Dirt events returning to Clay County Fair

Spring racing is among the dirt events that are returning to the Sleep Number Grandstand at the Clay County Fair this year. The races will go Sept. 14-15. Other dirt events planned for the fair include the Antique Tractor Pull and the season championships of the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pullers Association.

SPENCER—The roar of engines will reverberate throughout the Sleep Number Grandstand during the 2021 Clay County Fair in Spencer with the return of multiple dirt events.

“We’ve had a great summer of racing at the speedway so far this summer, so to incorporate two nights of auto racing at the fair is really just exciting in its own right,” said fair manager Jeremy Parsons.

The grandstand and speedway are located in the northwestern corner of the fairgrounds.

The first event will be the annual Antique Tractor Pull, which will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, and which is free to all fairgoers.

The pull is a chance for people in the area to show off their historical pieces of machinery.

“It’s a local event that’s happened here for many years,” Parsons said.

Those wishing to participate in the Antique Tractor Pull will be able to arrive the morning of the event to sign up.

The evening of Sept. 14 will bring the return of sprint car racing with the Battle of the Blue Ribbon.

For the first time in fair history, that event will feature the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series.

The series — founded in 1992 and based in Tulsa, OK — is the largest sprint car sanctioning body in the world. Tristate late models also will be featured.

“The combination of Lucas Oil ASCS, plus the tristate late models, which do not always run in northwest Iowa is just really going to make that a pretty exciting night,” Parsons said.

Hot laps for the Battle of the Blue Ribbon will begin at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for ages 12 and under are $10.

Racing will continue at the speedway at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, with the hot laps for the International Motor Contest Association Blue Ribbon Showdown. Racing will follow.

Adult general admission tickets for the showdown are $15 and child general admission tickets are $10.

The showdown will be the final night for IMCA class racing for the 2021 season at the speedway.

The classes will include Hobby Stocks, Sports Mods, Modifieds, Stock Cars and Sports Compacts.

Parsons noted the IMCA racing has brought in more than 100 cars a night during the summer races and he expects to see similar numbers at the Sept. 15 event.

The final dirt event set for the Clay County Fair will be the season championships of the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pullers Association on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The championships will take place across two sessions that day: The first is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the second will be at 5:30 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $20 and child general admission tickets are $10. One ticket will allow entry into the two sessions.

The fair first hosted the season championships for the pullers association in 2019, and Parsons was excited the organization chose the county fair again this year as the site of the spectacle.

“It’s just an honor. It’s their season championship, so you’ve got individuals that have been traveling all across the United States with the OTTPA. This is their big deal,” he said.

The Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pullers Association was formed in 1982 and is the largest of three sanctioned national pulling associations. It endorses more than 70 sessions of pulling in more than 50 cities in the United States, according to the organization’s website.

Tickets for the dirt events that require admission are on sale and can be purchased at www.midwestix.com or by calling 515-244-2771. They also can be bought in person at the Clay County Regional Events Center Box Office.