“Overall, the fair went well,” said Russ Smith, president of the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, which hosts the annual event. “Most of the trade shows and livestock shows were low compared to average, but attendance at the fair was good. All the shows were well attended and everyone seemed happy to be at the fair.
This popular halfway ride threw riders very high. (Shannon Geisen / Company)
Smith said grandstand attendance figures would not be available for at least a few weeks. This year’s grandstand events included a motocross show, truck and tractor pull, Baja race, and demolition derby.
“I can say that carnival revenues have increased by around 20 to 25 percent,” he added. “Everyone enjoyed all the fair trade food, and all the numbers were up for that this year. People came to enjoy the fair.
Elaine Doll walks her dog Zoe in the obedience segment of the 4-H Dog Show on Saturday July 17 at the Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish / Company)
In the fair’s 126th year, the association’s 16-member volunteer board of directors put on a good show for the community, Smith said.
He especially praised Lillian Crume, Hubbard County 4-H Extension Educator. “She’s new to this role, but brings a lot of experience with 4-H. She is doing a good job with the club, ”he said.
Smith said the association plans for the fair to be a five-day event again next year, and Crescent City Amusement has signed up again to provide the carnival until 2024.
Maggie Kay Carter and her red-haired quarter horse Bunny lean hard into a turn during the barrel race at the 4-H Riders Show on Thursday, July 15 at the 2021 Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish / Company)
According to Jennifer Maleitzke, director of communications and external affairs at RD Offutt Co., the sale of the company’s fries at the fair broke records.
“Over 75 volunteers from RD Offutt Farms, Lamb Weston RDO-Frozen and the Hubbard County 4-H partnered with the County Fair,” she said, “selling over 2,300 pounds of fries.”
It was the fifth year of the French fry sale, with companies donating all supplies and proceeds from the sale going to local 4-H programming.
Maleitzke said the sale brought in $ 5,100 this year, bringing the total since 2016 to $ 18,000.
The tentative dates for next year’s County Fair are Wednesday through Sunday July 13-17, 2022.