Palo Alto County Fairgrounds - Emmetsburg


Located on the south side of Emmetsburg. The Palo Alto County Fairgrounds will host the Fourth Annual BBQ Contest.    

The perimeter of the park will provide greenspace for competition.  In addition to being on the fairgrounds there is an air conditioned bath house with showers.


The St. Patrick's Association and Emmetsburg Fire Association are pleased to bring the Fourth Annual KCBS event to Emmetsburg, Iowa and this year will be our Second Steak Competition.  Prizes totaling over $5,000.00 will be awarded for the BBQ Contest and $1,000.00 for the Steak Contest.  A warm July weekend, Barbeque smell in the air and an awesome band performing will be a great way to enjoy the summer.  Check out the Calendar of events below to see what other events are going on over the weekend.  If interested in competing or playing games, click on the ENTRY FORMS tab above and print out your forms to enter.

New Trick Band-Iowa Classic Rock and Roll LIVE

New Trick is...Iowa's Classic Rock Band and we love to rock!! 

New Trick has become well known for playing the music that you blasted in your car cruising down Main Street. The best part is that we do this from 2 to 4 hours straight!

Featuring an authentic, musical collage of your favorite classic-rock big hitters! 


The sounds of: Foreigner, Journey, 38 Special, The Doobie Brothers, Bon Jovi, AC/DC and so much more.

We specialize in large outdoor events and festivals, but also have been known to play at smaller clubs and bars regionally throughout Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota.  We are always entertaining and play great music you know and love. Be sure to check us out on our website:


Calendar of Events
July 25th

Join us Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. with our Vendor Show beginning with many local Direct Sales Tables set up.(Vendors list to come.)

Get the gang together and bring in the tractor to enjoy our 3rd Annual Tractor Ride which will leave the Fairgrounds at 8:00 a.m. and return around 12:00 p.m. after the tractors get back feel free to check them out over by the Car Show.

Bring the kids and come down to the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds as we will have many kids games and activities taking place beginning at 10:00 a.m.. We will be having water activities so be sure to pack the swimming suits and towels!! Bring the kids down and enjoy a family fun day! Sponsored by


While your enjoying the day be sure to check out the Car Show with cars coming from all over

Get your friends together and come on down to our 2nd Annual SCA Steak Cookoff!! Cooks meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. with Steak Turn Ins being held at 4:00, Awards will be handed out at 6:00 p.m.!! This will be a fun way to show off your cooking skills, head over to our entry forms tab to fill out yours today! Entry fee is $125 and includes 2 steaks!

At 3:30 p.m. Our 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament Warm Up's will begin and tournament starting at 4:30 p.m..  Entry Fee of $20 (non-refundable) per team if paid by July 15, 2020; late entries will be $25 (non-refundable) per team until the tournament is full.  We will have 16 all male teams and 16 co-ed teams.  If a pair of ladies would like to participate, they are more than welcome to in the co-ed bracket.  (Must be 18 years of age.) 

We will be having LIVE Music throughout the whole afternoon beginning at 2:00 with One Layne Band sponsored by the Jeff Davis Memorial and Randy Swanson sponsored by Mehan Auction Company.

Main act will be New Trick Band- Iowa Classic Roc k Band will be taking the stage at 8:00 to entertain everyone for the rest of the night!!!

July 26th

Turn in times for BBQ Contest:

Chicken:  12:00 p.m.

Ribs:        12:30 p.m.

Pork:          1:00 p.m.

Brisket        1:30 p.m.


PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR EVENT - 712-852-4326 - St. Patrick's Association, Emmetsburg, IA


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