The 2012 Hamilton County Fair is now in the history books. This year's fair was one of many firsts, according to fair officials.
This year's event marked the grand opening and dedication of the new multipurpose show arena. Groundbreaking for the building was held on the final day of the 2011 Hamilton County Fair, and was completed this year just in time for this year's exposition.
A dedication was held Monday night following the Hamilton County Fair parade. Many of the donors present were recognized during the event. The dog obedience show was the first fair event to be held in the arena on Tuesday morning.
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship
Kari Peterson, the 2011 Supreme Showman winner at the Hamilton County Fair presents this year’s trophy to Tanner Hild, Mark Robertson of Iowa Central Community College, presented a jacket to Peterson.
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Nancy Kayser
RIGHT: Austin Heeren, of Jewell, from the South Hamilton FFA, exhibited the grand champion market gilt. The crossbred gilt weighed in at 304 pounds.
The Fair also hosted hundreds of RAGBRAI support RVs on Tuesday night. The motorhomes began arriving Tuesday afternoon and filled the grounds, including the speedway infield.
Fair goers also braved the heat early in the week, with temperatures climbing into the triple digits. But air conditioned exhibit buildings and shady canopies and trees offered welcome relief.
The fair wrapped up on Sunday with the Central Iowa Showdown, followed by the Supreme Showman contest. The Eve of Destruction demolition derby and trailer races at the speedway.