With the Fourth of July over, Muscatine County knows one of the biggest events of the summer has nearly arrived, the Muscatine County Fair (Fair). Running from Wednesday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 21st, the Fair will feature beloved events and first-time attractions to amuse perennial Fair goers and those exploring it for the very first time.
On Wednesday, July 17th, at 2:00 pm, the Fair encourages everyone to come celebrate the rededication of the Heritage Hall. A historic building and the home of many antiques and vintage displays, longtime visitors will appreciate seeing the beautiful restorations the Fair has made. After the ceremony, people of all ages can enjoy taking a step back in time by exploring the many displays on exhibit in the Heritage Hall.
The fun will continue Wednesday night with the return of Impact Pro Wrestling. A fan favorite at the 2018 Fair, Impact Pro Wrestling has eighteen years’ experience training star wrestlers (several have gone on to WWE fame) and putting on spectacular shows across Iowa and the Midwest. Wrestling fans will not want to miss the outstanding start to the Fair’s grandstand entertainment.
To honor those who have served in America’s armed forces, the Fair will hold its first ever Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, July 18th. On that day, all active duty service members and veterans will receive discounted admission. Additionally, the Fair will dedicate its new Veterans Memorial Plaza at 3:00 pm.
Thursday evening, the Fair will introduce another new event, figure eight racing. Taking place in the grandstand, this high energy race features cars zooming around a figure eight shaped course with the chance for major collisions each time cars go through the intersection. Fans of the demolition derby and trailer races will not want to miss this adrenaline filled evening of fun.
Friday night will feature an annual staple, the ECIPA tractor pull. Complete with seven types of events ( 6,500 lb Improved Stock Trucks, 13,000 lb Farm Stock Tractors, 11,500 lb 2 Hot 2 Farm Tractors, 7,700 lb 360 Hot Stock Tractors, 8,000 lb 2.6 Diesel Trucks, 6,200 lb Super Stock 4×4 Trucks, 9,500 lb Hot Farm Tractors) everyone who relishes a good old-fashioned tractor pull will have a blast at this event.
Music lovers will not want to miss Rodney Atkins grandstand concert Saturday, July 20th, at 7:00 pm. A famed country singer, Atkins won top new male vocalist at the 2006 American Country Music Awards, and both number one song of the decade (“Watching You) and second-most-played male solo artist of the decade from Country Air Check. Playing old favorites and new hits from his recently released “Caught Up in the Country” album, Atkins’ concert will offer a musical treat to all who attend.
Finally, Sunday, July 21st, the Fair will end with two of its most popular events, the trailer race and demolition derby. Always crowd pleasers, anyone looking for some fast-paced excitement will have a great time at these two events.
No matter what draws you to the Fair, you will find an event old or new to fall in love with. As Darci Watts, one of the Fair’s many organizers put it, she encourages people to come, “for the people, for the food, [and] for the entertainment. The Fair has something for everyone!” With reasonable entry fees (admission at the gate costing $4 for children and $6 for adults, Fun Passes costing $20 for kids and $35 for adults, and ride passes costing $20 for all) you owe it to yourself to come check out this high point of the summer.