2018 Plymouth County Fair Sets New Attendance Record
(Le Mars) — Nearly perfect weather lead to a nearly perfect fair. According to Plymouth County Fair officials, the 2018 Plymouth County Fair attendance set an all time new record. 33,000 people passed through the gates on Saturday, and another 18,500 came to the fair on Sunday, bringing the total 2018 attendance at 111,900. A year ago, people visiting the fair that claims to be the “Best five days of the summer,” numbered at 111,700 the previous record attendance. Rich Benson is the president of the Plymouth County Fair and says he feels good about the 2018 fair.
Benson says the parking lot contained vehicles from neighboring counties to other states.
Benson says with the great weather conditions that we had this past week, it may be difficult to improve on the 2019 fair.
The Plymouth County Fair president says many people enjoy the fair because it offers something for everyone.
Life Skills Training Center Sets New Record On Quilt Auction
(Le Mars) — Life Skills Training Center relies on the Plymouth County Fair for three of its fundraisers, beginning with the annual quilt auction which was held on Saturday. Shelly Thomson of Life Skills gives an update as to how much money was raised from the annual quilt auction.
The Bossy Bingo held Sunday afternoon was over in a short time span.
Thomson says the winning plat of ground was 23-N. Thomson says recent government regulations have forced Life Skills to change the way it conducts business. She says with those new regulations, new expenditures were added, and the revenue raised during the fair will help offset those expenditures.
Memorial Program Held To Remember Daisy Pippett
(Le Mars) — A memorial ceremony was held Sunday at the fairgrounds in honor of the 16 year old girl who lost her life due to a tragic fatal vehicle accident. Several hundred people were seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with a graphic picture of a daisy flower on the front and a bible verse on the back.
At 5:45 p.m. the group released helium-filled yellow and white balloons for Daisy Pippett. Hanna Pippett, the victim’s cousin, explains why the people gathered at the clock tower to honor Daisy.
Hanna Pippett says that Daisy Pippett was a great person, and she will be missed.
Fair Auction Brings In More Than $28,000
(Le Mars) — This year’s fair auction of belt buckels, small toy trucks, quilts, and wood carvings fetched just over $28,000. Fair officials were pleased with the turn-out and with the bidding. Let’s listen to the bidding of a king-sized quilt designed and created by Geri Dreckman.
The belt buckles brought $350 and $300 for the pewter buckles and the colored belt buckles each sold for $400. The toy trucks had winning bids of $400, and the top bid for the wood carvings showing a pig holding an ear of corn sold for $3,000.
Democratic Congressional Candidate Scholten Visits Plymouth County Fair
(Le Mars) — 4th District Democratic congressional candidate, J.D. Scholten of Sioux City, visited the Plymouth County Fair Saturday evening. For the past few months, Scholten has been able to raise more money than his opponent, Republican Steve King. Scholten says that’s an indication the people of northwest and north central Iowa are ready for a change.
Scholten says he hears the people of northern Iowa talk about the need for a better health care program.
Its less than 100 days until the November general election, and Scholten says King is vulnerable because of his lack of leadership in Congress.
The Democratic candidate says King accepts a large portion of his campaign funds from Political Action Committees, or PACs, while Scholten says he refuses donations from PACs.