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70th National Sweetcorn Festival

70th National Sweetcorn Festival

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Illiana Antique Power Show 2013

32nd Annual Antique Power Exhibition
July 19-21, 2013
Friday & Saturday - 8am-6pm, Sunday - 8am-4pm

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Rankin Independence Day 2013

Rankin’s 2013 Indpendence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, June 29th, 2013.
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Gifford Celebration 2013

The Gifford Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 29th.
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Benton County Fair 2013

The Benton County Fair will be held July 20th thru July 26th.  Click here for their website.

Here is a quick look at what’s going at the Fair this year!
Saturday July 20th –8:00 am     Color Splash 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
Annual Fireman’s Waterball Contest
11:00 am Bike Run
2:00 pm Mud Volleyball
Beer Garden opens @ 11:00 am
Concerts Starting @4:00 Coyote Hwy-Rockerbox-Independence Road
                                And Cory Cox @ 9:30
Sunday July 21th –            Cloverbud Fun Day
          4-H 100 Year Celebration
          4:00 pm Little Mr and Miss Benton County Contest
          4:00 to 8:00 pm Fish Fry
          8:00 pm Miss Benton County & Junior Miss Contest
Monday July 22st –            10:00 am Horse & Pony show
5:00 pm Rabbit & Poultry Show
FFA Kids Pedal Tractor Pull (Adult Pedal Pull also)
Tuesday July 23rd –            10:00 am Goat Show
5:00 pm Beef & Dairy Show
4:00-7:00 PM Benton County SWCD Fishing Derby
Wednesday July 24th –        10:00 am Sheep Show
5:00 pm Swine Show
Thursday July 25th –            10:00 am Horse & Pony Fun Show
          Ladies Day Program –
                                100th Celebration of Extenion Homemakers
          4:00 pm 4-H Awards
          5:00 pm Supreme Showmanship
          9:00 pm Battle of the Barns
Friday July 26th –              9:00 Livestock Auction

Iroquois County Fair 2013

The 2013 Iroquois County Fair will be held July 17th thru July 22nd.  Click here for their website.

Newton County Fair 2013

The 2013 Newton County Fair will be held July 15th thru July 20th. 
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All Week Grandstand General Admission Ticket for $25!!

This ticket includes general admission to:

Saturday, July 13 - Harness Racing
Monday, July 15 - Queen Pageant
Tuesday, July 16 - ITPA Truck & Tractor Pull
Friday, July 19 - Motorcross Racing
Saturday, July 20 - Motorcross Racing

You can purchase the All Week Ticket at the Grandstand Ticket Booth during the fair.
The All Week Grandstand General Admission Ticket includes all Grandstand events except the concert.

Thursday, July 18th @ 8:00 pm - “Country In The Country”

Featuring Jake Owen

Tickets are $35 with all seats reserved.
Tickets are available by phone at (219) 474-5745 or by visiting The Newton County Fair Website.


Vermilion County Fair 2013

The 2013 Vermilion County Fair will be from June 25th - June 29th.

Ford County Fair 2013

The 2013 Ford County Fair will be held June 23-29, 2013 at Melvin, IL

Time is flying by and the entry deadline for this year’s Ford County Fair is rapidly approaching. Talent show entries must be postmarked by this Friday, June 14. All other entries must be postmarked by Monday, June 17. Entries may also be made at the secretary’s office on the fairgrounds Monday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

We have so many things going on at this year’s fair it’s hard to list them all! Be sure to check out other parts of this site to get all the info you need. Each evening has something special planned. You can find pictures of this year’s pageant contestants, get all the rules for the demolition derby, find out how to enter the rodeo, and get information on entering your future rodeo star in the mutton-busting contest. Of course none of these events would be possible without our sponsors.

Of course, we’re very excited about our headline act, Dustin Lynch with special guest Brushfire. Tickets can be ordered online until June 17. After that date you’ll be able to buy them at the gate the day of the concert. They can also be purchased at Moyer District Library, Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 21. On the day of the concert, no one will be able to enter the fairgrounds after 3 p.m. without a concert ticket.

You may be familiar with Dustin from his latest single, “She Cranks My Tractor,” as well as his #1 debut hit, “Cowboys and Angels.” He will be joining Keith Urban on tour this summer, but don’t wait until then—catch him right here in Melvin.

Also new to the fair this year will be the C Bar Rodeo on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Classes for both barrel racing and bull riding will be offered as well as events for the kids. Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this event!

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See you at the fair!

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Milford Fun Days 2013

Milford Fun Days June 20th - June 23rd.  Click here for their Facebook page.

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