WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–Sunny days and long hazy evenings already have Muscatine County residents dreaming of going to the fair. Though the Muscatine County Fair will not open until July 21, those itching to head out to the fairgrounds can get an early taste of summer fun June 12 at the return of the Weekend for the Fair.
The Muscatine County Fair’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Weekend for the Fair promises fun events for all that will also help the fair board provide even more engaging activities at the fair itself. A full day event, the Weekend for the Fair will open with an antique semi truck show at 10 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. harness horse racing will begin in the grandstand, with gates opening ahead of time for folks to watch the horses warm up. Admission costs $5 for everyone age four and up. Beginning at 3 p.m. in the Midway Pavillion, Lefty & the Spinners will put on one of their first concerts of the year. Nearby, kids can enjoy a variety of items just for them, including a large sandbox, a selection of Little Tykes toys, and water balloons to help them cool off.
Throughout the evening, Weekend for the Fair attendees can enjoy a delicious supper for a freewill donation and bid on many enticing silent and live auction items, including custom made wooden benches, wood slab coffee and end tables, fair and Pampered Chief themed baskets, quilts, a 20 inch bicycle, meat processing, and more. All money raised through the race, dinner, and auctions will help cover the cost of brining better acts and events to the Muscatine County Fair in July.
The biggest event at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in almost two years, Muscatine County Fair Board President Kelsey Morris hopes many people who have missed in person gatherings will enjoy coming together for the Weekend for the Fair. With events available for people of all ages, Morris thinks it will especially appeal to families looking to get out and take a break, giving kids a chance to play outside and parents time to, “sit back, relax, and enjoy some music and supper and bid in the auctions.”
Morris also believes that the fundraiser has the power to help bring the fair back stronger than ever in July. “We really hope people will come out and support us,” emphasized Morris. If the Weekend for the Fair draws a crowd, Morris has no doubt it will whet peoples appetites for more fair fun later this summer, helping to rebuild this popular event.