Keokuk County Fair opens

The 133rd Keokuk County Fair begins a three day run Friday (7/9) in What Cheer.  Last year’s fair had fewer events because of coronavirus….and Fair Board member Gene Roland says there’s almost a normal schedule this year.

“We were back to normal until the rain came in, and now we’re scrambling. We’re still trying to have everything in spite of the rain.”

Friday’s harness races have been postponed on account of rain.  Roland says he’s concerned about another fair attraction being put on hold because of the weather.

“The free carnival rides are one of our big draws.  But if it’s raining, the carnival can’t open up.  So that curtails the attendance there.  As do all the other kids’ activities.  That’s why most of them have been moved inside, so we can still have all of them.”

Friday night, the Keokuk County Fair Queen will be crowned at 5:15, followed by the baby pageant at 5:30. Saturday’s (7/10) highlights include a mechanical bull ride from 2 to 8pm, harness races at 12:30 and figure 8 races at 6:30.  And on Sunday (7/11), there will be a community-wide church service at 10:30am and harness races at 12:30.  The Keokuk County Fair is located in What Cheer.


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