Midway returns to headline 79th annual fair

June 14, 2018

By Steve Landon
Correspondent

The crops are planted, schools out and tourist season is in full swing which means it’s time to get the whole family together and come out to the 79th Annual Marion Fair June 17 – 23 at the Marion Fairgrounds / Veterans Memorial Park.

In todays virtual reality world filled with all kinds of gadgets and on-line entertainment people often forget there is life beyond these toys especially in the great outdoors where old fashioned events like the Marion Fair can still be found and enjoyed at very affordable prices. Leave your gizmos behind, shut your cell phones off and come to the Marion Fair next week.
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After a one-year absence the midway returned in 2017 with Schmidt Amusements of Standish, Mich., filling the grounds with fun and exciting rides for all ages. The midway opens at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and continues to the close of the fair Saturday night June 23rd. Not into rides or games? You can still come and enjoy the grandstand events, support area 4-Hers and check out the many exhibits.

The smell of cotton candy, fresh popcorn, hotdogs filling the air, seeing old friends, supporting the fair and area youth is what the Marion Fair is all about.

For more information and schedule updates check out their website at www.marionfair.com or see the schedule in this issue for details.
79th Annual Marion Fair Schedule of Events

Sunday June 17th Fair Kickoff
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Entry for all Livestock (Except Dairy Cattle)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. -Weigh-In for Swine, Sheep, Market Goats, Rabbits and Market Poultry
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Entry for Exhibit Building
7:00 p.m. – All Exhibits in place (Except Dairy Cattle
8:00 p.m. –Mandatory Exhibitors Meeting in Show Arena
8:00 p.m. – Steer Weigh-In

Monday June 18th
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Building Judging
9:00 a.m. – Judging – Poultry & Rabbits, Small Animal Sweepstakes to Follow
10:30 a.m. Judging – Youth and Open Class Dairy Cattle
7:00 p.m. –Grandstand Free Gospel Concert Featuring The Cavalrymen. Pie and Ice Cream Social to follow

Tuesday June 19th Good OL’ Time Day
9:00 a.m. – Judging Sheep & Swine
1:00 p.m. – Judging Goats & Beef
7:00 p.m. – Grandstand Garden Stock Tractor Pull – Admission $5.00
Wednesday June 20th – Kids Day
2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Midway Opens – Unlimited Rides $5.00
7:00 p.m. – Grandstands Farm Stock Tractor Pull – Admission $5.00
Noon – Kids games and Contests – Free! Ages 3 –14 on the south end of infield. Fun games races and contests for kids in different age groups. First, Second and third money prizes awarded in each contest. Free Hot Dog & Drink for all participants following event.
2:00 p.m. Kids Pedal Pull – FREE

Thursday June 21st.
1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Midway Opens – Unlimited Rides two armbands at $20.00 third one free (“Third Wheel Special”)
7:00 p.m. – Marion Fair Truck and Tractor Pull – Admission $10.00 Kids 5 years and Under FREE

Friday June 22rd Funtastic Friday
1:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Midway Opens – Unlimited Rides $20.00. 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Midnight Special Armbands $10.00
6:00 p.m. at Arena–Large and Small Animal Market Sale. (Animals to be settled for immediately following sale
7:00 p.m. Grandstand – Country Concert Featuring Eric Chesser with Opening Act Dewayne Spaw – Tickets Available at startickets.com

Saturday June 23rd Y’all Come Family Day
8:00 a.m. Judging Youth Horse Show
10:00 a.m. – Pulling track – Antique Tractor Pull – Free Admission
12:00 noon – 11:00 p.m. – Midway Opens – Unlimited Rides $20.00. (Noon – 5:00 p.m. $12.00 Armband)
4:00 p.m. – Arena – Large Animal Sweepstakes
7:30 p.m. – Grandstand – Figure Eight Derby by USA Demolition Derby Admission – Adults $12.00, Children under five (5) Free
9:00 p.m. -Large Breeding Stock Animals Release





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