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

Mighty Howard County Fair


Stay In Howard County!

Area Lodging

Cresco has all the lodging accommodations you need. Come stay in our wonderful town, explore shops and enjoy the wonderful history of Howard County!


Come Find A Relaxing Spot!


The Fairgrounds Campground is available to the public from late April to October each year. Campground registration is ‘self-register’, same as many campgrounds.

The hookups include water (dependent on weather) and 50 amp electrical hookups.  A sewer dumping station is located on the fairgrounds.

Open To All!

Hours & Admission

Grounds Open To Public
Fair Office
Methodist Food Stand
Notre Dame Food Stand
Outside Commercial Vendors

Admission Information

  • Pay-One-Price’ Fair Buttons can be purchased at area Howard County businesses starting the week prior to Memorial Day weekend.

  • Buttons can also be purchased at the Fair office and grandstand ticket booth during the week of the Fair.

  • Fair Buttons are not available to purchase on-line. Phone call/email message orders are not accepted.

  • 2023 Fair Buttons are $40 each prior to Fair week and $50 if purchased Fair week (9 years & above). Under 9 years of age are free.

  • Button admits Fairgoer to all grandstand shows.

Single Night Admission

Single night grandstand admission is available.

Grandstand Capacity

Grandstand complex holds approx. 4,000 people.

Racetrack Capacity

Racetrack holds approx. 3,500+ people. Folding chairs are allowed on the track.

$40 Each
(bought before fair week)

Fair buttons increase to $50 each during fair week.

9 & Under Enter Free

Children under 9 years of age may enter the grandstands for free.

Fair Week Hours

  • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Sunday)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
  • Noon to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
  • Noon to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
  • 5:00 p.m. to Closing (Wednesday & Thursday)
  • 2:00 p.m. to Closing (Friday)
  • Noon to Closing (Saturday & Sunday)
  • 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
  • 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
  • 5:30 p.m. to Closing (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • 2:00 p.m. to Closing (Saturday & Sunday)
  • 5:00 p.m. to Closing (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • 1:00 p.m. to Closing (Saturday, Sunday)

Information For Fairgoers

Free Gate & Free parking

General Seating Only

Seats may not be reserved or saved.

No Outside Beverages

No coolers or beverages may be brought into any events.

No Smoking Allowed

No smoking in grandstand complex or concert area.

No Pets Allowed

Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds.

Items & Persons Subject to Search

We reserve the right to search any person or item entering the fairgrounds.

Purchase Fair Buttons

Fair buttons are available for purchase at local businesses.
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Come Join Us!

Maps & Directions

The Howard County Fairgrounds is 1 1/2 blocks north of State Highway 9 on West 7th Street in Cresco Iowa.

Years Of Fun Await!

Future Fair Dates

2025 Howard County Fair

June 25 - 29, 2025

2026 Howard County Fair

June 24 - 28, 2026