The Boone County Fair Board is seeking community members to help in the design of the 2021 Fair logo. The theme selected is “Resume the Fun in 2021”. Designs can be created digitally or drawn. There will be a winner selected for each of the following age categories: youth (age 18 and under) and adult (anyone over age 18). One of the winning logos will be used as a template to create the 2021 Fair logo. The winner will also receive a free grandstand show ticket to the event of their choice at the 2021 Fair. All entries will be displayed during the 2021 Fair. Please submit your entries with your name and your age to the fair office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a pdf, png or jpeg file (if it a drawing please scan). Entries will be accepted through Friday, January 22nd.
Nearly 400 kids were able to enjoy the carnival rides over the 4 days of the Boone County Fair this year. The "Have Fun, Give Back" program, developed by the Boone County Fair Board and sponsored by the Boone County Farm Bureau, allowed fairgoers to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for a free carnival wristband. The basis of the program was to gain sponsorship to cover the cost of the carnival so families who normally wouldn’t be able to afford the carnival rides, would be able to come out and have fun at the fair. As a part of the program, those wishing to receive the free carnival wristbands would need to donate a non-perishable food item. With over 11% of Boone County being considered "food insecure", the fair board thought this would be a great way to shed light on the issue and get the community involved. “It is great that we are teaching our children the importance of giving back to the community” said one mother with young children enjoying the rides. “We are grateful for this sponsorship and the 'Have Fun, Give Back' program, so we can enjoy the rides at the fair.” This year, almost 300 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected through this program and were donated to local food pantries. The Boone County Fair Board is planning to continue the "Have Fun, Give Back" program in the future, and is looking for more area businesses to help sponsor this great program to support our community. For more information about this program or information on the 2021 Boone County Fair, contact email@example.com.
We are now accepting applications for the Boone County Fair Board. Persons interested in being on the Fair Board must be residents of Boone County, over age 18, and enthusiastic to work with the current Fair Board to improve the annual County Fair & other fairgrounds events. There are currently five seats on the fair board that need to be filled. Current board members seeking re-election are: Patrick Erb, Bonnie Sorenson, Tim Anderson, Jeff Needham, & Stephanie Dowdy. If you are interested in helping out with the Fair and other Fairgrounds events, but do not want to commit to monthly meetings, and being a full board member, we encourage you to apply to be an associate member. Associate members serve on committees and assist in whatever areas of the Fair they wish to help with. Fair Board & Associate member applications are due to the fair office by September 1st and are available on the website at www.boonecountyfairia.com or can be picked up at the fair office. Those seeking election should plan to be at the annual board meeting with is September 14th at 7pm at the Fairgrounds Community Building. The mission of the Boone County Agricultural Association and Boone County Fair Board is to encourage, support, and promote the growth and development of urban and rural communities of Boone County by highlighting the heritage of the community, and its ties to agriculture, industry and business that are the backbone of the community.
The Boone County Fair Board is excited to announce that the fair will occur as planned July 16-19, with only a few minor changes due to COVID-19 restrictions. With support from Boone County Public Health, Emergency Management and Boone County Extension, the fair board has developed a plan that allows the regular livestock shows, food vendors, carnival rides, grandstand shows and free concerts to take place. For months the Boone County Fair Board has been meeting regularly to discuss options on what this year’s fair might look like. They have also been consulting with health officials, insurance providers, as well as polling the public on their comfort levels of attending fair events during these unprecedented times. After a special meeting to specifically discuss the fate of the fair, and with the restrictions being lifted in the state as of Friday, June 12, the board voted in favor of having fair. Although the fair plans are moving forward as normal, the fair board is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all fairgoers. Plans are in place to increase sanitation, including extra handwashing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the grounds. Additionally, the fair board plans to disinfect main seating areas including the show ring, grandstand and bleachers daily and provide signage to remind people to keep social distancing and to use good hygiene practices. Following the State of Iowa’s lead, personal responsibility is requested for people to determine if they feel comfortable attending the fair during this time. High risk or vulnerable individuals are asked to consider staying home. The Boone County Fair has a great lineup of events and entertainment this year. Grandstand shows include Figure 8 Races, Demolition Derby and Mud Races. Stage concerts include Jake Doty & Hawk McIntyre, Casey Muessigmann and Tyler Richton & the Highbank Boys. The locally owned and operated carnival Scott Amusements, will return this year with even more rides for all ages to enjoy. New this year is the “Have Fun, Give Back” carnival program. Thanks to a sponsorship from Farm Bureau, the first 100 kids to donate a non-perishable food item each day of the fair will receive a free carnival wristband for that day. Through this program, we hope everyone can have fun at the fair and give back to our local food pantries. Unfortunately, we have cancelled some of our events such as Mutton Busting and Extravaganza in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. For a complete list of Boone County Fair events and activities or to purchase tickets, visit the fairs website at www.boonecountyfairia.com.
During these unprecedented times of social distancing due to COVID-19, businesses and individuals alike are having to adapt and make changes to meet public health and safety requirements. At this time the Boone County Fair Board is continuing to plan for the 2020 fair, as scheduled but are looking at potential options if changes need to be made. The fair board has been working closely with Boone County Emergency Management as well as Boone County Extension and Outreach to determine the best course of action for fair. “As the state regulations are constantly changing, the fair board is not ready to make a final decision on how the 2020 fair will look. Taking many factors into consideration, including entertainment contracts, exhibitors, vendors, sponsorship and advertising, the board has voted to hold off making a final decision for the 2020 Boone County Fair until June 16,” (one month prior to opening day of the fair), said Wayne Lynch, Boone County Fair Board President. “We will continue to monitor state and federal public health regulations, and will meet with Boone County Emergency Management and Boone County Extension (and Outreach) to make the best decision for our county.” The Boone County Fair Board’s goal is to host the 2020 Boone County Fair as planned, so everyone in the county has a fun event to look forward to this summer. Although if that is not possible, they feel the most important part is making sure our 4-H and FFA youth have an opportunity to exhibit their projects and livestock and will consider having an “exhibition only” fair. For all information about the Boone County Fair, July 16-19, 2020 including the schedule of events and COVID-19 related updates, visit the Fair’s website at www.boonecountyfairia.com or follow them on Facebook.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who was a part of our Fair Kickoff Fundraiser on March 7th. Thanks to those to donated auction items, purchased tickets, bought auction items, or gave through the heads or tails game or the fund a need. We are so grateful for your support. Together we set a new record, raising $11,931 for the Fair!
Thanks to funds from the Leonard Good Trust, the Fitzgerald Charitable Trust and the Boone Community Endowment grant, the Boone County Fair Board was able to complete several improvements to the Fairgrounds in 2019. The Fairgrounds is home to over 100 events, which host over 75,000 people annually.
Improvements made by the fair board this year through grant funds included exterior renovations of the Community Building and fairgrounds sound system upgrades. The Community Building had a complete face lift which included: masonry work and tuck pointing to repair cracks in the block structure, repainting the entire building, wrapping the front awning, replacement of the overhead garage door to increase energy efficiency and also replacement of three sets of doors which included a handicap accessible push button on the main entry doors. All the improvements to the Community Building will not only help the structural integrity, but have made the building look much more aesthetically pleasing for all fairgrounds visitors. Since the fairgrounds does accommodate such a diversity of events, often times sound systems are needed for important announcements or general presentations. Funds secured through these grants allowed the fair board to replace many out-of-date, and non-working sound systems.
The Boone County Fairgrounds serves as a great asset to the City of Boone and Boone County, which makes all fairground improvements a benefit the community. The fair board is pleased with the improvements that have been made over the past year, but with any large facility, there are always new projects to take on. The fair board and fairgrounds is a non-profit organization, and all donations made are considered tax deductible. For more information about how you can help the Boone County Fairgrounds, contact the fair office.
The Boone County Fair Board hosted its first ever Fair Fundraiser Kickoff event this past Saturday, March 9th at the Community Building on the Fairgrounds. The event included a meal featuring meat donated by Whatcha Smokin' BBQ, silent and live auctions, and live musical entertainment by Casey Muessigmann. The event was publicized as an opportunity for individuals to help financially support the Fair. Specifically, the fair board stated their goal was to raise $4,000 to pay for the judges for 4-H and FFA events during the 2019 Boone County Fair. Over 250 advanced tickets were sold for the event, and over $10,000 was raised. The funds will cover the cost of all judges for this year's Fair. Additionally, it will fund the new fire alarm panel that needed replaced in the Community Building, and other facility maintenance needs. Fair Board President, Danielle Griggs, shared “I am in awe of the whole event, thank you so much for supporting the Fair!” The Boone County Fair Board would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who donated items, attended or supported the event in anyway. We could not provide the support to our 4-H and FFA youth, provide quality facilities, or put on the Fair without the support of our wonderful community. The Boone County Fair Board is a non-profit organization whose main focus is to host the annual County Fair. The 2019 Boone County Fair is scheduled from July 18-21. For updates on all Boone County Fair information visit our website, or like us on Facebook!
Can't wait till July to hang out with your "Fair Friends"!?!? Well don't wait! Plan a Fair Friend get together at the First Ever Boone County Fair Fundraiser Event!
The Boone County Fair Board invites you to join us for the first ever Fair Kickoff Fundraiser Event. Join us for an evening of great food, fun with Fair friends, silent and live auction, raffles and live entertainment by country music artist Casey Muessigman!
The goal of the evening is to raise $4,000 to help pay for all 4-H and FFA judges during the Fair.
Tickets are $25/person or $125 for a table of 6. (Tickets include meal & 2 drink tickets per person). Tickets must be purchased by March 4th. (No tickets will be sold at the door).
To purchase your ticket, mail a check to the Fair Office. (Make sure you include "Fair Fundraiser" in the memo).
Boone County Fairgrounds 1601 Industrial Park Road Boone, IA 50036
The Boone County Fair Board is excited to announce a contract has been signed with Scotts Amusements for the upcoming Fair which is scheduled for July 18-21, 2019. Scotts Amusements is a brand-new carnival company, however the rides, and owners are not new to the business or to Boone County. Brothers Rob and Russ Scott grew up in the carnival business, and most recently Russ spent the last year managing Smiths Amusements. Smith’s Amusements was owned and operated by Steve and Vikki Smith and has been known for years as one of the most reputable carnivals in the state. Smith’s Amusements might sound familiar to many Boone natives, as they operated the carnival at Pufferbilly days for years. Upon Smiths retiring from the carnival business this past year Russ and Rob purchased some of their rides and have started booking events. Rob, who lives with his wife and children near Pilot Mound, said he would like to keep things close to home. “It is my goal to stay within 100 miles of home if I can,” Rob explains. The Fair board is excited to work with Scotts Amusements, and hopes to work with them for many years in the future. “It is nice to have a carnival with a local connection, the Scott family has been in 4-H and exhibiting at the Fair for years, we are glad to work with them in this new capacity,” Fair Manager Ashley Fitzgerald explains. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Boone County Fair, and make sure to take some time at the Fair to enjoy the new carnival.
The mission of the Boone County Fair Board is to support, and promote the growth and development of the urban and rural communities of Boone County by highlighting the heritage of the community, and its ties to agriculture, industry, and businesses that are the backbone of the community. For more information about the 2019 Boone County Fair, or any events on the Fairgrounds, visit our website at www.boonecountyfairia.com.