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 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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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 http://bit.ly/wgf15.  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 emailkwimer@iastate.edu with questions.

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2014 in review

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

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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2014 4-H/FFA Poultry Results

The poultry show for Linn County 4-H members was held at the LinnCounty Fairgrounds on June 29, 2014.  Many outstanding fowl were exhibited. .
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Winners were:

Following are Best of Breeds:

American:   Champion Cock:   Maree Bean, Center Point

Asiatic:   Champion Cockerel:   Katie Hamilton Cedar Rapids

English:                  Champion  Hen:  Maree Bean, Center Point

Mediterranean:   Champion Pullet:    Maree Bean, Center Point                                `

Continental:          Champion Hen:  Bryce Brenneman, Center Point

All Other Standard Breeds:  Champion Cock:  Luke Hennessey, Marion

Best Commercial Egg Production:  Champion Hen:   Maree Bean, Center Point

Best Mix Breed:  Champion Cock:  Luke Frosch, Central City

Best Pairs:   Champion:  Bryce Brenneman, Center Point

Best Bantam Game:  Champion Cock:  Abby Evans, Springville

Best Bantam Single Comb, Clean Legged Hen:  Bryce Brenneman, Center Point

Best Bantam Rosecomb Cockerel:  Maree Bean, Center Point

Best Any Other Clean Legged Hen:  Michael Bohlken, Springville

Best Bantam Feather Legged Pullet:  Sydney Huggins,  Cedar Rapids

Best Duck Light and Bantam Breed Drake:  Meredith McDonald, Central City

Best Duck Medium Breed Drake:  David Gregoricka, Springville

Best Duck-Heavy Breed Drake:  Emmilee Bean, Center Point

Best Turkey:  Champion Hen:  Michael Bohlken, Springville

Best Goose Hen:                  Meredith McDonald, Central City

Best Pigeon Young Cock:  David Gregoricka, Springville

Best Other:  Champion Hen:  Dalton Hampson, Monticello

 

Grand Champion:  Luke Hennessey, Marion

Reserve Grand Champion:  Maree Bean, Center Point
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Showmanship winners were:

 

Junior Showman:

1st   Fiona Dolan, Cedar Rapids

2nd  Caroline Gehring, Toddville

3rd  Luke Frosch, Central City

 

Intermediate Showman:

1st  Sean Hamilton,  Cedar Rapids

2nd Isabel Hogg, Cedar Rapids

3rd Jena Davis, Cedar Rapids

 

Senior Showman:

1st Joe Gregoricka, Springville

2nd Abby Evans, Springville

3rd Emilee Bean, Center Point

 

Advanced Showman:
1st Maree Bean, Center Point
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4-H, the youth component of the Iowa State University Extension, offers opportunities to choose from among fifty different project areas.  The 4-H program is open to all urban and rural youth kindergarten through 12th grade.  For more information about 4-H, contact the Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road, NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, or phone 319-377-9839.  Iowa State University Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

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