Howard County Fairgrounds


220 West 7th Street, Cresco, IA 52136


Tom Barnes


563.547.3400 (Fair Office)
563.547.4996 (Fair Secretary)




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The Howard County Fairgrounds, located on the western edge of Cresco Iowa, is host to various activities and events throughout the year. These include the Mighty Howard County Fair the last full week of June each year, weekly stock car races on Friday nights and serves as host to several community events held each year.

The Expo Center located on the Howard County Fairgrounds, is a fully licensed reception and banquet facility, easily accommodating all functions, such as wedding receptions, trade shows, business meetings, community and private events, auctions and fund raising events. The Expo is fully ADA accessible, climate controlled, with seating for up to 500 persons. The Expo Pavilion, located just outside of the Expo Center, is a sheltered gathering area, available for use of guests of the Expo Center. Click on link on left side of page for full details of the Expo Center and leasing information.

The Howard County Historical Preservation Center new to the fairgrounds in 2006, is the center of the historical, industrial and home life history of the Howard County area. The Center also houses the Administration Office of the Fair, and the Featherlite Center a 3,500 sq. ft. climate controlled and fully ADA compliant area that is available for business meetings, various gatherings and training sessions. For information on renting the Featherlite Center, contact the Fair Secretary.

The Howard County Agricultural Society is the parent organization that is listed as owner of the fairgrounds and most all amenities located there on, and is charged with overseeing all activities on the fairgrounds. The Society is a quasi-governmental organization under the Howard County Board of Supervisors. The Society is a non-profit organization in the State of Iowa, and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 charitable organization.Therefore, contributions to the Society are considered as charitable donations and therefore could be tax deductible.

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Howard County Fairgrounds is a proud member of the Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce and accepts Cresco Chamber Dollars.