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Iowa’s second largest fair kicks it up a notch for 100th Anniversary

Those summer nights amidst Iowa’s soft breeze and humidity have been around for decades. The smell of fried food and the screams of delight from amusement rides and concert-goers have become a staple in late July and early August in the Quad Cities. It’s tradition–a one hundred year tradition–that we previewed the history of with coordinator, Vicky Speth. Through my preview, I learned that the fair has taken the spot of Iowa’s second largest fair (after the Iowa State Fair)  — an incredible honor for one of our favorite Quad Cities events. Among the historical displays, the fair will return with fan-favorite and fanatic new features for the 2019 season. 

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Mississippi Valley Fair Celebrates 100th Anniversary

History and heritage are two important components of the Quad Cities. We pride ourselves in the growth and redevelopment of the beautiful community, but we never forget our roots.

It’s a history full of twists and turns and many prized contributions — one of which we will celebrate this summer. The Mississippi Valley Fair (MVF) is 100 years old this year, and we’re all ready to party during Fair Week–July 30th through August 4th.

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QC take on the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The smell of fried food hits the Midwestern air, and you can’t help but think one thing — it’s fair season! That one time of year you ditch those healthy eating habits and spend all night singing along to catchy music. Add in some cool rides and livestock it’s the essence of the Midwest on a sole property. The Mississippi Valley Fair did what it does best once again — bringing the food and the fun all into one venue.
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Come to the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The warm summer breeze, sand in your feet, a drink of choice in your hand, and your voice is hoarse after singing every known lyric as the sound of music devours the arena. But that concert wasn’t the start of all the fun, it was the second part of an evening first spent eating the best of fair foods, previewing livestock and adorable animals, and spinning round and round on rides where your legs shook for several minutes after it ended.

This scenario could be anywhere, but nothing quite fits it like the annual Mississippi Valley Fair. It’s one of the times that almost everyone in the Quad Cities finds themselves in the same place. With 6 concerts and admission to the fair itself, the $55-$60 Fun Card proves to be a smart and money-savvy opportunity to have a week’s worth of fun and entertainment.
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The Mississippi Valley Fair…A Lively and Living Art Form!

MVF sign

Vintage buildings
Vintage buildings

It was a beautiful summer day today so early this morning I decided to stop by the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa. It is an annual visit that I make with my friend, Abby, who was busy with other event planning today. Since I arrived early I was able to get a prime free parking space near the ticket booth and breeze right in. My first stop was the fair building that held the judging for various creative arts. Today was the judging of cakes and other bakery items.

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