Submitted by Todd Mickley
MORRISON — The Whiteside County Fair is only a few months away and we are all set with another impressive lineup of entertainment! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 13th and completes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 17th, and you won’t want to miss it!! The 149th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions and something for everyone.
Tuesday, August 13th evening entertainment is Pro-Bull Riding starting at 7:00 p.m. Cheer on as these brave cowboys prepare to hang on for 8 seconds while their four-legged nemesis try to spoil their plan. Other events to start the fair off are the Western Horse Show at 8:00 a.m., Poultry Judging in the old Rabbit Barn at 10:00 a.m., Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30 p.m., Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14th we have a wonderful family singing group call “Rockland Road” at 7:00 p.m. to entertain all ages. Western Horse speed events will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. the Dairy will be judged.
Thursday, August 15th the evening grandstand entertainment will be U.S. National Freestyle Motocross show that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle – Jr. Heifer / Jr. Steer will be judged at the Beef Show Arena. The Heavy Horse Halter Classes will be judged in front of the grandstand at 10:00 a.m. and Hitch including 4 Horse at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 16th The Illini Pullers Association brings in their “souped up” Tractors & Trucks that will pull the sled showing off the horsepower under the hood in front of the grandstand again this year at 6:30 p.m. right after the Antique Tractor Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m. During the morning at 9:00 a.m. the Heavy Horse Hitch Classes will be shown in front of the grandstands. The Open Beef Show will be judged in the Beef Show Arena at 9:00 a.m. also. At 1:00 p.m. the Heavy Horses come back as they thunder in front of the grandstand to entertain you with the big 6 and Unicorn Hitches.
Saturday, August 17th, the car crushing, smoke filled Demolition Derby will finish off the fabulous five-days of crowd pleasing entertainment and what is sure to be an amazing experience for all who attend! The horses are at the post as Harness Racing is on the track at 1:00 p.m. Some other events on Saturday are Horseshoe Tournament at 10:00 a.m. and Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. As always, the fair board works very hard to provide something for everyone, please come and enjoy the fair.
The Mega Band is back again this year and Wilson Family Rides will entertain fairgoers with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions. Patrons can ride unlimited rides every day of the fair for $50.00 (if purchased in advance the week before the fair at the Secretary’s office) or $60.00 during the fair. Grandpa Cratchet Stage Show will return again this year along with our Bike Give Away each day of the fair and the Cake/Pie Walk.
Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued support, our fair would not remain as we have enjoyed over the years. It’s no secret with the budget cuts the State of Illinois has imposed, we need your help and support to keep our fair going strong so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come. Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org