It'll be a topsy-turvy Tuesday at the Hamilton County Fair in Webster City as the fair becomes the overnight host to hundreds of RAGBRAI RV units.
Three 4-H and FFA shows could not be moved to another day, so the dog obedience show, the model horse and the pet show are on tap for the day.
The dog show will be the first youth activity in the new Show Arena beginning at 8 a.m. The model horse show is set for 1 p.m. in the Richardson Pavilion while the pet show starts at the same time in the Crestview Senior Living Tent.
4-H and FFA rabbit and poultry exhibitors are required to check in their projects between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
After unloading, all exhibitors are then required to move their transport vehicles to the designated parking areas.
Showcased on the Fairgrounds will be expanded ag and machinery exhibits, an Avenue of Breeds and local history displays.
The Fair has expanded its normal Tuesday entertainment venues for the benefit of fair patrons and RAGBRAI visitors. The air-conditioned Ed Prince building will be open for relaxation and refreshments.
The Redhead Express, back for a return engagement, kicks off their four-day fair appearance with their Branson-style music revue in the new Show arena from 7 to 9 p.m.
Salty-Views, in their first of two 2012 Hamilton County Fair appearances, takes to the outdoor Ed Prince staging area from 4 to 8 p.m. This central Iowa band will perform again after the Friday evening Hillbilly Hoedown event.
Standing Hampton, a band that has performed for several RAGBRAI events, is slated to entertain Fair-goers beginning at 8 p.m.
There is no admission charge to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday for any of the events.
In order to accommodate the thousands of RAGBRAI visitors to the city, there will be no vehicles, except those with RAGBRAI RV stickers, allowed on the Fairgrounds from Midnight Monday to 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Fairgoers will be parking in the Fair's off-site parking lot on Buxton Drive and are encouraged to car pool. Shuttles will be available to continuously transport attendees to and from the Fairgrounds.
For Tuesday only, there are three routes to get through the RAGBRAI traffic to the grounds. They are:
Bank Street/Dubuque Street to Bell Avenue. to Buxton Drive.
From the east on old Highway 20 attendees should turn south on Kantor Avenue, then turn west on 225th Street.
From the west off of old Highway 20 - go north on Mackinlay Kantor Drive., turn east on 210th St, then north on the White Fox Road to 203rd Street, turning south on Clark Mullenhoff Drive. After crossing old Highway 20, continue south on Kantor Drive to 225th Street and turn west. The street becomes Buxton Drive at the city limits.