Farmer Pull Cancelled for 2017. Sunday Horse Show moved to Tuesday!
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Welcome to the Bremer County Fair History Book!

Our History Book is a collaboration of major news articles and press releases dating from present time back to 2014 when we changed the layout and gave BremerCountyFair.com a facelift! Enjoy the memories!
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2017 Fair Queen Candidates

LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Waverly Lions Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday July 16th at the Waverly Airport, serving from 7am-12:30pm.

Proceeds will be donated to Champions Ridge for the Fair board and there will be a chance to donate a little more if you wish!

Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free!
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2017 Members and Positions

The Bremer County Fair Association welcomes the following members and positions for 2017!
President - Pat Reiher
Vice President - Josh Petersen
Secretary - Chris Dix
Treasurer - Danny Buls
Voting Delegate - Kevin Rasing

Managers are:
General Manager - Kevin Rasing
Facilities Co Managers - Roy Petersen, Randy Bergmann & Josh Gilbert
Marketing Co Managers - Renee Neil, Katie Diemer & Keving Rasing
Commercial Exhibits Manager - Eric VerSteegt
Entertainment Pavilion Co Managers - Aaron Schares & Marty Leary
Finance Manager - Danny Buls

Coordinators:
4-H Building Coordinator - Josh Petersen
Bleacher Coordinator - Pat Reiher

Our 2016 Voting members are: Randy Bergmann, Danny Buls, Chris Dix, Darrin Froelich, Josh Gilbert, Walter Hinrichs, Jayson Hoppenworth, Scott Judas, Brian Meyer, Renee Neil, Josh Petersen, Roy Petersen, Pat Reiher, Derrek Sommerfelt, Aaron Schares, Vallie Stone,
FFA Advisors include: Ellen Doese, Amy Mitchell & Ron Zelle, 4-H Extension members include Bremer Co Youth & Families Program Coordinator Katie Diemer & Bremer County Extension Coordinator Ron Lenth

Non Voting Auxiliary Members include: Scott Bartling, Dawn Bergmann, Jerry Elsamiller, Jon Elsamiller, Dave Foelske, Nancy Foelske, Nylene Geerts, Melissa Hinrichs,Randy Kleitsch, Galen Kramer, Marty Leary, Jodi Melcher, Matt Petersen, Trent Pollock, Nicole Reiher, Dan Richards, Judy Rinnels, Brian Schmidt, Eric VerSteegt, Allen Wehling, Dave Wescott & Tim Woodman

We are excited for 2016 as we "Sew it, Grow it and Show it at the Bremer County Fair"
July 23rd - July 29th 2016!
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2017 Slogan

We are excited to announce our Slogan - "Sew It, Grow It & Show It" at the Bremer County Fair for 2017!

What a great slogan to depict how our shows, open classes, FFA & 4-H contestants work hard to present their animals and creative items etc.
Think about what you could bring to showcase your interest! Contact a superintendent or advisor on how you can participate or log on to our website at www.bremercountyfair.com
Hope to see you at our next Bremer Co Fair 2017, July 23-July 29th!
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Social Media Improvments

Exciting news! The Bremer County Fair is now on Instagram! You can follow along with us at Bremercountyfair_BCF and of course we are on Facebook (Bremer County Fair) and Twitter (bremercofair) too!


Also for all you snapchatters out there, for this year, We have a snapchat filter! If you are on the fairgrounds and snap a pic or two, swipe to activate the official Bremer County Fair logo filter and show all your friends how much fun you are having!
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Emilie Spratte Crowned 2016 Fair Queen!

Congratulations to Emilie Spratte who was crowned as the 2016 Bremer County Fair Queen! Erin Moeller, 1st Runner Up. Aubrey Bienemann, 2nd Runner Up. Callie Yearous, Miss Congenality.


Emilie Spratt, 18 is the daughter of Timothy and Christine Spratt. She is the reigning 2016 Dairy Princess and is sponsored by the Bremer County Dairy Promoters. She is a 2016 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School where she was active in cross-country, track, NEXUS, FFA and 4-H. This fall Emilie plans on attending Des Moines Area Community College where she will study to become a veterinary technician.
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Autographed Kenny Chesney guitar.

Self Help Foundation along with the South Florida Hooters Girls will be raffling off an autographed Kenny Chesney guitar. Raffle tickets will be sold during the Bremer County Fair’s Demolition Combine Event. The Giveaway will follow in the Entertainment Pavilion
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Tributes Extravaganza Live in Concert!

Friday July 29th 2016, the Bremer County Fair is proud to present Tributes Extravaganza, featuring Tribute bands, "Change of Heart" (Heart), "Revelation" (Journey), and "Almost Kiss" (KISS).Three of the premier tribute bands in the Midwest on one stage, in one night! VIP Tickets and General Admission Ticket are on sale now!
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Champions Ridge Campaign Update

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A milestone was achieved Friday when 220 plus letters of support was put into the mail to potential donors associated with the first targeted township of Bremer County, Douglas Township for the Champions Ridge Campaign. The new home of the Bremer Co Fair and the Waverly Ball Groups.
Special Thanks to some key individuals to be able to get to this point.

Fred Ribich Traci Magsamen and Brenda Meyer to get the contents of the mailing as up to date as possible.
The Fundraising committee for getting together and going over the list last Tuesday night so it was as current as possible.

And also Tammy Curley and staff at the Extension Office for printing the materials and providing the location to assemble the mailings.

And finally Big THANKS to Nylene Geerts for coming to Tripoli to stuff the envelopes and prepare them for the post office on Friday.
Thank you to our patrons for their support and generosity now and in the future as we kick off our donation campaign!

You may contact anyone on the Champions Ridge Board
Traci Magsamen - 319 231-1137
Randy Bergmann - 319 240-0862
Danny Buls - 319 404-1847
Chris Knapp - 319 231-1867
Dean Mitchell - 319 242-2687
Travis Nuss - travis@nusschiro.com
Greg Miller - 319 230 - 7494

New Stage!

The Bremer County Fair is happy to report we have added to our inventory! This new mobile stage will be used at the 2016 Bremer County Fair and is also available to rent for other fairs, city festivals, and other big parties and events! Check out the rentals page for more information!
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Pizzar Ranch Fundraiser

On Wed. December 30th, The Dayton Dodgers 4-H Club will be raising money for Champions Ridge! The club will help serve guests at the Waverly Pizza Ranch from 5pm-8pm, and in return, 10% of the sales from the night plus all tips will be donated to the Champions Ridge project.

Join us to learn more about the future home of the Bremer County Fair and Waverly Ball Diamonds, rally around a common cause, and enjoy an evening out with your neighbors.
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Annual Meeting 2015 Recap


The Bremer County Fair Association Annual meeting was held on November 23rd, 2015. We welcome the following Voting Members and their new position titles
Nate Milius - President, Pat Reiher - Vice President & Bleacher Coordinator, Danny Buls - Treasurer & Finance Manager, Chris Dix - Secretary, Kevin Rasing - General Manager, Randy Bergmann, Josh Gilbert & Roy Petersen - Facility's Co-Managers, Renee Neil - Marketing Manager, Entertainment Pavilion Manager - Aaron Schares, Josh Petersen - 4-H Building Coordinator, Jason Hoppenworth, Derek Sommerfelt, Walter Hinrichs, Scott Judas, Nylene Geerts, Vallie Stone, Aux Member Marty Leary- Commercial Exhibits Manager, Ron Lenth - Extension, Katie Deimer - 4-H Youth Coordinator, FFA Advisors - Dave Carlson, Ellen Doese & Ron Zelle

Non-voting members also include:
Scott Bartling, Dawn Bergmann, Dave Foelske, Nancy Foelske, Melissa Hinrichs, Randy Kleitsch, Chris Knapp, Galen Kramer, Jodi Melcher, Matt Petersen, Trent Pollock, Nicole Reiher, Dan Richards, Judy Rinnels, Brian Schmidt, Eric VerSteegt, Al Wehling, Dave Wescott, & Tim Woodman

Looking forward to an exciting 2016 Fair "Fun for All!"
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Welcome!

We would like to welcome Traci Magsamen to the team! Traci has been hired as a part-time fundraising campaign associate to work with the board and project volunteers to help secure donations and grant funds for the project. Traci, who grew up in Fairbank, IA, and worked for many years at CUNA Mutual Group, recently launched a part-time human resources consulting business, Perspective HR Solutions.

You can contact Traci by:

Champions Ridge Campaign Steering Committee
PO Box 29 | Waverly IA 50677

Phone (319) 231-1137 | Email twavmags@gmail.com
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2016 Fair Dates!

The Bremer County Fair Association would like to announce our Bremer County Fair dates for 2016!
July 24th - July 30th will be our new dates for 2016! Our theme will be "Fun for All!
Plans are already in the works to give a fun, exciting, educational and learning experience for everyone.
Lets have "Fun for All" at The Bremer County Fair!
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Hailey Schmitz Crowned 2015 Bremer County Fair Queen!

Sunday July 19th the 2015 Bremer County Fair Queen was crowned at the Center Inn n Readlyn. Congrats to Hailey Schmitz!

Hailey is the 17 year old daughter of Tom and Paula Geise and Bernard Schmitz. She is Miss Plainfield 2015 and is sponsored by the Plainfield Days Committee. This fall Hailey will be a senior at Nashua-Plainfield High School where she is involved in National Honor Society, FCCLA, Honor Choir, FFA, speech, basketball, cross country, golf, softball, dance and 4-H. After graduation Hailey plans to attend Wartburg College and major in Biology.Sunday July 19th the 2015 Bremer County Fair Queen was crowned! Congrats to Hailey Schmitz!


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Poultry Shows Cancelled

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza. The Department’s order begins immediately, is effective through the end of 2015, and also prohibits live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales.

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New for 2015, Ticket Bundles!

NEW for 2015 – Advance ticket bundles for sale to all 6 grandstand shows. Don’t miss out on this limited advance ticket sales offer starting May 15 th and running through July 15 th. Here is your chance to see it all the fair shows at a discount price. Each bundle will include 1 grandstand ticket to the following events: Farmer Tractor and Truck Pull, Tuff Truck Madness, Combine Demolition Derby, Scrambles, General Admission Concert Ticket and the NTPA Tractor and Truck Pull.
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2015 Fair Slogan

Proudly announcing our slogan for 2015, "Diggin' It!"
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.38 Special Live in Concert

"Hold on Loosely" as we announce that .38 Special will be LIVE in Concert on Friday July 31st at the Bremer County Fair with special guest 7 Bridges Road! Flashback Friday to 2010, it was a sell out show and everyone had so much fun, so back by popular demand, we are getting ready to be "Rockin into the Night" once again!
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Commemorative's are still available!

Not to worry, if you would still like to take a piece of the Bremer County Fair home with you, You can! Purchase a commemorative Red Wing Cherry Bowl. We also have available: rolling pins, planters baskets and more from previous years. Contact Renee Neil at 319 404 8264 for more information. Hope you enjoyed our fair for 2014. Cant wait to see what is in store for 2015!
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Special Thanks!

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Special Thanks to the Do-R-Best 4-H club painted the Fair Board Office and the Log Cabin with paint donated by Keep Iowa Beutiful and Diamond Vogel Paint.

Ally Klein Crowned 2014 Bremer County Fair Queen!

The Bremer County Fair Association is pleased to announce Ally Klein as the 2014 Bremer County Fair Queen. Ally is the 17 year old daughter of Lora Klein of Readlyn. She is Miss Readlyn 2014 and is sponsored by the Readlyn Savings Bank. This fall Ally will be a senior at Wapsie Valley High School where she is the football manager, FFA chapter treasurer, and sings the National Anthem for football and basketball games. After graduation Ally plans to attend Army Basic Training and then begin her duties with the Army Reserves while she gets her degree in military psychology.
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2014 Queen Candidates

Lauren Block

Lauren Block

 
Kennedy Haut

Kennedy Haut

 
Sarah Heller

Sarah Heller

 
Reba Kingsley

Reba Kingsley

 
Ally Klein

Ally Klein

 
Logan Lee

Logan Lee

 
Kalee Leistikow

Kalee Leistikow

 
Hailey Schmitz

Hailey Schmitz

 
Makenzie Shover

Makenzie Shover

 
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Lauren Block, 17, is the daughter of Chad and Kim Block. She is reigning Miss Tripoli and is sponsored by the City of Tripoli. This fall Lauren will be a senior at Tripoli High School where she is active in National Honor Society, SADD, TATU, Student Council, soccer, cross country, Iowa Star Leadership Committee, PBIS Student, and FFA. After graduation Lauren plans on becoming a Dental Hygienist.

Kennedy Haut, 18, is the daughter of Ken and Cathy Haut of Plainfield. She is sponsored by First National Bank. Kennedy is the reigning Miss Plainfield and a 2014 graduate of Nashua-Plainfield High School where she was involved in National Honor Society, FCCLA, Talented and Gifted, band, chorus, Future Teachers of America, drama, speech, dance team, volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, and student council. This fall she plans to attend Wartburg College where she will major in English Education. Kennedy plans to become a high school English teacher and eventually an administrator.

Sarah Heller, 18, is the daughter of Todd and Lisa Heller of Sumner. She is the newly crowned Miss Sumner and is sponsored by Heller Distributors. Sarah will be a senior this fall at Sumner-Fredericksburg High School where she is active in volleyball, vocal, show choir, Get a Grip, FCCLA, TATU, TAG, National Honor Society where she is vice president, and is class president. After graduation Sarah plans to attend Iowa State University where she will double major in communication studies and sociology.

Reba Kingsley, 18, is the daughter of Bill and Kay Kingsley of Waverly. She is sponsored by V14 Truck & Auto Service LLC. Reba is a 2014 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School where she was active in National Honor Society, Science Club, Terra-Cycle, and track. She was also involved with the school newspaper and was yearbook production editor and photographer, and is a member of the Tri-River Trendsetters 4-H club. Reba plans on attending Midland University this fall where she will major in Elementary Education and be a member of the Women’s Shotgun Sports Team.

Ally Klein, 17, is the daughter of Lora Klein of Readlyn. She is Miss Readlyn 2014 and is sponsored by the Readlyn Savings Bank. This fall Ally will be a senior at Wapsie Valley High School where she is the football manager, FFA chapter treasurer, and sings the National Anthem for football and basketball games. After graduation Ally plans to attend Army Basic Training and then begin her duties with the Army Reserves while she gets her degree in military psychology.

Logan Lee, 16, is the daughter of Brian Lee and Dave and Stephanie Mayo. She is the 2014 Bremer County Beef Queen and is sponsored by the Bremer County Cattlemen. This fall she will be a junior at Sumner-Fredericksburg High School where she is active in National Honor Society, FFA, Varsity Cheer, and is football manager. After graduation she plans on attending Iowa State University to study Veterinary Medicine and intends on opening her own clinic.

Kalee Leistikow, 17, is the daughter of Kevin and Deanne Leistikow of Readlyn. Kalyee is the reigning Bremer County Pork Queen and is sponsored by the Bremer County Pork Producers. Kalee will be a senior this fall at Wapsie Valley High School where she is active in football cheerleading, FFA, P.A.L.S program, and is the boys track manager. In the future she plans on studying Social Services at Iowa State University and becoming a social worker with DHS.

Hailey Schmitz
, 16, is the daughter of Tom and Paula Geise and Bernard Schmitz. Hailey is the 2014 Bremer County Dairy Princess and is sponsored by Dietzfield Dairy. This fall Hailey will be a junior at Nashua-Plainfield High School where she is active in FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Talented and Gifted, National Society of High School Scholars, Future Problem Solvers, Speech, cross country, basketball, golf, softball, and dance. After graduation she plans to attend medical school at the University of Iowa and become a Dermatologist.

Makenzie Shover, 16, is the daughter of Melissa Happel and Dusty Shover. Makenzie is the Bremer County Dairy Princess Alternate and is sponsored by Dale’s Service. This fall she will be a junior at Denver High School where she is active in student leadership. She is also a member of the Bremer County Rough Riders 4-H club and the Iowa Holstein Association. Her future plan is to become a Horse Physical Therapist with a rehabilitation facility for both horses and riders coming out of injuries.
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Hannah Pagel Crowned 2013 Bremer County Fair Queen!

The Bremer County Fair Association is pleased to announce Hannah Pagel as the 2013 Bremer County Fair Queen. Hannah Pagel is the 17 year old daughter of Rick and Theresa Pagel from Sumner and is the current reigning Miss Sumner. Hannah will begin her senior year at Sumner-Fredericksburg this fall, where she has been actively involved in basketball, show choir, TATU, Wellness Committee, National Honors Society, Get-A-Grip and is Vice-President of the Class of 2014 as well as current FFA Chapter President.
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Abrah Meyer Crowned 2012 Iowa State Fair Queen!

Congratulations, Abrah! The Bremer County Fair Board is proud of you and we know you'll be a fantastic representative for the county and Iowa this year!
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Previous Fair Queens

Looking for photos and names of previous Bremer County Fair Queens from 2005 on back. If you have any please send to Melissa Hinrichs at: hinrichs.melissa@gmail.com. Thanks!
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Long Live the Memories

Bremer County Fair Board members gratefully celebrated the life of long time board member, John Droste, on September 16th, 2013. It is unlikely that any fair goer of the last decade has - knowingly or not - attended without benefiting from John's passion for our Fair. John served in whatever capacity he could - from pouring concrete for sidewalks or starting the park bench memorial program to serving as Secretary/Manager for many, many years. John has the disctinct honor of having a fair building named in his honor, a city building named in his honor and a building at Cattle Congress named in his honor just this year for his long involvement in the Dairy Hall of Breeds. John's long association with the Fair and his memory of the history will leave us with a void that just won't be filled. We will honor his memory by continuing his passon for the youth of Bremer County.


John F. Droste, 89 of Waverly, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City.

John was born on Jan 24, 1924 in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Arthur Frederick William and Charlotte Anna Carolina (Wilkens) Droste. He grew up in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School. On April 1, 1945, he was united in marriage to Wynona "Connie" Concannon, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly. John was a busy man working as a dairy farmer, carpenter, and a mail carrier for the United States Post Office.

John was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His other passion was his Ayrshire cattle. He was a national cattle judge for over 70 years. He was a lifetime supporter of the Bremer County Fair, the Iowa State Fair and the National Cattle Congress. Since 1935, he only missed attending the Iowa State Fair three different years!

John is survived by five children and their spouses, Nancy Kay (Richard M.) Fischer of Clear Lake, IA, Mary Jo (William F.) Hennings of Frankfort, IL, James Paul (Shelley L.) Droste of Worthington, IA, Robert John (Debra S.) Droste of Waverly, and Sherry Rae (Jeffrey D.) Lehman of Denver, IA; 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Boeckmann and Charlotte (James) Menzel. John was preceded in death by his wife, Connie, in 2004; his parents; and three children, John Frederick Jr., Terry Jane, and Kathy Lynn.
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Our Hearts Remember

It is the bounce, energy and pure Joy that we have all recieved over the years from Janice Mueller. Janice died Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. We know with absolute certainty that Janice would expect every single one of us to make this fair the best we know how - because that's what she inspired in everyone all the years she was involved. We're going to miss your smile, Janice, but we'll carry on. We sure can't disappoint you now!
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A Legacy

Bremer County Fair Board Association sadly shares the loss of one of our long-time board members. Roger White served the youth of Bremer County throughout his whole life. At Roger's funeral, members of his 4-H club shared wonderful memories of life lessons learned. Roger’s sparkle, sense of humor and his handy carpentry skills are going to be greatly missed. His legacy, however, will live for a long, long time.
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Bremer County Demolition Derby on Facebook!

Are you a fan of our annual Combine Demolition Derby?!?!? Be sure to like the official BCF Combine Demolition Derby Facebook page, an affiliation of The Bremer County Fair! This page has just been launched so share, tell your friends, and like the page! This new page will be packed full of information, contests, and exciting new ideas just for the Combine Demolition Derby. Don't worry our main Facebook page, Bremer County Fair, isn't going anywhere, it's still there. We just wanted to give our loyal fans another exciting place to discuss one of your favorite events!

BCF Combine Demolition Derby

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Face Lift

Lots of new and exciting things are happening in 2014! The first for the year is the most noticeable and possibly the most exciting, a face lift for BremerCountyFair.com! You are looking at the new and improved website for the Bremer County Fair! For comparison, the photo on the right shows our old site before we made the switch! We are extremely proud of our new website and will continue to post news, photos, results, along with anything else you would want to know!
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