The Winneshiek County Fair starts Tuesday with a variety of entertainment, activities and food.

The Fair runs Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13, in Decorah. There is free parking and a free gate.

Opening ceremonies, including the Fair queen coronation, are 3 p.m. Tuesday in the grandstand. The Midway rides open at 5 p.m.

Edna Schrandt, retiring after more than 20 years as Fair manager, will be honored Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the variety tent.



The Upper Iowa Speedway Stock Car Races are the grandstand entertainment Tuesday night. Fair buttons provide admittance to all grandstand entertainment. Buttons are $30 before the fair and $35 at the fair.

Rogue Rodeo from Albia is scheduled for Wednesday night. Named the Iowa Rodeo Cowboys’ Association’s Best New Rodeo in 2016, its motto is “Old Roots, New Boots.” 

Thursday is the National Tractor Pullers’ Association (NTPA) tractor pull. 

Friday is “Back to Classic Rock Night.” Northeast Iowa’s Challenger will open for headliner Cherry Pie, from Milwaukee, Wis. 

Challenger is a “classic modern rock” band made up of Dave Carmody (lead guitar and backup vocals), Joe Grimelli (rhythm guitar and backup vocals), Charlie Meyer (bass guitar and backup vocals) and Brent Woodson (drums and lead vocals).

A fun, family-friendly festival band with over 18 years of experience, Cherry Pie plays all of the biggest “Hair Band” hits and ballads of the ‘80s, in addition to a few anthems from the ‘70s. The band employs a top tier sound, lighting and special effects crew.


Saturday night

Multi-platinum Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will be the featured performer for the final night of the fair Saturday.

Nashville singer/songwriter Clare Dunn will be his opening act.

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, according to the artist’s website.

From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train, to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, County Music Association and Academy of Country Music nominations.

Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner’s first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. 



Dunn is a new artist on the country music scene who has garnered critical praise for her impressive guitar work.

Personally chosen by American rock icon Bob Seger for his most-recent tour, Dunn earned nightly standing ovations while audiences across the country took notice of her ability to command a stage. The Colorado native also joined country superstar Miranda Lambert on the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour as well as country music’s platinum-selling artist Chris Young on the I’m Comin’ Over Tour.

Clare plays lead guitar on all of her material including her current single, “Tuxedo,” and she was named “One to Watch” by USA Today, Billboard and Rolling Stone.



There’s more

Next week’s fair schedule is loaded with 4H/FFA livestock shows, cooking contests and family entertainment. A special section devoted to the fair was published in the June 25 Public Opinion. For more information, visit