DINING

Henry County Fair underway

Sandy Hull
Rachel Brossman, left, of Geneseo chats with Chelsea Vyncke, right, of Orion during the 4-H horse show on Thursday, June 24. Between them is Vyncke’s horse, Snickers. Vyncke and Snickers were entered in several halter and riding classes.

    “Family Fun For Everyone” is the motto for the Henry County Fair which will be held Tuesday, June 21, through Sunday, June 26, according to the Henry County Fair Board.

    Swyear Amusements, a family owned and operated carnival, will provide the rides this year. They have been in the carnival business for 50 years, are family friendly and have the highest safety standards in the industry.

    They will also offer several specials on the rides. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, fair-goers can ride all the rides they want from 6 to 10 p.m. for one price. They will also offer the armbands on?Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, participants can ride for one ticket less from 1 to 5 p.m.

    Frances Johnston has been named the “Friend of the Fair” for  2011. She will be recognized Tuesday night in the grandstand at 6:30 p.m.

    Johnston has been attending the Henry County Fair since the mid 1940’s when she married the late Vinton Johnston.

    Some of the new events include a fourth-mile horse race Wednesday, June 22, at 5 p.m.; a pie auction by the Henry County Fair Queens at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23; a Nashville singer, “Kim Anthony” performing Friday, June 24, in the grandstand with a preshow by local talent Missy Vale, Michelle VanOpdorp and Amanda Mines; car soccer at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and a pocket pet show. Prizes will be given out for the most usual, most unusual, pigmy, pets, large and small. There will also be a special costume class. For more information contact Nicole Cartier at 937-5656.

    Michlig Agri Center will sponsor “Play in the Corn” throughout the fair. 

    The Geneseo Moose Lodge will sponsor bingo two different days at the fair, Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Some area Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the week to talk with area residents.

    There will be several activities daily for children and teens in the MEC tent.

    A golf-cart shuttle will run from the parking lot to different locations on the fairgrounds for senior citizens or handicapped.

    There have been some changes in the art hall exhibits and fairgoers are encouraged to check them out. 

    Two livestock shows open the fair on Tuesday at 8 a.m. They are the open barrow show and open sheep show. At noon a open market lamb show will begin and at 1 p.m. the Henry County swine costume special show will begin in the hog barn.

    The Merchants building and exhibitors’ hall will open daily.

    At 6 p.m. the 4-H Equestrian Ambassador contest will be held in the horse arena.

    The Little Miss Henry County Pageant will be held in the grandstand at 5:30 p.m.        

    Carnival rides will open at 6 p.m. with unlimited rides for one price.

    The Junior Miss Henry County Fair Queen and Miss Henry County Queen contest will be held beginning at 6:30  p.m. in the grandstand. 

    The beer garden will be open from 1 to 11 p.m. daily with KT’s DJ Service providing entertainment..

    A junior swine and junior sheep show will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Wednesday is Pack the Car Night. A car load of people can get into the fairgrounds for $20.

    “Magic Matt” will be on the grounds beginning at 5 p.m. that day.

    Carnival rides will open at 6 p.m. with unlimited rides for one price.

    The night activities include the one-fourth mile horse race at 6 p.m., Master Showmanship at 6:30 p.m. and a draft horse pull with calcutta at 7 p.m.

    Thursday’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. with a 4-H swine show and 4-H sheep show. A 4-H beef show will begin at 9 a.m.

    Harness racing is set at noon in the grandstand and a watermelon seed spitting contest will be held at 1 p.m. in the MEC tent.

    A 4-H goat show is set for 1 p.m. and “Magic Mike” will be back on the midway beginning at 1 p.m.

    Ronald McDonald will make a special guest appearance at 5 p.m. in the MEC tent.

    There will also be a 4-H Livestock Multi Species Auction in the swine barn beginning at 6 p.m. A pie auction by the Henry County Fair Queen will be held during intermission.

    Latting Rodeo will be in the grandstand beginning at 7 p.m.

    Carnival rides will begin at 6 p.m. with another night of armbands.

    A cake walk will also be held during the day with a time to be announced.

    Fair events on Friday are set to start at 9 a.m. with a 4-H horse show and flower judging in the art hall. Dairy goat judging will be held with a time to be announced.

    The Geneseo Moose Lodge will host bingo at 2 p.m. in the old art hall.

    A junior junior open beef show is set for 3 p.m. at the northeast end of the midway.

    Missy Vale, Michelle VanOpdorp and Amanda Mines will perform a preshow beginning at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. Kim Anthony in Concert in the grandstand.

    A cake walk will also be held during the day with a time to be announced.

    Saturday’s events will start with registration for the Top Hat Chef’s Jamboree. At 8 a.m. 4-H rabbit show is slated. The 4-H poultry show will begin at 9 a.m. along with the  the open beef and open horse shows.        A talent contest will be held at the MEC tent at 11 a.m. and at noon, ATV drags are scheduled to begin inside the grandstand area.

    A kid’s pedal pull will begin at the midway tent at 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

    The rides will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and will cost one ticket less than normal. They will reopen at 6 p.m. for the evening.

    The Geneseo Moose Lodge will host bingo at 2 p.m. in the old art hall.

    Car soccer will be featured at 5:30 p.m. in the grandstand.

    The demolition derby will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstands.

    A “Hog Country” Bar Dance will be held at 8 p.m. in the old art hall and a cake walk is slated for 9 p.m. in he MEC tent.

    The open goat and open dairy goat show will open the fair Sunday, followed by the mini-horse show at 9 a.m.

    A tractor show will begin at 9 a.m. in the grandstand. There will also be a “pocket pet show” during the same time.

    “Magic Mike” will be back on the grounds beginning at 1 p.m.

    At 1:30 p.m., the 4-H awards ceremony will be held

in the midway tent.

    The afternoon and evening will conclude with the Illini State tractor pull, farm stock tractor pull and diesel pickup truck pull beginning at 1:30 p.m.

    A 4 p.m. a raffle drawing will be held for a utility vehicle.

    The Henry County fair board officers this year are: Jake Young, president; Bill Johnston, vice president; Terry DeBackere, secretary; and Sharon Wexell, treasurer. Directors include: Cheryl Johnson, Al Lyman and Courtney Conrad, all of Cambridge; Jessica Lynch, Jolene Craig and Donovan Yarger, all of Galva; Jake Waller of Geneseo and Angela Krause of Atkinson.

    Fair passes are available at the Henry County Farm Bureau and the secretary’s office at the fairgrounds. Discount passes are available to Farm Bureau members.

    Fair board members and directors are looking for volunteers. An individual can volunteer any amount of time they have. For more information or to volunteer, phone the fair office at 937-3391 or Bill Johnston at 937-2491 or 507-2662.  

    For more information visit the Henry County Fair Web site at www.henrycountyfairil.com or email us at henrycountyfair.il@mail.com.