We are thrilled to announce the return of live music to the North Iowa Fair on July 20, 2017 at 7:30pm with special guest Crystal Bowersox! A northwest Ohio native and Nashville resident, singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox has been performing for audiences since the age of 10. Crystal is set to release a new project – a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico in June 2017. Her soulful, stirring approach to Americana music has been met with critical acclaim. With collaborations that include legendary talent such as the late Joe Cocker and BB King, Alanis Morrisette, Jakob Dylan,
John Popper, Melissa Etheridge and many more, it is clear that her vocal prowess is recognized and respected among her peers.
This event is brought to you in the spirit of celebrating great music, free of charge (Olson Building: capacity 1,500), courtesy of the North Iowa Fair.
Get ready for an incredible evening and join us in welcoming Crystal to Mason City, Iowa! Doors open at 5pm. Sponsored in part by Alpha Media and McGregors Furniture.
The mission of the Bill Riley Talent Search is to serve as a developmental platform for young Iowans involved in the performing arts. By maintaining a nurturing and educational environment we aim to promote self esteem, self discipline and self confidence while helping them to achieve their goals and shoot for the stars. The show takes place at 2pm on Sunday, July 23. Contestants can enter by completing the form in the Exhibitor's Handbook linked at the bottom of the page!
Gamers get ready! The 2017 North Iowa Fair will offer a luxury limo-style Mobile Gaming Theater from Game On Iowa! The theater boasts seven huge high definition TV’s, all the best consoles and the very latest video games! Up to 28 guests can play at once and it's stadium-style seating means there’s room for a crowd. This new and exciting North Iowa Fair entertainment feature will be on the grounds from 12noon-9pm, July 19-July 22. Don't miss out!
The outdoor Heritage Arena will feature antique machinery with running and drive times (experienced drivers only) from 3pm to 7pm on July 20, 2017! This event is for all ages with awards being presented for oldest tractor, oldest working gas engine and more!
DARLING DOG SHOW
Here’s to celebrating the simple things in life! The Small Stage Music Festival is a place where less is always more and the little stuff is really the big stuff… an event where being who you are and doing what you love always shines. Humble beginnings, powerful voices and incredible spirit often lead to tremendous success. Small Stage is a reminder that our biggest dreams often take root in the tiniest places.
Special guest Crystal Bowersox kicks off our music on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:30pm! Friday and Saturday features music all afternoon and evening from highly talented area musicians showcasing their gifts in the spirit of community and giving back. It is the perfect venue to enjoy intimate, quality sessions from artists who believe great music is worth celebrating.
Sponsored in part by Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
Join us during the 2017 North Iowa Fair for the 2nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally on the NIEC green space!
Raffle tickets for one lucky "hot air balloon ride for two" are available at select locations and in the NIEC office.
Please call 641.423.3811 to learn more about purchasing and be sure to bring your camera and/or smartphone for the event!
$10 tethered rides, $1 walk-in balloons, sponsored balloon rides, launches and "glow shows" (all weather permitting) are scheduled for:
Friday evening: 530pm, July 21
Saturday morning & evening: 530am and 530pm, July 22
Sunday morning: 530am, July 23
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A 2018 HOT-AIR BALLOON RALLY SPONSOR TO RECEIVE A FULL HOUR-LONG BALLOON RIDE?
CALL THE NIEC OFFICE AT 641.423.3811 TO LEARN HOW.
RIVER CITY RADIO CONTROL "FUN FLY"
Witness the River City Radio Control "Fun Fly" on Saturday, July 22! Radio control airplanes and more will be "on the rise" starting at 10am and flying until sundown. Fair-goers interested in giving flight a try may check with members of the club to see if an airplane is available for potential "co-pilots."
Chamberlain Midway is a growing midway company based in the midwest that will bring free carnival rides to the public for the entirety of the fair. Geared toward small children with a few rides for adults, it's not the biggest carnival in the world, but it's the free-est! Sure to see lots of smiling kids enjoying eight carnival rides including a 10,000 gallon bumper boat tank, potato sack slide, fun house and more!
July 19-20: 2pm-1030pm, July 21-22: 12noon-1030pm, July 23: 12noon-4pm!
MASON CITY MOTOR SPEEDWAY EVENTS
NORTH IOWA YOUTH CENTER FREE INFLATABLES
ANTIQUE MACHINERY DAY
Few options for the 2017 North Iowa Fair could better fit our theme of "On The Rise" than Carolina Helicopters.
They'll be offering affordable helicopter rides for the entirety of the Fair. Buckle up and bring your smartphone/camera to fully enjoy of bird's eye view of all the fun below!
GAME ON IOWA!
MOBILE GAMING THEATER
BILL RILEY TALENT SHOW
SMALL STAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Olson Building at 6pm on Wednesday, July 19. The ceremony will include North Iowa Youth Center's Posting of Colors, the National Anthem from Betsy Leigh Kirby, Remarks from State Senator Amanda Ragan, a special performance from The Spacemen and the crowning of the North Iowa Fair Queen!
NOW ACCEPTING 2017 NORTH IOWA FAIR QUEEN CANDIDATES!
DETAILS IN EXHIBITOR'S HANDBOOK AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!
The North Iowa Fair is honored to welcome Chapter 790 of the Vietnam Veterans back to host their incredible annual breakfast on Sunday, July 23rd. Eggs, flapjacks and more are served in The Loafing Shed starting at 7:00am and going until noon. The complimentary breakfast encourages good will donations and veterans memorabilia will be available for purchase.
$20 HELICOPTER RIDES
2017 NORTH IOWA FAIR RECAP
"ON THE RISE"
CRYSTAL BOWERSOX: LIVE IN CONCERT
2ND ANNUAL HOT AIR BALLOON RALLY
CHAPTER 790 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS
HAM, EGGS & FLAPJACKS FUNDRAISER
Start your engines! Mason City Motor Speedway will offer the following North Iowa Fair Week events:
Friday, July 21: Demo Derby
Saturday, July 22: MPI Truck & Tractor Pull
Sunday: July 23: USRA Weekly Racing Series
Click on MasonCityMotorSpeedway.com to learn more!
North Iowa Youth Center will be on the grounds July 19-July 23 with four of the biggest and funnest inflatables North Iowa has to offer! NIYC Inflatables are free at this year's North Iowa Fair courtesy of Corporate Farmer & Oakleaf Comics!
Socks are required and will be available for $1/pair on-site. July 19-20: 2pm-8pm, July 21-22: 12noon-8pm, July 23: 12noon-4pm. Bring the whole family!
THE 2018 NORTH IOWA FAIR WILL BE HELD JULY 19-22, 2018!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!
NORTH IOWA EVENTS CENTER
WHERE BEING WHO YOU ARE AND DOING WHAT YOU LOVE ALWAYS SHINES
FREE CARNIVAL RIDES
Calling all dogs! Register your pet for free from 5pm to 6pm on July 21, 2017! The show begins at 6pm. Show off your pet for their unique style, skills, tricks or glowing personality. Not a serious competition but a fun, family oriented show. Audience applause and guest judges will award a variety of prizes.