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Welcome to the 'World's Greatest County Fair'

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It sounds rather egotistical when you say it like that.

"Clay County Fair - 'The World's Greatest County Fair.'"

But heck folks, it ain't braggin' if you can back it up.

For those of you who return year after year, whether as a fairgoer, a volunteer, an exhibitor, a showman, a worker - or a combination of any of the aforementioned - there's no arguing the validity of very boisterous claim that Clay County does indeed host the world's greatest shin-dig, played out over nine days with more than 300,000 of our closest friends.

And we're glad your back. Welcome to Spencer. Mi casa es su casa. Make yourselves at home because for the next nine days we will entertain you, feed you and put a smile on your face.

You will see people of all shapes, sizes, colors, hair styles, fashion and temperament - and that's just at the Republican and Democratic booths.

I want to take some time to thank Phil Hurst. While most of our local readers may be aware, perhaps some of out-of-town guests don't know, longtime fair director Phil Hurst is hanging up his deep fried food license and taking off his ejection seat straps and turning over the reigns at the conclusion of this year's celebration.

But Phil wanted to go out with a bang. So he's bringing in superstars Dierks Bentley, Huey Lewis and the News, Alan Jackson, Big Time Rush, along with the wild and crazy World of Outlaws and lots of other fun events to help keep the party going.

He's also brought in a brand new carnival company, Goldstar, which promises plenty to do for kids and thrill-seekers alike.

Lots of free stuff too and of course, the food, the food and did I mention, the food.

All brought to you courtesy of the Clay County Fair and the good folks of the surrounding area.

It takes a lot of volunteer work to make this happen each year and as much as the fair board and Phil do to get things ready, the engine of the machine is fueled by dedicated volunteers who return year-after-year with a piece of pride in northwest Iowa's claim to fame.

So come on in through the gates. It's like Disneyland - with a lot more livestock. Watch where you step.

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective