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WEBSTER 2018 COUNTY FAIR July 11th - 15th, 2018

Webster County Fairgrounds • Fort Dodge, IA

Schedule of Events WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 8:00 am ..............Flag Raising Ceremony by Main Entrance 8:15 am ..............4-H Dog Show 7 pm ..................King & Queen Little Miss Contests and Style Show 9:00 pm ..............Fort Dodge Parks & Rec Outdoor Movie “Wonder” THURSDAY, JULY 12 – KIDS DAY 9 am ..................4-H Rabbit Show & Hopping 9 am ..................Sheep & Goat Show 9:30 am ..............Pre 4-H Open Food & Crafts 10 am.................Open & 4-H Rabbit Show 10 am, 2 pm, 4 pm.Larry Dunbar Magic 11am-3 pm ..........FREE Spin Art & Glitter Tattoos 11 am-1 pm .........Kids Scavenger Hunt - start in auditorium 11 am-12:30 pm ....Not Old Enough for 4-H Party Noon ..................Karate Demonstration - Free Stage Noon ..................Meet Firefighters & Law Enforcement 2 pm ..................ICCC Roping Demonstration & Kids Roping Contest 4 pm ..................Bucket Bottle Calves pre-show 4 pm ..................Johnson Jaguars 4-H Club Kickball 5 pm ..................Swine Show 6:30 pm ..............Bill Riley Talent Show 8:30 pm ..............Salty View Band - Free Stage FRIDAY, JULY 13 8:45 am ..............Pee Wee Bucket Bottle Calf 9 am ..................4-H/FFA Beef Show 9 am ..................Senior Citizens Tour (auditorium) 10 am.................Bingo at the Tent 11am-3 pm ..........FREE Spin Art & Glitter Tattoos

Bringing history to life

FRIDAY, JULY 13 CONTINUED NOON .................Pie Eating Contest 1 pm ..................Rabbit Hopping Competition 2 pm ..................Webster County HS Performers Showcase 2-5 pm................Rock Climbing Wall 2-4 pm................Barnyard Olympics 3 pm ..................Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor serving homemade ice cream and pie, kettle corn 2-6 pm................Washington Winners Water Wars fundraiser 4 pm ..................Clogging Show 6 pm ..................Hypnotist 6 pm ..................4-H Cat Show 6-8:30 pm ............Elvis Show - by Des Moines River Valley .........................Antique - Free 6:30 pm ..............Open Swine Show 7 pm ..................Figure 8 Races/ Fireworks to follow 8:30-11:30 pm ......Kris Karr Band - Free Stage SATURDAY, JULY 14 – FARM BUREAU DAY & KIDS DAY 8:30 am ..............Open Class Flower, Garden & Baking Show 9 am ...................4-H FFA Horse Show 10 am, Noon, 2 & 4 pm Iron Will Show 11 am & 1 pm .......Larry Dunbar Magic Show 11 am-3 pm .........Free Spin Art & Glitter Tattoos - Kids Fun Zone 11 am - 3 pm ........Free Petting Zoo & $3 Pony Rides 11 am - 3 pm ........ISU Water Rocks 11 am-1 pm .........Free Watermelon Feed 11 am-3 pm .........Photo Booth 1 pm ..................Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull 3-5 pm................Human Pool Table Kickball Style 2 pm ..................Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Pull Tractor Club Exhibit Area Free Admission

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village - Fort Dodge The Fort Museum and Frontier Village brings history to life as it recalls Fort Dodge’s beginnings as an Army Post in 1850. Come and explore our “River Valley Roots” at the museum and explore artifacts that predate 1850 through 1950. You can also enjoy festivals, the “River Valley Roots” music series in the Frontier Opera House event venue, and other history and lively arts events and programs. The Fort Museum and Frontier Vilage, One Museum Road, Fort Dodge

SATURDAY, JULY 14 – FARM BUREAU DAY & KIDS DAY CONTINUED 3 pm ..................Hypnotist - Free Stage 3 pm ..................Bingo at the Tent 5 pm ..................Blue Ribbon Ramblers 5 pm ..................Iowa Trivia Contest - East Auditorium 5-7 pm................Sweet Corn Feed & Blue Ribbon Ramblers Free Stage 5-7 pm................All Iowa Trivia Contest 6 pm ..................Open Truck Pull - Grandstand 8:30 pm ..............State Line Drive Band - Free Stage SUNDAY, JULY 15 9 am ..................4-H Horse Show Games Classes Outside Arena 10 am.................Rooster Crowing Contest 11 am-3 pm .........Spin Art, Tattoos 11 am.................United All Stars Dance Team 11 am-3 pm .........Free Petting Zoo & $3 Pony Rides Noon ..................Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wings Challenge 12:30..................4-H Pet Show 1:30 pm ..............Share the Fun 1:30 pm ..............4-H Talent Show 3 pm ..................Tug of War Contest - 4-H Clubs & Open Class by Age Group - Indoor Arena

All Day: Carnival, Mechanical Bull, Fun Zone, Human Foosball, Farmer Bob, Hayrack rides; New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Display, Demonstrations and Train Rides; Doyle Carving Niche; Open Quilt Show & Open Class Photography Displayed



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Farmer Bob & his John Deere Tractor Strolling the Grounds

Thursday-Sunday FARMER BOB AND JOHNNY will be making their appearance again at the fair. Johnny is a 1929 John Deere tractor loaded with memorabilia from the past.  Farmer Bob has lots of stories to tell to the young and old about his tractor.  This tractor is probably the funniest tractor you’ll ever see and Farmer Bob and Johnny will gladly entertain the young and the old.  There might even be a balloon or two for the young at heart!


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Pie Eating Contest

Rooster Crowing Contest

Friday, July 13 • NOON

Wing Eating Contest

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Tug of War Contest

Sunday, July 15 • 2 PM

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A Sweet Corn Feed will again be an event the whole family can enjoy at the 2018 Webster County Fair. Webster County Farm Bureau Federation will host the Sweet Corn Feed on Saturday, July 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds.

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Meal will consist of a pork burger donated by Webster County Pork Producers or beef burger donated by Webster County Cattlemen, chips, drink and sweet corn.

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A free will donation will be collected and the proceeds from this year’s free sweet corn feed is going to be split 50/50 between the county foodbanks and the Washington DC Honor Flight.


The Dayton Tigers 4-H Club will be selling homemade ice cream during the feed and the Gowrie Groundbreakers 4-H Club will be selling freshly baked cookies. Their stands will be set up near the sweet corn feed.


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Faiferlick Karate Demonstration Thursday, July 12 • Noon

Webster County Performers Showcase

Ray Thompson Hypontist

Ray’s background in theater, teaching, sales training, counseling, and magic is used to provide you with a show to remember. Guests on stage enjoy the hypnotic experience and want to be hypnotized again. This is why Ray is brought back repeatedly by corporations and schools year after year. Come out for his show on the Free Stage, Friday July 14th at 6PM.


Friday, July 13 • 2PM

Clogging Show Friday, July 13 • 4PM

United All Stars Sunday, July 15 • 11AM

Coming to us from Floyd County is Pat from The “Doyle Carving Niche” for your enjoyment at the Webster County Fair. He will be doing 4 woodcarving performances daily. His carvings will be sold on Saturday in the East Auditorium following the 7:00 p.m. ribbon auction. Proceeds from the sale will be used for fairgrounds improvements.

Many new food vendors serving breakfast, lunch & dinner with many unique foods!!! Burgers, Soft Pretzles, Many Deep Fried items including Mushrooms, Oreos & ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB SERVES PULLED PORK cupcakes; Huge Maple Bacon Cupcakes, AND HOME MADE ICE CREAM Edible Cookie Dough, Cappuccino, Des Moines River Valley Antique tractor & Engine Club will be Ice Cream, Malts, Philly Cheese Steak serving up kettle corn and homemade ice cream during the Sandwiches, and much more. Check our Webster County Fair. Homemade ice cream, kettle corn and pie will web page for event and food information. be served daily. Pulled pork sandwiches will be served on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. until gone. These items will be served near their display on the Webster County Fairgrounds.

Antique Tractor Train Rides

Stop by Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor & Engine Club area and ride this antique train.


Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor & Engine Club will be sponsoring an antique tractor pull on Saturday, July 14 at the Webster County fairgrounds. It will start at 2 p.m. behind their building located on the fairgrounds. Limited to #8500 stock. Free Admission.





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Buckets of Flowers Decorate the Fairgrounds

4-H members have been busily preparing for their exhibits at the 2018 Webster County Fair. This is the Bucket of Flowers class where 4-H’ers decorate a five gallon bucket and plant flowers. These buckets are then judged on Tuesday, July 10 by Master Gardeners or flower loving volunteers. The volunteers ask the youth why they chose the flowers, the kind of flowers they have growing in their bucket, care of their flowers, and much more. Again this year, there will be the selection of Most Creative, Best Arrangement, and Best Use of Color. This class started in 1996 with only 20 participants and has steadily grown over the years. So come on out to see the added splash of color at the fairgrounds!



Barn Yard Olympics

Webster County Fair Auction This year, the Webster County Fair market livestock auction will be held on Saturday, July 14 in the east auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. After you get your sweet corn from the sweet corn feed, come join parents, 4-H, and FFA members as they auction off premiums for their market livestock in the air conditioning. This is one way to support the 4-Her or FFA member for taking care of their livestock throughout the year. Following this auction, the Webster County Fairboard will be auctioning off the wood carvings made during the week.

Human Foosball

The Webster County Fair will have Human Foosball set up from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15. County Council members worked hard by building the area and allowing a fun opportunity for the public to play human fooseball. .

The Webster County 4-H Council will sponsor an activity on Friday, July 13 beginning at 2:00 p.m. This event called “Barn Yard Olympics” will be for any youth and adults. Teams race against each other as they do old fashioned activities. In past years, teams had to carry hay bales, deposit plastic eggs into a bucket and carry a greased water melon. Get your team together and see come see what kind of activities the council has come up with this year.

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4-H is a BLAST!

At least that is what the members of the Webster County Aerospace project thought as their rockets “blasted off” at the annual launch held before the fair at the Webster County Fair Grounds. This year 25 4-H members have studied about the principles of rockets and the safety procedures needed to launch rockets that they have built. After successfully completing a safety launch in June, members prepared for their competition launch. Members will demonstrate their launch techniques and compete for accuracy and recovery points.

Free Movie Night

The Webster County Fairgrounds and Fort Dodge Parks & Rec are partnering together to offer a free, outdoor movie, Wonder, on Wednesday, July 11. The movie will start right around dark and free popcorn will be provided.

Rabbit Hopping

A new 4-H project area, rabbit hopping, will feature their first competition at the Webster County Fair on Friday, July 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. Rabbit hopping will take place in the east auditorium. Come and watch rabbits run through a course and jump over obstacles.

On Friday, July 13 in the East Auditorium there will be a variety of cats being shown in 4-H.The 4-H Cat Show will be at 6:00 p.m. with the judge looking for many things. Some of these include the personality of the cat, condition of the hair coat, noticeable parasites, condition of teeth and, of course, the correct answers to some feline questions. There will be a costume class for 4-H’ers and their cats. This class will be held after the 4-H champion is named.

4-H Style Bill Riley Talent Search Show The Bill Riley Talent Search annually showcases the diverse abilities of Iowa’s young people. A Qualifying show will be held for the public’s pleasure at the Webster County Fair Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Auditorium. Winners will advance to the State Fair competition. To enter contact Sandy Hollingsworth at .


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Do you enjoy seeing what young people find fashionable these days? If so, you will enjoy attending the Fashion Revue and Clothing Selection Program on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the East Auditorium during the Webster County Fair. 4-Hers, both girls and boys, will model clothes they purchased to wear or those which they have sewn.


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Rick Titus in his 43rd year of selling and installing more efficient fireplace inserts & vent free logs Rick Titus of Clarion started his business, called “The Country Store”, in 1975 and even though he has moved into town now, he has no intention of retiring any time soon. “l enjoy and love doing this.” said Titus. “I’ve covered every corner of the state because I’m an expert, and that is not meant as a boast. I don’t think anyone else in the state does exactly what I do.” What he does, is sell and install the Fuego Flame (brand name) fireplace insert, which he believes are the most efficient inserts on the market, for the money. However, it took him awhile to find out about that brand. “I was living in Littleton, Colorado. and came across a brochure for the Heatilator fireplaces, which were made at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa,” said Titus. “When we moved back here 3 years later, I decided I was going to call them and become a dealer.” Titus was soon displaying the units at county fairs and got some business. But then in checking back with his customers, to his amazement, he found out they were sending most of the heat up the chimney. “I then tried selling other brands of fireplaces like Preway, and Majestic and found they were no better. These were touted to be energy efficient, having fans and adjustable dampers, but they still were not burning like a wood stove, so I just kept looking. I was selling wood stoves, but not everyone wants a wood stove in their home. Then I found out about the Fuego Flame Fireplaces, which were as close to wood stove efficiency as you will find. This company made Zero Clearance fireplaces and also made four different sized inserts, so now I could offer my customers a super efficient fireplace, or install one of the inserts inside of their existing wood burning fireplace, no matter how large or small,” Titus said. But then it wasn’t long before he found a fireplace that has an unusual shape, like a two sided, or see-thru. or arched opening, and these inserts would not fit. So he decided to just make the inserts from scratch to fit these unusual fireplaces. He even built an insert to fit a four sided fireplace for Bill Knapp in Des Moines.

- photo by Les Houser, Wright County Monitor

The Fuego Flame fireplace inserts can make any fireplace burn up to 70% efficient, and needs no electricity while keeping 99% of the heat in the home. It burns slow like a wood stove while keeping the beauty of the fireplaces overall appearance and fun of watching the fire. Once the insert is installed, the average fireplace can heat 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of a well insulated home, while using 2/3 less wood, and protects the home from runaway fires. It can burn most of the night on just 3 or 4 hardwood logs, leaving you a nice bed of hot burning coals to ignite new logs come morning. “Some of my customers use the fireplace 24/7 all winter long, and rarely hear their furnace kick on. Thus they save a tremendous amount of fuel each month. These inserts literally pay for themselves by saving the customers fuel,” Titus says. The inserts are made using 12-guage steel, which Titus said transmits the heat quicker because it’s lighter. Cool air from the house enters underneath the insert, and is then circulated up the back of the fireplace with the heated air exiting out the top, all without the use of a fan. The temperature of the air coming off this insert varies from 200 to 1000 degrees. Titus says, “You bake in your oven at 350, and you can feel that kind of heat coming out of the top of the fireplaces heat opening. Most heat circulating fireplaces do not come close to putting out that kind of heat, for they send all their heat up the chimney.” The Fuego Flame inserts are installed using an insulated ceiling, which prevents the stove heat from going up the fireplaces chimney. The insert damper control is on the inserts face plate, so you can close the doors and then close the damper. The inserts also burn with their damper 95% closed, thus making the wood burn nice and slow. The twin glass doors are made using ceramic glass, which will take 1400 degrees temperature, so you never have to worry about breaking the glass with heat, and you get to enjoy watching the slow burning logs inside. These twin doors are easy to clean with very little effort. “Remember when you were a kid sitting around the campfire, or at a family reunion, how much fun it is to sit around the campfire? Well, you can have that same fun in your home with a real wood burning fire in your fireplace all winter long, and enjoy the romance of the flames; and everyone could use more romance, right? It is actually mesmerizing to watch the flames, and you don’t even have to say a word as you watch the fire. Now you can have the romantic comfort of a campfïre and enjoy all that warmth in your home safely and efficiently,” said Titus. For those that can’t or don’t wish to burn wood, Titus offers super efficient gas logs as an option. He started selling those in 1991, and they offer the same nice flame effect, but without the work and cleanup from real wood. “I’ve got people who bought a fireplace from me in the 70’s and 80’s that are now having me put gas logs in those same fireplaces,” said Titus. These gas logs are capable of heating up to 1,000 square feet of the average well insulated home, so if you have a power outage, these gas logs will keep you toasty warm, and keep the pipes from freezing in your home. Titus has covered a large area of the Midwest in his sales and installation travels, “I have built and installed units in fireplaces from Minneapolis to Kansas City and all over Iowa.” said Titus, “I’ve learned that if I go to a county fair, I get business from that area.” He also feels that word of mouth has been his best advertising, and that the personal attention he can offer gets the sales. “I do all the work myself,” said Titus. “I don’t even charge for estimates when I come into your home. I feel an in home visit is the only way I can know exactly what the customer needs.” Titus is also not afraid to tackle, or at least look at, any chimney problems including a cracked chimney. “I’ve fixed one of those many times for someone,” said Titus. “I installed a stainless steel liner inside the chimney and made it safe and efficient.” Titus explained that these inserts are not like others that you can buy, and that it takes some time to install them. “This is not a quick fix job,” said Titus. “I don’t just shove it into your existing fireplace, collect a check and leave. Most of the other inserts on the market make your fireplace look like it has a wood stove shoved into it, and they change the whole look of the fireplace by putting a big metal shroud around the insert. It takes me from six to eight hours to do this, but it will be done right and you’ll never need to do anything more with it.” Titus has even thought of people who like to cook food over a wood fire. “I’ve developed a barbeque grill that will fit inside there,” said Titus. “You can grill steaks or bake potatoes. It will work great for putting a dutch-oven in the fireplace too.” Feel free to contact Rick at The Country Store for more information. You can call either 515-532-3881 or 515-293-2455, or visit his website at:, or email him at “We don’t know what the future holds for our electrìcal system in this country,” said Titus. “If someone wants to control us, they could cut off the electricity, food supply, or disrupt our fuel. Everyone should have a way to heat their home without electricity.”

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Crafts Show For Children

There will be an Open Crafts Show for children 3rd grade and younger who are not in 4-H at this year’s Webster County Fair. They can bring a craft they made as the event will provide an opportunity for younger children to participate in the fair, talk to a judge and receive a ribbon. Youth will have the opportunity to talk with the judges starting at 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12 in the 4-H auditorium. (Exhibits need to be made prior to judging day.) The items will be on display until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13. The craft entries can be an original idea or made from a kit. The articles are to be made, decorated, or finished by exhibitor. There will be no entry fee or preentry required. For more information, pick up a copy of the guidelines at the Webster County Extension Office.


The Webster County Fair will have an Open Foods Class for children 3rd grade and younger. Youth can bring something they have baked, as this event will provide an opportunity for younger children to participate in the fair, talk to a judge and receive a ribbon. The Pre 4-H Foods Class will be held Thursday, July 12 in the 4-H Auditorium. Youth will have the opportunity to talk with the judges starting at 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. (Exhibits need to made prior to judging day.) The exhibits will remain on display until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13. The public is welcome to watch. There will not be an entry fee and no premium will be awarded for this class. Participants may enter breads, cakes, and cookies. Items will be sold at a bake sale following the event. Stop by the Extension Office to pick up the guidelines for this event.

SHEPHERD LEAD CLASS A Shepherd Lead Class will be on Thursday, July 12, at 9:00 a.m. This class is open to any child from 5 years of age to 3rd grade. Youth must provide their own lamb and costumes. The lambs should weigh between 35 and 80 pounds and are to be shown with halters. All entries will be paraded before the judge. Prizes will be given in the following categories: Cutest costume, most original, prettiest, and best matched (exhibitor and lamb). A small trophy will be given to the top showman. No entry fees are required. All we need is a parent or guardian signature prior to the start of the class. Contact the Webster County Extension office for further information. .

KIDS PEDAL TRACTOR PULL A Sanctioned Kids Pedal Tractor Pull will be held Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. during the Webster County Fair. There will be four different classes offered, 4 years and younger, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10 year olds. Dominos Pizza and the Webster County Farm Bureau sponsor the Pedal Tractor Pull, a trophy will be given in each weight class. No entry fee is needed.

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Webster County Farm Bureau To Serve FREE Watermelon

Farm Bureau members will serve free watermelon between 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Webster County Fair. Serving will be under the big tent located just north of the auditorium. All are welcome to attend this event to the fair.

Pee Wee Beef Show

Again this year at the Webster County Fair will be a Pee Wee Beef Show in which young children at least 5 years old through third grade are eligible to show a bucket/bottle calf. A bucket/bottle calf is any orphan or newborn calf born between February 15 and Fair. An exhibitor may borrow a 4-H’ers bucket/bottle calf to show. This class will start at 8:45 a.m. prior to the regular 4-H classes on Friday, July 13. If an exhibitor brings their own calf in for the day, it must be kept away from the other cattle unless examined by the fair vet. All entries will be paraded before the judge and placed on the basis of showmanship. No entry fees are required, but liability forms must be signed by parent or guardian prior to the start of the class. All contestants will receive ribbons.

Iowa Trivia Contest

Lets see how much you know about IOWA!!! Hosted by Denny Lautner and Shirley Gustafson. The Iowa Trivia contest will be held on Saturday, July 14 in the East Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. There will be $150.00 worth of prizes will be given away at the end of the contest, which will last about an hour!

Swine Pee Wee Show

A swine pee wee show will be held for youth 5 years old through third grade at the Webster County Fair on Thursday, July 12 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the livestock arena. Swine used for this class must be borrowed from a 4-Her or FFA member exhibiting at the 2018 fair. All entries will be paraded before the judge and each participant will receive a ribbon. No entry forms are required, but liability forms must be signed. Registrations may be made the day of the show.


The Magic of Larry Dunbar & Co.

Larry Dunbar will be providing his magic show at the Webster County Fair on “Kids Day”, Thursday July 12 at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Magic has been part of Larry’s life from a young age -- he started doing magic at the age of seven and became a performing magician when he was 18. Magic is a powerful entertainment medium that creates lasting memories for those in those in the audience, as well as strong feelings of awe and wonder. What better way to wow your guests than with a magic show! This magic act is appropriate for people of all ages and for events of all kinds.

Children’s Open Rabbit Show The 2018 Webster County Fair will have a Children’s Open Rabbit show for youngsters who have just completed kindergarten through 3rd grade on Thursday, July 12 beginning before the 4-H rabbit show which starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds south of Fort Dodge. Show will be held in the auditorium. There will

be no entry fee for the show. Ribbons will be awarded to all entries. This is a fun class for youth to bring their rabbit and talk to a judge. (Rabbit superintendent and leaders will check the entries for health issues. The public is invited to watch the judging of this event and other events which will be taking place during the Fair July 11-15.

Open Class Garden Show

All area gardeners will have an opportunity to exhibit their produce during the Webster County Fair on Saturday, July 14. Entries will be taken from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. with the judging to begin at 11:00 in the East Auditorium. Entry fee is 25 cents per exhibit up to six entries, $1.50 maximum fee for six entries or more. There will be classes for freshly harvested vegetables and small fruits. Information may be obtained from the Webster County Extension office, 217 South 17th St., Ste. C-12, on entry guidelines and preparing your vegetables and fruits for exhibit. All entries will receive ribbons with cash awards to all Blue ribbons exhibits furnished by the Fort Dodge Area Garden Club, and “Best of Show” to receive a $10 cash prize in the adult classes, $5 in the youth classes. Again for 2018, will be classes for all kids under 18 years of age. There will be no entry fee for these entries. Exhibits will be on display until 4:00 p.m.

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Open Quilt Show

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Again at the fair this year is the Open Quilt Show! Enter your quilts and showcase your talent! Entry fee is $1.00, which will be collected at Tillies Quilts with your entry, by 4p.m. on June 22. Judging will be done prior to the fair and ribbons will be awarded. All entries will be on display during the entire fair July 11th – July 15th. To find out more about this Show and the rules check out the website at

New “Fun Zone” in the Learning Center at the fair: Stop by for added fun: Glitter Tattoos, activities and check out these events: Washington Winners- Water Wars on Friday from 3-6 p.m. Johnson Jaguars- Kickball Tournament on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. International Culture Club- Foot Pool Tournament from Saturday from 3-6 p.m. C/C Sidekicks- Human Tic Tac Toe- date/time not finalized County Council- Will set up Human Fooseball And a Gaga pit has been added.

Open Photography

The Webster County Fair will offer an open photography class once again this year giving the public the opportunity to showcase their work as well as receive feedback through judging. There are two divisions for entry, youth and adult/senior. Categories for photos include landscape, animals, things, plants The youth division is age seventeen and under and the adult class age 18 and over. Each entry will receive a blue, red or white ribbon unless receiving one of the special awards such as a first place in category or best of show award. All of the entries will be on display during the Webster County Fair.

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Open Baking Show

The Webster County Fair will have an open baking class where youth and adults can showcase their talents. Classes include bread, pies, cakes, cookies, chocolates, candies and much more. Event will be on Saturday, July 14 with registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the east auditorium on the fairgrounds. No entry fees. Ribbons will be awarded for each class and division. To find out more, visit the Webster County Fairgrounds website and click on shows.

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