Macon County Chronicle

Ferris Wheels, Funnel Cakes & Family Fun at the Fair, August 3-8

The familiar scent of corndogs, funnel cakes and Frito pies, the shrills of children whirling down a spiraling rollercoaster and bright, flashing lights igniting the evening sky are nearly upon us as the 2009 Macon County Fair kicks off on Monday, August 3rd.

Continuing the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s fair events are jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family.

Kicking off the 2009 Fair events is the annual Demolition Derby, scheduled at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 1st, where families can cheer for their favorite drivers as they smash their way to victory and hit the concession stand for their favorite munchies.

Derby fans will also be seated in newly furnished bleachers as the former seats were recently destroyed by severe winds.  

Following the Derby, floral exhibits will be judged at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd, and a Ham Show (first-time event!) will take place in the Ray Goad Building. Judging categories in the Ham Show will include largest ham, best country ham, best short ham and grand ham champions. Fair rides will open on Monday.

Along with the highly anticipated rides, a slew of events are scheduled to take place on Monday when fair exhibits will be judged at 8 a.m., and the Little Miss Macon County Fair, Petite Miss Macon County Fair, Macon County Fair Sweetheart, Macon County Fair Princess and Macon County Fairest of the Fair pageants will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Also scheduled for Monday, when carnival armbands can be purchased for $16, are the Mule (First-time event!) & Sheep Shows at 6 p.m.  

Tuesday’s events will begin at 5 p.m., when commercial exhibits will be open for viewing, and include the Pedal Pull & Goat Show at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant and Battery Powered Vehicles event for children at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday carnival armbands can also be purchased for $16 and all students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Beef Show & Young Cattleman’s Show at 6 p.m., the Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. The 4-Wheeler & Motorcycle Rodeo (First-time event!) is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, which is the ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $13 from 5 p.m. to closing.

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day festivities at 9 a.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. and a Backyard Cook-Off from 4 to 6 p.m.
On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $16 per person.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, which will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $16.

The Horseshoe Pitching Tournament (First-time event!) will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 10 a.m., followed by the Pet Show at 1 p.m., the Corn Hole Tournament (First-time event!) and Marble Tournament (Martha Wilburn Building) at 4 p.m., and the Truck Pull, rounding off the fair events, at 7 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $16.

Throughout the fair, the petting zoo will be open for visitors free of charge, but for the first time in Macon County Fair history, pony rides and a ‘Barnyard Babies’ petting zoo will also be available.  

Commercial exhibits will be open for viewing each day, August 4-8, from 5-10 p.m. and the Women’s Building will be open for exhibit viewing on Monday, August 3, at 6 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. on August 4-8.

“We have a lot of new events coming to the fair this year,” said Macon County Fair Board member Sally Wells. “We plan on having the best fair yet, and we look forward to seeing everyone! I think a lot of people are staying closer to home these days, and this will give everyone the opportunity to do something fun with their families without having to travel out of town.”

With so much excitement buzzing around this year’s events, many memories are guaranteed to be made at the 2009 Macon County Fair – don’t miss out on your opportunity to partake in some food, fun and family time!

Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. All adult entries are to be set-up at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 9.