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Guthrie County Fair

One of the best county fairs in Iowa!


The Guthrie County Fair, started in 1858 by the Guthrie County Agricultural Society, has always been a tribute to our local rural families and farmers.  It’s their hard work and perseverance that has shaped our history.  Over the last 150 years, the fair has grown in size from one town block the first year to over 7 acres of land along the South Raccoon River, with a new grandstand, new 4H building and livestock barns, new community building, 1913 schoolhouse museum, many exhibit halls, and a large campground. 


Although there have been many changes to the fair, some things will never change.  Nothing can replace the cotton candy, corndogs, and carnival rides that still delight the crowds after all these years. Special events include the Saturday-morning parade, rodeo, live entertainment for the whole family, Figure-8 races, and bingo.  An amusement park with a merry-go-round and other rides keeps the kids entertained.  Don’t forget to tour the 4H Exhibit Hall, the Art Hall, the Baker #2 country school museum, and the livestock barns.


Over the last few years, the GC Fair Board has been raising funds to replace older buildings with new ones, like the grand stands, community building, and little amphitheater.  Every year, the fair looks to improve and expand for the thousands of visitors who attend. The Guthrie County Fair is held every Labor Day weekend, which is one of the few fairs to take place after the Iowa State Fair.  The fairgrounds have lots of camping sites available for visitors and loads of entertainment for all.





Guthrie Center





Season Pass (5-105)  $20.00

Day Pass (5-105)  $10.00

Children under 5 years  FREE

Grandstand Entertainment FREE

Rides  FREE



Campers  $160.00

Tents  $50.00


Bill Riley Talent Show

Tractor/Truck Pull

4H/FFA Exhibit Halls

Fair Queen

Figure-8 Races


Sand Volleyball

Carnival Rides and Games


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