If you haven’t noticed, the Muscatine County Fair is on an upswing. Singer Jon Pardi helped to draw a good crowd in 2016, and with the re-investment of many area businesses and individuals, there have been many improvements made to the grounds themselves. This year’s schedule promises a large variety of entertainment from up-and-coming country stars on the main stage to local favorites in the pavilion and the grove. Of course, it’s not an Iowa fair without a few events like the stock car races, demo derby, tractor pull and, yes, even trailer races. Add in a rodeo and you’re set. And don’t forget the food. Your summer is not complete without consuming a funnel cake and something on a stick.

I’d like to extend an invitation on behalf of the fair to Muscatine residents who’ve never been to the fair before. It seems odd to newcomers, but we locals find nothing strange about the Muscatine County Fair being held outside the county seat in West Liberty. It’s a short drive and the fairgrounds are well-kept.

You can check out the entire schedule of events in this week’s Hometown Extra inside today’s Muscatine Journal. They do have daily gate admission of $6 for adults and $4 for children; a $35 adult or $20 youth fun pass that gets you in to the fair all five days and grandstand shows, too. It's the best deal you’ll find all summer. Add in the fact they have $20 unlimited ride armbands during certain hours daily. It’s fun for the whole family.

Jaime Limoges is the general manager of the Muscatine Journal. 

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