Van Buren County Fair is underway

Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 10:37 AM CDT
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KEOSAUGUA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Van Buren County Fair kicked off this week in Keosauqua, Iowa.

Cale Plowman is a seventh generation farmer and president of the fair board.”

“So the Van Buren County Fair is a small rural fair that we’re really focused on kids and exhibiting their livestock.”

And there’s quite a bit of livestock. The fair hosts shows, where they judge the best of each class of animal. It adds up to a pretty packed schedule.

Plus, the livestock shows end up helping both the county and community says Plowman.

“The sale that we hold Monday night for the kids helps bring in money that they use throughout the year to buy their vehicles, to go to college. So we really wanted to put a focus on mainly to hold a fair mainly to hold a fair so they will have that opportunity to sell the livestock, and the local businesses can come in and support those kids.”

The winner of the sheep show, Ryan Hieserman, shares how it feels to have his livestock judged.

“It feels really good, because, he thinks that you’re the best in the class and that it’s because you and not because of the sheep.”

But in a world that’s shutting events like this down, why has the fair decided to remain open?

Most Iowa state fairs have cancelled due to COVID. But Plowman says he doesn’t see it as a risk, in a county that’s only seen 22 cases.

“So that’s why we decided we’re able to hold this fair for the public and for the community, who feels safe to come out here. If you don’t feel safe you don’t have to come out here, but we wanted to give the opportunity for anybody who wants to come out to come out.”

Plowman says he’s expecting the bigger events to see as many as 500 people.

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