County Fair

The Story County Fair officially starts in Nevada this Friday, July 21. Food stands will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., featuring great food like homemade pie. Shows on Friday will be horse shows, starting at 2 and 3:30 that afternoon. Exhibit halls will open Saturday morning at 9. Saturday evening will feature the 4-H BBQ, sponsored by the Story County Co-ops and coronation of the Story County Fair Queen at 7 p.m. in the Dueland Pavilion. The fair runs through Wednesday, July 26, and a full schedule can be found at

Paint Pottery

The Workspace at the Iowa State Memorial Union will host Paint Your Own Pottery Artist Series: O’Keeffe’s Ladder to the Moon on Friday, July 21, from 4-8 p.m. This is a drop in event, open to all ages if accompanied by an adult. In addition to ladder to the moon imagery, take inspiration from the teal hues of the sky and the mountainous horizon. This concept will look beautiful on any bisque, and honors O’Keeffe’s contributions to modern art. Pieces will be fired within a week. Studio fee is $4 for those with ISU; $5 for the public, plus the cost of the bisque you select.

Elvis Show at Talent Factory

This Saturday evening, Joseph Hall brings his Elvis Rock ‘N’ Remember show to Nevada’s Talent Factory. The show begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets at the door will be $25.

Let’s talk genealogy

Have you hit a brick wall or stumbling block with your genealogy research? Story County Genealogy Society volunteers are ready to lend assistance. Bring your genealogy questions and problems to this help session and the volunteers will assist you with ideas and suggestions that may help you overcome the inevitable hurdles. Please bring any research you have done on your particular genealogy problem.

The Story County Genealogical Society help session, “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” is Monday, July 24, 10 a.m. to noo in the Danfoss Room at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public. The Society’s website is at