CCF Centennial Birthday Bash

Sun. Sep 17, 2017 at 7:00pm CDT
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Price: $15.00
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A birthday party worthy of 100 years will close the 2017 Clay County Fair. The Fair’s Centennial Birthday Bash, honoring Grandstand spectacles of the past as well as local entertainers of today, will take the U.S. Cellular Grandstand Stage on Sunday, September 17 at 7:00pm.

The Bash is presented by BIG Country 107.7, More 104.9 and KICD AM.

“This unique night will celebrate not only the tremendous history of the Fair, but also create a legacy in our local communities,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “Daring thrill acts, comedy, music, and the largest fireworks display ever seen at the Fair will create an once-in- a-lifetime event you won’t want to miss.”

A variety of acts will be featured during the two-hour show, which is a re-creation of the famous Grandstand “spectaculars” that entertained fairgoers from the 1920s to the 1940s. Acts scheduled to perform include:

Moto Maniacs is a daredevil stunt show features a variety of thrilling displays including the Cyclone Cycle, a contraption involving a motorcycle spinning a flying aerialist; the Sky Cycle, where a daredevil and a fearless acrobatic ride a motorcycle up a high wire; the Moto Sphere, a high-speed motorcycle chase inside a large steel-caged sphere and other aerial acts.

Comedian C. Willi Myles has the gift of connecting people with each other through humor and storytelling that everyone can relate to. His career highlights include several appearances on national television and at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.

Human cannonball Jennifer Smith gets fired from her job on a daily basis. Smith, aka “The Cannon Lady,” gets shot out of a 27-foot- long cannon with full force, propelling her body 60 feet in the air before landing in a 19-foot- by-52- inch net 125 feet away. Smith is one of just three known female cannonballers in the world with more than 3,000 successful launches.

Appearing first at the Fair in 1922, the Karl King Band entertained Grandstand audiences for 38 years at the Fair. King was a renowned circus march composer In fact, fairgoers celebrated “Karl King Day” at the 1952 Fair, one of the rare times that an individual was honored with a special day at the Fair. The Band still operates today out of Fort Dodge.

Entertainer Sean Emery will entertain the crowd with his circus skills, comedy, and showmanship. Professionally trained with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Emery is one of the most in-demand entertainers for fairs, festivals, and corporate events around the country.

Special performances by Spencer Community Schools students, Clay Central- Everly Community Schools students, Sioux Central Community Schools students, and Spencer Community Theatre, as well as other local entertainers will fill out an unforgettable evening to conclude the 2017 Fair.

The Bash will also provide fairgoers with a chance to give back to their local community.

“While this Birthday Bash is a chance to honor the Fair and its rich history, it is also a chance for us to give back,” said Parsons. “The Grandstand (both the original structure and the current structure) has provided memorable performances for 100 years and we want to ensure that the next generation of performers has an opportunity to shine.”

Spencer Community Theatre and the music departments of Spencer, Clay Central- Everly, and Sioux Central school districts will each receive $1 of each ticket sold – meaning $4 of each ticket sold will support the performing arts in Clay County.

Tickets on sale now. General admission adults $15, kids 12 and under free. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 515-244- 2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. There will be no additional fees applied to any of these purchase methods. “Come Home” September 9-17, 2017 to Spencer, Iowa for our Centennial Celebration! “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 guests each September.

“Come Home” for unique experiences including world- class Grandstand entertainment, award-winning fair food, daily livestock and horse shows, more than $150,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, the thrilling GoldStar Amusements Midway, hundreds of commercial vendors, and the largest farm machinery display at any fair in the United States. Visit to plan your visit.

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Clay County Fairgrounds 800 W. 18th St.
Spencer, IA 51301