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Here Comes the Fair!

By: Jessie Williams

The Macon County Fairgrounds have come alive once again for the 2019 Macon County Fair, going on August 3 through August 10.


Continuing to honor the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family and some new and exciting events for fairgoers.

This year a total of $21,000 in cash will given away at fair, with several $500 winners announced around 9 p.m. every day! 

A Lego Building Contest at 9:30 a.m., a Dairy Show at noon, the Macon County Fair opening ceremony at 5:45 p.m, the Fair Princess Pageant at 6 p.m., the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 7 p.m. and the annual Demolition Derby at 9 p.m. kick off the first day of fair events on Saturday, August 3. An inflatable park that includes over 10 different inflatables and three waterslides, will also be set up that day. Arm bands for the inflatables are $8. 

A Gospel Afternoon is scheduled Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Monday, August 5, the Petite Miss Pageant will be begin at 6 p.m. with the Sweetheart Pageant, Sheep Show and Greased Pig Race following at 7 p.m. Cow Pile Bingo will close out the day’s events at 9 p.m. Carnival armbands are $16 on Monday.

Tuesday’s events include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show, Century Farms, Mule Show and Bluegrass Music Night at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant, Ag Literacy Night and Battery Powered Vehicles event at 7 p.m. The Mrs. Senior Macon County Pageant will immediately follow the Mrs. Macon Pageant. Carnival armbands can be purchased for $16, and students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Little Miss Macon County Pageant, music on the Modern Structures’ General Store Stage and hog show, both at 6 p.m. The Petite Miss Pageant will follow at 7 p.m. along with the 4WD Mud Racing event. Wednesday is also ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $15 from 5 p.m. to closing time. 

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day lunch and Bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quilt Turning at 12:30 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., Young Cattleman’s Show at 6 p.m., Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m., Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Thursday, carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person.

The Talent Show will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m.. with the Tractor Pull and Puppet Show to follow at 7 p.m. A performance by the Lugg-Nutts Band will close out the evening at 7:30 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 on Friday.

The Backyard Cook-Off will kick-off Saturday, August 10, events at 8:30 a.m. with the 4-H Poultry Show & Sale and the Car Show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The Iron Skillet Contest will kickoff at 1 p.m., followed by the Youth Pet Show at 2 p.m. and a cornhole tournament at 5 p.m. The 37th annual Truck Pull will be held at 7 p.m. Admission to the Truck Pull will cost $10 for adults and is free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for contestants will be $20. A live country music concert by the Flat Rock Ramblers will close out the 2019 fair events at 8 p.m. in the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. 

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 5-10, from 5-10 p.m. Be sure to stop in and check out all of the entries!

During fair hours, the Farm Toy Show will be on display in the Bill Speck Building, and be sure to stop by the Little Red School House August 5-10 between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., where different Macon County schools and school organizations will be featured each day. 

New this year, helicopter rides will be provided for $20, Monday – Saturday by Tunica Helicopter, LLC. 

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Fun For the Whole Herd’ and will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Fair exhibits will include submissions in the following adult categories: canning, clothing, creative table setting, field crops, fine art, floral, gardening, home cookery, needlework & crafts, Bee Keeping & Honey and photography. Youth exhibits will include arts & crafts, canning, home cookery, egg contest,  floral, club projects, gardening, needlework, photography, posters, youth projects/exhibits, table setting and sewing. 

A food drive will be held during the fair from August 3 – August 10 in the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Donations from the food drive will benefit the Macon Helps food bank. The drive is sponsored by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant Committee. 

With such a wide variety of events, games, rides and foods, the Macon County Fair is sure to satisfy your family’s need for fun and excitement. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make some memories of your own this year.

See you at the Fair!