In less than one week’s time the Macon County Fairgrounds will once again come alive with the bright lights, shrill screams and heavenly scents of your favorite fried delicacies for the 2011 Fair, August 1st through August 6th.

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

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the highly anticipated Demolition Derby on Saturday, July 30th, at 7 p.m. where families can cheer for their favorite drivers as they smash their way to victory. On Sunday, August 1st, floral exhibits will be judged at 5 p.m.

Along with the opening of rides, a slew of other events are also scheduled to take place on Monday when fair exhibits will be judged at 8 a.m., the Opening Ceremony will be held in the Wilburn Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Princess and Macon County Fairest of the Fair pageants will begin at 6 p.m.

Also scheduled for Monday, when carnival armbands can be purchased for $16, is the Sheep Show at 6 p.m. and the Youth Four-Wheeler & Motorcycle Rodeo at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., and include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show and Mule 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 Little Miss Macon County Fair, Petite Miss Macon County Fair and Macon County Fair Sweetheart pageants, the Beef Show and the Young Cattleman’s Show all 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 adult 4-Wheeler & Motorcycle Rodeo 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, will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. A cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. and a horseshoe pitching tournament at 6 p.m. will also draw a crowd to the fairgrounds on Friday. Carnival armbands will cost $16.

The Rabbit Show will kick-off Saturday’s events at 7 a.m. with the Pet Show following at 2 p.m. and the Marble Tournament taking place in the Martha Wilburn Building at 3 p.m. The Truck Pull will be held at 7 p.m. and a live rock and country band concert will close out the 2011 fair events at 8 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $16.

During fair hours, a petting barn will be open, the Farm Toy Show will be on display and the Macon County ‘School Days’ exhibit will take place in the Bobby Carver School House. News Channel 4’s Snow Bird will also be making an appearance at the fair on Tuesday, Aug. 2nd from 5-7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Growing from Generation to Generation,’ which will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building, where Macon Bank & Trust will be giving away free ice cream on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Commercial and educational exhibits will be open for viewing each day, August 1-6, from 5-10 p.m. and the Women’s Building will be open for exhibit viewing on Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. and from 3 to 9 p.m. on August 2-6.

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

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!

Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, July 30. All adult entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7.