By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

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1947: Clay County Fair facility expansion underway


June 16, 2022

• June 19, 1947

Nineteen Iowa counties were among the 100 leading oats-growing counties in the United States, according to the 1945 Census of Agriculture. O’Brien County had a national ranking of 80 with a total of 69,603 acres threshed. The county stood 12th in the state.

The Clay County Fair at Spencer was adding two buildings to accommodate the anticipated increase in exhibitors for the 1947 fair. New buildings being constructed were a cattle barn to house 432 head under one roof and a dormitory which could house 216 4-H club boys and supervisors.

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