Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Fort Dodge and Webster County Visitor Events.  Fort Dodge hosts some great events and we hope you take the opportunity to enjoy them! Event information is kept as up-to-date as possible but the Fort Dodge CVB does not organize these events and details may be changed without our knowledge. Please verify the accuracy of this information via the event website or the given contact information.  To make viewing the calendar easy, it is searchable by date or type of the event. Organizations may submit event information electronically to be listed on the Fort Dodge CVB calendar by using the Submit Event tab.

Event search and details are below the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Link.

For a listing of all GFDGA, non-visitor & community events

follow the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance link below:


Jun
29

June 29, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bring your own materials and draw from the human form in any of its various shapes and postures, from observation of a live model, using any drawing media. 18+ years old. $10-$20 depending on model.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
30

June 30, 2017 - July 1, 2017

Do a doodle... add lines and shapes to create animals, birds, and people. Push colors in new directions, and paint a splash on the water! Let's meet famous Artist, Henry Moore. Giggles welcome! Art activities geared for beginners in AM session, and more advanced in PM session. 10-12 (ages 6-9) and 1-3 (ages 10-12). $20 members. $30 non-members. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jul
01

July 1, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Webster County Fairgrounds
Jul
01

July 1, 2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Save the Date! Firecracker 40 will be held on Saturday, July 1st!

Jul
01

July 1, 2017
6:00 pm

Fort Dodge Firework Celebration presents Walker Hayes Concert and Fireworks Celebration, with special guest Lexi Parr & the Rubyblonde Band.

Admission is free. Gates open at 6 PM. Concert begins at 7 PM. Fireworks at 9:45 PM.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Fort Frenzy
3232 1st Ave S
Jul
02

July 2, 2017

Oleson Park Bandshell
Jul
02

July 2, 2017 - July 4, 2017

Jul
02

July 2, 2017
5:30 pm

Featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sports Mod, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 4 PM with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM with racing immediately to follow.

Tickets:

Adults $10

Kids (7-13) $4

6 & under free

Seniors & Military (with photo ID) $8

Pit Pass $25

Pit Pass (14 or younger) $15

Sports Park Raceway
2298 S River Road
515-835-9686
Jul
06

July 6, 2017 - July 16, 2017

                         Saturday, June 24                              Educational Presentations, Extemporaneous Speaking, Clothing Selection, $15 Challenge and Fashion Revue                                                            Judging

Thursday, July 6                                Rodeo- Wright Rodeo Company 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 10                                Set-up auditorium for fair, 4-8 p.m. (County Council and Youth Committee to start at 2 pm)

                                                                 

Tuesday, July 11                               Judge most auditorium exhibits all day

                                                         Bake Sale starts at 11 a.m.

                                                         *auditorium will close after judging for selection of State Fair items

Wednesday, July 12     

                                    7-10 a.m.                 Rabbit & Poultry check in & must be in place by 10 a.m.

                                    8:00 am                   Flag Raising Ceremony

                                    8:30 a.m.                 4-H Dog Show – East Auditorium – Exhibitor meeting at 8:15 a.m. followed by Care and Grooming

                               Obedience starting at 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Auditorium & Learning Center open

Noon -5:00 p.m.      Beef enter (must be in place by 5 pm)

                        5:00- 7:00 p.m.       Swine may enter (all swine need to be in place and weighted by 7:00 p.m.)

                                    5:00-7:00 p.m.         Sheep and Goats may enter - Weigh Lambs and Meat Goats

                                    5:30 – 8:30 pm        4-H Archery Demonstration (New Fairgrounds Archery Range)

                                    7:00 p.m.                 All Sheep & Goats in Place

                                    7:00 p.m.                 Weigh Market Beef

                                    7:00 p.m.                 King & Queen plus Little Miss Contests and Style Show – East Auditorium

All day- Hayrack rides; New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Open Class Photography displayed; Open Class Quilt Show displayed

Thursday, July 13                                              KIDS DAY

                                    7:30 a.m.                 Scanning of Sheep followed by swine & beef

                                    8:30 a.m.                 Rabbit Exhibitor Pre-Show Meeting at rabbit barn

                                    8:45 a.m.                 Sheep Exhibitor Pre-Show Meeting arena

                                     9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Auditorium & Learning Center open                                                                                  

                                    9:00 a.m.                 Sheep Show (start with pre-sheep/goat show) followed by Meat Goat Show -  Livestock Arena         

                                    9:00 a.m.                 4-H/FFA Rabbit Show – East Auditorium –Rabbit Hopping Demonstration & Sr. Showmanship

                                   10:00 a.m.               Open Rabbit Show for Youth K-3 followed by 4-H Rabbit Show (east auditorium)            

                                    9:30-11:00 a.m.       Pre 4-H Open Foods & Open Crafts – West Auditorium – youth 3rd grade & younger

                                    10:00 a.m.               Larry Dunbar Magic Show

                                    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.      Kids Scavenger Hunt – start in auditorium

                                    11a.m. -12:30 pm    Not Old Enough for 4-H Party – start in west auditorium

                                    12:00-8:00 p.m.       Bouncy House & Obstacles   

                                    12:00-8:00 p.m.       Balloon Buffon & Kids Entertainment

                                    2:00 p.m.                 Larry Dunbar Magic Show

                                    3:00 p.m.                 Iowa State Extension & Outreach Youth Horticulture Event 

                                    4:00 p.m.                 Human Fooseball sponsored by 4-H County Council                                           

            4:30 p.m.                 Bucket Bottle Calves informal pre-show & interviews (arena)

                                    4:45 p.m.                 4-H/FFA Swine Exhibitor Pre-Show Meeting  Arena

                                    5:00 p.m.                 4-H/FFA Swine Show (start with pee-wee show) – Livestock Arena

                                    5:00 p.m.                 4-H Poultry Exhibitor meeting

                                    5:15 p.m.                 Pee Wee Poultry Show

                                    5:30 p.m.                 4-H Poultry Show

                                    6:00 p.m.                 Go Carts- Grandstand

                                    7:00 p.m.                 Bill Riley Talent Show – East Auditorium- Free

            8:00 p.m.                 Horses in place

                                    9:00 p.m.                 Beef Project – Livestock Arena - practice

All day  - Hayrack rides; New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Open Class Photography displayed; Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Display, Demonstrations and Train Rides; Doyle Carving Niche; Open Quilt Show displayed; NEW Coop Safety Display and Dunk Tank

Friday, July 14

                                    8:45 a.m.                 Pee Wee Bucket Bottle Calf Show – Livestock Arena

                        9:00 a.m.                 4-H/FFA Beef Show – Livestock Arena

                        9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Auditorium & Learning Center open

                        9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. 4-H Horticulture judging – East Auditorium

                        10:00 a.m.               Senior Citizens Tours (auditorium) county council members will show groups the fair

                                    12:00-8:00 p.m.       Bouncy House & Obstacles                                                                                   

                                    12:00-8:00 p.m.       Balloon Buffon & Kids Entertainment  

                         1-3 p.m.                   Rabbit Hopping Competition- East Auditorium

                         2:00 p.m.                 Barn Yard Olympics – Livestock Arena

                         3:00 p.m.                 Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor serving pulled pork until gone, pie, homemade ice cream,                                                               kettle corn

                                     3:00-6:00 p.m.         Washington Winners Water Wars fundraiser

                                     4:00 p.m.                 Human Foosball Tournament sponsored by 4-H County Council

                         4 p.m. – 7 p.m.        Fire House

                         6:00 p.m.                 4-H Cat Show – East Auditorium

                         6:30 p.m.                 Open Swine Show – livestock arena 

                         7:00 p.m.                 Midwest Rock & Soul Revue by Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Club exhibit area - free

 7:00 p.m.                 Open Pick-Up Pull- Grandstand                                                                                                                    

                   After events             Firework Display

All day- Hayrack rides; New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Open Class Photography displayed; Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Display, Demonstrations and Train Rides; Doyle Carving Niche; Open Quilt Show displayed; NEW Coop Safety Display and Dunk Tank

Saturday, July 15                                               FARM BUREAU DAY & KIDS DAY

                           8:30 a.m.                 Open Class Flower Show – East Auditorium 8:30 a.m.                 Open Class Garden Show – East Auditorium

                           8:30 a.m.                 Open Class Baking – East Auditorium

                           9 a.m. – 12 p.m.      Free Kids Contests for kids 2-10 years 

                           9:15 a.m.                 Working Exhibits in the West Auditorium

                           9:00 a.m.                 4-H/FFA Horse Show – Arena

                                      11a.m.-1 p.m.          Free Watermelon Feed sponsored by Webster Co. Farm Bureau– outside tent

                          12:00-8:00 p.m.       Bouncy House & Obstacles

                          12:00-8:00 p.m.       Balloon Buffon & Kids Entertainment

                          1:00 p.m.                 Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by Webster Co. Farm Bureau

                          1 – 6 p.m.                Fire House

                          2 p.m.                      Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Pull – Tractor Club Exhibit area                                                                                                     Limited to #8500 Stock – Free Admission   

                          5-7 p.m.                   Sweet Corn Feed- free will donation (proceeds go to local food banks)                                                                                                                     Dayton Tigers 4-H club will be selling ice cream                                                                                                                                        Gowrie Groundbreakers 4-H club will be selling freshly baked cookies

                          5:30 – 6:30 p.m.      All Iowa Trivia Contest – East Auditorium by Denny Lautner & Shirley Gustafson - prizes

                          7:00 p.m.                 4-H/FFA Market Animal Auction in East Auditorium – ribbon auction only                                                                                                          Fairboard to auction chainsaw carvings after livestock auction                                                                                                                    Webster County Extension’s 100th year celebration (following auction)

                                       7:00 p.m.                 Figure 8 Races – Grandstand                                                                                                                                                                                After events             Firework Display

All day – Hayrack rides; 4-H working exhibits – west auditorium starting at 9:15 a.m.  Bring the family to participate in the crafts. New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Open Class Photography displayed; Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Display, Demonstrations and Train Rides; Doyle Carving Niche; Open Quilt Show displayed; NEW Coop Safety Display and Dunk Tank

Sunday, July 16

                            9:00 a.m.               4-H Horse Show (games classes) – Outside arena

                            12:30 p.m.            4-H Pet Show – West Auditorium

                            1:30 p.m.               Share the Fun – East Auditorium

                            2:00 p.m.             Trailer Races - Grandstand

                            5:00 p.m.               Parade of Champion Dinner – Best Western Starlite (invitation only)

                                        6:30 p.m.               Parade of Champions in East Auditorium; Fair board Raffle drawing

                                        7:15 p.m.               Release of exhibits after Parade of Champion ceremony

All day  Hayrack rides, New machinery outside displays; 4-H auditorium exhibits open for viewing; Open Class Photography displayed; Quilt Display

FOODSTANDS AT THE FAIR

4-H Food – arena

Howard Ball Feed Shed – Grandstand

Nettie’s  - Main Auditorium & Trailer

Westmorland Concessions – Specialty Funnel Cakes and more – Red Velvet Funnel Cake, Corn Dogs

Des Moines River Valley Tractor Club – their exhibit Daily homemade ice cream/pie/kettle corn

Pork Producers – Swine and Sheep Shows

Beef Producers – Beef Show

Webster County Fairgrounds
22770 Old Hwy 169
Jul
08

July 8, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Historic Downtown Fort Dodge
Central Avenue