Prepare for the fair

CJ Warson · Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The 2017 Muscatine County Fair is scheduled for July 19-23 in West Liberty. So what can the good people of West Liberty and Muscatine County expect?

“Good food and several new and newly renovated buildings,” said Lori Gosenberg, Fair Manager. She’s also in charge of selecting the yearly entertainment.

Grandstand events include the Outlaw Tractor Pull, SandBurr Rodeo, a concert featuring William Michael Morgan with Tara Thompson, car racing, and the demo derby followed by trailer races.

It all falls into this year’s theme at the fair, “Racing to Greatness”.

The Fair Board has been putting the theme into action, they’ve been racing themselves to get everything ready before the busiest week of July starts.

“They concentrated on new buildings and renovations this year,” Gosenberg said.

Over the past four years, the fair board has been renovating buildings all over the fairgrounds hoping to get them ready to go before the fair starts.

With just a few new light bulbs and some tweaks here and there, they made it with a week to spare.

The grandstand events are typically the biggest draw to the Muscatine County Fair, every evening brings a new event to the fair grounds.

On Friday, July 21, the gates open at 6 p.m. for William Michael Morgan w/Tara Thompson. This is the third year in a row live music has been back.

“One of our board members, Brian McKillip, works with a promoter for suggestions and then finds one that can work their routing into our fair,” Gosenberg said.

Another one of the grandstand events that have become popular happens to be the SandBurr Rodeo on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. It too will be making another appearance for its third year.

“Yes, it continues to draw a good crowd,” Gosenberg said. “Kids especially are drawn to this show.”

On Wednesday, July 19, is the Outlaw Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 22, are care races at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 23, is the Demo Derby at 11 a.m. and the trailer races at 3 p.m.

Then there are the many 4H/FFA and open shows that occur throughout the week, all of which can be found in this week’s edition of the West Liberty Index.

Something that the fair is always looking for is support help. “We can always use volunteers and just attend the fair,” Gosenberg said.

All the work and time volunteers put into the fair is much appreciated. Especially now that the fair board is featuring the very recently renovated Ryan Building, new bathrooms/showers and the new main entrance.
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