The oldest county fair in Iowa opens tomorrow and attendees will celebrate its 175th anniversary.
Lee County Fair Board President Brock Westfall credits volunteers with keeping the event going since 1841.
“This county and southeast Iowa should be proud of it because we are still going strong,” Westfall said. “Every year we are building on and adding on to make it a better fair for the county and the surrounding areas.”
This year’s fair includes a display of more than 500 photographs documenting the Lee County Fair’s 175-year history. Some of the other planned events include mule and horse races, carnival rides, a mixed martial arts competition, a sand volleyball tournament, livestock shows, and car shows.
The Lee County Fair runs through June 11th in Donnellson.
(Reporting by Jason Parrott, Iowa Public Radio)