2024 Mighty Howard County Fair: June 26-30Get Your Tickets Now!

Mighty Howard County Fair


4-H Information & Schedules

4-H Communications

Stop in to the 4-H Building to see all the projects by the Howard County 4-H members and enjoy what these 4-Hers have learned through their involvement in the 4-H program. Experience the fun and enthusiasm the 4-H members have to share. Show the 4-Hers how much their hard work is appreciated!!!

Explore Our State’s Beauty

Cresco Wildlife Club

It is our mission to promote wildlife and habitat in the Cresco area by supporting the community with events and education about conservation of the natural landscape in our beautiful state. Where sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor activities her in Northeast Iowa. 

Open 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. all 5 days of the Fair!

Featherlite Center

Sunday – 9:00 a.m.

All Faiths Worship Service

All Faiths Worship Service is held on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s officiant is Pastor Melissa Warren, United Methodist Church in Cresco. 

Music by Char’s Polka Band.

Persons of all faiths are invited to participate in the worship service, held in the Featherlite Center!

Fun for the Family

Evans United Shows

Evans United Shows was founded in 1947 and this will be their 68th year in business. The carnival Tom & Nancy Evans are 2nd generation owners of the show. They now share management of their show with their daughter and son-in-law Erin & Jason Phipps, adding a 3rd generation to their carnival. Evans United Shows has provided their carnival for the Mighty Howard County Fair since 1974. We are very excited to have them at the Howard County Fair again in 2024!

Wrist Band Days


Wrist bands are $25 if purchased prior to the start of fair week.


Wrist bands are $30 if purchased after the start of fair week.

Enjoy all the rides with the purchase of a wristband during these two promotions. An economical way to experience all the great Midway rides. Special Thanks to Evan’s United Shows for this promotion.

Bands can be purchased at area banks during the month of June.

Friday 6 pm - 10 pm -- Moonlight Mania
  • Bands may be used for any rides on this day.
  • (In case of inclement weather on Friday, will be held Saturday evening)
  • Bands may be used for any rides on this day.

Sunday – 1:00 p.m. – Expo Pavilion

Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament

Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

Livestock Ribbon Auction

Gardening Tips & More

Howard County Master Gardeners

Special plantings and exhibits help with your gardening projects. Stop in anytime during Fair Week and talk to local Master Gardeners about your projects. Or, leave your gardening question in their “Gardening Box” and a Master Gardener will respond to your questions after the Fair, by phone, mail or email. While you are visiting, you can also enjoy a video of gardens of our Master Gardeners.

Plus… the Master Gardeners will have a weed display set up to help fairgoers visually identify weeds common to this area and learn about weed control measures.

"Halos for Angels"

Thursday - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Featherlite Center

by Master Gardeners Jackie Tallman and Others. Back by popular demand. Come in and make a floral halo!!


"A Work In Progress"

In partnership with the Howard County Agricultural Society, the Howard County master Gardeners have started a “work-in-progress” landscaping for the new Howard County Historical Preservation Center. As you visit the Fair, you will see a large hosta garden already started. Many more plantings will be completed  in other areas around the new Center in the months and years to come. Financial support for plantings and plant donations from your own collections are welcome.

This garden is a partnership with the Howard County master Gardeners and the Howard County Agricultural Society. We hope that his area will be enjoyed by all and provide education and inspiration.

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. – Scheidel Plaza

Pedal Tractor Pull


Starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Scheidel Plaza.

Class Information

8 Age Classes - Age 4 to Age 11

3 Trophies Awarded in each of the 8 classes. Each entrant to receive participation ribbon. This is a state sanctioned pull. Top two in each class advance to the State Pedal Pull in September.

Plus - Teens & Adults Classes, Just For the Fun Of it!

Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – Little Red School house

Spelling Bee

4 Classes
  • Kindergarten to 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade to 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade to 12th Grade
  • Adult

Free – Open to all Fairgoers

Hosted by Cedar Valley Retired School Personnel Association.


Sunday 3:30 p.m. – Scheidel Plaza

Wood Carving AUCTION

Proceeds from wood carving auction to be used for capitol improvements on the Howard County Fairgrounds. 

(In case of inclement weather auction will held in CUSB Arena in the Reicks View Ag Education Center)

Entertainment For All!

More Fun Events

Featherlite Center

Free Face Painting

Free face painting for all ages at the Featherlite Center Available Wednesday through Saturday … 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Scheidel Plaza

Saturday, June 29

3:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Iowa Corn Mobile Educational Trailer

Learn about all things Corn!! Free for all fairgoers.

Open at Noon Daily

Historical Preservation Center

See historical agricultural, home life and cultural artifacts of the Howard County areas. Visit displays featuring Dr. Norman Borlaug, Cresco’s Five Admirals, Ellen Chruch, and Dr. George Kessel.

Antique Appraisal
Local Antique aficionado Jim Kies will be in the Historical Center on Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring in your antique pieces for Jim to give you some idea of what they may be worth or their history.

Trace Your Family’s Ancestry
Members of the Howard Winneshiek Genealogy Society will serve as host on Saturday Afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and will have resources on hand show fairgoers how easy it is. Stop in to learn more about genealogy and your family history!


Scheidel Plaza: Sunday — Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Let's Polka!

Join us for a fun Sunday afternoon filled with music by a polka band, and Tim’s Mobile Music!