Spencer, IA

Town in Clay County, IA

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Sponsors of Spencer, IA

Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

About Spencer, IA

Home of the World’s Great Clay County Fair

Only a 15-minute drive from Iowa’s Great Lakes region and located at the confluence of the Little Sioux and Ocheyedan Rivers, Spencer, Iowa is an enterprising city where country charm and a modern lifestyle go hand-in-hand. In 1859, George E. Spencer allowed his name to be used to form the city and in 1871, Spencer was chosen as the official county seat of Clay County. By 1878, the first railroad was built through the black, fertile prairie to Spencer, and in less than a year, the settlement grew from 300 people to a bustling town of 1,000. The courthouse, built in 1901, still stands today. The Clay County Agriculture Society was organized in 1879 and was significant to the history of Spencer. In 1917, the Clay County Fair Association was formed and since that time it has grown to the greatest county fair in the world. The nine-day fair attracts more than a quarter of a million visitors each year!

With a population today of about 11,300, Spencer was ranked the 10th Best Place to Live in the United States by Relocate-America.com’s, America’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2007. Also listed in The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, Spencer is a flourishing center for the arts. One of the town’s biggest attractions, Arts On Grand, offers year-round exhibits, classes and special events. Spencer has it all: museums, theaters, sports, shopping and great dining! Plus, residents enjoy a particularly healthy lifestyle, with excellent health care in a beautiful environment that provides biking and skiing trails, picturesque campgrounds, nearby golf courses, and terrific bass fishing in the surrounding lakes! With so much to recommend it, it’s no wonder people are attracted to Spencer!

Community Organizations of Spencer, IA

Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Spencer, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Spencer, IA

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Spencer, IA

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Clay County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Clay County, IA page.

Veterans of Clay County, IA

Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!