Louisa County Fair celebrates 125 years

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The 125th Annual Louisa County Fair begins Saturday, July 22. The first fair was held in September 1892 by a group of citizens who called themselves the Columbus Junction Agricultural Society.

Over the years, the fair faced many setbacks. Debt, five-foot deep flood waters, and storm cancelations were just a few of the struggles the fair board had to work through. The fair has continued to grow and expand throughout the years, with construction of new buildings and new exhibits and events.

This year, visitors can enjoy races at the CJ Raceway, a free carnival, contests and exhibits, delicious fair food, a parade, fireworks, and the option to camp at the fairgrounds.

Livestock shows make up a large portion of the entire fair. Included in the shows will be horses, goats, dogs, swine, sheep, cattle, and rabbits.

Louisa County Fair will feature an extensive display of competition items. From canning to flowers to antique collections, competitors have many chances to participate. A full list of competitions can be found in the “Floral Hall Book” at louisacountyfair.org.

The Louisa County Fair Queen and Princess Contest will be held in the evening of July 26 at the Louisa County Fairgrounds. The competition and coronation will take place immediately following the 4-H Family Night at the Grandstand.

Admission will only be charged to grandstand events. Grandstand events include 4-H and Clover Kids Family Night, Farmers Olympics, stock car races, Menace, and a demo derby.

A full schedule of events can be found at louisacountyfair.org under Fair Schedule.