Posts Tagged ‘Delaware County Fair’

Hairball this Weekend

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester, IA
Sunday, May 26th 6pm
Buy Tickets
$18 in advance
$25 at the gate

Summer is here and the bombastic celebration of arena rock is out on the road celebrating their 13th year of Arena Rock Madness across the United States. Hairball is spreading their wings and bringing their bombastic tribute to Arena Rock to parts of the country that they have yet to visit, but are sure to conquer.

For the past thirteen years, Hairball has been the definitive rock and roll band of the Midwest while bringing the ultimate rock and roll experience to millions of fans, and their time to unleash themselves on the rest of the country has come.

Made up of Kris Voxx, Rockstar Bob, and Joe Dandy on vocals, Happy on guitar, Freaky on bass, and Blake Seybolt playing drums, they are ultimate rock and roll impersonator act in the country.

They bring the best of the best from the hard rock icons of the 80’s and late 70s. From Van Halen to Twisted Sister to Quiet Riot to Mötley Crüe Bon Jovi to KISS and even to the purple one himself, Prince, fans get the rock and roll arena show that they deserve, all the way down to the gigantic pyro show.

Delaware County Fair Announces Opening Acts For 2013 Fair

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Clayton Anderson, Delaware County Iowa Fair

Clayton Anderson will open for Justin Moore at the Delaware County Fair

Two great new up and coming acts will be opening for the headliners at the Delaware County Fair. Thursday night’s concert with Justin Moore will be opened by Clayton Anderson, a new artist popular throughout the Midwest. Clayton has been killing it on the college scene from Tennessee to Ohio. His first release, “What You’re Missing” has sold thousands of copies and proves to be just a taste of what you can expect from his freshman album, Torn Jeans and Tailgates. Clayton has been opening for acts such as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and many other greats, proving he is a great live act. Selling out shows in legendary venues such as the Bluebird in Bloomington, IN is a testament to his true artistic nature.

Ali Beck, Delaware County Iowa Fair

Ali Beck will open for The Beach Boys

Local superstar Ali Beck will open for the Beach Boys on Friday, July 12. Born and raised in Delaware County, Beck grew up as Allison Bockenstedt and has since found success on the country stage. After a 2007 move to Nashville, Beck recorded a six song EP, Getaway Heart. Co-produced by Beck and fellow Iowa native, Denny Hemingson (member of Tim McGraw’s band, The Dancehall Doctors), Getaway Heart showcases Beck’s powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Opening for notable acts Gretchen Wilson, Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins and Sawyer Brown, Beck was recently named Country Radio Talent’s runner-up as the next great country music artist, earning fans and catching the eye of industry professionals. Fans can find Beck performing to packed out crowds weekly at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Honky Tonk Central and Rippy’s in Nashville’s Lower Broadway. Check out Beck’s music by visiting

Tickets for Justin Moore and the Beach Boys are on sale now at the Fair office, by calling 563.927-6449 or at

Delaware County Fair Announces Their Christian Concert Entertainer

Friday, April 12th, 2013
Sidewalk Prophets

Sidewalk Prophets

The Delaware County Fair is excited to announce the entertainer for the Christian Concert held Wednesday, July 10th at the 2013 Delaware County Fair. Up and coming group, The Sidewalk Prophets will headline this year’s Christian entertainment.

Sidewalk Prophets toured with Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline on the strength of independent albums, then rode the popularity of their first Word Records release, These Simple Truths, to a Dove Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. “The Words I Would Say” hit #3, “You Can Have Me” went Top 20, a Christmas single, “Hope Was Born This Night,” hit the Top 10, and “You Love Me Anyway” went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart. The band has toured with the Rock and Worship Roadshow with MercyMe and Francesca Battistelli, among others, and landed another Dove nomination for Group of the Year in 2011.

The Delaware County Fair has a mission to have something for everyone at each Fair. According to Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Delaware County Fair, “The Christian concerts have helped fill part of that goal by bringing in entertainment for fair-goers that might have been underserved in the past. We aim to be diverse in our entertainment so that our whole county has something they can enjoy at each fair.”

Ms. Domeyer reports this year will include a canned food drive as part of the Christian show.
“We feel this is a great venue to spread the word about giving back. The fair would like to give back to the community by sponsoring this food drive. Please bring a food item with you to the concert. All donations will be given to the Delaware County Food Pantry.”

Tickets for this concert will be free with your price of admission to the Fair. Adult admission is $10 and children 11 and under are $3.

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Delaware Co Fair makes A VIP night Announcement

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Beach BoysThe Delaware County Fair Announces VIP Act for 2013 Fair
The 2013 VIP concert will headline an iconic band whose songs span five decades. With huge hits such as “Little Deuce Coop”, “Surfin’ USA”, “California Girls”, and “Barbara Ann” the rock legends, The Beach Boys will perform in Manchester on Friday, July 12th.
VIP Night is known for timeless bands and celebrated songs and the Beach Boys certainly embody the definition of what has been called the best night of the year. Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Delaware County Fair, applauds the Fair Board’s decision to bring in this ageless group.

“This band makes a lot of sense for VIP Night. I don’t care how old you are, you know the classic sounds of the Beach Boys. I can’t wait to see these guys play hit after hit of feel good music that speaks to everyone.”–Jeanne Domeyer, Delware County Fair Manager

The tickets for this event will go on sale to the general public in March. Tickets will once again include all you care to eat and drink during the show. For more information on this concert, please visit

Delaware County Fair Queen is State Runner Up

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Delaware Co Fair Queen Megan Wessels

State Runner Up Fair Queen - Delaware Co Fair Queen Megan Wessels

Megan Wessels, 17 of Dyersville was named the 2nd runner up at the 2012 Iowa State Fair Queen Contest. The crowning took place last Saturday evening at the Bill and Anne Riley Stage. State Fair Board President, Gary McConnell did the crowning.

The daughter of Gary and Lori Wessels, Megan was vying for the title of Fair Queen amongst 102 girls from county fairs all across the state of Iowa.

Abrah Meyer, 17 of Readlyn was named the 2012 Fair Queen. Abrah is from Bremer county and is the daughter of Brian and Brenda Meyer. Lexi Marek, 17, of Washington county was named 1st runner up. She is the daughter of Tim and Heather Marek of Riverside. Samantha Lippens, 19 of Jackson County was named 3rd runner up. She is the daughter of Doug and Heidi Lippens of Miles.

Megan will receive $700 in scholarship money and a $200 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall. She also received a plaque from the Iowa State Fair Board and a bouquet from Boesen the Florist.

Judging for the contest is based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise. Judging took place over the span of five days from August 7-11th.

Megan will be a senior at Beckman Catholic High School. She is a part of the National Honor Society and a member of the North Fork Kit Kats 4-H group. Megan is also involved in dance, soccer, choir, art and Spanish club, and the musical. Megan serves as the Delaware County pork queen, and plays piano. She plans on attending a four-year college majoring in elementary education with a minor in art education.

Manager of the Delaware  County Fair, Jeannine Domeyer has said, “We are so proud of Megan. We had a lot of great candidates in our queen competition this year. We are tickled to have a Delaware County Queen place in the state contest amongst so many girls. We’ve worked hard to establish our queen pageant and hope that our candidates learn life skills to take with them throughout their lives.”

Girls ages 16-21 active in any service organization our eligible to run for the title of Delaware County Fair Queen. The Royalty pageant is held in late June with coronation during the Fair.

Photo Courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

Brandon Heath headlines tonight DCF Christian Concert

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Christian Singer, Brandon Heath will perform tonight at the Delaware County Fair

The Delaware County Fair Board is pleased to announce Christian singer/songwriter Brandon Heath will headline tonight’s, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa! This will be a FREE concert with gate admission in the festival area of the fairgrounds.
Brandon Heath first hit popular notoriety with the release of his 2008 single “Give Me Your Eyes”. This song made Christian music fans sit up and take notice of not only the content of his writing but of the voice behind it. Heath’s efforts were rewarded in 2009 and 2010 as he was named Male Vocalist of the Year in both years by the Gospel Music Association.
Heath has now released a new album “Leaving Eden” featuring the song “Your Love.” The concept of “Leaving Eden” speaks to a new awareness in Heath’s life, as well as a continuation of his career-long focus on reconciliation. “Leaving Eden represents an important step forward for Heath as an artist, as a singer, as a chronicler of the world around him. Throught this remarkable collection of songs, he reminds us – moment by moment, decision by decision – of the hope given to us. Althought we often may feel the weight of the world pushing in, by looking back and leaning on the One who created us, we can truly experience that burden lifted.

Lindsay McCaul will open tonight's Brandon Heath Concert

Lindsay McCaul will open the Brandon Heath concert. McCaul’s talent was brought to the attention when
she released her label debut, If It Leads Me Back, Jan. 17, 2012. The up-and-comer has already received much national attention during her short time on the music scene, with TLC reality program “Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta” inviting McCaul to perform “Take My Hand,” from her new release, on the program. Additionally, Mark Hall, frontman for platinum-selling band Casting Crowns, asked McCaul to open on the group’s “Come to the Well” tour last fall and this spring.

This free concert is the fifth in a series of annual Christian artists at the Delaware County Fair. For more information about this concert, and other events and attractions of the 2012 Delaware County Fair, contact Jeannine Domeyer at (563) 927-6449 or

Next Up: Delaware County Fair Food

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Delaware County Fair, IowaWhen one thinks of fair the taste of biting into something sweet and deep-fried often comes to mind.  This year’s Delaware County Fair fair has all sorts of varieties of foods to tempt your taste buds. Funnel Cakes are a fair favorite and this year adding red velvet ones to the mix will be sure to excite the kid in everyone.  Deep fried food is always a hit and makes people think of all the odd combinations of fried food fairs offer including; deep fried PB &J, Twinkies and this year deep fried cookie dough!  Fair Manager Jeannie Domeyer tried these wonderful delights while attending the Florida State Fair and she commented,

“They are little bites of heaven.  The cookie dough in the center melts and it’s like eating warm cookie dough with the added bonus of fried sweet breading around.  They are a must try!”–Jeannie Domeyer, Delaware County Fair Manager.

Eating a meal at the fair is a good option as well. You can find anything from Italian sausages, to gyros to corn dogs. The Feast at First Lutheran Foodstand and 4-H Foodstand have a ton of options including tenderloins, ribeye steak sandwiches and a favorite of many, the taco salad. But no meal at the fair is complete without an ice-cold lemonade to wash it down.  Fresh squeezed lemonade is Delaware County’s favorite drink during the second week in July. Come see what other exciting and delightful food the Delaware County Fair has to offer this year.

This year’s edition of the Delaware County Fair will take place July 9th-15th.  Hope to see you there!

The DnT Delaware County Fair Giveaway

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Delaware County Fair Iowa It is time for us to begin one our biggest Giveaway’s of the year!

This year we are going to give away Two (2) Delaware County Fair VIP Night Passes featuring Creedence Clearwater Revisited and includes all the drinks and food you can consume. Edgewood Locker will cater the evening, beginning at 6 pm. Winners will enjoy VIP parking. (value $60/ VIP ticket) Opening act begins at 6:30 & Creedence takes the stage at 8:30.

Read all about the CCR concert here

We also have a pile of Delaware Gate Passes to giveaway!

Winners will be announced Thursday, July 5th. Enter the Delaware County Fair Giveaway here: This contest has concluded.

Delaware County Fair Ag features

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The 2012 edition of the Delaware County Fair will once again be a great spot to immerse yourself in agriculture from modern day technology to brands and breeds from yesteryear, the fair has you covered.

If new machinery interests you, the Delaware County Fair boasts the largest machinery display of all the fairs in northeast Iowa. This display will have machinery of all different makes and models and will be available for viewing all week at the Fair. Along with this display of modern day machinery, an Antique Tractor Show will be another highlight of this year’s fair.

The antique tractors for this year’s show will be from Minneapolis Moline, and Ford. Each year the fair presents a different brand of antique tractors and many years have displayed over 50 tractors and implements. With two different models on display there are sure to be many antique tractors to view. If you have an antique, you’d like to display, your tractor can be included by calling Dan at 563.927-4664.
Other agricultural events will be taking place all week long throughout the days of the fair. 4-H/FFA animal shows are among some of the most popular shows at the fair. Many different types of animals will be showed all week including; cattle, horses, rabbits, goats, pigs and many more. Additionally there is an open class dairy show and a draft horse hitch show on Saturday and Sunday.

Fairs are steeped in the tradition of agriculture and fun. This fair will be a great place to get in touch with your agricultural roots with fun for the whole family, these agricultural events are entertaining and educational. This year’s edition of the Delaware County Fair will take place July 9th-15th, 2012.

Memorial Day Weekend + Hairball = The Best Way to Start Your Summer

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Celebrated tribute band, Hairball returns to the Delaware County Fairgrounds Memorial Day Weekend!

Sunday, May 27 2012 make plans to see HAIRBALL!

The Delaware County Fair Society is thrilled for the return of the  regionally acclaimed tribute band, Hairball. Sunday, May 27, 2012, Hairball will be on stage in Manchester to kick off the summer Memorial Day weekend. Paying tribute to the glam “hair” bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s rock and roll, Hairball entertained this past May with music and a dramatic visual show that rocked the fairgrounds.

Delaware County Fairgrounds Manager Jeannie Domeyer said, “Hairball rocked the fairgrounds with the best rock and roll you’ve ever seen all in one place. This band is amazing covering bands such as Bon Jovi, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith, Poison, Guns N Roses and even a little Prince. They cover so many bands that they can’t cover them all in one show, I expect that this years’ show will be a change up from last May!”


The event which will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th with opening band, Full Code.  ”This will be a full night of entertainment, atmosphere and awesome music. Manager Domeyer said. To see more information on hairball, please visit

The DnT Spring Ticket Giveaway

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Time for the  Spring Event Ticket Giveaway

Here is what we have:

(6) pair of Prairie Cinema Tickets

(1 )pair of “HairBall” tickets: Sunday,  May 27th, Delaware County Fairgrounds

(1) pair of “Love That Big Band” tickets: Sunday,  May 13th Elkader Opera House

(3) pair of ” Dueling Pianos” tickets: Saturday May 12th, Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader

(4) pair of “Edgewood Rodeo” tickets: June 21st through June 24th, Edgewood Rodeo Grounds

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