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Storm Doesn’t Affect 2017 Linn County Fair- Attendance Highs

Mother Nature created a little havoc at the start of the 2017 Linn County Fair, but it didn’t stop the volunteers and fair-goers from having a record breaking fair. The numbers have finally been tallied and verified, this year will be one that will go down in the history books for many reasons, most of all for being a place that many “Family Traditions” begin for the summer!
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Funnel clouds, minutes after they pass over the Linn County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 28th. Photo provided by Heidi Steffen

A storm that produced a funnel cloud over the Linn County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 28th during the evening opening program of the fair, knocked down a large tree, blew over small and large tents, damaged the old “Presentation Building”, and knocked out the fair’s internet service (which is still not completely up and running). With the help and support of the many volunteers the Fair Linn County Association was able to get everything cleaned up and have things ready to go by 9am on Thursday morning for the typical 3rd largest day of the fair, Youth Day. 

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A large tree down by the beef arena due to Wednesday evening storm-  Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Due to the storm Wednesday evening of the fair the Mutton Bustin’ grandstand event was cancelled that night and the over all attendance for Wednesday was down 35% from the previous year.  

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The LDM Building filled with Youth Day hands on activities and informational booths.

The storm didn’t stop people from coming out to the fair on Thursday, Youth Day. Youth Day is an opportunity for youth of all ages to come to the fair and enjoy the many free events and activities that are on hand. On Youth Day they get to experience a local county fair like no other.  The majority of the free activities run from 9am to 1pm, which we had a record of over 6,200 people coming through our gates to enjoy the activities. Thursday overall was also a record breaking day with a total day attendance over 14,500 people, the most on record for a Thursday of the fair.

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2017 Sperry Engines Hill-N-Hole Mud Racing – Photo provided by G.G. Photography

The momentum from Thursday continued into Friday, also breaking a record attendance with over 8,600 in attendance. The Friday grandstand event, Professional Bull Riding followed by Bellamy Brothers in 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 2014 at the fair. 

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Rice Bull Riding Co. introducing Bull Riders- photo provide by G.G. Photography

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Bellamy Brothers performing in concert – photo provide by G.G. Photography

Saturday of the fair continued to bring in the fair-goers and break records. Saturday afternoon we held a new grandstand event, Classic Linn County Truck & Tractor Pull. This Saturday afternoon event was the second largest crowd for a Saturday afternoon grandstand event. That night was another record crowd with the annual ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull at the fair. The pull that night brought in over 2,600, breaking the record the same event had set back in 2015. Saturday was a huge day and ended with a bang! The fair broke another one day overall attendance record on Saturday with over 13,200 people, beating the previous record set in 2015. 

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Classic Linn County Truck & Tractor Pull – photo provided by Heidi Steffen

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ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull – photo provided by Heidi Steffen

Sunday afternoon of the fair has become to be known as a fun family event in the grandstand. This year was no different and brought the families to prove it. We had the Lil’ Monster Trucks back for a second year and had 75% more in attendance for the same event then we did last year. The crowd also, ended up being the second largest crowd for that time slot, just second to rodeo held in 2012. 

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Lil’ Monster Trucks – photo provided by Heidi Steffen

One event that is becoming a family tradition at the fair continues to bring the families for a fun Sunday evening grandstand event is the Chuckwagon Races. This year the event had a record breaking attendance of over 1,700, breaking a record that the event had set in 2009 when the event was introduced back at The Linn County Fair from being absent for many years. 

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Chuckwagon Races – photo provided by Heidi Steffen

Sunday was also Military Appreciation Day. All Military personnel current and past got into one or both of the grandstand events. We saw the number of military personnel increased by 150% from the previous year that came out and enjoyed one or both of the grandstand events. Overall, Sunday was another record breaking day. It broke an overall attendance record for that day with close to 10,000 attending the fair. The previous record was set in 2011.

Mother Nature tried to keep down The Linn County Fair, but the supporters of the fair made sure that wasn’t the case. We saw more faces and more people outside of Linn County attending the fair (4% more than previous years). The overall attendance this year was up 40% from last year and set a new record for Fair.  The Linn County Fair has come along way in 10 years and has seen a 212% growth in that time span from 16,000 people in attendance in 2008 to this year’s fair over 50,000 attendance. 

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2017 Linn County Fair’s banner did not survive the storm. Here is a picture of it the night before the fair kicked off. Photo provided by Joshua Rich

Special thanks to the many volunteers that helped make the 2017 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 families started a new “Family Tradition”, while others continued to create great memories with their family at the 2017 Linn County Fair in Central City! 

To take a look back at The 2017 Linn County Fair and check out the many pictures for the week’s events by going to https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelinncountyfair/collections/72157683138939803/ See you back at the fair June 27 to July 2nd, 2018! 

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2017 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, July 3, 2017. 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.

A project dear to many hearts this year was “Denny’s Dream”, the memorial fund in honor of Denny Booth to build a new Youth Council Food Booth on the Linn County Fairgrounds.* This year after the auction was over Farmers State Bank put up a hog that they had privately purchased from a 4-Her to be auction off with all proceeds being donated to “Denny’s Dream”.  The total proceeds of the donation for the hog was $8,700, this does not include the pledge for the concrete work (donated by Louie & Deb Zumbach) and the excavating work and utilities (donated by Rathje Construction). 

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The hog being auction off to help support “Denny’s Dream” during the 2017 Linn County Fair Livestock Auction held on Monday, July 3rd.

In Kind Donations for “Denny’s Dream” Hog
Farmers State Bank
RJ Construction
Bodensteiner Equipment
Linn Co-op Oil
Makenna & Hadley Dunn
Community Savings Bank
Betenbender Cattle
In Memory of Scott Blackford
Darrell & Mary Rose Elliot
Grass Carpet Lawn Service
Martin Family Farm
Carrothers Family Farms
Airy Farms
Hatch Family Farms
Whitham Family
Shulista Farms
Waltz n Meadows Boer Goats
Washington Busy Beavers 4-H Club
Linn County Corn & Soybean Growers
Thuerauf Farms
Burns Farms
Lois & Loyd Martin
Prairie Union Wildcats 4-H Club
David & Valerie Roll
Dennis Uthof
Alburnett FFA Chapter
Mycogen Seeds/Stephen Martin
Morris Family/Muddy Bottom Farms
Nissen Family Farms
Cletis Sloan on behalf of her Grandchildren
Mark Hoffman of Edward Jones
Integrity Builders/Bret Shulista
East Central Iowa Two Cylinder Club/Don Hatch
Troy Louwagie
Kirk Weih

This year The Linn County Fair Livestock Auction consisted of 109 head that ran thru the auction including 40 cattle, 23 sheep, 1 goats, and 45 swine.

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 City
7th AVENUE DAIRY QUEEN/SNOOKS BOUSKA Marion
ABBE CREEK AG Mt. Vernon
BECK’S SEEDS/JIM & STACEY LENSCH Marion
DEWAYNE BECKNER Marion
COMMUNITY SAVINGS BANK Edgewood
DAY RETTIG MARTIN PC/RON MARTIN Cedar Rapids
EXCHANGE STATE BANK Springville
F & M BANK Manchester
FARMERS STATE BANK Marion, Alburnett, Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids
GEHRING ORTHODONTICS Toddville
GRIEBEL FAMILY Ely
HATCH FARMS/DONALD HATCH Center Point
MARK HENIK Mt. Vernon
JEFF HENNESSEY North English
HILLS BANK & TRUST Mt. Vernon, Marion, Cedar Rapids
HY VEE Marion
INTERSTATE GRAIN SERVICE Center Point
KELLY CONCRETE Marion
L & J CUSTOM/RJ CARSON Marion
LIEBE TRUCKING Alburnett
LINN COOP OIL COMPANY Alburnett, Marion, Springville
LINN COUNTY CORN & SOYBEAN GROWERS Central City
MALLIE FARMS INC Mt. Vernon
MARC WOLRAB CONSTRUCTION Mt. Vernon
MARK’S LOCKER Rowley
MARTIN FAMILY FARMS-Steve & Karen Martin/Albert & Vicki Martin Family Springville
METRO HARLEY DAVIDSON Cedar Rapids
MIDWEST INSURANCE CORP. Central City
MT. VERNON BANK & TRUST CO. Mt. Vernon
NEIGHBOR INSURANCE SERVICES-JENNIFER DUNN Marion
P & K MIDWEST EQUIPMENT Mt. Vernon
PEIFFER LAW OFFICE Cedar Rapids
R S FARM/ROBERT ROSS Central City
RATHJE FARMS Marion
JEROME RIES Ryan
RJ CONSTRUCTION Marion
SHULISTA FARMS/BRETT SHULISTA Central City
THEISEN’S Cedar Rapids
WALKER STATE BANK Walker
KIRK WIEH Mt Vernon

* “Denny’s Dream”

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The Linn County 4-H Youth Council thanking the audience for their support of “Denny’s Dream”.

In May of 2016, Denny Booth, a long time 4-H volunteer and Youth Council Advisor on the club & county level, unexpectedly passed away.  His dream was to build a bigger & better food stand with amenities such as hot & cold running water and covered seating on the side.  The 4-H Youth Council has have had their current food booth since 1992 and have since outgrown it.  This food booth is the  4-H Youth Council’s biggest source of funding for the many activities they offer & support throughout the year.  It is VITAL for their operation.

Youth Council’s goal…
Denny’s Dream started with a design drawn on a napkin after the 2013 fair was relocated to the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Denny liked the food stand facility there and started thinking about how the Linn County’s 4-H Youth Council could replace the building on the fairgrounds.  Each year, there are concerns with the health department codes.

Amenities they hope to have:

  • *hot & cold running water
  • *covered seating area
  • *more prep space & storage space
  • *correct food service equipment
Importance of the food booth:

Not only does the 4-H Youth Council Food Booth provide a convenient location for food & drink during the fair, it also teaches members workplace skills such as money handling, food prep, ordering supplies, customer service, etc.

Earnings from the food stand are the 4-H Youth Council’s operating funds (and their largest fundraiser) for the many events & community service projects during the year.  An annual budget is set based off the previous year’s income.

Their annual Pie Auction proceeds are solely used yearly to provide various scholarships to Linn County 4-H Youth.

Denny’s Dream is a completely separate campaign. 4-H Youth Council recently started a new account with funds raised by helping the Linn County Master Gardeners at their Plant Sale.  This “seed money” along with donor pledges is helping them to get started!

“Denny was passionate for 4-H, a hard worker for 4-H & always made sure we had the best experience.”—Grace, Class of 2018

“I don’t know how to explain him—a great mentor & friend. He taught me how to put a metal roof on the Council Booth.”—CJ, Class of 2017

“A great man who taught me many things.  He was wise, kind & intelligent.” –Kiera, Class of 2017

“I did not know Denny for long. He was fun, inspirational, & hard working. He was someone who I looked up to & was inspired by his love for 4-H’ers & 4’H.”—Tracie, Class of 2019

Denny inspired me through other people because he influenced them to join 4-H which then inspired me to join 4-H.”—Kayla, Class of 2020

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