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About the Lucas County Fair Association

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Lucas County Fair Association
PO Box 192
Chariton, IA 50049
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48293 Hy Vee Rd, Chariton, IA 50049
Our Mission & Vision

The Lucas County Fair Board is a 501 C 3 Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to host the annual Lucas county fair for youth educational activities that provides experiences to cultivate the skills needed for youth development in today's society for all ages.  We welcome 4-H, FFA, and open class exhibitors to exhibit their projects. Our vision is to  keep the grounds and buildings in excellent condition and attractive.



Our Board of Directors

Ed Loynachan - President

Brian Beaty- Vice President

 Jackie Gunzenhauser   - Secretary

Kim Etter - Treasurer

Directors:  Joe McDonough, Casey Shanks, Baylee Head, Jacallyn Gunzenhauser, Bailey Shelton, Adam Schultz, Dusty Cain, Megan Loynachan


We Welcome Donations to Keep Our Facilities and Programs Running
Our Historying

1954: The Lucas County Fair moved to Chariton, Iowa from Derby. We were organized and incorporated as an Achievement show in 1954 and purchased 11 acres of land on the west side of Chariton. During the summer, volunteers came together to start building two beef barns and a swine barn.

1957:  The Girls Exhibit Building, a secretaries office, and a cook shack were built.

1959:  The Open Class building and Indoor Arena were built,

1966:  The Horse Arena was built.

1975:  Five more acres of land were purchased

1984:  The building currently rented to the Iowa State University Extension Service was built.

1991:  The Rabbit/Poultry Building was built.

In addition to these major improvements, many more improvements have been added to the grounds over the years.

2007:  The Lucas County Achievement Corporation expired and was reorganized as the Lucas County Fair Association.

2014:  The Lucas County Fair Association celebrated our 60th anniversary on the current grounds!

2016:  The Lucas County Fair Association was awarded the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award for the South Central District by the Board of Directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs.

2019 Project undercover. Roof over outdoor arena.

2021 Addition onto rabbit/poultry barn

2021 Mural painted on wall in exhibit building

2024 Blue Ribbon Banquet Hall


The Lucas County Fair could not happen without the help of the Extension Council, Youth Council, Leaders, Superintendents and many volunteers.


The Lucas County Fairgrounds are available to rent for parties, weddings, estate sales, and open shows; additionally, winter storage is available.


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