The Howard County Fairgrounds, located on the western edge of Cresco Iowa, is host to various activities and events throughout the year. These include the Mighty Howard County Fair the last full week of June each year, stock car and kart races during the summer racing season and serves as host to several community events held each year.
The Expo Center, located on the Howard County Fairgrounds, is a fully licensed reception and banquet facility, easily accommodating all functions, such as wedding receptions, trade shows, business meetings, community and private events, auctions and fund raising events. The Expo is fully ADA accessible, climate controlled, with seating for up to 500 persons. The Expo Pavilion, located just outside of the Expo Center, is a sheltered gathering area, available for use of guests of the Expo Center. Click on link on left side of page for full details of the Expo Center and leasing information.
Howard County Fairgrounds Campground features seasonal camping with water and 30 amp and 50 amp electrical hookups. A sewer dumping station is located on the fairgrounds. 26 sites are 30' deep and 16 sites at 70' deep. Camping fee is $10 per night, and $50 per week. Long term stays are available for discounted rate. Reservations are typically not needed.
The Howard County Historical Preservation Center, new to the fairgrounds in 2006, is the center of the historical, industrial and home life history of the Howard County area. Click on the link on the left side of this page for the Howard County Historical Preservation Center for more information on this new Center and construction photos.
The Center also houses the Administration Office of the Fair, and the Featherlite Center, a 3,500 sq. ft. climate controlled and fully ADA compliant area that is available for business meetings, various gatherings and training sessions. For information on renting the Featherlite Center, contact the Fair Secretary.
The Howard County Agricultural Society is the parent organization that is listed as owner of the fairgrounds and most all amenities located there on, and is charged with overseeing all activities on the fairgrounds. The Society is a quasi-governmental organization under the Howard County Board of Supervisors. The Society is a non-profit organization in the State of Iowa, and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 c3 charitable organization. Therefore, contributions to the Society are considered as charitable donations and therefore could be tax deductible.
The Howard County Fairgrounds is 1 1/2 blocks north of State Hwy 9 on West 7th Street. The physical address for the Howard County Fairgrounds is 314 West 7th Street, Cresco Iowa. The main gate of the fairgrounds is located on West 7th Street, with a secondary gate located on the north side of the fairgrounds to 6th Avenue West.
The Society is a proud member of the Association of Iowa Fairs, Cresco Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Fairs and Expositions (I.A.F.E.), and the Iowa State Agricultural Society.
For further information regarding the Howard County Fairgrounds, call the Fair Office at 563-547-3400, Fair Secretary at 563-547-4996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.