Visitors find homespun fun at 2017 Dallas County Fair


Keep It Clean, said all the animals in the barnyard at the 2017 Dallas County Fair.

The 2017 Dallas County Fair opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday with its usual dizzying variety of shows, acts, foods and fun for all ages.

Dallas County 4-H and Future Farmers of America livestock shows are the center of gravity of the fair, with young people’s hand-raised horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and rabbits earning red, white and blue ribbons.

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

Music and variety shows are a big part of the county fair experience. Among the variety of performers is Herbie Mac, whose comedy and hypnotism show pleases young and old alike. Herb’s is one of the many acts playing free shows during the five-day fair.

Mitchellville’s Josh Hollon demonstrated chainsaw wood carving and sold his finished creations, many with a patriotic theme. The sound of his chainsaw made conversation a little difficult at Friday’s Dallas County Farm Bureau membership appreciation picnic, but such is the price of chainsaw freedom.

Many more events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. See the fair schedule for a complete list.




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