Daily Attractions

Fair Fun For Everyone

Iowa’s oldest fair is unlike any in the region. No matter your age or interests, the Lee County Fair in Donnellson, Iowa has something for everyone! We hope you’ll join us for a variety of fun, daily attractions all week long.

Wednesday, July 10th

Queen Contest

Crowning Ceremony | Wednesday, July 10, 2024| 6pm in the Show Barn

  • $500 Scholarship Awarded to the New Queen
  • First Runner-Up Awarded $300 Scholarship
  • Second Runner-Up Awarded $200 Scholarship

This is not a beauty or talent pageant. Contestants are judged on personality, attitude, appearance, leadership, citizenship, contribution to the community, charm and poise.

2023 Winners

Queen: Olivia Tennant Junior Queen: Arabella McDowell Lil Miss: Charlotte McDowell Lil Mr: Luke Wilson

Thursday, July 6th

Senior Day

Now in its 19th year! The afternoon will feature free ice cream and desserts for all senior citizens provided by KILJ and prizes provided by The Kensington and other vendors. Free bingo with special prizes in the air conditioned Learning Center.

2023 Schedule:

Enjoy a walk around the grounds checking out the antique tractors, the Ernie Rotter Barn Museum, the Art Hall and the Livestock Barns. Stay a little longer and enjoy a great meal in the Blue Ribbon Diner in the Grandstand.

If you or your group would like to participate for Senior Day, please contact us.

Friday, July 7th

Kid's Day

Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center is sponsoring the 2023 Kid’s Day at the Lee County Fair from 1pm-4pm. Your child will have a blast with carnival rides, face painting, STEM activities and more!

Activities and Booths Provided by:

  • Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center
  • Med Evac
  • Lee County EMT
  • Lee County Sheriff Department
  • Donnellson Fire Department
  • Lee County Auditors
  • Lee County Conservation
  • Lee County Health Department
  • Early Childhood Iowa
  • National Guard
  • Lee County Child Abuse Council
  • Alcohol & Drug Dependency Services
  • Farmers Savings Bank
  • Farmer Bill’s Barn by Lee County Farm Bureau
  • Viele Schoolhouse Crafts/Story
  • Welch’s Insurance
  • Philp Insurance
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program
  • Lee County Extension Services
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program

If you are a business or organization that would like to participate in our Kid’s Day, please contact us! We are always looking for new, interesting exhibits for the kids!

Saturday, July 8th

Farm Bureau Day

Join us for the Lee County Farm Bureau Cookout Contest! Registration is at 2pm and judging begins at 4pm with tasting to follow.


Categories Include:

  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Combo/Specialty
  • Team Champion
  • Youth Champion
  • Overall Champion

Rules Include:

  • All individuals can win more than one category, except team members (they are not eligible to compete in the Individual category)
  • Team members are not eligible to win the title of Overall Champion
  • There will be one judge score for each entry
  • 20 minutes between categories
  • Highest overall score = Overall Champion
  • Taste will be tie breaker if needed
  • If only one entry in that category, they are automatic winner
  • Winners get to compete at State Fair (includes 2 tickets for self, 2 tickets for help and parking passes for all)

Official rules and registration forms may be picked up at the Farm Bureau office in Donnellson or call 319-835-5126.

Sunday, July 9th

Car Show

Don’t miss the exciting Car Show at the Lee County Fair! Registration is from 10am-11am, with judging from 11am-1pm and awards at 1:30pm.

Categories Include:

  • Classic Car Pre 1979
  • Car 1980 & Newer
  • Special Interest
  • Truck 2 Wheel Drive
  • 4 X 4 Truck
  • Rad Rod
  • Open Muscle

Awards will be presented to the top two places in each class, plus a Best of Show. Food will be available on the grounds.