County Fair time is coming fast

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The 158th Edgar County Fair, which begins July 20, has expanded its program to include a rodeo and special entertainment.

The special entertainment — Pfreak Show Band — is scheduled at 8 p.m. on the opening night of the fair. For the first time, there will be a beer tent offered, according to fair board president Mary Lou Wright.

Pfreak Show Band, also known as PS, is an Indiana-based group that has been knocking the socks off Midwest clubgoers for years. With an emphasis on performance, the band has set attendance records at nearly all venues.

PS will present a multimedia show woven in a rambunctious collection of psychedelic rock, spaced-our funk, hardcore rock and just about any kind of music. The music set includes everything from Florida Georgia Line to Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams, Bush, Van Morrison and Green Day — to name a few. Admission is $5.

The queen pageant is 7 p.m. July 21 in front of the grandstand, under the direction of longtime pageant director Tracy Quinn-Porter.

An Open Steer and Heifer Show is 10 a.m. July 21 under the watchful eye of Jeff Leverenz, while judging in the Art Hall is also underway.

There is one day of harness racing this year at 1 p.m. July 22, Wright said. That evening, the talent show — now called The Grand Ole Talent Show — returns in front of the grandstand, under the direction of former fair queen Maddie Flesner.

Democrat Day is July 23 with the Barnyard Scramble at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand. Entries are now open at www.edgarcountyfair.com. Swyear Amusements and Rides has scheduled an armband day from 6-10 p.m. with a $20 charge for unlimited rides.

Merchants Day and Republican Day is July 24, and the evening’s grandstand entertainment is a full-on rodeo by Xtreme Roughstock Tour sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions.

The rodeo is a family affair with a family hour scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. featuring free pony rides, autographs and kids activities, according to Shannon Quinn, who is the superintendent for the event.

Martin Xtreme Racing featuring motocross returns to the fairgrounds July 25 under the direction of Kyle Kenney. A motocross course will be constructed in front full-on rodeo by Xtreme Roughstock Tour sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions.

The rodeo is a family affair with a family hour scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. featuring free pony rides, autographs and kids activities, according to Shannon Quinn, who is the superintendent for the event.

Martin Xtreme Racing featuring motocross returns to the fairgrounds July 25 under the direction of Kyle Kenney. A motocross course will be constructed in front of the grandstands for this event.

The fair’s annual truck and tractor pull is July 26, with superintendent Bruce Barrett in charge. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand, and it is also another armband day for Swyear Amusements from 6-10 p.m.

By tradition the popular Demolition Derby — the Route 1 Rumble — closes the fair. Rick Dodd is in charge of the July 27 derby. Carnival ride enthusiasts get another armband day from 1-5 p.m. July 27. The $15 charge is good for unlimited rides.

Tickets for the motocross and pulling shows are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The Route 1 Rumble tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The demolition derby tickets are good for access to all areas of the event.

The 2019 Edgar County Fair Book is in this edition of The Prairie Press. Entries for all events may be made online at www.edgarcountyfair.com.

The annual box seat auction is 7 p.m. July 8 in front of the grandstand.