Palo Alto County Fairgrounds - Emmetsburg


Located on the south side of Emmetsburg. The Palo Alto County Fairgrounds will host the Third Annual Half-Way to St. Pat's 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 third 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 August weekend, Barbeque smell in the air and an awesome band performing will be a great way to wrap up 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.

Jay Clyde Band LIVE


The Jay Clyde Band is combination of several guys with very diverse musical backgrounds. They are based out of Manson, IA.  However, for the past 6 years they have played all over Iowa and surrounding states. If you come to a Jay Clyde show you can expect to hear everything from classic and modern country, all the way to classic rock as well as original music. The Jay Clyde Band looks forward to seeing you at the show!! Head on over to the Facebook page or their YouTube link to check them out!

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 second 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.

 Our Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament starting at 10:00 a.m.. Entry fee of $50.00 per team due by

July 19, 2020. Must be 16 years of age or older.

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!

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 August 1, 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 bands being announced soon!

Main act to be announced soon and  will be taking the stage at 8:00 to entertain everyone for the rest of the night!!! Sponsored by

August 23

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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