Thursday, July 19th – Sunday, July 22nd

Kent Family Magic Circus

Daily Performancces

Kent Family Magic Circus

Daily Events

10:00 a.m. -   9:30 p.m.       4-H Family Crafts Buildings Open (Except Sunday)

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

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


Can Chase Barrel Racing

7:00 pm

Main Arena


Blend Acapella

Blend Acapella

50’s At Its Best

 7:30 pm

Activity Building


Truck & Tractor Pull

7:00 pm

South End of fairgrounds

Special K'z the Clown

Special K'z the Clown

Saturday - Kids Day

12-5 Free Gate for Ages 12 and Under

Unlimited midway rides with a $10 wristband

Special K'z , the Clown
Facebook open page for Special K'z the Clown
website for Special k'z the clown  
The clown will also be on the grounds Sunday from 12-2:00

Activity Building  5:00

Bike and Helmet Drawings 

Free Ice cream treats

Pedal Tractor Pull

Team Rock - Ninja Experience

2:00 pm
South end of the midway

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Demolition Derby

Saturday • 7:00 pm • Main Arena
Sam Williams, Ultimate Derby Promotions

Sunday - Queen Contest

Bill Riley Talent Show

1 p.m. on the Grandstand Stage. 

Contact Elizabeth (Libby) Peterson for more info.
712-229-8220   |

2016 Queen Fran Conley

2016 Fair Queen

Fran Conley

 Fair Queen Contest
Sunday, July 23 @ 5:00PM
in the Activity Building

Please support and thank our Sponsors


Season Pass:

Adults (13 & up) - $12

Children (12 & under) - $6

(4 & under) - FREE


Adults - $6

Children - $5

Saturday after 3:00 p.m. - $7 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.

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

Contact Us

712.225.5843 July Only

200 Linden Street
Cherokee, IA  51012

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