The Hamilton County Fair and Ragbrai
Hamilton County Fair officials in Webster City have announced changes in the annual county fair schedule to accommodate the RAGBRAI visitors expected on Tuesday, July 24th, the normal opening day of the Fair.
The Fair will be host to some 400 to 500 Ragbrai RVs during the overnight stay in Webster City.
The Fair parade will move to Monday evening, July 23rd. Line up sites and parade route are expected to remain the same as previous years. The parade begins at 6 p.m., ending up at the Fairgrounds. Dedication of the new multi-purpose show arena will take place after the parade.
Open Class entries for all departments will be accepted between 8 a.m. and Noon on Monday, July 23rd. This is one day earlier than normal. Conference judging begins at 10 a.m.
The first Flower Show moves from Wednesday to Monday. Exhibitors should bring their entries from 8 a.m. to Noon for the 1 p.m. judging. The second Flower Show has been moved to Friday.
All commercial exhibits and vendors, except those in the Ed Prince Building, will be required to be in place by 9 p.m. on Monday evening, July 23rd.
Vendors who normally exhibit in the Ed Prince building will set up their displays starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday as the Ed Prince building will serve as the main headquarters, first aid and air conditioned rest area for RAGBRAI visitors on Tuesday.
There will be no vehicles, except those with RAGBRAI window stickers or Tuesday exhibitor stickers, admitted on the Fairgrounds between 9 p.m. on Monday, July 23rd and 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 25th. Fairgoers will park in designated lots east of the Fairgrounds and be shuttled to and from the grounds by Fair volunteers.
The Fair will offer a special 30-hour vendor license at a cost of $300 for commercial vendors and $100 for non-profit organizations for the benefit of Ragbrai visitors. The 30-hour vendor license is good from 6 a.m. on Tuesday July 24th to 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 25th. Vendors cannot duplicate items offered by Smith Amusements due to contractual limitations. Applications can be made by contacting the Fair office. Deadline for applications is June 15th.
Tim Holt, president of the Hamilton County Fairboard said that the group will expand their normal Tuesday entertainment lineup with the addition of the bands Salty View and Standing Hampton. The Red Head Express will kick off their four-day fair appearance with their Branson-style music revue in the new show arena.
�The Fair will get back on schedule at noon on Wednesday,� Holt said, �with the rabbit, poultry and horse shows set for the afternoon. We will also be weighing in swine and sheep at the same time, so it might be a bit congested during the unloading and set up process. We ask everyone to be patient and understanding on this busy day for the young exhibitors.�
Holt went on, �The Fair is excited to be a part of the RAGBRAI day in the Webster City and we want to make their visit to the Fair a memorable one.�
The Fair is set for July 23 to 29, 2012. Additional information is available from the Fair office at 1200 Bluff Street in Webster City, by telephone at 515-832-1443 or on the Fair�s website www.hamcoexpo.com .