“The main new event that we have this year is the chuckwagon races,” said Sandy McDonald, Crawford County Fair executive assistant.
The fair runs July 24 through 29.
Chuckwagon Racers of Iowa-Minnesota will put on a show on the Saturday night of the fair.
“They literally have horses attached to chuckwagons and they race,” McDonald said. “They were at Sac (County Fairgrounds) last week and everybody raved about them.”
Four teams of horses and wagons will take part in the races.
Tickets for the chuckwagon event are $10 for adults and $5 for ages six to 10. Kids under six get in for free.
She noted that previously published information about the chuckwagon races listed the start time as 7 p.m.; the correct start time is 6:30 p.m.
Friday will feature Super Late Model Racing, which is an event that had not been scheduled when this year’s fair book was printed, she said.
McDonald said another attraction for fairgoers this year is the recently refurbished horse barn.
“The (Western Iowa) Expo Board put a lot of work into our barn for the horses,” she said.
“They tinned it all out and put new doors on so when people come to the fairgrounds they will notice a huge difference. We appreciate the work they did on that.”
Chainsaw carver Dave Bussard, or “Dusty Buzzard,” will bring his skills to the Crawford County Fair for the second year.
“He’ll be here carving on Friday and Saturday,” McDonald said.
Bussard carved an ear of corn, a pig that said “Eat more beef,” an eagle and many other items last year.
“He does lots of things and then we auction off the pieces,” she said.
Toby’s Carnival, which has become a regular attraction at the Crawford County Fair in the last few years, will return this year.
“People like Toby’s Carnival,” McDonald said. “Their workers are very friendly and they go above and beyond.”
Daniel Yarnell, the owner of the Toby’s Carnival, is a carnival safety inspector in Missouri.
“We’re pretty much guaranteed that the rides have been checked and rechecked and are very safe,” she said. “He brings good rides – not just little stuff – he’ll bring as many big pieces as he can.”
Presale tickets for the carnival are available.
On the Thursday night of the fair, celebrity goat milking will make another appearance in the show ring, along with a pedal pull and a family meal.
“It’s just a free-will donation for the family meal,” McDonald said.
The recreational vehicle demolition will take place on Sunday night.
“We did manage to keep finding campers,” she said.
The RV demo starts at 7 p.m.
McDonald said a challenge for this year has been the cleanup required by the March flooding in the county.
“There was just mud everywhere after the water went down,” she said. “We were more fortunate than a lot of people, but there was still a lot of debris and mud to take care of. My office had a foot and a half of water in it.”
The sheetrock in the office had to be removed and replaced and other repairs were needed.
The Varied Industries Building, the Morton building, the cattle barn, the swine barn and the show ring were all flooded. The swine barn had about three feet of water in it.
“They put quite a few hours in with a firehose hosing out the buildings. It took of firehose to get that river of mud off of the concrete,” McDonald said. “Everything is cleaned up and they are finishing up the swine barn now.”
Everything will be ready for the fair.
“It just added a few more things to what is already a very hectic schedule,” she said.
A lunch for veterans will take place in the Morton building following the flag-raising ceremony at noon on Wednesday, July 24.
“Hopefully the weather will cooperate and it won’t be horribly hot and we’re going to chase the rain away so all our events will be able to be run,” McDonald said. “It’s always a good time at the fair.”