Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun

Hamilton County Fair opens tonight with parade through downtown WC

The 2019 Hamilton County Fair gets under way today with the first 4-H show and of course, the big fair parade through downtown Webster City. Following the parade, the fair foundation will host a meal on the fairgrounds. The Vinyl Vagabonds will perform on the free stage at 8 p.m.

The Hamilton County Fair parade tonight will kick off the 2019 annual exposition that runs July 23 to 28. This year’s theme is “Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun.”

The big parade will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, traveling through downtown Webster City to the fairgrounds.

Following the parade, community members are invited to a meal served by the Hamilton County Fair Foundation under the big tent on the fairgrounds. The cost of the meal is $8 and includes smoked pork sandwich, chips, beans and drink.

The Farmers Challenge is also set for Tuesday night and the beer garden will open after the parade. A concert by the Vinyl Vagabonds will cap off the evening at 8 p.m. on the free stage. The concert is sponsored by Stratford Gravel.

Tonight is the official opening of the fair but there has been a flurry of activities already this week. The 4-H Clubs set up booths in the 4-H building on Sunday and on Monday, judging of static exhibits got under way. The first livestock show begins at 8 a.m. today as the Dog Obedience participants take to the show arena with their dogs. The Pet Show will also be held today, beginning at 1 p.m. under the Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Tent. Check in begins for poultry, rabbits and horses will also be held Tuesday.

Wednesday morning begins Goat Yoga at 6:30 a.m. with an evening session at 6 p.m. on the fairgrounds. The first horse show, featuring showmanship, performance lots and trail lots will begin at 8 a.m. At the same time, the poultry gets started in the show arena.

Rabbit showmanship begins at 11 a.m. followed by the rabbit exhibitor’s meeting and show, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the show arena. At 1 p.m., the 4-H club booth judging will be held.

Quiz bowl is set for 4:30 p.m. in Ed Prince Building.

In open class events, check in for the first flower show will be held from 8 to noon, while products of the kitchen and fine art entries can check in from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The photography judging begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with textile judging starting at 9:30 a.m.The first flower show begins at 1 p.m. and products of the kitchen and field and garden judging begin at 3 p.m.

Hypnotist Brian Nimbus will present two shows Wednesday afternoon, and a spelling bee will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the Ed Prince Stage. A bacon eating contest, sponsored by Webster City Custom Meats, will be held at 2 p.m.

Wednesday night will also bring the Wild Card Wednesday Races at 6:40 p.m. at the Grandstand.

Start the day off on Thursday with breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the fair foundation. The 4-H and FFA breeding and market sheep show gets under way at 8 a.m. in the show arena. The County Council lamb barbecue fundraiser will be held at noon in the Keith McCollough Plaza. At 1:30 p.m., the goat show gets started in the show arena, followed by the dairy cow show at 3 p.m.

The Pride of Iowa contest is set for 5 p.m. Thursday. The bottle lamb and goat show begins at 5 p.m. in the show arena.

Harness races get under way at 5 p.m. at the Grandstand, followed by the Queen Coronation at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Jay Clyde Band will follow the coronation on the free stage.

Friday morning, breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The junior beef show starts at 8 a.m. in the show arena. The bucket/bottle calf show is set for 5 p.m. in the show arena.

On the free stage, John Riggins will perform at 5 p.m., sponsored by Jerry Goebel State Farm, Neighborhood Realty, Tile Pros and Spangler Automotive.

The Jason Brown concert, sponsored by Webster City Custom Meats, begins at 8 p.m.

Goat yoga kicks off the day at 6:30 a.m. Saturday followed by the fair foundation breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and the junior swine show begins at 8 a.m.

FarmHer host Marji Guyler-Alaniz will speak in the show arena at 11 a.m.

The second flower show will be held at 1 p.m. in the floral hall. An archery demonstration will be held in the Claude Horse Arena at 3 p.m. with the pork loin judging to begin at 3 p.m. as well.

The Bill Riley Talent Search will be held on the Ed Prince Stage at 4 p.m.

Saturday night brings the CPD Racing Shocks Season Championship and Kids Night at the Races, fueled by Good Life RV. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow at the grandstand.

The second horse show, featuring timed and fun events, begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The Central Iowa Showdown will be held at 11 a.m., followed by the parade of champions in the show arena at 1:30 p.m. The supreme showman competition begins follows.

Sunday evening brings the Eve of Destruction Demolition Derby and Trailer Races in the grandstand at 5:30 p.m., presented by Poet Biorefining at Jewell.