sandra & Brian Meyer and the late Russell Etten. Jessica will be attending Kirkwood in the fall and pursing her passion for nursing. She plans on receiving her RN and then continuing on to get her BSN and a university.

Kylie Mysak

Kylie Mysak is the daughter of Kent and Tammy Mysak of Springville. Kylie will be a Senior this fall at Springville High School. Kylie’s future plans are to attend Iowa State University and study Veterinary Science.

Rachel Zumbach

Rachel Zumbach is the daughter of Louie and Deb Zumbach of Coggon. Rachel will be a senior next year at North Linn High School. Rachel plans to attend a four year university and is undecided on a major at this point.

The reigning 2015 Linn County Fair Queen, Sierra Dougherty and Princess, Sara-Anne Kettelkamp will be handing off their titles at The 2016 Linn County Fair during the opening ceremonies on June 22nd.


2015 Linn County Fair Princess, Sara-Anne Kettelkamp and Queen, Sierra Dougherty

The 2015 Linn County Fair Queen is Sierra Dougherty is the daughter of Mike and Tammy Dougherty of Coggon. Sierra will be a senior at North Linn High School this fall. Sierra’s future plans are to go to UNI or Iowa State and major in Nutrition.

The 2015 Linn County Fair Princess is Sara-Anne Kettelkamp is the daughter of Robert and Cindy Kettelkamp of Marion. Sara-Anne will be attending Kirkwood this fall. Sara-Anne hopes to pursue a career in Agriculture or become a large animal veterinarian..

The judging for the contest was on June 5th at the Linn County Fairgrounds in the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building. Public is welcome to join us around 6:00 for light refreshments and snacks to meet the candidates.

The coronation will be Wednesday June 22nd at 6 p.m. at the Linn County Fairgrounds, in the grandstand.

For more details about the fair’s website at:


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One Rock Band, Three Tributes


The Linn County Fair presents a Rock Tribute Concert on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in The Linn County Fair grandstands. This is an all-ages show.  

It is a Rock Tribute concert you won’t forget, One Band- Three Tributes. American Fool is a tribute to John Mellencamp, C.C. Revival is a tribute to Creedence to Creedence Clearwater Revival and 7 Bridges Road is a tribute to the Eagles.

Ticket information: Tickets for the concert go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th at 8am online only.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased by going to

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

Rock Tribute concert is brought to you by KKRQ 100.7 The Fox.


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2016 Linn County Fair Queen Contest 

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2016 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 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!
Queen contestants will be required to attended several events. The first event is The ROYALTY DAY that will be held on June 5th 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 20th.


2012 Queen Judging Day

The 2016 queen and princess will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 22nd 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 Sierra Dougherty of Coggon and Princess Sara Ann Kettelkamp from Marion.  Past Linn County Fair Queens and contestants have gone on to be 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 52213. 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

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


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Wanted, Quilting and Sewing enthusiasts!

2016 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 blocks will be available for purchase starting Monday, March 14th. 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 display at the 2016 Linn County Fair June 22nd thru 27th. 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.


2016 Quilt Block Challenge Fabrics


  • 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 319-377-6079 or emailing The finished block must be dropped off or mailed no later than Monday, May 2, 2016.

Stay tuned for your opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win the 2015 Quilt Block Challenge finished quilt. Drawing will be help on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Linn County Fair, need not be present to win. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $1 per tickets.


2016 Quilt Block Challenge fabrics with the border fabric that will be used to create the finished quilt.

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2016 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2016 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Contest.  Working to involve the youth of The Linn County Fair, 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 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 Brandy Meisheid no later than June 1, 2016. Contestants must also attend judging on June 22, 2016 at allotted time at the Linn County Fairgrounds Grandstand. The 2016 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 22 at the Linn County Fair Opening Program in the grandstand.


Applications are to be postmarked no later than June 1, 2016 and can be mailed the below address.

Applications must be mailed to this address to be accepted.

Brandy Meisheid
c/o Little Mr. and Miss
PO Box 329
Central City, IA 5

Application available at:

Questions please contact Brandy Meisheid at

The Linn County Fair in Central City from June 22-27, 2016 |



2015 Little Miss & Mr. Linn County Fair – Lilyann Wittenburg & Tucker Klima


Lilyann Wittenburg, Little Miss Lilyann Wittenburg is a kindergartener who dreams of becoming an artist when she grows up. Lilyann is a good friend because she says nice things to her friends and takes turns when playing. Her favorite things at The Linn County Fair include the carriage races, food livestock shows and the rides.

Tucker Klima, Little Mr. Tucker Klima is a 2nd grader who wants to be a football player when he grows up. He is a good friend because he is kind and caring. Tucker’s favorite things about The Linn County Fair are the pig races and the tractor pull.

Contest Sponsored by:SecurityStateBank




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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

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

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 or 319-350-5569.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 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 15,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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