Every summer, each of Iowa’s 99 counties
throws its own fair. Provincial and patriotic, with beauty pageants and
demolition derbies, polka dances and daredevil shows, these rural
exhibitions reflect the traditional values, and the countrified culture,
of America's Heartland. Though sparsely attended compared to the
better-known Iowa State Fair, these small-town gatherings are a source
of pride for many Iowans. The fairs run from June through early
Photographer, Jim Lo Scalzo (EPA) shares a look.