Dallas County Fair to offer many forms of fun July 8-12

Dallas County young people spend many hours preparing to show their animals at the annual Dallas County Fair in Adel.

ADEL — It’s a theme varying musical artists like Lonestar, Bruce Springsteen and even the Beach Boys can agree on—the county fair. It’s been sung as a “good ol’ time” with neighbors, friends, family and even a sweetheart. Don’t miss out on the 2015 Dallas County Fair on July 8-12. Plus there’s free admission thanks to local sponsors.

Throughout the week, there will be 4-H animal shows galore, but don’t forget to check out the static, non-animal exhibits in the Community Building. Although 4-H is often known as being livestock and ag-related, there are many projects our county young people envision and create.

Walking through the projects is like being in a virtual DIY Pinterest board. Static exhibits are judged based on the written and verbal presentation of the project and lessons learned throughout the process. Check out the projects with purple ribbons —these will go on to be judged at the Iowa State Fair.

“Youth showing both livestock and static projects put in a tremendous amount of work to get ready for the fair,” said Caitlyn Ryan, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach marketing coordinator. “If nothing else, I would encourage Dallas County residents to get out to the fair to acknowledge and appreciate the effort of our local youth.”

The carnival will officially open Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m., with static exhibits available for viewing, the 4-H Silent Auction beginning and the 2015 Dallas County Fair Queen receiving her crown.

Thursday will have an array of events and activities for youth to enjoy, including an Insect Zoo, Conservation Station from Iowa State University plus a special visit from Cy the ISU mascot during Clover Kids Day from 3:30-6:30 p.m..

Friday is a can’t-miss day with the 4-H Clover Kids (grades K to 3) bucket and bottle calf and lamb shows and “mutton bustin’,” where kids hang on as long as they can to a big wooly sheep that takes off running.

Saturday will be full of “cute,” with the 4-H and Clover Kid 4-H Pet Show. Come see who will win “best trick” award or the “slowest pet” award.

“I was literally cracking up watching the pet shows last year,” said Ryan. “Especially the 4-H Clover Kids, who are pretty unpredictable with their answers to questions asked by judges. You can’t beat their candor.”

There will also be a kid’s pedal-tractor pull, baby contest, cat show plus a mud volleyball and cribbage tournament, both open to the public.

On Sunday the fair will close out with RC car races, the 4-H dog show, cloggers, the Bill Riley Talent Show, bags tournament and livestock auction.

County fair evenings will come alive with live music, bull and barrel racing, stunt bike exhibitions, circle track races and a tractor-truck pickup pull. For a full schedule of events visit the Dallas County Fair website.

Visitors can support the local Dallas County 4-H Youth Development Program by participating in the Silent Auction in the Community Building, purchasing good eats from the 4-H Food Stand—they sell the best tenderloin on the fairgrounds—and liking Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Facebook for a chance to win prizes during the fair.

Here is the full lineup of entertainment:


Carnival, free entertainment acts, silent auction, livestock shows & static exhibit viewing

Thursday, July 9

7 p.m., Bull Riding and Barrel Racing, followed by live music from Dirt Road Divide Band

Friday, July 10

6 p.m., Bingo
6 p.m., Mutton Bustin’
7:30 p.m., WI FMX Stunt Team show, followed by live music from Cold Filtered Band

Saturday, July 11

Noon, Mud Volleyball Tournament
1 p.m., Kids Pedal Tractor Pull
2 p.m., Cribbage Tournament
2 p.m., Lawn Mower Pull
6 p.m., Bingo
7 p.m., Figure 8 and Circle Track Racing, followed by live music from Madd Hoss Jackson Band

Sunday, July 12

1 p.m., RC Car Races
1 p.m., Bill Riley Talent Show
1 p.m., BAGS Tournament
1 p.m., Livestock Auction
6 p.m., IAMO Tactor, Truck and Stock Pickup Pull

For more information on ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H program in Dallas County, contact County Youth Coordinator Aleta Cochran at (515) 993-4281 or aleta@iastate.edu.


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