Familiar sights, sounds fill Dallas County Fairgrounds

Adel youngsters, from left, Joplyn Brokaw, 10 months, Marlee Ohrtman, 11, Rori Paardekooper, 11, and Camdon Greene, 8, stopped searching for tokens long enough to pose in front of the animals. Photo courtesy Kiarha Steece

The Dallas County Fair began Wednesday with its usual dizzying variety of shows, acts, foods and fun for all ages. The fair runs through Sunday.

Among the many sites at this year’s fair is┬áJim “J.J.” Walling of Lamoni, who returns for a fifth time with his pony rides and the ever-expanding Dallas County Little Critter Corner. This year’s Little Critter Corner included a petting zoo of a dozen farm animals, an oversized coloring page for all kids to enjoy and corn and straw boxes for children to romp in.

Walling also works with the Dallas County Fair Board and hides tokens in the corn and straw for fair goers to find and redeem at local business sponsors.

Musical entertainment is also a big part of the county fair experience. Among the variety of performers are Mitch Goudy and Diana Uptonhill are Iowa natives now working as musicians in Nashville, Tenn. They are one of the many acts playing free shows during the five-day fair.

No fair visit is complete without a visit to the stock barn, where 4-H youth have hand-raised their prize show horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, turkey, rabbits and a few we might have missed.

There are many events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. See the fair schedule for a complete list.

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