We need your help to fill in the gaps on to our history….

History can tell us so much about who we are and establish a foundation for our future. As we prepare for our 125th Linn County Fair Anniversary we are reaching out to the community to help fill in the gaps and to have them provide us with their memories of the fair. If you or your family has had any connection or involvement with the Linn County Fair and/or Wapsie Valley Fair in the past we want to hear from you and encourage you to attend the fair this year to help relive your experiences.

There are many things planned to help celebrate our anniversary at the fair this year. Events include, but not limited to,  history scavenger hunt, “Dancing thru the Decades” contest, old time “Crowing Contest”, and other fun contests. Another event is “Kathy’s Attic Fashion Show” that will include antique 4-H outfits and other time period clothing. One item we are looking to add to the fashion show is the 1950’s aqua blue 4-H uniform. It was a one piece with white sailor bow. If you have this 4-H uniform and are interested in possibly lending it to the fair for the fashion show please contact us for more details.

We are also looking for photos of previous Linn County Fairs and/or Wapsie Valley Fair  to use in our anniversary calendar and history book (that will hopefully be released next year). We are in need of  photos of the fairgrounds, buildings, exhibitors, people enjoying the fair, animals, misc., from any fair prior to 2000.   The pictures can be in black & white, digital, negatives, etc., we have the ability to handle any of those options. All pictures that will be used for the calendar are needed by May 15th to finalize the calendar to have it ready for the fair.

If you have any pictures or stories you would like to submit you can email them to history@thelinncountyfair.com or mail them to The Linn County Fair, C/O History, PO Box 329, Central City, IA 52214. For photos please include the date of the picture(at least the year), list the people in the picture and a short description of the picture. We will return all requested pictures, please note return of pictures when submitting them.

At the fair we will also have an exhibit displaying some of our fair history items. We are still looking for items to be included in this display. Items include, but not limited to, fair premium books, fliers, posters, ribbons, banners, trophies and 4-H Uniforms. Items can be donated or loaned to the fair, please email or call us if you have items you would like to be included in the display so we can accommodate all items.

We are excited to celebrate our 125th anniversary this year and look forward to sharing our history with you as we continue to build our future!

Contact Kathy Clemens for more information or questions by emailing history@thelinncountyfair.com or calling 319-350-1281.

Fair History Short Timeline

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