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Siouxland County Fairs

*Updated for 2022*


From the funnel cake and pork tenderloins to adorable live animals, sack races, monster truck races, talent shows, and professional live music, to the glory and defeat from entering competitions, county fairs are one of the best parts of late summer around Siouxland!
 
If you live in Sioux City, our county fair, the Woodbury County will be August 2nd through 7th, 2022 in Moville, Iowa. You can find more info in my Woodbury County Fair post. But there are tons of great fairs in the area, and while some restrict competition entries to residents of their own county, all of them are fun to attend no matter where you live!

 Here's the scoop on as many other nearby fairs as I could find details for, divided by state and then put in alphabetical order. This post will be updated frequently throughout the summer as more details become available. If you are affiliated with a county fair and have info to share, please e-mail me so I can include it!

Iowa

Buena Vista County

Dates: July 7th through 11th, 2022
Location: Alta, Iowa
Highlights: Carnival rides, horse show, kids activities, 4H and open class competitions, and grandstand acts including demolition derby, tractor pull, barrel racing, and Cody Hicks with Scott Kirkhart.
For more information: Visit the Buena Vista County Fair website

Cherokee County

Dates: July 21st through 24th, 2022
Location: Cherokee, IA
Highlights: Daily tiger encountersm space adventure thrill show, pony rides and carnival rides. Plus a diaper derby and kids' costume contest and parade, 4H and open class competitions, and grandstand acts including a tractor pull, barrel racing, wrestling, mutton bustin, demolition derby, and more!
For more information: Visit the Cherokee County Fair website or Facebook page

Clay County

Dates: September 10th through 18th, 2022
Location: Spencer, Iowa
Highlights: Carnival rides, kids activities, 4H and Open Class competitions, plus tractor pulling and car racing action, and grandstand acts including  Russell Dickerson, Cece Winans with Riley Clemmons, the Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour, Vanilla Ice with the Ying Yang Twins, Dwight Yoakam with Runaway June, the Grand Funk Railroad, and Blue Oyster Cult.
For more information: Check out the Clay County Fair website or find them on Facebook, twitter, or instagram 

Dickinson County

Dates: July 16th through 21st, 2022
Location: Spirit Lake, Iowa
Highlights:  Primarily a 4H and FFA Fair, with open class events and fair queen and little miss fair queen competitions.
For more information: Visit the Dickinson County Fair website 

Harrison County

Dates: July 20th through 25th, 2022
Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa
Highlights: Carnival rides, rodeo, 4H & Open Class competition displays, monster truck racing, country concert with Mark Willis and Jessica Lynne Witty, and music from Rick Powell and friends.
For more information: Check out the Harrison County Fair website


Ida County

Dates: July 20th through 24th, 2022
Location: Ida Grove, Iowa
Highlights: 4H Fair plus carnival rides and arcade games, tractor pull, rodeo, ax throwing, and mud drags.
For more information: Check out the Ida County Fair on Facebook


Lyon County

Dates: July 18th through 21st, 2022
Location: Rock Rapids, Iowa
Highlights: Figure 8s, open class events, rapid speedway races, hypnotist shows, and more
For more information: Check out the Lyon County Fair Facebook page.


Monona County

Dates: July 12th through 17th, 2022
Location: Onawa, Iowa 
Highlights: Giant yard games, foam party, several free community meals, face painting, balloon animals, fair parade, kids activities, Tractor Pull, and Demolition Derby
For more information: Check out the Monona County Fair website or find them on Facebook


O'Brien County

Dates: July 23rd through 28th, 2022
Location: Primghar, Iowa
Highlights: Open class and 4H competitions, carnival rides, horse show, petting zoo, live music, tractor pulls, atv races, and auto racing
For more information: Check out the O'Brien County Fair website

Osceola County

Dates: July 18th through 24th, 2022
Location: Sibley, Iowa
Highlights: BBQ contest, king & queen competitions, pinewood derby car show, demolition derby, tractor pulls, dog shows, carnival rides
For more information: Check out the Osceola County Fair website


Plymouth

Dates: July 27th through July 31st, 2022
Location: LeMars, IA
Highlights: Tractor pull, Kids Day, motocross, demo derby, and a hypnotist, and live music from Jason Pritchet, The Browns, and more!
For more information: Visit the Plymouth County Fair website or find them on Facebook


Sac County

Dates: July 26th through 30st, 2022 
Location: Sac City, Iowa
Highlights: Rodeo, tractor pull, figure 8s, a grandstand musical performance from Diamond Rio, rides, inflatables, fair queen contest, and more!
For more information: Check out the Sac County Fair website


Shelby County

Dates: July 13th through 17th, 2022
Location: Harlan, IA
Highlights: 4H, FFA & open class competitions, auto racing, tractor pull, fair parade, carnival rides, kids contests, live music from Finding Dixie, ag olympics, and fireworks!
For more information: check out the Shelby County Fair Website


Sioux County

Dates: July 11th through 14th, 2022
Location: Sioux Center, Iowa
Highlights: Hands-on ag exploration center, bull riding, kids pedal tractor pull, 4H & open class events, live music, balloon animals, petting zoo, inflatables, outdoor family movie, mini-train rides, and more!
For more information: Check out the Sioux County Fair website

Nebraska

Antelope County

Dates: August 2nd through 7th, 2022
Location: Neligh, NE
Highlights: 4H & open class competitions, bull riding, antique tractor parade, demolition derby, ice cream social, inflatables, live music, & more!
For more information: Check out the Antelope County Fair

Boone County

Dates: July 9th through 13th, 2022
Location: Albion, Nebraska
Highlights: 4H & open class events, petting zoo, fair parade, kids tractor pull, horse show, kids day, carnival games & rides, and live music
For more information: Check out the Boone County Fair website


Burt County

Dates: July 15th through July 19th, 2021
Location: Oakland, Nebraska
Highlights: Omaha Circus Arts, Omaha Street Percussion, fair parade, dog and cat shows, carnival rides, and a grandstand musical performance from Rodney Atkins with Andy Griggs
For more information: Check out the Burt County Fair website


Cedar County

Dates: July 13th through 17th, 2021
Location: Hartington, Nebraska
Highlights: Rodeo, barrel racing, free kids carnival, free bbq/burger social, pedal pull, pie contest, rodeo queen contest, and grandstand performances from Dylan Scott, Walker Hayes, and Little Texas
For more information: Check out the Cedar County Fair website


Cuming County

Dates: August 11th through 14th, 2022
Location: West Point, Nebraska
Highlights: Bull riding, tractor pull, demo derby, carnival rides and games, 4H and open class events, live music, wildlife encounters, bicycle action show, and more!
For more information: Check out the Cuming County Fair website


Dakota & Thurston Counties

Dates: August 4th through 6th, 2022
Location: South Sioux City, Nebraska
Highlights: Tractor pull, bull riding, barrel racing, community BBQ, Junk-a-Palooza, kids day, fair parade, community movie night, and more!
For more information: Check out the Dakota and Thurston Counties Fair website

Dixon County

Dates: July 7th through July 10th, 2022
Location: Concord, Nebraska
Highlights: 4H & open class events, carnival games & rides, community bbq, car show, demo derby, tractor pull, live music from Ben Grillet and Angie K, and more!
For more information: Check out the Dixon County Fair website


Knox County

Dates: August 11th through 14th, 2022
Location: Bloomfield, Nebraska
Highlights: 4H & FFA Fair with tractor pull, cornhole competition, carnival rides, and more!
For more information: Check out the Knox County Fair website

Madison County

Dates: July 5th through 10th, 2022
Location: Madison, Nebraska
Highlights: 4H and open class events, rodeo, petting zoo, carnival rides, heritage village, motocross, and grandstand performance from 3 Doors Down
For more information: Check out the Madison County fair website

Pierce County

Dates: July 27th through July 31st, 2022
Location: Pierce, Nebraska
Highlights: Extreme Bull Riding, demo derby, tractor pull, hog wrestling, barrel racing, bull racing, mud volleyball, 4H and open class events, kids pedal pull, and live music. 
For more information: Check out the Pierce County Fair website

Stanton County

Dates: August 3rd through 7th, 2022
Location: Stanton, Nebrakska
Highlights: Carnival rides, car show, demolition derby, wine tasting, kids day, live music and more!
For more information: Check out the Stanton County fair website

Wayne County

Dates: July 21st through 24th, 2022
Location: Wayne, Nebraska
Highlights: Demolition derby, tractor pull, bull riding, 4H and open class events, free family day on Wednesday, carnival rides, and live musical grandstand acts
For more information: Check out the Wayne County Fair website

South Dakota


Clay County

Dates: August 11th through 13th, 2022
Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
Highlights: Open class and 4H competitions, pedal pull, barnyard olympics, kids' activities, ATV drags and barrel racing, demolition derby, the Great Plains Zoomobile, a street dance with live music, and more!
For more information: Check out the Clay County fair website


Sioux Empire Fair

Dates: August 5th through 13th, 2022
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Highlights: Carnival rides, fair food, competitions, kids activities, ATV racing, PRCA Rodeo, and grandstand acts (grandstand acts free with fair admission!) including Old Dominion, Hairball, Justin Moore, 38 Special, and the Country Comeback Tour
For more information: Check out the Sioux Empire Fair website


Union County

Dates: August 4th through 6th, 2022
Location: Alcester, South Dakota
Highlights: 4H Fair, Pancake Breakfast, Pedal Pull, Tractor Pull, Balloon Animals, Zoomobile and more!
For more information: Check out the Union County extension office website

Minnesota County Fairs


Rock County

Dates: July 27th through 30th, 2022
Location: Luverne, MN
Highlights: Donkey Races, Enduro auto racing, tractor pulls, Great Lakes Timber Log Show, Kent Family Magic Circus, the Minnesota Kite Society, and much more!
For more information: Visit the Rock County Fair website

Nobles County

Dates: August 4th through 8th, 2022
Location: Worthington, MN
Highlights: Truck & Tractor Pull, live music, carnival, and 4-H and open class events including a dog show!
For more information: Visit the Nobles County Fair website.





So whether you're showing animals or artwork; whether you're looking for great live music or great fair food; Siouxland's county fairs in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota have it all! Have a great time this fair season! 

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