Muscatine County Fair returns for family fun

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–From July 21 through 25, the Muscatine County Fair will return for five days of family fun. After this summer staple took a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have brought it back bigger and better with a pleasing mix of old and new attractions. With the theme, “What’s your version of the fair?” Muscatine County Fair Manager Kelsey Morris hopes people of all ages will come out and enjoy their favorite parts of the fair this summer.

Since no fair would feel complete without grandstand events, the Muscatine County Fair has booked crowd favorites, including stock car racing on July 21, a tractor pull on July 23, and a demolition derby and tractor races on July 25. They have also added two new performances sure to please the crowds. On July 24, country music star Neal McCoy will perform at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds for the very first time. July 22, the grandstand will host its first ever mud truck drag race, which Morris thinks will prove a big hit. “it’s new and we hope people enjoy it!”

Throughout the course of the week, countywide FFA and 4H members will have opportunities to show their animals, and other local community members with have chances to show off different types of handiwork as well. On Thursday and Friday, children can take part in several special kids’ days activities, like a mini tractor pull and cash dash. Thursday evening, the Muscatine County Fair Queens will compete and judges will crown the 2021 queen. On Friday, older adults (anyone age 62 and up) can take advantage of free admission before 5 p.m. Each day of the fair, people of all ages can enjoy a variety of carnival rides and midway games, music performances in the Grove, and of course, fair food. Daily marionette shows, magicians, bingo games, and more will round out the exciting activities families can take part in.

After waiting over a year to get to welcome people back to the Muscatine County Fair, Morris looks forward to seeing veteran fair goers and first timers alike come out and have a good time. “The mission of the Muscatine County Fair is to bring people together and provide an atmosphere where family traditions are created and continued, all the while being a source of community pride,” emphasized Morris.

Morris also feels glad that the fair can once again give young FFA and 4H members the opportunity to show the animals they have worked so hard to raise over the past year. “We also provide a solid place for 4-H, FFA, youth groups, and other residents to exhibit their skills and talents; all while educating and promoting to the public about agriculture, industry, and youth development through community involvement, motivation, and recognizing the leaders of today and tomorrow,” she added.

This year, day passes to the fair cost $4 for kids and $6 for adults. Fun passes cost $20 for children and $35 for grownups. Morris anticipates a good turnout and cannot wait to continue this summer tradition with as many Muscatine County residents as possible.

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