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Dubuque County Fair on track financially, kicks off Tuesday

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It's that time of year again. Time for funnel cakes, rides and farm animals.

Crews are prepping for the Dubuque County Fair.

"Well right now, there's lots of activities all over the grounds. As you can see we have the carnival setting up their rides that open tomorrow at 4(p.m.), the barns, lots of animals moving in for shows, throughout the week, indoor and outdoor...they are here setting up also," said Jamie Blum, general manager of the fair.

This year you can expect some new things, such as a live shark show and dueling dogs. 

But in past years, the fair association faced some financial struggles. They requested a $100,000 loan from the county, but organizers say they've been able to turn all that around.

"We had a few years of very bad weather which really affected our income, and attendance but we were able to turn that around in a year and a half and took care of that and operating in the black," Blum added.

Still, organizers are hoping this year's attendance is bigger than ever, with a little help from pop superstar Kesha. "On Friday night we have Jerrod Niemann, and that's a free concert, and then on Saturday night Kesha will take the stage with That Poppy," said Blum.

Organizers say the fair is a Dubuque tradition where families can have a great time.

Last year, about 60,000 people came out to the fair. It was the highest total in several years. That along with decreasing spending helped put things back on  track financially.  

The Dubuque County Fair officially starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday. 

For more information, visit: http://www.dbqfair.com/

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