Charles City, Iowa – With the Floyd County Fair kicking off in less than a week, volunteerism has been the lifeblood behind the resurrection of the grounds.
Charles City FFA Advisor Jim Lundberg says the efforts launched the event’s rebirth.
An EF1 twister left half of the fairgrounds lifeless on Memorial Day. Officials vowed to do what was needed to have the shows.
Lundberg says volunteers are crucial to fairs, but the natural disaster kicked it into overdrive.
The grounds lost half of their buildings and most of the shade, including the brick building and green shed. Contractors have demolished the ruins and volunteers have helped pick up the rest.
Lundberg says the credit goes to the 15-person fair board.
Due to the damage, fair officials have made accommodations. Rabbits and chickens will only be there on the day of the show. But horses, swine and beef will be there all week.
Lundberg says with the hotter temperatures, they’re concerned for the well-being of the people and the animals.
The fair begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, July 21.