North Iowa county fairs will host a wide range of top entertainment this season from country to 80s rock as well as standard fair fun with 4-H, FFA and open competitions, shows, displays, games and more.
The fairs run from June to September for a long summer fun.
The North Iowa Fair will hold its second hot air balloon rally after last year’s success.
Franklin County will host country music star Gary Allan, while Butler County brings Tracy Lawrence and Joe Diffie.
Area county fairs and the Iowa State Fair are listed in calendar order:
Worth County Fair — Northwood, June 14-18. Tractor pull, food, amusement rides and entertainment.
Butler County Fair — Allison, June 21-25. Tracy Lawrence with Tucker Beathard, Joe Diffie, parade, chuckwagon races and more.
Wright County Fair — Eagle Grove, July 12-17. Amusement rides.
Franklin County Fair — Hampton, July 19-23. Gary Allan, Sammy Kershaw, the Bellamy Brothers and Hairball.
North Iowa Fair — Mason City, July 19-23. Hot air balloon rally, small stage music festival, free carnival rides, helicopter rides and dog show.
Floyd County Fair — Charles City, July 19-23. Dueling pianos and fashion show.
Winnebago County Fair — Thompson, July 20-23. Shotgun and Lace, carnival games, inflatables, rodeo and horse show.
Hancock County Fair — Britt, July 25- July 31. Races, Johnny Holm Band and tractor pull.
Kossuth County Fair — Algona, Aug. 1-5. Go cart races, classic 80s rock bands and demolition derby.
Mitchell County Fair — Osage, August 2-6. Tractor pull, demolition derby, Menace and Rodeo.
Iowa State Fair — Des Moines, Aug. 10-20. Nickelback, Pentatonix, Alabama, Little Big Town, John Mellencamp and Kid Rock.
Clay County Fair — Spencer, Sept. 9-17. For King and Country, Old Dominion, dirt events and racing.