Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Kent Family Magic Circus

Daily Performancces

Kent Family Magic Circus

Daily Events

10:00 a.m. -   9:30 p.m.       4-H Family Crafts Buildings Open (Except Sunday)

10:00 a.m. -   8:00 p.m.       Commercial Building Hours (Thursday – Saturday)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.        Meyer Petting Zoo Open

11:00 a.m. -   3:00 p.m.        Commercial Building Hours (Sunday)

11:00 a.m. -   3:00 p.m.        Family Crafts & 4-H Building Hours (Sunday)

Afternoons & Evenings       Ozark Amusements on the Midway


Can Chase Barrel Racing

Thursday, July 20th • 7:00 pm

Main Arena

Blend Acapella

Blend Acapella

50’s At Its Best

Thursday, July 20th • 7:30 pm

Activity Building


Truck & Tractor Pull

Friday, July 21st • 7:00 pm

South End of fairgrounds

Saturday - Kids Day

Team Rock - Ninja Experience

Saturday, July 22nd • 2:00 pm
South end of the midway

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Demolition Derby

Saturday, July 22nd • 7:00 pm • Main Arena
Sam Williams, Ultimate Derby Promotions

Sunday - Queen Contest

2016 Queen Fran Conley

2016 Fair Queen

Fran Conley

 Fair Queen Contest
Sunday, July 23 @ 5:00PM
in the Activity Building

Please support and thank our Sponsors


Season Pass:

Adults (13 & up) - $12

Children (12 & under) - $6

(4 & under) - FREE


Adults - $6

Children - $5

Saturday after 3:00 p.m. - $7 Adults, $5 Children

Season tickets available at the following locations

Cherokee State Bank
State Savings Bank
Northstar Community Credit Union
Cherokee Hy-Vee
Cherokee Chamber of Commerce



Mission Statement

The mission of the Cherokee County Fair Association shall be the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education on the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy

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Rent the Grounds

The fair board does rent the grounds out for various events as well as the buildings for graduation receptions, family reunions, community events and etc.,

We provide winter storage for campers, boats, R.V.'s and etc. in the winter on a first come first serve basis.

Please use the contact form for inquiries.

Glen Haselhoff

Glen Haselhoff

We want to always remember our fallen
fairboard member. He was a hard worker
and he was always there ready with ideas
and a helping hand. We miss you Glen.

1872 First Cherokee County Fair
1873 City of Cherokee Incorporated
1878 First plowing match held in East Wheatland township, Will County, IL (Pilot-Rock plowing matches were patterned after these plowing matches)
1908 Pilot-Rock Plowing Match was started as a roving event in Pilot and Rock townships on September 17,  with 400 people fed at the dinner and 18 entries for plowing
1912 4000 people in attendance
1914 Last year for “thresher style” dinner at noon with fried chicken, boiled ham, baked beans, mashed potatoes, potato salad and pies supplied by the women of the county
1918 First year for tractor classes and livestock exhibits
1919 Event became two days to incorporate all the entries
1921 Annual meeting of the Pilot-Rock Plowing Match Association was referred to as the Cherokee County Livestock Show and Farm Bureau Picnic
1922 Pilot-Rock Plowing match received national fame in the Country Gentlemen magazine
1923 Wallace’s Farmer, Illinois Central Magazine and Chicago Daily Drover covered the event
1924 Baby contests were introduced
1937 Last contest for plowing with horses held
1939 Free acts shown in the afternoon were made night time entertainment
1942-1946 no plowing matches held because of wartime
1952 Grounds were established for the permanent site of the plowing match
1953 (August 20) permanent site dedication was held and was associated with the Cherokee County 4-H Fair
1954 3 large stock barns for 4-H livestock, a scale for weighing animals, lightpoles, fixtures, city water, gates and fences were added to the fairgrounds
1956 First carnival featured
1956 First permanent grandstand bleachers available
1972 Pilot-Rock Plowing Match became the Cherokee County Fair

Contact Us

712.225.5843 July Only

200 Linden Street
Cherokee, IA  51012

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