2011 Linn County Fair – Record Year


It was a year that people “Caught Fair Fever!” The Linn County Fair was RED Hot this year breaking many attendance numbers.

The fair has been growing over the past 5 years. List below are the previous fair attendance:

Linn County Fair Attendance – attendance had grown by 250% from 2006 to 2010

  • July 7th -12th, 2010: Estimated 25,000
  • July 8th-13th, 2009: Estimated 21,000
  • July 11th-17th, 2008: Estimated 16,000
  • July 6th-12th, 2007: Estimated 12,500
  • July 7th- 13th, 2006: Estimated 7,000

Our goal this year was 28,000, which we surpassed with a fair attendance estimated at 35,000. That is a 35% growth over 2010 fair.

Several things contributed to this year’s huge growth including event attendance records, great weather and the word getting out about The Linn County Fair. We also believe by offering a free gate and free parking to our visitors we continue to reach all residents in Linn County as well as the surrounding areas. We also provide a diverse range of educational events and entertainment options to rural and urban residents of the county and the surrounding areas.

One area that we have seen growth over the past years is our grandstand event attendance. Grandstand Attendance record was last broke in 2009 with the Candlebox concert with an attendance of 1,700 in the grandstand. This year the Saliva concert beat that record with a final count of 1,800.

The same day of the Saliva Concert is our Youth Day events that run 9am-1pm. Last year the attendance record was broken with 1,400 people attending those events. This year the attendance grew by 129% with a total number of 3,200 people attending the Youth Day events from 9am to 1pm on Thursday.

Some of our other events that broke previous year’s attendance records included:

  • Friday night concert- 1,3000 this year, previous record 850
  • Truck & Tractor Pull- 1,750 this year, previous record 1,600

We also broke daily attendance records. On Thursday of the fair this year we broke the previous daily attendance record that was set in 2010 at 6,550. Thursday’s attendance record of 7,775 was broke by Saturday’s attendance of 8,700. To put it in perspective of how much the Linn County Fair has grown over the past years, in 2006 the entire fair attendance was 7,000, and this year we had that in one day alone.

Break down of the daily attendance of the 2011 fair:

  • Wednesday – 3000
  • Thursday – 7775
  • Friday – 5550
  • Saturday – 8700
  • Sunday – 8100
  • Monday – 1850

As our mission statement states “The mission of The Linn County Fair Association is to provide opportunities for 4-Her’s, FFA members and the youth of Linn County to showcase their accomplishments and talents in a safe family atmosphere while providing activities, entertainment and learning opportunities to the diverse citizens of Linn County and guests from surrounding areas.”  As a 501-C-3 Non-Profit Organization the Linn County Fair uses all the money that is brought in during the fair to continue to help grow the youth programs and renovations of fair structures.

The Linn County Fair Association is proud to say we meet our goal this year of providing a cost effective entertainment & educational activities to the Linn County Residents and surrounding areas. We hope to see you back in 2012!

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One response to “2011 Linn County Fair – Record Year

  1. Jeff/Vicki Wilharm

    So appreciated the quality of the fair this year. The grounds and buildings were in excellent shape. The shuttle service was great. And, you can’t beat free entry. This is good Iowa fun! Keep up the good work.

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