Fair Fun around Sioux City 2017

The upper midwest has some of the best fairs in the world. Here are some of the fairs nearest to Sioux City happening this summer, (listed in alphabetic order, so the fair for Sioux City residents, the Woodbury County Fair, is last but not least!). I will add more info as I find it, but some of the fairs are happening very soon so I thought it was better to have some info out there than none! If you run a fair or know details about a fair that I should include, please e-mail me!

Clay County (IA) Fair

When: Sept 9-13th
Where: Spencer, IA
Cost: Admission rates here, grandstand and other attractions have additional charges as well

Highlights: Grandstand performances by Old Dominion, For King and Country, Herman's Hermits, and more, plus centennial celebrations including the largest fireworks display in Clay County fair history!

For more info, visit the Clay County fair website 

Clay County (SD) Fair

When: August 10th-12th
Where: Vermillion, South Dakota

Highlights: You'll stay busy at the Clay County fair with tractor pulls, barnyard olympics, demolition derby, inflatables, a magic show, free live music, and a fair princess competition!

More info: Clay County Fair website

Cherokee County Fair

When: July 20th-23rd
Where: Cherokee, Iowa

Highlights: Demolition Derby, Barrel racing, A Capella music, and more. Saturday is Kids' Day.

More info: Cherokee County Fair website

Dakota/Thurston County Fair

When: August 2nd-6th
Where: 1547 Stable Drive in South Sioux, with a few events held in Thurston, Nebraska
Cost: Based on their website, it looks like general admission is free, with costs for specific events, attractions, and rides varying.

Highlights: 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Dakota and Thurston Counties Fair! Other highlights mentioned by the website include a parade on Thursday the 3rd at 6pm on Dakota Ave in South Sioux, A free showing of Moana inside the exhibit hall at 9pm on Sat the 5th, Barrel Racing, Jaripeo (Mexican style bull riding), tractor pulling, demolition derby, Little Prince and Princess competition, laser tag, live animal shows, vendors, food trucks, and more! Kids Day is August 5th and offers a $5 wristband for all the day's fun.

More info: Dakota/Thurston County Fair website

Dixon County Fair

When: July 31st-August 2nd
Where: Dixon County Fairground on the East side of Maple Street in Concord, NE
Cost: Free for kids under 10, $10 on Sunday/ $15 other days, or $30 for season pass

Highlights: Petting zoo, tractor pull, Kids Pedal Pull, live music and Demolition Derby

More Info: Dixon County website

Ida County Fair

When: July 18th-23rd
Where: Ida Grove, Iowa


More info: Ida County Extension website

Madison County Fair

When: July 11th-16th
Where: Madison, Nebraska
Cost: Pricing information here

Highlights: Trace Adkins, Old Dominion, & Cam, free live rodeo, live animals, bbq cookoff, lots of animals, and much more fair fun!

More info: You can find out more about the Madison County fair at the Madison County Fair & Rodeo website 

Monona County Fair

When: July 11th-16th
Where: Onawa, Iowa

Highlights: Little Princess and Queen competitions, Bill Riley Talent Search,  a glow run, parade, tractor pulls, petting zoo, free food and lots of food vendors, live music, and lots more.

More info: Monona County Fair website

Plymouth County Fair

When: July 26-30, 7am-10pm
Where: LeMars, IA
Cost: $10 per person over 5, under 5 free, $20 for individual season wristband, or $40 for car pass for one car and up to 4 adults (additional adults $10 each)


More info: Plymouth County Fair website, Facebook

Union County Fair

When: July 27th-30th
Where: Alcester, South Dakota

Highlights: At the Union County Fair you'll find...

More Info: Union County Fair

Woodbury County Fair

When: August 2nd-August 6th, 7am to close (hours for individual activities and areas of the fair vary)
Where: Moville, Iowa
Cost: $2 for Youth Exhibitor Pass, $1 admission for kids 5-11, $5 adult admission, $12 for membership/season pass

Highlights: The 2017 Woodbury County fair includes tons of live animals, the Great Plains Zoomobile, Fair Royalty competition, games and races for kids, bingo, demolition derby, Bill Reilly talent search, a rodeo, petting zoo and pony rides, a hypnotist, a magician, the 100th anniversary celebration of ISU Woodbury County Extension,  and lots more!

More info: Woodbury County Fair websiteFacebookInstagram

You can also check out this post about how to compete in one or more of the fun events at the Woodbury County Fair