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We will begin accepting reservations for booth space at the Palo Alto County Fair on June 10, 2019. 


The Commercial Exhibits Building will be open on Thursday - Sunday, July 18-21.


The commercial building will also include open class exhibits.  The building will be open on Sunday.  Commercial exhibitors are to exhibit Thursday - Saturday, with Sunday being optional.


Indoor spaces are approximately 8 feet wide and each space has its own electrical outlet.  Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, fans, etc.  We will only be using the north commercial exhibits building this year.


Outdoor spaces will be allocated based on size of space needed and locations available.


The prices are the same as in the past, $35.00 for a one indoor space, $55.00 for two spaces and $75 for three.  Outdoor spaces are $45.00.  Please remit the correct amount according to the size of space you wish to have.  Make checks payable to Palo Alto County Fair and send along with the attached entry blank to:  Palo Alto County Fair, 4664 380th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.  Remember, we are on a first come, first served basis beginning June 10, 2019


If you wish to be next to another exhibitor, please indicate that on the booth reservation form.  We will try to accommodate all requests, however, space is limited.


Exhibitors will be able to set up any time on Wednesday evening or on Thursday during the day.  The exhibits building will be open on Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Friday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. You may take down your exhibit after 7:00 pm on Saturday or you may stay Sunday, where the building will be open from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. 


Please complete the entire booth reservation form as this is used to send follow up information and provides the mailing list for next year.  If an e-mail address is provided on the booth reservation form, we will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of the form and will e-mail subsequent information.  The schedule of events is now online.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call 712-490-6611 or you may e-mail We look forward to having you as an exhibitor at the fair.




Candidates for Palo Alto County Fair Queen must at least 16 years old and an active 4-H or FFA member who has exhibited at the Palo Alto County Fair.


The application form is available online.  The application may be submitted on a separate sheet as long as all of the requested information is provided.  Please feel free to add additional pages to the application as needed.  Each judge will get a photocopy of your application, so special paper is not necessary.


Scoring is based on the following:  application 20%, appearance 20%, interview 25%, personality/poise 25%, on-stage question 10%. 


Please return your application to Devona Perkins, 4664 380th Street, Emmetsburg, Iowa, or to the extension office.  If e-mailing the application, photos are acceptable in a jpeg format.  Applications are due July 1st.


The queen selection process will include an interview with the judges tentatively scheduled as a breakfast on Thursday, July 18th as well as an on stage question at the fairgrounds.  The exact time of the interviews will be announced after all application forms are received due to the potential for conflicts with the fair schedule.  You will be notified of the time and location of the interview.


The on stage question and crowning of the 2019 Palo Alto County Fair Queen will take place at the fairgrounds.  We are planning to introduce the candidates and have the on stage question at 6:45 with the crowning of the queen to occur after the 4-H Share the Fun at approximately 8:30.  The time may be subject to change.


Additional information will be sent out to all candidates after the July 1st application deadline.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Devona Perkins, Queen Coordinator at 712-490-6611 or e-mail  Kim Campbell will be the co-chair for this event and you may also contact her with questions at 712-852-9092.



 RED STAR Yeast Competition - Back for 2018


Open class food entries containing RED STAR Yeast are eligible for this competiton.  Entries must have the empty RED STAR Yeast packet attached to the entry or a photo of the entrant using RED STAR Yeast in a jar.  Entry tags will be marked with a red star.


Red Star Yeast will provide 1st, 2nd & 3rd place merchandise prizes.