Wednesday, July 17th – Sunday, July 21st

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Art at Full Throttle

Thursday - Saturday

Daily Events

10:00 a.m. -   8:00 p.m.
4-H Family Crafts Buildings Open (Thursday – Saturday)

10:00 a.m. -   8:00 p.m.
Commercial Building Hours (Thursday – Saturday)

10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
S & R Pony Rides 

11:00 a.m. -   3:00 p.m.
Commercial Building Hours (Sunday)

11:00 a.m. -   3:00 p.m.
Family Crafts & 4-H Building Hours (Sunday)

Afternoons & Evenings
Unlimited midway rides with a $10 wristband or $20 wristband for the entire fair

Thursday, July 18th

Cherokee Can Chase
(Barrel Racing)

7:00 pm

Main Arena



Jukebox Memories
with Johnathan Len

performs 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Learn More

Friday, July 19th

Truck & Tractor Pull

7:00 pm

South End of fairgrounds

The MidAmerican Truck and Tractor Puller Association

Saturday - Kids Day

Free Gate for Ages 12 and Under until 3PM

11:30 a.m.
Diaper Derby – Activity building
Baby Costume Contest - After Diaper Derby
Ages newborn to 18 months –
Costume Theme: Space Characters

Kids Parade
Kids can dress up with one of the following themes. They will be judged and each participant given a ribbon and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded overall. More information in the fairbook.

The themes include:
Division 1 – Western
Division 2 – Beach Babes
Division 3 – Pet Division (pets must be on a leash)
Division 4 – Trikes and bikes
Division 5 – Super Hero

1 p.m.
Pedal Tractor Pull (registration at 12:30 p.m.) – Activity building (ages 4-11)
Sponsored by Cherokee County Farm Bureau & Farm Bureau Financial Services, Bruce Jones & Will Miller, agents

Junior Baking Contest
Registration from 1:00 to 1:30. Recipe and rules are in the fairbook. This is open to anyone ages 6 to 17.  Payout will be $30.00.

BBQ Cookoff
Registration will be from 4:30 to 5:00 with judging at 5:00. Please see rules in the fairbook. Payout approximately $250.00.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bike Drawing Registration - Activity building 

5:00 p.m.
Bike drawing – Activity building (must be present to win)
Bikes & ice cream treats donated by T & B Farms,
Brenda & Ted Parker & Cherokee Dairy Queen

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Demolition Derby

Saturday • 7:00 pm • Main Arena • Flyer

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Afternoon Tea on the Titanic

Darcy Maulsby
Shares Iowa Connections to the Titanic
Bomgaars Conference Center

Darcy Maulsby

Darcy Maulsby

Sunday, July 21st

Bill Riley Talent Show

1 p.m. on the Grandstand Stage. 

Contact Libby Peterson for more info.


Queen Contest


2018 Cherokee County Fair

Queen Nicole McLaughlin

Fair Queen Crowning
Sunday, July 21 @ 3 PM
in the Activity Building

Please support and thank our Sponsors

American Natural Processors, Inc.
Blaine’s Culligan
Blooming House, LTD
Bomgaars - Cherokee
Boothby Funeral Home
Brad's Tire Serice Center
Brentwood Construction, LLC
Builders Sharpening & Service
Burkhardt & Dawson CPA’s, Inc.
CB Nelson Show Horses
Casey’s General Stores
Central Bank
Central Insurance at Central Bank
Champion Electric, Inc.
Cherokee Collision Center
Cherokee County Cattlemen’s Association
Cherokee County Pork Producers
Cherokee Dairy Queen
Cherokee Fire Department
Cherokee Inn
Cherokee Main Street Pharmacy
Cherokee PRCA Rodeo
Cherokee Regional Medical Center
Cherokee State Bank
Cook Law Firm

Country Tire & Service
Cronin Farms Trucking, Inc.
Dave Gravenish Repair, Inc.
Farm Credit Services of America
Farmers Mutual Ins. Assoc. - Marcus & Hull
Farmers State Bank
First Cooperative Association
Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home
Gustafson Realty, LLC
Haselhoff Construction, Inc.
Heritage Bank
Hog Slat, Inc.
Holzhauer Motors, LTD
Hy-Vee, Inc.
KCHE Radio
Kennedy Chiropractic
Keva Boutique
Little Sioux Corn Processors
Main Street Pharmacy
McGuire Auction
Mid-American Energy
Mike’s Body Shop
Mojo’s Antique Barn, LLC.
Motor Parts Sales Co., Inc.

Northside Tire, Inc.
North Star Community Credit Union
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Pioneer HiBred International, Inc.
Pioneer Seed - A. Smith & B. Freed
Rasmussen’s Ford
Rider Family Dentistry
R.J. Thomas Mfg., Inc. & Pilot Rock Signs
Sanford Museum
S & S Auction Services
Sanitary Services
State Savings Bank
Swain Motor Co.
T. & D. Tree Service - Calumet
Taco John’s
The Gardens
The Grainery Lodge
The Messenger
The MotherHen, LLC
United Bank of Iowa
Valley Veterinary Center
V.L. Cherokee, Inc.
Waldner’s Lawn Service, Inc.
Western Iowa Tech


Season Pass:

Adults (13 & up) - $15

Children (12 & under) - $5

(4 & under) - FREE


Adults - $6

Children - $5

Saturday after 3:00 p.m. - $10 Adults, $5 Children

FREE GATE on Sunday!

Midway ride wristbands for $10 a day or $20 for the entire fair!

Season tickets available at the following locations

Cherokee State Bank
State Savings Bank
Northstar Community Credit Union
Cherokee Hy-Vee
Cherokee Chamber of Commerce



Mission Statement

The mission of the Cherokee County Fair Association shall be the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education on the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy

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Rent the Grounds

The fair board does rent the grounds out for various events as well as the buildings for graduation receptions, family reunions, community events and etc.,

We provide winter storage for campers, boats, R.V.'s and etc. in the winter on a first come first serve basis.

Please use the contact form for inquiries.

Glen Haselhoff

Glen Haselhoff

We want to always remember our fallen
fairboard member. He was a hard worker
and he was always there ready with ideas
and a helping hand. We miss you Glen.

Our History

1872   First Cherokee County Fair
1873   City of Cherokee Incorporated
1878   First plowing match held in East Wheatland township, Will County, IL (Pilot-Rock plowing matches were patterned after these plowing matches)
1908   Pilot-Rock Plowing Match was started as a roving event in Pilot and Rock townships on September 17,  with 400 people fed at the dinner and 18 entries for plowing
1912   4000 people in attendance
1914   Last year for “thresher style” dinner at noon with fried chicken, boiled ham, baked beans, mashed potatoes, potato salad and pies supplied by the women of the county
1918   First year for tractor classes and livestock exhibits
1919   Event became two days to incorporate all the entries
1921   Annual meeting of the Pilot-Rock Plowing Match Association was referred to as the Cherokee County Livestock Show and Farm Bureau Picnic
1922   Pilot-Rock Plowing match received national fame in the Country Gentlemen magazine
1923   Wallace’s Farmer, Illinois Central Magazine and Chicago Daily Drover covered the event
1924   Baby contests were introduced
1937   Last contest for plowing with horses held
1939   Free acts shown in the afternoon were made night time entertainment
1942-1946   no plowing matches held because of wartime
1952   Grounds were established for the permanent site of the plowing match
1953   August 20 - permanent site dedication was held and was associated with the Cherokee County 4-H Fair
1954   3 large stock barns for 4-H livestock, a scale for weighing animals, lightpoles, fixtures, city water, gates
and fences were added to the fairgrounds
1954  The South 4-H building was completed
1955  Family craft building was completed
1956  First carnival featured
1956  First permanent grandstand bleachers available
1970  North 4-H Building was completed
1972 Pilot-Rock Plowing Match became the Cherokee County Fair
1979  The Cattle barn was erected
1980  The Main Stage was completed
1984  The First Combine Demo Derby was held at the Fair
1995   Gary Puckett performed at the Cherokee County Fair
1997   B.J. Thomas performed at the Cherokee County Fair
1998  Swine building was built
2005  Additional ground north of the Cattle Barn was purchased for the horse arena.
2008  Prentiss Lamont ground west  to Hwy 59  was added to the fairgrounds
2010   Construction began on Cherokee County 4-H Expo Center  
2011   Cherokee County Fair received the "Blue Ribbon Fair’ Award by the Board of Directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs.
2013   Memberships were first sold to the Cherokee County 4-H  Expo Building
2015   Air-Conditioning and heat was added to the Bomgaars Conference Center
2015   New Swine Show Arena was built
2017 This nice little website was redesigned and upgraded

Contact Us

712.225.5843 July Only

200 Linden Street
Cherokee, IA  51012

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