Edgar County Fair arrives

By Nancy Zeman nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 7/19/21

The 159th Edgar County Fair opens today featuring an evening of harness races, the return of the popular rodeo and demolition derby, the queen contest and barnyard scramble.

While the 2020 fair …

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The 159th Edgar County Fair opens today featuring an evening of harness races, the return of the popular rodeo and demolition derby, the queen contest and barnyard scramble.

While the 2020 fair was canceled due to the pandemic, longtime Edgar County Fair Board president Mary Lou Wright said the eight-day schedule, which kicks off with a party band and beer tent, is another indication that life may be returning to normal.

Pfreak Show Band/aka PS Dump Your Boyfriend, sponsored in part by Prospect Bank, will return to open the fair after appearing in 2019. The show is scheduled at 8 p.m. in front of the grandstands. The Edgar County Shrine Club members will man the beer tent, Wright said. Admission is $5,

Wright is especially excited about the late afternoon harness races at 5 p.m. in front of the grandstands. While in recent years, entries for the trotting and pacing races have been difficult to come by, Wright reported Friday morning at the close of entries, 47 head of horses were entered. Kurt Becker will once again call the races. The Paris Kiwanis Club members will be selling the race programs.

“There will be 11 races,” an excited Wright said Friday. The largest race will be the open pace with 12 horses entered, to be divided into two-heats of six each.

Wright said one of the factors for a greater number of horses at the Edgar County Fair is not competing with any other fair for race entries.

“There are no other fairs scheduled during our fair week,” she said.

There is no cost to watch the races, as the grandstand is sponsored by Bob and Cathy Morgan. At the conclusion of the race card, there will be several hundred dollars given away, Wright said.

The fair officially opens with the open meat goat show at 10 a.m. today, followed by the open pleasure horse show which immediately follows the end of the 4-H horse show.

Sunday is fair queen day as the reigning fair royalty Teresa Twigg will be passing her crown on to one of five contestants. Twigg has been serving as fair queen since July 2019 and has continued to represent the