This year's Linn County Fair is up and running in Central City!

Thursday, June 28 is Youth Day. Visit the fairgrounds all day for FREE kid-friendly and family events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, including: educational booths, free train rides, "Cock-a-Doodle Zoo", a free book giveaway, the Farm Credit Services Ag Educational Zone, bounce house, puppet shows, magic shows and more!

Stop by to check out displays including the Central City Fire truck, Center Point ambulance, Linn County Sherriff and McGruff the Crime Dog, St. Lukes helicopter, entertainment on the Farm Bureau free entertainment stage and more.

Mega Truck Freestyle Mania drivers will have a meet and greet starting at 9 a.m., with the 500 first kids to attend getting a free ticket to tomorrow night's Mega Truck Freestyle Mania Show! Here is the schedule of free shows and demonstrations:

  • Face Painting 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Train Rides 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($1 per ride 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Bouncy House 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hands on activities in the LDM Building – 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
  • Science hands on activities – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • “Make & Take” Seed Projects – Ag Educational Tent – 9 a.m. 
  • Mega Truck Freestyle Mania meet & greet 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Center Point Tae Kwan Do Demonstrations at   9:30 a.m.
  • Magic Show   at 11:00 a.m.
  • Big Bear Puppet Show at 12:00 p.m.
  • Big Bear Puppet Show at 2 p.m. 
  • The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Rock Bands – 4 p.m.

And a schedule of free animal shows and demos:

  • Cock-a-doodle Zoo – 9 a.m. to 9 p..
  • 4-H Rabbit Showmanship Test – 9 a.m.
  • Kiddie Kalf Show 9:30 a.m.
  • 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show- 10 a.m.
  • Llama Demonstrations- 1 p.m.
  • 4-H Cavy Loudest Wheeker and Quickest Dropper Contest- 2 p.m.

Finally, free contests:

  • Duck Races (rubber ducks) – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Youth Stroller Races- registration at 10am, contest at 11 a.m.
  • Cookie Stacking – registrations at Noon, contest at 1 p.m.
  • Bale Stacking – registrations at 2 p.m., contest at 3 p.m.

For a full schedule of events and activities for Thursday's Youth Day at the Linn County Fair, visit their blog entry here. Have a fun day at the fair!