Family Fun at the Woodbury County Fair 2018

The 2018 Woodbury County Fair is coming soon! The county fair is one of my family's favorite Siouxland events, and I definitely recommend it to other families looking for fun. If you're considering going to this year's fair, here's what you need to know about it:

Basic Details

When it is: Wednesday August 1st through Sunday August (Drop off exhibits on Monday July 30th if you are competing in most Open Class events--more details on that below, so don't stress if that sounds like a foreign language)
Where it is: The Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, Iowa, about 10-15 minutes past Menards if coming from downtown Sioux City
How much it costs: General daily admission is $1 for kids 5-11, and $5 for ages 12+. Competitor passes are $12 for adults or $2 for kids and include daily admission for the entire fair week. Admission to grandstand events is separate from daily admission and vary by event. On Wednesday August 2nd, kids get free admission to the fair all day.

Family fun at the fair

There is tons to look at throughout the Woodbury County Fair, like cool animals (including some kids can touch or ride), live chainsaw carving demonstrations, booths from tons of makers, sellers, businesses, candidates, and organizations, a barn full of amazing antique farm equipment, and best of all, Woodbury County's Old Town, with many buildings over a century old. My kids love going in all the old buildings and learning more about what life would've been like over a century ago in Woodbury County.

Grandstand events
  • Tues 7/31 @7pm: Five County Blastmaster Motorized Rodeo, free for kids 11 & under, $5 for 12+, $15 pits
  • Weds 8/1 @7pm: Tuff Trucks & Drags & Double Figure 8, kids 4& under free, kids 5-11 $5, ages 12+ $7
  • Thurs 8/2 @7pm: Barry Wright Rodeo, free for kids 4 & under, kids 5-11 $5, ages 12+ &7
  • Fri 8/3 @7pm: Barnes PRCA Rodeo, free for kids 4 & under, kids 5-11 $5, ages 12+ &7
  • Sat 8/4 @7pm: Outlaw Tractor Pull, free for kids 4 & under, kids 5-11 $5, ages 12+ $10
  • Sun 8/5 @6pm: Ultimate Derby featuring Mower and Power Wheels Derby, free for kids 4 & under, kids 5-11 $5, ages 12+ $10, $2 discount for season pass holders

The midway is full of carnival rides and games, including giant slides and a classic ferris wheel. I will post more info on ride and game ticket prices once they are available!

Free entertainment
Some of the great free entertainment at the 2018 Woodbury County Fair includes:
  • Jason Pritchett, country singer known from his time on America's Got Talent (check him out on YouTube)
  • line dancing
  • Bill Riley Talent Search
  • Matt's Family Jam (check them out on YouTube)
  • Big Rivers Band
  • the Jammers
  • Anthon City Band
  • Jim Kluver, country singer
  • Ben Grillet
  • Ray Thompson, hypnotist
  • Sushi Roll
  • Country Dance with Mr. Tunes
  • JK Country
The Woodbury County Fair features a wide variety of food, from fair classics like cotton candy and funnel cake, to local food trucks and homemade fare from local churches and organizations

Basically, anyone in Woodbury County can compete in events at the Woodbury County Fair! You can check out my post from 2017 on how to compete, but in a nutshell, you pick an event you would like to compete in, read the rules from the Fairbook, read them again, and then go make something awesome. Bring your super cool creation to the fairgrounds on the Monday before the fair (unless specified otherwise--a few events ask that you bring things on a specific different time for live judging) Then wait and see what ribbon you get! If you are in 4H, you probably already know all this, and you can enter special events just for 4H'ers. If you are not in 4H, you are considered "open class" and can enter any open class exhibit for which your age group is listed. You can also compete in the kids scavenger hunt, and in the Kids Day footraces in Old Town on Thursday.

What's New this Year?

  • Boom! from the Science Center of Iowa: this fun science presentation will be show twice on Wednesday and twice on Thursday, with a walk-up science experiment booth open following both shows
  • Lisa Laird: a talented puppeteer and ventriloquist from Orange City, Iowa will be performing on Friday and Saturday and leading a puppet making craft after each show
  • My Dolly & Me Fashion Show: On Friday, kids and their dolls can participate in a non-competitive fashion show 
  • The Moville Towne Players: old fashioned drama, presenting shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Ag in the Classroom: a favorite amongst Woodbury County kids, Ag in the Classroom is stepping out of the classroom and into Old Town on Saturday to talk about "the many hats of the Iowa farmer"

For more info, check out the Woodbury County Fair website, or Facebook page