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Join us for the O’Brien County Fair Antique and Classic Tractor Ride!

PRIMGHAR – Join us for the O’Brien County Fair Antique and Classic Tractor Ride!
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Registration starts at 8:30AM at the Fairgrounds and will leave the Fairgrounds at 9AM. Registration is $20 and includes a lunch meal catered by Red’s.
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The Tractor Ride will leave the Fairgrounds at 9AM. The tractors will drive to Mill Creek State Park for a break, then head west out of Paullina, turn north towards Archer, drive past Douma Park, and have lunch at Miller Park in Sanborn. Lunch will last about an hour. The tractors will then drive past the Prairie View Campus then head back to Primghar.
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This route will include some gravel roads.

Join Us for the 4th of July Fly-In and Drive-In Breakfast!

PAULLINA – Make plans to celebrate Independence Day with a delicious breakfast at the 4th of July Fly-In and Drive-In Breakfast hosted by the Caledonia Ramblers and the G&W Feeders 4-H Clubs! This event is perfect for the whole family and will feature a mouthwatering pancake and sausage breakfast, served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Paullina Airport.

This is a free-will donation event, so the 4-H Clubs would greatly appreciate your contributions.

Special Announcement: Tractor Ride!

In addition to the breakfast, we are excited to announce a Tractor Ride with two participation options:

  1. Short Tractor Drive:
    • Departure: 8:00 a.m. from the O’Brien County Fairgrounds
    • Route: Enjoy a scenic ride from the O’Brien County Fairgrounds to the Paullina Airport.
  2. Create Your Own Ride:
    • Start: From your home
    • Route: Drive your tractor to the Paullina Airport, just like the airplanes!

No registration or fee is required to participate in the tractor ride.

Bring your family, friends, and tractors for a morning of great food and fun! For more information about the Tractor Ride, please contact Kevin Mars at 712-448-3747.

Hosted by the Caledonia Ramblers and the G&W Feeders 4-H Clubs, this event promises to be a delightful way to start your 4th of July celebrations. Don’t miss out on this community tradition!

Thank You, O’Brien County Foundation!

PRIMGHAR – The O’Brien County Fair Board would like to thank the O’Brien County Foundation for awarding the fair grant funds that will be used to improve the fairgrounds leading up to the 100th Year Celebration of the O’Brien County Fair.

We are so lucky to have a foundation that continues to provide great support to our County Fair!

2024 O’Brien County Fair Royalty Candidates

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PRIMGHAR – Judging for the 2024 O’Brien County Fair Royalty was held on Sunday, June 2 at Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar.
Our 2024 candidates are, Caden Wittrock, Makenna Hofmeyer, Kierstyn Sandy, Paisley Tesch, and MaKenna Wallin.
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Coronation will be held Monday, July 22, at 8:00 p.m. at the Wayne Maass Memorial Stage on the fairgrounds in Primghar. A recognition of Past Fair Royalty will also take place to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the O’Brien County Fair.
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The 2024 Fair Royalty will be crowned by our 2023 Royalty, Queen Ellen Hunt, King Jayson Stamer, and Princess Kourtney Dekker.

O’Brien County Fair Merchandise on Sale

 

Celebrate 100 years of the O’Brien County Fair with our special commemorative merchandise! By purchasing a commemorative t-shirt, crewneck, or hoodie, you’ll honor our rich history and contribute to the fairgrounds’ ongoing improvements, ensuring that future generations can enjoy the magic of the O’Brien County Fair for years to come.

100-Year Merchandise is on sale now through June 14th. Printing will begin once the order is closed. Please allow a maximum time of 2 weeks for shipped products. All orders are custom-printed and non-refundable.

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She’s With Us Announced as Tuesday Night Entertainment

PRIMGHAR—The O’Brien County Fair is excited to announce that She’s With Us will perform at the 100th Anniversary of the O’Brien County Fair on Tuesday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, She’s With Us started with powerhouse lead vocalist and all-around female force of nature, Iesha Toft (the She in She’s With Us), placing some calls to friends old and new. Before long, Dane Zittritsch (lead guitar/backing vocals), Whitney Thiessen (bass/backing vocals), and Nate Shaughnessy (drums/backing vocals) were crammed into Zittritsch’s basement alongside Toft, blending their styles to form a fusion of blues, rock, funk, pop, and soul. Beyond Toft’s seemingly limitless voice, the group’s greatest strength is the flexibility to flow between genres and styles.

She’s With Us will take the Wayne Maass Memorial Stage on Tuesday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. The O’Brien County Fair hopes to see you at She’s With Us and to check out the other activities scheduled during the 100th Anniversary of the O’Brien fair, which runs July 20 – 25!

2024 O’Brien County Fair Dates Announced!

PRIMGHAR – The O’Brien County Fair has announced its Fair Dates for 2024. The O’Brien County Fair will be held from July 20-25, 2024. The O’Brien County Fair will also celebrate its 100th Anniversary during the 2024 Fair!

Formed in 1924, the O’Brien County Stock Show & Agricultural Association sponsors O’Brien County Youth in their 4-H and FFA endeavors. From 1924 to 1951, the O’Brien County Fair was moved from city to city within O’Brien County. In 1951, the City of Primghar agreed to purchase land on the east side of town to create a permanent fairground location. Three livestock buildings were constructed for the 1951 fair; by 1960, eight buildings had been built.

The late 1980s brought more fairground construction, including the administration building, horse barn, and swine barn. During the 2010s, the Open Class Building and Wayne Maass Memorial Stage were added to the west side of the fairgrounds. The O’Brien County Fair Board has continued to update the fairgrounds and buildings over the years. The Fair Board has recently been busy with plans to renovate the Show Ring for 2024, with construction starting in 2023.

The O’Brien County Fair hopes to see you in 2024 at the 100-Year Celebration of the O’Brien County Fair, which runs from July 20-25, 2024!

2023 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to Bob and Kim Steinkamp on their induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame!

 

Bob and Kim Steinkamp have been actively involved in 4-H and the O’Brien County Fair since their kids started in 4th grade.

Kim served as a 4-H Leader for the Highlanders 4-H Club for eighteen years. As a leader, Kim was always looking for new projects for her 4-H’ers to try. Kim remained up to date on new guidelines and rule changes to help her 4-Hers succeed in their projects and their record keeping. During the fair, she could often be found on the grounds helping with clean up, doing building watches, and helping in the 4-H concession stand. To this day, Kim continues to volunteer her time as a comment writer during non-livestock judging day.

When their kids joined 4-H, Bob helped his kids with their livestock projects over the years. He also helped other 4-H members find livestock to purchase and helped them prepare their animals to be ready by the fair time. Bob became an active volunteer for the O’Brien County Fair, especially within the Swine Department. Bob served on the O’Brien County Fairboard for seventeen years and as a Swine Superintendent for eight years. He volunteered his time, equipment, and knowledge to help make improvements to the fairgrounds each year. He took great pride in how the grounds looked for fair week and continues to volunteer his time to this day. Bob and Kim have been known to visit other fairs in the area to see what improvements would be beneficial to the O’Brien County Fair.

As a family, Bob, Kim, and their kids never missed an Iowa State Fair while in 4-H. They have always enjoyed helping the Pork Producers grill and serve food in the pork tent. The rest of their time at the fair was spent watching 4-H exhibitors show and looking at non-livestock exhibits. To this day, Bob and Kim continue to volunteer in local 4-H programs and the County Fair. They enjoy helping their grandkids with projects and watching them show in the same arena that their kids did and participate in Open Class Exhibition.

2023 O’Brien County 4-H Awards

The O’Brien County Fair is proud to present the 2023 4-H Award Winners!

 

This year the O’Brien County Fair is awarding four 4-H members the Achievement Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown outstanding personal growth through participation in various 4-H projects and involvement. A 4-Her can receive this award once as a Junior, an Intermediate, and a Senior. This year’s winners are Aubree Dodge, John Puhrmann, Carter Koerselman, and Braylynn Pederson.

The O’Brien County Fair is also awarding four 4-H members with the Merit Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown outstanding personal growth through citizenship, community, and club leadership. While also demonstrating unselfish service to others. A 4-Her can receive this award once as a Junior, an Intermediate, and a Senior. This year’s winners are Dax Noteboom, Ryleigh Fuller, Makenna Hofmeyer, and Chris Freese.

The O’Brien County Fair also awards five 4-H members the Danforth I Dare You Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown a working knowledge of the 4-H program and challenge other youth to develop their skills for future endeavors through life and service to others. This award is only presented to 11th graders. This year’s winners are Justice Frerk, Makenna Hofmeyer, Ellen Hunt, Jayson Stamer, and Hailey Dobbins.

Finally, the O’Brien County Fair awards three 4-H members with the Outstanding 4-Her Award. This award recognizes 4-Hers for their outstanding leadership to their local 4-H Club, County, and possible out-of-county activities through a project. The 4-Hers receiving the award should be involved in activities outside of 4-H, such as school, church, and community activities. This award is only presented to senior-level 4-Hers. This year’s winners are Kourtney Dekker, Abby Stout, and Bryce Dodge.

Congratulations to Our 2023 Fair Royalty!

Congratulations to the 2023 O’Brien County Fair Royalty!

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2023 Fair Queen is Ellen Hunt daughter of Steve and Julie Hunt of Granville. 2023 Fair King is Jayson Stamer son of Kevin and Karie Stamer of Hospers. 2023 Fair Princess is Kourtney Dekker daughter of Kirk and Tina Dekker of Sheldon.

Other candidates are MaKenna Hofmeyer, Whitney Einck, Morgan Grooters, Bryce Dodge, Justice Frerk, Samantha Wilbur, and Claire Wagner.