Monday is really Tuesday and part of Wednesday this year at the Hamilton County Fair in Webster City as the fair's schedule is altered to accommodate the thousands of RAGBRAI visitors expected on Tuesday, the normal opening day of the fair.
Judging for 4-H and FFA entries in Home Ec, Expressive Arts, Science, Mechanics and Engineering, Ag and Natural Resources, Personal Development and Art will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday in the Coop Building.
After judging is completed and State Fair selections are chosen, all entries will be mounted for display in the Van Diest Building which will be open for viewing beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Open Class exhibit check in at Floral Hall is set for 8 a.m. to Noon. There will be continuous judging, open to public viewing, in Hobby Craft, Textiles, Photography, Products of the Kitchen and Fine Arts beginning at 10 a.m.
New this year is the Purple Ribbon Pie Contest which is limited to pies created by any group or organization. The winning group takes home a Purple rosette, trophy and $50 in prize money. Any pie variety is eligible except custard, may be one or two crust but no meringue topping is allowed to due safe food handling rules.
The first flower show also finds a new day this year, moving to a Monday 1 p.m. judging from their normal Wednesday schedule.
The annual Fair parade has been rescheduled to Monday at 6 p.m. along its usual route. The parade ends at the Fairgrounds.
Dedication of the new multi-purpose show arena is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
There will be no parking charge on Monday. Admission to the Fair is always free.
Parking restrictions on the Fairgrounds begin at midnight on Monday to accommodate the hundreds of RAGBRAI RV units scheduled to make the Fairgrounds their overnight home on Tuesday.