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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2015 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction

Every year many 4-H and FFA members look forward to showing their livestock at The Linn County Fair in Central City. Some then sell their prized animal in the Livestock Auction at the end of the fair that was held on Monday, June 29th this year. The proceeds from the livestock auction goes directly to the 4-H or FFA member. Many save up this money and put it towards college. Others use it to continue raising their other livestock at home and some members pay it forward and donate their auction checks to project dear to their heart.
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This year there were 116 head that ran thru the auction including beef, sheep, meat goats, processed broilers and swine. Also this year there was a fresh egg basket that was auctioned off.
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The Linn County Fair Association helps put on the auction every year and with the help of Farmer State Bank clerking this event it is a successful event every year. Special thanks to this year’s auctioneers John Airy and Louis Zumbach. The auction brought in several new buyers this year and many long time buyers. Special thanks to the many supporters of the Linn County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction:

BUYER(S) NAMES ADDRESS
AARON & DAWN BALDERSTON Central City
ABBE CREEK AG Mt. Vernon
BANK IOWA Independence
BECK’S HYBRIDS/ERIC &KYLE SLOAN Alburnett
BILL & CLETIS SLOAN Alburnett
BRECHT FARMS/PHIL BRECHT FAMILY Central City
BURNS FARMS Marion
CARSON & BARRON FARMS/PIONEER SEEDS Rowley
CARSON FARMS Marion
CARSON GRAIN Troy Mills
COMMUNITY SAVINGS BANK Robins
DAVID & CARLY MARTIN SHOW PIGS Marion
DAY RETTIG PEIFFER PC Cedar Rapids
DELANEY CONCRETE Marion
DEWAYNE BECKNER Marion
ELEANOR FLITSCH Alburnett
EXCHANGE STATE BANK Springville
F & M BANK Cedar Rapids
FAST GENETICS Jefferson
FARMERS STATE BANK Marion, Alburnett, Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids
GEHRING ORTHODONTICS Cedar Rapids
GREAT AMERICA FINANCIAL SERVICES Cedar Rapids
HILLS BANK & TRUST Mt. Vernon, Marion, Cedar Rapids
INTERSTATE GRAIN SERVICE Center Point
JDE CONSTRUCTION Marion
KIRK SAUER Walker
LINN COOP OIL COMPANY/PIONEER SEEDS Alburnett, Marion, Springville
LINN COUNTY CATTLEMEN Marion
LINN COUNTY CORN & SOYBEAN GROWERS Central City
LOUIE & DEB ZUMBZCH Coggon
MARK’S LOCKER Rowley
MT. VERNON BANK & TRUST CO. Mt. Vernon
NAGEL GRAIN Prairieburg
NEIGHBOR INSURANCE SERVICES-JENNIFER DUNN Marion
NEIGHBOR INSURANCE SERVICES-MARK NEIGHBOR Hiawatha
NXT INSURANCE & NXT BANK Central City
P & K MIDWEST EQUIPMENT Mt. Vernon
PAN AG INC/DAN LOWE Alburnett
RJ CONSTRUCTION Marion
R & S FARM/BOB ROSS Central City
SOLON FEED MILL INC Solon
SPRINGVILLE READY MIX Springville
THEISEN’S-Cedar Rapids NE Cedar Rapids
THEISEN’S-Cedar Rapids SW Cedar Rapids
TITAN MACHINERY Center Point
TROY LOUWAGIE/HERTZ FARM MANAGEMENT Mt Vernon
WALKER STATE BANK Walker
WITTENBURG CONCRETE Marion

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2015 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair Announced

The Linn County Fair Association is proud to announce the 2015 Little Mr. and Miss Linn County Fair winners, Tucker Klima and Lilyann Wittenburg.

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The 2014 Little Miss Linn County Fair, Addison Sloan, and Mr. Little Linn County Fair, Carl Rajthe, handed off their titles at The 2015 Linn County Fair Opening Program on June 24th at the fairgrounds in Central City.

The 2015 Little Mr & Miss Linn County Fair helped throughout the fair by handing out ribbons and representing the Linn County Fair at different events at the fair. They will continue to represent the Linn County Fair at different events and parades throughout the year until they hand over their crowns at the 2016 Linn County Fair’s Opening Program on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Little Miss Candidates were:

Sara Appleget is a 2nd grader who dreams of being an author when she grows up. Sara is a good friend because she is caring, respectful and has a positive attitude. She loves the bunnies and all the animals at the fair because they are so cute.

Kaycee Cory is a kindergartener who dreams of one day being a clothes designer. She is a good friend because she helps other people and kind to everyone. Kaycee’s favorite things to do at The Linn County Fair include participating in kids’ day, the ”Kiddin’ Around” class at the Goat Show and getting dirty.

Madison DeMean is a 2nd grader who wants to become a librarian in the future. Madison’s favorite things about The Linn County Fair include the animals, rides and crafts. She is a good friend because she is kind and very nice to all her friends.

Allie Haughenbury is a 2nd grader and would like to become an art teacher in the future. Allie’s favorite things about The Linn County Fair are the rides and the Bucket Bottle Show. She is a good friend because she is nice to everyone and cheers people up by giving them nice notes.

Tessaly Robertson is a kindergartener who plans to “marry someone rich and ride a horse all day” in her future. She is a good friend because she is nice and friendly. Tessaly’s favorite thing about the fair is the Cock-A-Doodle Zoo and its animals and sandbox.

Devany Souza is a 2nd grader who would like to be a teacher when she grows up. Devany is a good friend because she is funny and kind. Her favorite thing about The Linn County Fair is the farm animals because she does not get to see them much.

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.

Little Mr. Candidates were:

Henry Abel is a kindergartener who would like to be a policeman in the future. Henry believes he is a good friend because he always plays nicely and helps other people. He enjoys going up high on all the rides, the animals and all the big tractors at The Linn County Fair.

Trenton Abel is a 2nd grader who would like to be a builder when he grows up. Trenton is a good friend because he helps other people. His favorite part of The Linn County Fair is the rides he gets to enjoy with his brothers.

Nate Appleget is a 3rd grader who wants to be an architect when he grows up. He is a good friend because he is always kind and caring and he likes to share. He really enjoys the cows, rabbits and other animals at the fair, although he thinks the chickens are too loud.

Nicholas Hansen is a 1st grader who would like to become a Marine because he wants to serve his country. Nicholas is nice to his friends and helps others when they need it. He enjoys seeing all the animals at the fair and going on the rides with his friends.

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.

Ethan Parish-Steffen is a 1st grader who would like to be Batman when he grows up. Ethan’s favorite things about The Linn County Fair are the cows and tractors. Ethan is a good friend because he is caring, listens and is kind to everyone he meets.

AJ Robertson is a first grader who would like to be a rock star when he grows up. He is a good friend to others because he is kind and listens. AJ’s favorite thing about The Linn County Fair is the sheep because he thinks they are cute.

Joel Robertson is a 3rd grader who dreams of becoming a game graphics designer when he grows up. Joel is a good friend because when he sees someone who doesn’t have a friend he will ask them to play. His favorite parts of the fair are helping at Cock-A-Doodle Zoo, showing goats at the Kiddin’ Around Goat Show and making yard art and edible bugs.

Andrew Unash is a 2nd grader who would like to become a farmer when he grows up. Andrew is a good friend because he is fun to play with, plays with everyone, shares and is also a good listener. Andrew loves to help his brother show goats and being with the goats at The Linn County Fair.

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2015 Linn County Fair Queen and Princess Crowned

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The Linn County Fair Association is proud to announce the 2015 Linn County Fair Queen and Princess – Sierra Dougherty and Sara-Anne Kettelkamp. They were crowned on Wednesday, June 24th during the opening program at The Linn County Fair in Central City. Kylie Mysak was also awarded the Leadership Award during the ceremony.
Linn County Royalty at the Troy Mills Parade. Thanks to Junge Automotive Group of Center Point for the use of the Mustang!

Linn County Royalty at the Troy Mills Parade. Thanks to Junge Automotive Group of Center Point for the use of the Mustang!

To qualify for the Linn County Fair Queen, candidates had to submit an application and then partake in Royalty Day on Saturday, June 13th at the fairgrounds. Royalty Day included the following speakers:

  • Mary Kay Rep, McKenna Hon talked to the girls about beauty tips.
  • Admissions Manager at Des Moines University, Layne Huey talking about interviewing skills, public communication, resumes, etc.
  • Feryl York- Feryl is Physical Therapist Assistant at Iowa City Physical Therapy.  She also is an Adjunct Faculty at Kirkwood Community College.  In her spare time she is a Group Fitness Instructor at The MAC.  Feryl has held many royalty positions a few most recent are being Mrs. Iowa International 2010 & Mrs. Iowa America 2013.  Feryl grew up in a Nokomis, Illinois where she enjoyed being involved with 4-H and she was even the Montgomery County Fair Queen.
After the speakers the girls had individual interviews with the judges. Judges included Joe Yedlick, past Extension director at Jones County Fair, Feryl York and Abrah Meyers-2012 Iowa State Fair Queen.

The Queen Candidates also participated in the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Market on June 6th and parades in Center Point and Coggon prior to The Linn County Fair as part of their candidate duties.

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Our 2015 Linn County Fair Queen Sierra Dougherty will compete in the Iowa State Fair Queen Competition, August 11th-August 15th.  On August 15th at 7:00 pm at the Iowa State Fair grounds on the Bill Riley Stage the new 2015 Iowa State Fair Queen will be crowned. Come and cheer on our new 2015 Linn County Fair Queen!

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

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

Sara-Anne Kettelkamp is the daughter of Robert and Cindy Kettelkamp of Marion.  Sara-Anne will be a Senior at Linn-Mar High School this fall.  Sara-Anne’s future plan is to attend Iowa State University and study Agricultural Business or Animal science.  Sara-Anne hopes to pursue a career in Agriculture or become a large animal veterinarian.

Kylie Mysak is the daughter of Kent and Tammy Mysak of Springville.  Kylie will be a Junior this fall at Springville High School.  Kylie’s future plans are to study Veterinary Science or Agricultural Business.

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Leadership Award Winner Kylie Mysak

Thank You to our sponsors:

  • Swati Dandekar
  • Downtown Marion Dairy Queen (Lori Bouska)
  • Scherbons Flowers-Walker
  • Mount Vernon Bank & Trust
  • NXT Bank (GC)
  • Hills Bank (GC)
  • Farmers State Bank (GC)
  • Security State Bank (GC)
  • Brown Township Insurance
  • G&G Photography
  • Linn Newsletter
  • The Linn County Fair Association
Fair Queen Committee- Kris Blackford, Susan Clark, Kathy Clemens, Jean Dunn & Jennifer Dunn

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