After missing a year from COVID, county fair 2021 'mostly normal'
Kick up your heels! It's fair time.
The Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo kicks off Wednesday, July 21.
Back again will be 4-H and FFA exhibits, Friday and Saturday night concerts, fun, fair food, vendors and activities.
The Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo with the theme "Cowboy Boots and Country Roots" begins Wednesday, July 21 and continues through Saturday night, July 24.
Fairgrounds Coordinator Brian Crow said there will be "lots of food, fun and things to do," at the 2021 fair, which will be a "mostly normal" fair with a few changes that will be required by the state.
The traditional county fair features 4-H, FFA and open class exhibits, rides, food, music, entertainment, commercial exhibits, and the rodeo. The fair opens at 11 a.m. each day and closes at 11 p.m.
"Our carnival is bringing more rides than ever for everybody from kids to thrill-seeking adults," Crow said. "We have an all-new carnival provider with fantastic rides."
Presale ride tickets are available the Erickson's Thriftway in Madras. $25 get you unlimited rides for one day, and the $70 "Golden Ticket" gets you unlimited rides for all four days. Tuesday, July 20 is the last day for carnival pre-sale passes. The carnival opens at 2 p.m. each day.
Countryfied will entertain on Friday night, and Toast and Jam on Saturday. Both concerts start at 9 p.m. on the Indian Head Casino Stage. Madras Pep and Cheer will perform on the stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and Unique Performing Arts will be on the stage at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
"Thursday through Saturday, we will have Washboard Willie, a strolling and stage entertainer that kids will love, and Antonio Sombrero, the amazing balloon artist at various times," Crow said.
There will be camel rides, axe throwing, crafts for kids, face painting and airbrush tattoos, as well as lots of food and commercial vendors. Madras Saddle and Gaming Club Double Header Barrel Race begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor arena, and the Family Fun Night Ranch Rodeo starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Corwin Arena.
The NPRA Rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in the Corwin Arena. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and younger.
Local artisans wanting to showcase their talents are welcome to enter their projects in open class. Open class entry day is Monday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Exhibitors must check in at Indian Head Pavilion for entry sheets and exhibit numbers. 4-H exhibits will be accepted from 1 to 6 p.m. Flower and land product exhibitors must enter their items between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20.
There will not be any open class animals or livestock this year, but Tuesday is 4-H and FFA animal weigh-in day.
The fair opens to the public, with free admission, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21 with an opening ceremony at the flagpoles. A veterans lunch follows at the pavilion.
4-H and FFA students will show their animals throughout the fair. Crow said they rented a large tent for the show ring and auction this year since construction on the new show barn was delayed.
"We anticipate breaking ground on the new show barn right after fair," he said.
Crow invites the community to come on out and enjoy the fair.
"The fair is all about creating memories, and we are so excited to be a part of 90 years of doing just that," he said. "We can't force you to have a good time, but if you do come, leave your troubles at the gate and just soak in the fun, you won't regret it and you'll never forget it."
Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo
Dates: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 21-Saturday, July 24
For exhibitor information and a complete schedule, visit http://jcfair.fun.
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