Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Special days highlight Clay Co. Fair

No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 11-19.

"Each day the fair is chock full of activities for all ages," said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. "However, some activities are scheduled on a special day, which makes each day at the fair a very unique experience."

Monday, Sept. 13 is Veteran's Appreciation Day starting with a parade at 10 a.m. and a special program at 11 a.m. All veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to the fair as a thank you for their service to our nation. In addition, there will be a special patriotic music program at 2 p.m. by Glenn Henriksen in the Events Center Ballroom. Other activities include the $1,500 Cinnamon Roll Contest sponsored by Farmers Savings Bank and a Red Cross Blood Drive.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, fairgoers 65 and older can enjoy $6 admission on Senior Day. Special activities include a parade of antique tractors, Glenn Henriksen's "Salute to Seniors" concert, the antique tractor pull, and the Homegrown Talent Series presented by Atlantic Bottling Company.

That evening, Family Night sponsored by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce features free admission for families of all ages after 5 p.m.

"One of the exciting things about our special days is that they provide the opportunity for everyone to attend the fair for free at least once," said Parsons.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 is Disability Awareness Day. The fair welcomes people with disabilities from throughout the region with events planned for them thanks to the Pony Express Riders, GoldStar Amusements and the Shriners. Persons who have pre-registered for the day can participate in carnival rides and other activities.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association brings Iowa Corn Day on Thursday, Sept. 16 with exhibits and presentations in Central Park showcasing the importance of this crop in Iowa and beyond. The day is also Farmer Appreciation Day presented by CFE, which will include a Parade of Antique Tractors.

Friday, Sept. 17 is Y100 Kids Day and Iowa Dairy Day. Kids 18 and under are admitted free all day and can buy a special all-day wristband for unlimited rides on the GoldStar Amusements Midway at the price of $30 ($25 in advance). Other activities include a pedal tractor pull. Sponsored by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Dairy Day lets fairgoers learn about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa through different displays and activities at Central Park.

Iowa Lakes Community College and ISU Extension Clay County present Science Saturday on Sept. 18. All ages can participate in the hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and experiments in various locations throughout the fair.

The final Sunday of the Fair (Sept. 19) is Last Chance Sunday. On this day admission is discounted ($7 for adults), which will give all fairgoers one last day to experience the fair.