2020 Dickinson County Fair winds down

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Photo by Seth Boyes

The events are closed to the public, but area youth still have some blue ribbon opportunities at the Dickinson County Fair.

The swine show begins at 8 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 22). Poultry exhibits were celebrated Saturday, and horse shows took place on Sunday. Monday was set aside for sheep and goats. The beef show was held on Tuesday.

The annual dog show was canceled, and 4-H youth used posters to participate in the pet show. Video submissions were used to enter and judge the rabbit show.

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Fair participants may also pick up static exhibits between noon and 5:30 p.m. today.

"We understand that this situation is less than ideal for everyone involved in the Dickinson County Fair, and appreciate the support and input from the community as we navigate on how to keep the community safe, while still providing quality programming for our 4-H Youth," ISU Extension and Outreach County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator Madeleine Bretey said.

The Dickinson County Fair Board has established a "Friends of the Dickinson County Fair" group for individuals and businesses to assist in funding some fair costs for the 2020 Dickinson County Fair.

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"Everyone agrees that 2020 has been a crazy, mixed up year," Fair Board Treasurer Susan Reiser said. "The Fair Board is usually renting out the Expo and Community Building but because of COVID, we were forced to close the facility for the safety of residents. As a result of no rentals, the Fair Board is finding themselves short of funds to pay for the judges and youth premium awards at the fair this year."

To offset costs of $8,100 for those two items, the Fair Board recently established the "Friends of the Dickinson County Fair." It is the intent to hold community funds in this account so that the fair board can draw on the account when unexpected fair expenses occur.

"We are asking our awesome fair supporters to dig a little deeper in their pockets and become a Friend of the Dickinson County Fair," said Fair Board President Doug Loerts.

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Checks can be mailed to:

Friends of the Dickinson County Fair

1602 15th St

Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Questions can be directed to Fair Manager John Guthrie at 336-0479.

"By now people are tired of hearing 'together we can all get through this.' But in reality that is the truth," Reiser said. "It takes many to make things happen. We hope many will do their part to touch the lives and warm the hearts of our youth who really are our future leaders."

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