Submitted by Tod Mickley, Whiteside County Fair
The Whiteside County 150th Fair is less than a month away and another impressive lineup of entertainment is in place that is sure to wow all crowds! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 17th and completes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 21st, and you will not want to miss it!! The 150th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions and something for everyone.
Tuesday, August 17th 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 at 10:00 a.m., Open Swine Judging at Noon & Jr. Swine Judging at 4:30 p.m., Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. we welcome HOME FREE to the stage!!! All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free have made their mark on the music scene, racking up nearly 600,000 album equivalents globally; embarking on major international tours; amassing 399.2+ MILLION views and over 1 MILLION subscribers on YouTube; and being declared “Country music fans’ favorite a cappella group” (Taste of Country). Other events are the Western Horse speed events which will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. the Dairy will be judged.
Thursday, August 19th the evening grandstand entertainment will surely amaze the crowd as the daredevils from the U.S. FMX Freestyle Motocross show perform their stunts and tricks that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle – Jr. Show will be judged at the Beef Show Arena. The Heavy Horse Halter Classes will be judged in front of the grandstand at 9:00 a.m. and Hitches including 4 Horse at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 20th The Illini State 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 Horse and Unicorn Hitches.
Saturday, August 21st at 6:30 p.m., the car crushing, adrenaline pumping, 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 Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. & Wood Carving Auction at 4:00 p.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 Show 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. New to the Fair this year, we welcome All Star Barnyard Revue, which includes pig racing and a barnyard animal show that is sure to entertain all ages.
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