Fayette County Fair Celebrating 160th Birthday

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By Rachel Begle

WEST UNION, Iowa – This year will be the 160th Fayette County Fair hosted in West Union. Also celebrating its history are the two 100-year-old circular barns on the fairgrounds that are still used for their original purpose.

The Floral Hall still exhibits art and horticulture projects just as it did in the 1800s. During the fair, the pool inside the hall is filled with fish and the “Boy with the Boot” statue is displayed on top. Fayette County Fair Board President Lucinda Schmitz says the building is an essential part of the fair.

“That's what county fairs are built on, is the history of the counties,” Schmitz says. “A lot of people have said, oh that thing is so old get rid of it, no way no. It's an icon.”

The Fayette County Fair is July 23-27.
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