FFA members reconstruct fairground gates in memory of late Pennington sister

Charles City, Iowa – Two new shiny black gates anchor one of the entrances to the Floyd County Fairgrounds.

As fairgoers pass through them, they’ll notice a plague dedicating the entrance to the late Debra Pennington.

Thursday morning, Debra’s sister Cindy Snell and father Bruce, were on site for the dedication.


The new set of gates replaced the old ones which were built and dedicated shortly after Debra’s passing in 1976.

Snell says dedicating something came from their avid love of showing.


The family showed her steer at the fair and used the proceeds to build gates, which were dedicated in her memory.

Snell says the gate needed updated. The family contacted the Charles City FFA Chapter to design, construct and hang them.

Charles City FFA member Brady Frascht helped weld in the letters on the gate and says the gate looks “amazing.”


He says being able to help bring a memory back to life creates an impact on everyone involved in the project.


Construction began a few weeks into May, but was put on hold when the tornado struck.  FFA members hung the gates recently, just in time to kick off this year’s fair.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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