Thursday, July 19th – Sunday, July 22nd

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Art at Full Throttle

Thursday - Saturday

Daily Events

Lew-E's Comedy Circus

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. - 11:00 p.m.
Meyer Petting Zoo Open

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
Ozark Amusements on the Midway

Thursday, July 19th

Cherokee Can Chase

7:00 pm

Main Arena


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Casey Muessigmann

performs at 7:30pm

Learn More

Friday, July 20th

Truck & Tractor Pull

7:00 pm

South End of fairgrounds

The Mid America Truck and Tractor Pullers Association

Saturday - Kids Day

Free Gate for Ages 12 and Under until 3PM

Unlimited midway rides with a $10 wristband

Lew-E the Clown strolling on the grounds

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

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

5:00 p.m.
Pedal Tractor Pull registration – Activity building (ages 4-11)

5:30 p.m.
Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull – Activity building
Sponsored by Cherokee County Farm Bureau & Farm Bureau Financial Services, Bruce Jones & Will Miller, agents

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Demolition Derby

Saturday • 7:00 pm • Main Arena • Flyer


Painting with Andi Urban

Make and take this beautiful 16x20 creation home
with you. View flyer for more info.

Saturday • 12:30 pm • Bomgaars Conference Center

Sunday, July 22nd

Bill Riley Talent Show

1 p.m. on the Grandstand Stage. 

Contact Libby Peterson for more info.


Queen Contest


2017 Fair Queen
Libby Petersen

Fair Queen Contest
Sunday, July 22 @ 5:00PM
in the Activity Building

Please support and thank our Sponsors

Blaine’s Culligan
Blooming House, LTD
Boothby Funeral Home
Brad's Tire Serice Center
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 Dairy Queen
Cherokee Fire Department
Cherokee Inn
Cherokee Main Street Pharmacy
Cherokee PRCA Rodeo
Cherokee Regional Medical Center
Cherokee State Bank
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
Little Sioux Corn Processors
Main Street Pharmacy
Mid-American Energy
Mike’s Body Shop
Motor Parts Sales Co., Inc.
Northside Tire, Inc.
North Star Community Credit Union

Pioneer Hi Bred - A. Smith &
B. Freed
Rasmussen’s Ford
Rider Family Dentistry
R.J. Thomas Mfg., Inc.
Rock Signs
S & S Auction Services
Sanitary Services
State Savings Bank
Swain Motor Co.
T. & D. Tree Service - Calumet
Taco John’s
The Gardens
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

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.

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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

Contact Us

712.225.5843 July Only

200 Linden Street
Cherokee, IA  51012

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