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Open Class Contests

Food & Preservation Exhibits

Located in the northwest portion of the Open Class Building, you will find sweet treats, canned items and more. Local residents bring their finest for competition. Special awards are also presented to the best entries in both the youth and adult divisions.

Creative Hobbies

Seamstress, crafters and more bring amazing pieces to the Plymouth County Fair each and every year. Their talent is inspiring, and we want you to take part -- either as a contestant or a spectator. There are categories for children and adults.

Visit us in the south end of the Open Class Building and be amazed!


Calling all green thumbs! Here is a competition that gives you a chance to show Mary how your garden grows.

With lots of classes, there is a place for anything you grow in your garden or flowerbed.

Be sure to stop by the north end of the Open Class Buidling and see how many varieties of blossoms Mother Nature has in her collection.

Antiques & Collectibles

Look in the back of your cupboards, in the attic, or maybe right in front of you ,,, and bring your treasures to the Antiques & Collectibles contest.

Located in the southeast part of the Open Class Building, you will find unique treasures on display.

Categories change every year, so be sure to check for the latest -- or rather, the oldest???

Art Show

Countywide, we have amazing artists, and what better place to see their latest creations than the Open Class Building at the Plymouth County Fair.

On display will be tremendous works of art, in all forms, from talented Plymouth County youth, amateurs and professional artists.

Bill Riley Talent Show

Talent! And more talent! That is what will be on display in Century Hall during the Bill Riley Talent show.

The air-conditioned venue will give you a chance to sit down and listen to and see area youth compete for prizes and the opportunity to participate in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair.

Highway 3 Cattle Battle

With the fairgrounds being located just off Highway 3, on the northeast edge of Le Mars, it is only fitting that the Le Mars FFA Alumni Chapter offer the Highway 3 Cattle Battle.

Market, breeding and feeder calf divisions will be offered in this IJBBA sanctioned show, being held Sunday afternoon.

Open Swine Show

The Plymouth County Summer Sweepstakes is where you -- and your pigs -- want to be on Saturday, July 31.

With classes for crosses and purebreds, there is the opportunity for you to take home top 5 honors in market and breeding divisions.

All ages of exhibitors are welcome.

Open Draft Horse & Mule Show

Once a staple in agriculture production, one can't help but be amazed at the strength and beauty of the draft horse.

Join us in the horse arena, on the northeast part of the fair grounds, and watch these animals perform.

Open Fun Day Horse Show

Venture to the northeast end of the grounds and spend the day at the Open Fun Day Horse Show.

Fun classes await participants and spectators alike. It is a great opportunity for the community to see the riders and horses interact and show their remarkable talent and skills.

Open Pet Show

Without a doubt one of the cutest competitions you will find on the grounds.

Come see the young pet owners show off and talk about their best friends.

Clover Buddies

Rabbit, Bucket Calf, Bottle Lamb, & Bottle Goat

It may not be lions and tigers, but OH MY! What fun to see the youngest of the fair competitors proudly share their animals before bleachers packed with their family and friends.

Not only are these lighthearted competitions very rewarding for the kids, they are often the start of long 4-H and FFA careers at the Plymouth County Fair.

Livestock Judging Contest

The Livestock Judging Contest, hosted by the Le Mars FFA Chapter, is a long-standing tradition at the Plymouth County Fair.

The chapter -- consisting of students from Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic -- puts together cattle, beef, sheep and goat classes for participants to place. Official results are given and honors go to both youth and adult participants.

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