The Winneshiek County Fair begins today with cooking contests, 4-H/FFA livestock shows and exhibits and a variety of entertainment.
There is a free gate and free parking. The Giant Evans United Show opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will be open at 2 p.m. daily from Wednesday through Saturday. The fair runs through Saturday. Fair buttons, which provide admittance to all grandstand entertainment, are $25.

Opening ceremonies
The Bill Riley Talent Show is Tuesday afternoon. Opening ceremonies with the VFW begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the fair queen coronation. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented afterward, and the Mollie B and the Jim Busta Band will give a free performance from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Judging for the Winneshiek Medical Center’s “William Smith beard look-alike” contest begins at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand. The contest is in conjunction with 100-year anniversary of Winneshiek Medical Center.
Cory Farley, the son of Brenda Krietzer and Joe Farley, both of Decorah, performs in the grandstand Tuesday night. His current album “Songs From the Bed of My Truck” contains 11 original songs, 10 of which were solely written by Farley, who grew up in rural Decorah and now lives in Nashville.
Country music hit-maker Jason Michael Carroll from Youngsville, N.C. takes the stage Wednesday night. He is gearing up to release his first new album since 2011, featuring the single “Close Enough.”
After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004 and later signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, Carroll released his debut album “Waitin’ In The Country.” The album produced three Top-40 hits, including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and soared 
to No. 1 on the U.S. Country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. Both of Carroll’s following albums, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” and “Numbers” have charted on the Billboard Top 200.
The popular Upper Iowa Speedway stock car races are the featured entertainment Thursday night.
Grammy-nominated David Nail takes the stage at 7 p.m. Friday. Since his debut in 2009, Nail has had hits with singles about cheating (“Let it Rain”), breakups (“Red Light”) and failed dreams (“Turning Home”).
“Let it Rain” was Nail’s first No. 1 single on his critically acclaimed “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” released in 2011. A native of Missouri, Nail has written four of the 11 tracks on his third album “I’m a Fire.” He also pays tribute to one of his heroes, Glen Campbell, by closing the album with his version of Campbell’s classic “Galveston.”
The CC Bulls and Barrels return to the grandstand Saturday night.
Other attractions at this year’s Fair include the kiddy tractor pull, music groups, an exhibit hall, educational programs and the petting zoo. Decorah Newspapers published a special section on the Fair in the Tuesday, June 24, Public Opinion. More information also is available at the Fair’s new website,