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A New Home for the Bremer County Fair!


Shelter Opportunity!

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March 2024
The BCFA is proud to release preliminary designs for a shelter option that could potentially be built on the NEW home of the Bremer County Fair! This can only be possible with monetary gifts from fairgoers like you! Reach out today if interested in supporting the Bremer County Fair!

Flyover Progress Update

Flyover Progress

March 2024
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Progress Update

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December 2023

Lots happening at the new fairgrounds!
Denver Underground has completed all sewer and is currently working on the water with anticipated completion in a couple weeks! The foundation walls have been completed for the free entertainment stage which is located in the NW corner of the property along 39th St. In the spring we will put a cap over the stage floor and then raise the roof in the summer. We are currently working on a 110’x220’ livestock building completing the foundation over the next couple weeks; as money continues to come in, we will then look at erecting the building.
What has already been completed this summer is two parking lots and the pit parking lot that were not scheduled but because we were able to partner with the DOT on the Hwy 3 shoulder project, we were able to put 12,000 tons of rock down. What a blessing!
As an extra bonus, the fairboard worked on 44 camping spots that will be available to the public in 2024 in the NE corner of the property.

Grounds Update

Sept. 2023

More progress at the new fairgrounds! The highway 3 shoulder project gave us the opportunity to build the pit parking lot, and the south parking areas with the old gravel they needed to remove. A lot of the work was done by volunteers and equipment borrowed from PCW, Chad Heim Excavating, and Smith Excavating.
Smith Excavating should be done with the storm water drain system soon, and we are excited for the next phases to begin.

Live Stock Building Update -Summer 2023

Conceptual Drawing  -Nov. 2022 Conceptual Drawing -Nov. 2022
In Progress! In Progress!
Nearing Completion! Nearing Completion!

Donation Received!

March 2023

Fundraising Chair and Co Facilities Manager , Roy Petersen is receiving a check on behalf of the Bremer County Fair from MidAmerican Energy for the new Bremer County Fairgrounds east of Waverly.
Representing MidAmerican Energy is Jeremy Sorensen, Joe Sauering. The BCFA appreciates this gift
Please contact Roy @ (319) 961-2535
or any of the fundraising team:
Danny Buls - 319 404 1847
Jon Elsamiller 319 269 1351
Ron Lenth
Renee Neil 319 404 8264
Robert Prose 319 231 3333
Jared Uhlenhake - 563 379 2023
For more information on what you can do to help with the process of building the new fairgrounds or log on



February 1, 2023


Waverly, IA – Ron and Judy Leistikow of Readlyn have made a donation and financial commitment to begin the initial construction of the 4H and FFA Exhibits Complex on the new Bremer County Fairgrounds. This new building will house the projects exhibited by county 4H and FFA members during the fair, auctions in the off season, as well as special events.

“We feel that the time has come to step up and help the new fairgrounds become a reality. The fair has been a large part of our lives for over 70 years. Our six children participated in 4H and FFA showing livestock as well as giving presentations and exhibiting projects in areas such as baking, sewing and crops. We now want to help other young people grow and learn the four H’s: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health,” said Judy Leistikow.

Adds Ron Leistikow, “We love the location of the new fairgrounds. The Lord has been good to us and it’s time for us to give back. My family has had many wonderful experiences at the county fairs over the years and we hope the fair will continue to impact the lives of many in the area.”

Ron was a 4H member as a youth, became a 4H leader, and served on the fair board for 30 years, including 10 years as its president. Ron and Judy have been lifelong proponents of agriculture and strong supporters of both the 4H and FFA organizations.

Information on the proposed fairground buildings can be found at

For more information on donation opportunities call Roy Peterson at 319.961.2535.

Conceptual drawings as of Nov. 2022

4-H/FFA/Muilti Use  Building 4-H/FFA/Muilti Use Building
4-H/FFA Multi Use Building 4-H/FFA Multi Use Building

Give the Gift of Grain to Support the Fair!

Why Donate Grain??
Your harvest can help your community and help build the new Bremer County Fairgrounds, east of
Waverly. Farmers can turn gifts of agricultural commodities such as corn and soybeans into a donation
for its construction. By providing a portion of what you’ve grown, you’re investing in the future of our
future generations of 4-H/FFA youth and our citizens.

What are the Benefits of Gifting Grain??
For farm operators, gifting grain directly, versus selling the grain and making a gift from the proceeds,
may provide a more significant tax savings. Giving a gift of a commodity means that this is a sale that
your business never realized. Contributing unsold crop inventory allows you to avoid the sale of the
commodity as income and will not be recorded on your taxes, while the production costs may still be
deductible. Reducing taxable income may provide advantages such as minimizing or eliminating self-
employment tax and reducing adjusted gross income.

A donor should always consult with their tax preparer or financial advisor to determine the tax implications
before making a charitable gift of grain.

Timing of the gift??
Many grain farmers annually certify or document bushels of productions with Risk Management Agency
(RMA)/Crop Insurance Agents for purposes of enrolling in various agriculture subsidy programs. It is
important to visit with RMA before making a gift of grain commodities to any organization.

Another great benefit of donating grain is that it doesn’t matter if the donation is made in the year of
production or a later date. Gifts of grain can be donated from the current year or previous harvest at any
time during the tax year.

So How Does It Work??
Choosing to donate a gift of grain to the Bremer County Fair Association (BCFA) is simple. To ensure
compliance with tax laws, farmers wishing to donate a commodity should follow these guidelines:

1. After checking with your tax advisor, notify the Bremer County Fair Association (BCFA) of your
intended gift by phoning or writing us (see our contact below). Describe what the commodity is,
and the quantity being contributed. Retain a copy of the letter for your records. (The gift should
be from unsold crop inventory with no sale commitment made prior to the gift.

2. The Bremer County Fair Association will set up an account at the elevator you intend to use.

3. Transfer the bushels of grain as a gift to the Bremer County Fair Association (BCFA) by having
the elevator send a warehouse storage receipt to BCFA. The elevator’s receipt must show the
BCFA as the owner of the grain and your name on it in the body of the receipt. Important:
Please notify the BCFA when you have delivered the grain to the elevator.

4. The BCFA will provide you with a donation receipt for your gift. Do not report the donation on
your tax forms as you are not entitled to any additional deduction. The tax benefit comes from
deducting your production expenses as usual.

5. The BCFA will sell the grain and receive the proceeds. Any sales invoice will name the BCFA as
the seller of the grain. Per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, it is necessary that the BCFA
had “dominion and control” of the commodity.

Thank You!

Bremer County Fair Association
PO Box 142 Waverly, Iowa 50677

Danny Buls, Treasurer.

Mission Statement for the Bremer County Fair Association”
“We are committed to making a positive difference for our youth and families in Bremer County and
beyond, by supporting programs, developing skills, educating, and providing facilities.”

Final Grading Complete! (October 2022)

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Donating Made Easy

If you would like to make a donation of any kind towards our NEW Bremer County Fair Grounds, please use one of the following options,

Mail Donations to:
Bremer County Fair
P.O. Box 142
Waverly, IA 50677

(Make checks to Bremer County Fair)

Contact a Board Member
If you would like to meet directly with a board member and schedule a face to face meeting to learn more, contact any of the members listed below,

Dawn Bergmann (319)215-2012
Danny Buls (319)404-1847
Jon Elsamiller (319)240-2654
Ron Lenth (319)240-0156
Josh Petersen (319)939-4895
Roy Peterson (319)961-2535
Robert Prose (319)231-3333


Misc. Information
Donations can be made as a general monetary donation/pledge or as a sponsorship of a building or facility.

Any and All donations are appreciated! Donations/Gifts can be acknowledged publicly or at donor's discretion. Donations/Gifts are tax deductible and will be receipted according to IRS guidelines.

Sponsorship of Funds for Buildings and Facilities
Grand Marshall of Fair Grounds, $1,000,000 or more
4-H & FFA Exhibits Complex, $500,000
4-H/FFA Show Arena, $350,000
Horse, Beef, Dairy, or Sheep/Swine Barn, $250,000
Maintenance Building, $150,000
Free Entertainment Stage, $100,000
Outdoor Event Arena, $100,000
Camping Area, $100,000

General Sponsor Monetary Donation/Pledges
Grand Champion Sponsor, $100,000 or more
Reserve Champion Sponsor, $50,000 - $99,999
Purple Ribbon Sponsor, $25,000 - $49,000
Blue Ribbon Sponsor, $10,000 - $24,999
Red Ribbon Sponsor, $1,000 - $9,999
Honorable Mention Sponsor, up to $1,000

Thank You Farm Bureau!

HUGE Thank You to Farm Bureau for their generous pledge of 10K for the next 10 years! WOW!

Thank You! $18,000 Raised from this Fundraiser!

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Join us at the Blue 4-H Building on Saturday Feb. 19th 2022 from 5pm-9pm for a great night of music, food, and entertainment to raise money for the new home of the Bremer County Fair! Your support is greatly appreciated!

$25/Meal Ticket each.(Pre-Sale Only or available at the Door)

--Meal Ticket includes Music, Meal, Auction & Show--

All Are Welcome Free of Charge for Auction & Entertainment

For Tickets, See Any Fair Board Member or Call Renee Neil at (319)404-8264

Doors Open at 5pm for Social Hour
LIVE Music by Ally Bagenstos
Sponsored by: Get R' Fried
Adult Beverage available
Silent Auction Items Open

Ally Bagenstos is a talented young artist following her dreams to become a country artist. Ally has been singing professionally since she was just 12 yrs old and performs in many venues in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, including previously at the Bremer County Fair! She has been a part of past groups, Ally & Kylie, The Sirens, and Pure Steel. Ally currently sings full time with the Milk & Honey Band. Learn more about Ally Bagenstos by visiting her on Facebook or by visiting

6:00pm Meal is Served
Meal Ticket is Pre-Sale or avaialbe at the Door!
Kevin's Pork Loin Meal
Pork Loin, Cheesy Potatoes, Salads, Bars & Deserts
Ice Cream by the Bremer County Dairy Promoters
Adult Beverage available
Silent Auction Items
LIVE Music by Ally Bagenstos

7:00pm Live Auction
Many great auction I]items provided by area individuals and businesses.
Last chance to bid on the silent auction items! Silent auction closes when the Magic Show starts.

8:00pm Eric Michaels Magic & Illusion
Sponsored by Signs & Designs
Silent Auction Ends, results announced after the show.

Eric Michaels has been preforming magic all over the State of Iowa for the past 18 yrs! Eric has been a favorite at the Bremer County Fair for the past several years and is looking forward to being a part of this event. He will be bringing with him an action packed, family-friendly corporate show full of audience participation, comedy, live animals, large illusions and his beautiful assistant! Learn more about Eric by visiting him on Facebook or by visiting

9:00pm Silent Auction Item Winners Announced

Aerial Photos!

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Sponsor Levels

July 2021
We Welcome you to help us build the New Bremer County Fair Grounds!

Sponsorship of Funds for Buildings and Facilities
Grand Marshall of Fair Grounds, $1,000,000 or more
4-H & FFA Exhibits Complex, $500,000
4-H/FFA Show Arena, $350,000
Horse, Beef, Dairy, or Sheep/Swine Barn, $250,000
Maintenance Building, $150,000
Free Entertainment Stage, $100,000
Outdoor Event Arena, $100,000
Camping Area, $100,000

General Monetary Donation/Pledges
Grand Champion Sponsor, $100,000 or more
Reserve Champion Sponsor, $50,000 - $99,999
Purple Ribbon Sponsor, $25,000 - $49,000
Blue Ribbon Sponsor, $10,000 - $24,999
Red Ribbon Sponsor, $1,000 - $9,999
Honorable Mention Sponsor, up to $1,000

Fly Over Video

April 2021

New Flyover Video giving a real feel of our new home!

3 Fold Marketing Flyer

Let there be Light!

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December 2020
Marking the new home of the Bremer County Fair. This was the final step of the sign installation and marks the very first time it was powered up!

New Sign!

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Late November 2020 marks the installment of our first permeant structure at our new home of the Bremer County Fair. Thank You to all involved in making this happen including, but not limited to, Signs & Designs and Elsamiller Electric Co for their volunteer hours in getting this acomplished!

Grant Money Received!

BCF General Manager Kevin Rasing and Treasurer Danny Buls on behalf of the fair board would like to thank Luke Schuldt for picking the Bremer County Fair's new fairground project as the recipient of a $2,500 grant from Farm Bureau. This grant is in recognition of Luke's time and accomplishments as past President of the Bremer County Farm Bureau.

Selecting our Architect, Engineer and Surveyor

Preliminary Site Layout

July 2020

Public Notice


📢 Public Notice: The Bremer County Fair would like to make the public aware that at 7:30PM on the 4th Monday of every month during their regular business meeting, there will be an opportunity for the public to hear updates, ask questions and learn more about the new fair grounds project. The Bremer County Fair Board meets from November thru April in Tripoli at the Extension Office. Then May thru October in the 4-H Building at Waverly.

Press Release


It is with great anticipation and excitement that we announce the new home for the Bremer County Fair.

The Bremer County Fair Association recently voted to relocate the Bremer County Fairgrounds to Waverly’s east side, positioned within the city limits. The parcel, 50+ acres, will be adequate for the fair today and for future growth.

Members of the BCFA have been searching for the perfect fit, for the entire region. Over the past years, the criteria shifted and recently voiced at a special listening post held in Waverly on November 18, 2019.

The new fairgrounds will have state of the art structures available for a variety of entertainment activities including 4H and FFA programs. It will be a multi-use, top-notch facility that leaders hope will bring the entire county together.

Thank you for supporting the Bremer County Fair.


If you would like to donate to help make our new fairgrounds a reality, or have any questions, please contact the fair board by:

Bremer County Fair
P.O. Box 142
Waverly, IA 50677

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