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Johnson County Fair draws chainsaws, rubber chickens and hot chili

IOWA CITY– Where else can you find ballet dancers, hot chili, cattle bathing, egg racing, chicken throwing and flubber making all in one place?
The Johnson County Fair had it all again this year, and more, on July 25-28 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. With more than 2,000 entries in exhibits, competitions and demonstrations alone from the county’s 4H clubs and FFA organizations, entertainment ranging from the carnival midway to a truck and tractor pull, to chainsaw carving masters and a kids’ talent show, with the best cooks in the county vying for coveted titles for the tastiest chili, the best pie and the ugliest cake, crowds really can find something for everyone during the week.
According to one Johnson County Agricultural Association newsletter, fair organizers estimate about 70,000 people visit the fair during fair week. The annual event has been held since 1858.