The May 1950 issue of the Iowa State Historical Society's Palimpsest is all about the Clay County Fair. It has a lot of great pictures and stories that reflect life from the time of the first Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa in 1871 through May 1950. Here are a couple of pictures from this issue, the first, a diploma awarded to Mrs. Jane Auringer for the "best tomato and muskmelon sauces" (I haven't had a muskmelon sauce, have you? Do you have a recipe?) and the bottom is a picture of farmers seeking aid from a grasshopper plague in 1874.
There are several pictures of people who apparently were pretty well known in Clay County. Unfortunately, again, there are no names tied to the pictures. I believe one of them is Roy Webb, my son's g-g-grandfather, but I cannot be sure (top left?). Does anyone recognize the men in the photo collage below?