Weekend in Winterset, July 21-23

The Madison County Fair is where all the action is this weekend, so let’s start with a lineup of the featured events and entertainment! Today, Thursday, is Day Care Day at the fair, meaning that the kiddie rides in the carnival area will be open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm today for $1.00 per ride. Later this afternoon at 5:30 pm is the Bill Riley Talent Show in the North Show Ring, and the Hy-Vee Rough Stock Rodeo starts at 8:00 pm.

At the Fair on Friday, July 21

8:00 am: Beef Show

10:00 am: Rabbit Show (Small Animal Building)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Ag Mystery Walk for Youth, Grades K-6, Sponsored by Madison County Farm Bureau

3:30 – 5 pm: Horseshoe Pitching

5:30 pm: Celebrity Swine Show

6:30 pm: Dog Show 

8:00 pm: Hy-Vee Rough Stock Rodeo – Duckworth Rodeo Productions

8:00 – 11:00 pm: Karaoke (North Show Ring)

Even if you don’t go for the events, go for the food!

At the Fair on Saturday, July 22

Saturday is Kids’ Day at the Carnival. This means that kids can get an arm band for $15, good for unlimited rides from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

8:00 am: Swine Show

9:00 am: Open Class Mule Show

10 am: Open Class Bottle Goat Show

1:00 p.m: Archery Tournament – South End of Motor Arena

1:30 p.m: Open Class Bucket/Bottle Calf Show – Pay Entry Fee at Check-in

2:00 – 5:00 p.m: 4-H Communications Presentations (Entertainment Tent)

5:00 pm: Kiddie Tractor Pull (North Show Ring), Sponsored by Frontier Construction

7:00 pm: Circle Track Mud Run (Classes: Farmer/Stock/Mod/Outlaw)

New at the fair this year is Darby’s STEM Booth. Come try your hand at building spaghetti towers and boats and win a prize! They’re near the Little Farmer Barn.

At the Fair on Sunday, July 23

8:00 am: Sheep Show

10:00 am: Mid-American Pulling Association (M.A.P.A.) Garden Tractor Pull (Motor Arena) Free Event

11:00 am– 12:30 pm: 4-H Communications Presentations (Entertainment Tent)

1:00 pm: Madison County Farm Bureau Cook-Out contest

1:00 pm: Remote Control Demo Derby – Near Entertainment Tent

1:30 – 3:30 pm: Farmer Chore Olympics Sponsored by 4-H Youth Council, (North Show Ring)

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Parade of Champions

7:00 pm: Mud Bog (Classes: Farmer/Stock/Mod/Outlaw)

Thank you to all who volunteer, exhibit, coordinate, and contribute to and for the Madison County Fair!

For a complete schedule of fair events and information about food, buildings and locations, vendors, exhibits, and more, go to www.madisoncountyfair.net. Also stay up to date with breaking announcements on Facebook and on Twitter.

Also This Weekend

Re:home is open, getting an early start on their summer clearance sale. They’ll be open next weekend also, July 28-29, for the annual Krazy Dayz celebration on the Winterset square.

Take a break from the heat of the fair and sit in the cool, air-conditioned Iowa Theater! It’s nice and dark in there, and nobody will notice if you nod off…

There’s live music by Chad Elliott at Covered Bridges Winery this Saturday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with food available by Roadside Tacos from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Weather permitting, music will be held outside. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy! $5.00 cover.

And there’s also live music at Madison County Winery on Saturday night:

Coming Soon

Kids and adults are welcome to attend the weekly “Monday Movie” at the Winterset Public Library. This Monday, July 24th, it’s The BFG at 2:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or pillow for comfort.

This Tuesday, July 25th, author Darcy Maulsby will present A Culinary History of Iowa at the Winterset Public Library.

The Winterset Community School District is hosting a Back to School Health Fair next Saturday, July 29th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to assist families of Winterset district students with necessary health services prior to the start of school in August. Parents and/or guardians must also attend. No insurance cards required.

The 2017 Fun in the Sun Car Show at the Madison County Historical Complex is planned for next Saturday, July 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For those who love a good “Wine & Canvas” party, here’s an opportunity at the Winterset Art Center next Saturday, July 29th:

A long-time Winterset tradition, “Krazy Dayz” for the downtown Winterset merchants will be held next Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, with sidewalk sales from 8:00 to 4:00. You’ll find great deals on everything you can imagine and then some.


Bob Kaldenberg was recently recognized as Rotarian of the Year by the Winterset Rotary Club. A member for 29 years, Bob resurrected the club in the early 90s when low membership threatened the loss of their charter. Many current members joined as a result of Kaldenberg’s invitation and persistent manner. “For some reason I have a hard time saying no to Bob,” said Jim Mease, club chair of The Rotary Foundation, in presenting the award. “Bob has given his all for Rotary. He supports our youth exchange, the Rotary Foundation and nearly every event and endeavor our club is involved with. In many meetings Bob is the old business, the new business and the program all wrapped into one.” Bob has worn many Rotary hats over the years and has been the driving force behind many projects, such as the hedge maze and bocce ball court in City Park, the “sign of signs” welcoming visitors on the north side of town, and the recently opened Winterset Skate Park. Congratulations and thank you, Bob!

Also, congratulations to the Lady Huskies Softball Team on their outstanding season, and best of luck today at State!

And congratulations to the 2017 Madison County Fair King & Queen, Claire Terhaar and Lance Thompson!

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