The Cherokee County Fair will be Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10, at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Daily admission will be $6 for adults (13 and older) and $4 for kids, with ages four and under admitted free.
On Saturday, Julu 9, after 3 p.m. admission will be $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Advance season tickets can also be purchased for $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Season ticket prices at the gate on July 7 will be $14 for adults and $8 for kids.
Advance tickets can be ordered by contacting the Cherokee County Fair Board by phone at 225-5843, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance ticket sales end on July 6 at 5 p.m.
Daily happenings at the fair are as follows: the 4-H and Family Crafts buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. except on Sunday, the Meyer Petting Zoo will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the Commercial Building will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Thursday though Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Naturally, there will be many livestock shows at the fair. On Thursday, the open swine show will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by the 4-H swine show at 8:30 p.m. The 4-H poultry show will begin at 1:30 p.m. and 4-H horse game shows will start at 3:30 p.m. Friday will consist of the 4-H sheep/goat show beginning at 8:30 a.m., the rest of the 4-H horse show at 10 a.m., and the 4-H dairy show at 10:30 a.m.
Also on Friday will be the exotic animal show at 3:30 p.m. and the Ashley Rassel Memorial Open Beef Show at 6 p.m. The 4-H beef show will be Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The 4-H dog obedience and pet shows will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and will be followed by the open pet show at 12:30 p.m. The 4-H rabbit show will also begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Other 4-H events will also be going on at the fair as well. The Pride of Iowa contest will be open for public viewing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Also on Thursday will be the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest beginning at 12:30 p.m. The consumer judging contest goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.
The clothing revenue contest will be taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, which will be followed by the communication events at 2 p.m. The parade of 4-H champions will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the presentation of the senior awards and the County 4-H Hall of Fame announcement.
The 2011 Fair Queen Crowning will begin on Sunday at 5 p.m. There are 20 ladies in the competition this year but only one of them will be crowned as the 2011 Cherokee County Fair Queen. The 2010 Cherokee County Fair Queen, Stephanie Specht, will have the honor of crowning the new queen.
The Cherokee County Fair will provide many activities for the younger kids on Kids Day on Saturday. This includes free arcade games and a digital photo booth sponsored by the Cherokee County Fair Board both from noon to 4 p.m.
The digital booth will also be open from 4-7 p.m. The pedal pull (ages four to 11) will begin at 12:30 p.m. XBOX 360 Big Screen Rock Band will be available for enjoyment from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bike giveaway will be at 4 p.m. and the showing of a "G" rated movie also will begin at 4 p.m.
Other festivities at the fair include the Teen Dance on Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Ladies Day with Darcy Maulsby- "Chocolate Fantasy: Create Dazzling Deserts the Easy Way" will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday sponsored by Cherokee Villa.
Also on Saturday will be the Diaper Derby at 11:30 a.m., which will be directly followed by Baby Costume Contest ( ages 6-14mos.). The Theme for the Baby Costume Contest is "Something's Purrfect"; babies are to dress as their favorite kitty or big cat. Minute to Win it games will be at 5:15 Saturday evening.
Quilt turning will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Cherokee County's version of "Wheel of Fortune" will be on Sunday from 3 pm. to 5 p.m.
Child ID services sponsored by New York Life will be at the fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
There are many special events at the fair this year.
Merriam Amusements will be hosting the carnival. Arm band prices will be $25 dollars each day with the exception of kids day (Saturday from noon to four) when the bands will be only $15. The carnival will be open Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.
T & C Rodeo Company, Inc. from Lamoni will be putting on a bull riding event on Thursday. The bull riding will begin at 8 p.m. and fireworks will follow its conclusion.
Clayton Rosaire will be presenting his Big Cat Encounter Tiger Show several times through the fair. He will perform at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. His well-trained cats will be displayed as he puts them through various thrilling routines.
Redhead Express from Alaska will be giving a performance on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. on the main stage. This group will entertain with voice and instrumental music. They will perform hits of the 50's and 60's, country, original, bluegrass, and traditional, and old time songs.
3XWrestling from Des Moines will provide entertainment on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. 3XWresting is one of the top wresting promotions in the Midwest. It has a high level of wresting/fan interaction and gives fun for the whole family to enjoy. Ticket prices will range from free for children under 3 to $15 for an adult ticket.
Go kart races will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the South end of the fairgrounds. All ages are welcome to attend. There is no fee for spectators. However, pit passes will be $10 and racers will have a fee of $25.
Jeff Klatt, the noted chainsaw artist from Storm Lake, will be present at the fair this year. He will use his talents to create about three or four sculptures a day. These sculptures will be sold during the auction at the demolition derby on Saturday night.
The demolition derby will be held on Saturday night at the main arena beginning at 7 p.m.
Makin'TRACCs 2nd annual tractor ride around Cherokee County will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and tour the county.
Other special performances at the fair include the Cavaliers Drill Team performance at 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Kelsey Doll performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and the Bill Riley Talent Show at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information see the Cherokee County Fair website at www.cherokeecountyfair.org.