Fair Foundation

In 2000, the Hamilton County (Iowa) Fair Foundation was formed to promote the fair and to construct, refurbish and restore buildings on the Fairgrounds. Through their fund-raising efforts new bathroom and shower facilities were constructed in 2004 and a Plaza with flags and landscaping was added to the front of the Show Arena in 2001 along with renovations of the Van Diest and Co-op buildings.

Current view of the Sales Pavilion and Stock Barn during renovation on the Hamilton County Fairground

Current view of the Sales Pavilion and Stock Barn during renovation on the Hamilton County Fairground

Currently the Foundation is restoring the 1919 Sales Pavilion, renamed the Burt Richardson Pavilion, and the 1919 Show Barn, now called the Keith Vegors Horse Barn. The Richardson and Vegors families were major financial contributors in the initial restoration phases.

Front entrance of the Burt Richardson Pavilion – formerly known as the Sales Pavilion, on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Front entrance of the Burt Richardson Pavilion – formerly known as the Sales Pavilion, on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Renovations are continuing on the Keith Vegors Horse Barn, formerly known as the Stock Barn, on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

Renovations are continuing on the Keith Vegors Horse Barn, formerly known as the Stock Barn, on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

THE NEXT PROJECT – The Ads on the Wall in the Burt Richardson Pavilion.  The Hamilton County Fair Foundation is currently fund raising to preserve these ads painted there in 1919-1926 on the south wall of the Pavilion.

THE NEXT PROJECT – The Ads on the Wall in the Burt Richardson Pavilion. The Hamilton County Fair Foundation is currently fund raising to preserve these ads painted there in 1919-1926 on the south wall of the Pavilion.

On the South wall of the Burt Richard Pavilion, formerly known as the 1919 Sales Pavilion, are thirteen ads for county livestock producers. Most of these ads were painted on the wall between1919 to1926 and are still in remarkably good condition.

The Foundation will continue its fund raising efforts to pay for the restoration of the Ads on the Wall with a goal to convert the interior of the Richardson Pavilion into a permanent county agricultural museum. The Foundation also intends to restore the windows and brick tile on the Vegors Horse Barn during this long running project.

From its beginning in 1857 and continuing uninterrupted since 1918, the Hamilton County (Iowa) Fair will continue through county wide interest, enthusiasm and cooperation. There’s nothing like a county fair to renew one’s spirit, to remember days gone by and to glimpse into the future.