The second annual Linn County Fair Kick-Off Event and Fundraiser was a success. The event was held last Saturday, November 17th at 5pm at the Prairie Hill Pavilion in Marion. About 175 people were in attendance, a 30% increase from last year. The event consisted of live and silent auctions, dinner and presentation. The presentation recapped the 2012 fair and highlighted the events planned for the 2013 fair.
The upcoming fair with be The Linn County Fair’s 125th anniversary. Many fun and exciting are in the planning for this celebration. The fair will run June 26 through July 1, 2013. The Linn County 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 2013 fair is “Celebrating our past… Imagining our future” as part of our 125th anniversary. We were excited to announce a new event at the 2013 event to kick off the first night of the fair – “Barn Yard Olympics.” This event will be open to youth and adult teams of two that will have to accomplish several different events to claim their title. We are looking forward to announcing other events planned as things are finalized.
We also announced our other weekend grandstand events tentatively schedule for the 2013 fair. They are as follows:
· Saturday, June 29th at 7pm – Truck & Tractor Pull
· Monday, July 2nd at 6:30pm- Harness Racing
Stay tuned for more new and exciting events planned for the 2013 Linn County Fair.
Along with kicking off the 2013 fair the event’s purpose was to raise money for the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building. We are excited to announce that we raised $21,541, which is $13,000 over what we raised last year at the event. The $21,541 will be matched by the Linn County Challenge Grant. We want to thank everyone that donated items and participated in the fun filled night!
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. It would include meeting rooms, kitchen and banquet hall. Currently the fairground has to shut down during the months of October-April. With this facility the fairgrounds would be open all year long for 4-H meetings, board meetings, receptions, etc. For information on the project and how you can contribute please go to http://thelinncountyfair.com/lynn-dunn.html.