4-H Adventure Tent schedule

July 31st, 2014 | By Bryce Durbin

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Your Clayton County Fair Planner!!

July 28th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

2014 Clayton County Fair Schedule of Events (subject to change)
Tuesday, July 29
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA non-livestock conference judging

Wednesday, July 30th
9:00 a.m. Horse Show
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Open Class entries received
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rabbits may be brought to the fair
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  4-H Exhibit Hall Open (Commercial Exhibit Hall CLOSED)
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Cowboy Supper $1 sponsored by the county commodity groups
6:30 p.m. Flag Raising Ceremony & Fair Queen Pageant
7:00 p.m.  4-H Style Show & Share the Fun Show
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm Swine may be brought to the fair

Thursday, July 31st
7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   4-H & FFA Livestock entries received
9:00 a.m. – Noon Open Class entries received
Noon – 9:00 p.m. 4-H & Commercial Exhibit Halls Open
12:30 p.m. Rabbit Show (small arena)
1:00 p.m.  Open Class entries judging
1:30 p.m. Dog Show (large arena)
3:00 p.m. Open Class Foods Department Bake Sale
8:30 p.m.
Josh Thompson (grandstands)

10:00 p.m. – Midnight Teen Dance

Friday, August 1st
8:30 a.m. Poultry Show (large arena)
9:00 a.m. Other Animal judging (barn)
9:30 a.m. Meat Goat Show (small arena)
10:00 a.m. Bucket Bottle Calf judging (large arena)
11:00 p.m. Sheep Show (small arena)
Noon – 9:00 p.m 4-H & Commercial Exhibit Halls Open
2:00 p.m.Beef Heifer Show (large arena)
5:30 p.m. Market Beef Show (large arena)
8:30 p.m.
John Anderson (grandstands)

10:00 p.m. – Midnight Teen Dance

Saturday, August 2nd
8:30 a.m.   Dairy Show (large arena)
9:00 a.m.  Swine Show (small arena)
11:00 a.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull
Noon – 9:00 p.m. 4-H & Commercial Exhibit Halls Open
1:00 p.m. Demolition Derby
4:00 p.m. Dairy Goat Show (large arena)
6:00 p.m. Open & Celebrity Stick Pony Rodeo (grandstands)

7:00 p.m.Clayton County Bull Bash (grandstands)
10:00 p.m. – Midnight  Teen Dance
Sunday, August 3rd
9:30 a.m. 4-H & FFA Dairy & Livestock Judging Contest
11:00 a.m.  Truck and Tractor Pull
Noon – 8:00 p.m.  4-H Exhibit Hall & Commercial Exhibit Hall Open
Noon  Kiddie Calf Show (large arena)
2:30 p.m. Youth Olympics (large arena)
6:00 p.m.Scott Rose & Plead the Fifth (grandstands)
7:30 p.m.
4-H & FFA Non- livestock entries released
8:00 p.m. Open Class entries released
8:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock entries released

Monday, August 4th
9:00 a.m. Livestock Auction

Chris Soules to help at RAGBRAI Fundraiser

July 25th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

t’s official!!! Chris Soules, Iowa’s own bachelor will be at Strawberry Point’s Fire & Rescue Fundraiser this Saturday, 7/26 as RAGBRAI rolls in from 9a.m-1pm. Serving smoked chicken breast, pork loin sandwiches, & chicken hindquarters. Beer garden and the band 3rd Offense. Free admittance! Come join us to raise money for their new fire station!

Sweet Corn Day’s Ice Cream Social by Main St. Elkader

July 23rd, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Elkader Main St. Ice Cream Social, Sweet Corn Days

Backbone Bluegrass Festival is this weekend!

July 21st, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Radio Flyer

Backbone Bluegrass Festival

July 25, 26, and 27 – 2014
A weekend of music, fun, camping, and reunions. Plan on attending the 33rd Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival. It is held the last weekend of July.

Camping and food are available on the grounds.

This year’s featured bands include:
Radio Flyer
Pickin’ Chicks
Bluegrass Blondies
County Line
Brightwater Junction
Schumacher Family

Bring an instrument. Jamming is welcomed and encouraged.
2014 Festival Band Schedule

Friday Evening – July 25
4:30 – 6:00 Jam Camp Bands
6:15 – 6:45 Backbone Bluegrass Band
6:45 – 7:30 County Line
7:30 – 8:15 Pickin’ Chicks
8:15 – 8:30 Drawing
8:30 – 9:15 Brightwater Junction
9:15 – 10:00 Sawtooth
10:00 – 10:45 Raydio Flyer

Saturday Afternoon – July 26
11:00 – ?? Kids’ Stage
1:15 – 1:45 Pickin’ Chicks
1:45 – 2:30 Raydio Flyer
2:30 – 3:15 Brightwater Junction
3:15 – 4:00 Sawtooth
4:00 – 4:45 County Line
4:45 – ??? Open Stage

Brightwater Junction

Saturday Evening – July 26
6:30 – 7:15 Sawtooth
7:15 – 8:00 Raydio Flyer
8:00 – 8:15 Drawing
8:15 – 9:00 Pickin’ Chicks
9:00 – 9:45 Brightwater Junction
9:45 – 10:30 County Line

Sunday Morning Gospel – July 27
9:15 – 9:30 Devotional
9:30 – 10:00 Bluegrass Blondies
10:00 – 10:30 County Line
10:30 – 11:00 Schumacher Family
11:00 – 11:30 Raydio Flyer
11:30 – 12:00 Sawtooth

Sunday Afternoon – July 27


12:15 – 12:45 Sawtooth
12:45 – 1:15 Raydio Flyer
1:15 – 1:45 Schumacher Family
1:45 – 2:15 County Line
2:15 – 2:45 Bluegrass Blondies
2:45 – ??? Backbone Bluegrass Band

Sweet Corn Days Planner

July 18th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen


2014 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miss Elkader, Little Miss Sweet Corn & Little Mr. Cornhusker Judging
Judging will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Subway building. Judging is closed the public.
Forms are available at Mirror Images, Holly’s bridal, and on our website.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friends of the Library Book Sale, Elkader Library 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Main Street Elkader’s Ice Cream Social at St. Joseph’s Hall, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Crowning of Sweet Corn Day Royalty, 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hall

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Elkader Golf & Country Club
Shotgun starts are at 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Book Sale, Elkader Library 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Author Visit with Rebecca Hahn, Elkader Library at 3:00 p.m.
Rebecca is the author of the young adult novel ‘A Creature of Moonlight’

Shed Your Threads 5K/10K Walk/Run
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and race time is 6:00 p.m. For more information visit http://elkaderfitness.com
Race will start at the corner of South Main Street and Boardman Street

Turkey River Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Races
Races begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information call 563-245-3802


Family Fun Night begins at 7:oo p.m. on  South Main Street
Dunk Tank sponsored by Central Pee-Wee Wrestling
Inflatables sponsored by Renk Seed – Kent Lange
Clip Clop Wagon Rides (weather permitting)
Food Vendors:
Ice Cream by R&R Dairy, Rick’s Mini Donuts, The Brain Freezer, & Queeny Reeny Carnival Foods

Performance by the Ed-Co Drill Team, 7:00 p.m. on South Main Street


Fireworks will be on South Main Street over the Turkey River
Donations By - Roger & Betty Buchholz, Steve & Ann McCorkindale, and  by Kurt & Holiday Kuhse in Memory of ‘Smoke’ Moore & Sheri Henning


Music by Pissin’ In The Wind
8:00 p.m. to Midnight on South Main by Founders Park
Sponsored by the Sweet Corn Days Committee & Main Street Elkader – Rhythm on The River

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Softball Tournament, Elkader City Park at 9:00 a.m.
Double elimination. Register and pay by July 16, 2014. For more information contact Holly at 563-245-1555.

Friends of the Library Book Sale, Elkader Library 9:30 a.m. to Noon.

Author Visit with Shelley (Miehe) Wilson, Elkader Library at 10:00 a.m.
Shelley is the author of the ‘Mokie & Dade’ children’s picture series

Donut Hole Eating Contest, Main Street at 10:00 a.m.
Stop by Pedretti’s Bakery to sign up. Sponsored by Pedretti’s Bakery

Hoefer Family Kiddie Tractor Pull, Ages 4 to 11, South Main Street
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Pull at 11:00 a.m. SHARP!
Sanctioned with Iowa State Pedal Pull Association
Sponsored by Bodensteiner Implement

Sweet Corn Days Parade, Main Street at 1:30 p.m.
Line-up starts at 12:30 p.m. on North First Street. Registration not required.

Turkey Float, South Main Street following the Parade

Meet & Greet with Children’s Author Shelley (Miehe) Wilson in Founder’s Park
Shelley is a former Elkader resident and the author of the series “Mokie & Kade”


Rides by H&H Fun Rides in Founders Park 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$10.00 Wristband – Unlimited Rides

Dunk Tank
sponsored by Central Pee-Wee Wrestling

Sponsored by Renk Seed – Kent Lange

Food Vendors:
Ice Cream by R&R Dairy, Rick’s Mini Donuts, The Brain Freezer, & Queeny Reeny Carnival Foods

Clip Clop Wagon Rides (weather permitting)

Elkader Firemen’s Waterball Contest

Balloons by Greeny
South Main Street, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (following parade)

Face Painting by Lori Just Clowning Around
South Main Street, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bean Bag Tournament
Main Street in front of Gene’s Place
Sign up starts at Noon in Front of Holly’s Bridal, Tournament starts at 3:00 p.m.
2 person team, double elimination, entry fee with cash payback.

Live DJ
Sponsored by Brown’s Sales & Leasing

Brush Creek Canyon Car Cruise
Line up begins on North Main Street at 4:30 p.m. Cruise leaves at 6:00 p.m.


Sweet Corn will be served at 5:00 p.m. on South Main Street by FreedomBank parking lot.
Sponsored by the Elkader Fire Department

Midnight Swim, Elkader City Pool, 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.


Music by El Caminos and New Black 7
South Main Street in front of Drew’s Bar & Grille
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
$10.00 cover charge, must be 19 years old to enter
Beer Garden Sponsored by Drew’s Bar & Grille
Music Sponsored by Central State Bank & FreedomBank

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Knights of Columbus Brunch, St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall, 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Serving Gourmet French Toast for a Free Will Donation, proceeds go to the Clayton County Food Shelf

Softball Tournament Final, Elkader City Park, 10:00 a.m.

Earth Song & Big Blue Sky with special guest Joseph Young

July 15th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Elkader Opera House
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 6pm

Tickets: $15 at the door

Shed Your Threads Big News

July 15th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Shed Your Threads 2014 road/trail race made Runners World list of 18 races to fill your calendar!
Read the Runners World Article

Shed Your Threads

July 13th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Online Registration

George Thorogood and Destroyers Friday, July 11th

July 11th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Who is ready for Geoge George Thorogood & The Destroyers performing tonight for VIP Night at the Delaware County Fair????

Blackbeard this weekend

July 10th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Blackbeard the Pirate by the Missoula Children’s Theater
Elkader Opera House

Performance Times:
Friday, July 11 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 12 – 2:00 pm
Tickets: $5 General Admission at the door