Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids starts this Sunday afternoon with a gospel concert.
Wes DeGroot is one of the people that organize the fair every year. He tells us that unlike past years, the gospel concert will be in the afternoon.
One of the biggest draws for the fair is the Community Picnic on Monday night, formerly known as the Farmer City Picnic. DeGroot says they’ve got something new to help beat the heat.
He says Tuesday is Kid’s Day at the fair with a lot of activities and special deals for kids. He tells us about a couple of them.
DeGroot says Bob Bohm’s show is a magic show for kids.
DeGroot tells us about the evening activities each night.
He also wanted to make sure that people knew that the tractor pull will start at 6:45 p.m., which is a little unusual — on Thursday night.
Original story posted 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th:
Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s nearly fair time at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids.
Sunday, July 16th, at 2:30 pm, enjoy gospel music by Four for Him at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. Note that time. In past years the gospel concert has been in the evening. This year it starts at 2:30 p.m.
Things get going in earnest on Monday, July 17th, with many judging activities, and the commercial building opening at 11:00 am. In fact the commercial building will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from noon until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday you can meet the Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies outside the VIP Building. The 4-H exhibit building will be open every day as well, as will all the livestock exhibits.
The Community Picnic is scheduled for 5 to 7 Monday evening, with the Lyon County Fair Queen Contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Carolan Rentals Inflatables will be the carnival and they’ll be there every afternoon and evening, Monday through Wednesday.
On Tuesday, B & R Chainsaw Sculptures on the grounds by the VIP Building starting at 1 p.m. It’s also Kids’ Day on Tuesday. Greenies Balloons will be on the grounds from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Bob Bohm magic show will be going on in the Entertainment Building from 1 until 4:30. MidSioux Opportunity Games and Giveaways will be from 2 until 6 on Tuesday. The Kids Pedal Pull will be in front of the Grandstands at 5:00 p.m. From 5:30 until 7 p.m., it’s the Pork Chop Dinner by the Lyon County Pork Producers. Your chance to meet a Lyon County Drug Dog is at 7:00 on Tuesday evening with Deputy Rob Ver Meer. The races are that night too.
On Wednesday B & R Chainsaw Sculptures will be on the grounds by the VIP Building again from
2:00 until 6:30 p.m. At 3:00, there’s a Spelling Bee in Entertainment Building. From 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., the Zoomobile will be in the show arena. And your supper on Wednesday night is from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. with a Steak Dinner by the Lyon County Cattlemen’s Association. One of the big draws of the fair is the Figure 8 Races. They get underway at 7:30 on Wednesday night.
The final day of the fair is Thursday, July 20th. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. it’s the Roger Baldwin Memorial 4 – H Foundation Supper with the public invited. From 6:15 to 6:45 pm Lyon County 4 – H Awards and Recognition will be presented. 6:45 pm is the tractor pull and a Youth dodge ball tournament and Dance begins at 6:30 p.m.