MADISON — Grab your cowboy boots and prepare for the start of the Madison County Fair next Tuesday.
The fair will run from July 9 to Sunday, July 14, and host events and activities for all ages to enjoy, including concerts, a petting zoo and rodeos.
4-H exhibits also will be on display throughout the duration of the fair. Judging will take place on various days depending on the category of creation.
According to Lee Sherry, Madison County Extension educator for 4-H, popcorn will be available in the 4-H building, in addition to a free will donation collection site to help flood victims in the area.
“We are really trying to help our own,” she said.
Along with the beginning of multiple 4-H showcases, Tuesday includes a free slack rodeo at 7:30 p.m in the grandstand arena. This is the only free admission rodeo during the fair and will include events like calf roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.
Following the rodeo, Dustin Kraemer will DJ a dance starting at 10 p.m. in the activity center.
On Wednesday, the 4-H livestock judging contest begins at 4 p.m. in the south livestock arena.
At 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand arena, the Mid-States Championship Rodeo begins. This will feature various 4-H members and others.
Thursday includes many livestock shows throughout the day, as well as the 4-H presentation contest starting at 4 p.m.
Mid-States Championship Rodeo on Thursday serves as veterans’ night and starts at 7:30 p.m. A dance will follow starting at 10 p.m. with music by City Limit Band.
On Friday, an exotic animal show will be in the north livestock arena at 1 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., a 4-H scavenger hunt will take place in the south livestock arena.
Aksarben Pioneer Farm Family Awards will be given out at 7:15 p.m. followed by the Mid-States Championship Rodeo at 7:30 both in the grandstand arena.
Starting at 10 p.m., City Limit Band again will play music for a dance in the activity center.
On Saturday, a breakfast will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. A kiddie pedal pull contest will be at 2:30 p.m. in the McLeb building.
A concert by country singer Brett Young will start at 8:30 p.m. in the grandstand arena. General admission and reserved seating tickets both may be purchased on the Madison County Fair website.
The evening dance will start at 10 in the activity center with music by Side Step Band.
On Sunday, the final day of the fair, a church service will be in the activity center starting at 9:30 a.m. An ice cream eating, frozen T-shirt and Frisbee contest will start at 1 p.m. in the livestock arena.
A concert will start at 8:30 p.m. in the grandstand arena put on by country singer Chris Janson.
The fair will come to an end with a fireworks finale show, as well as the final dance in the activity center at 10 p.m.
Although there are many events for every age, Linda Haack, the fair coordinator, said she is most excited to see the kids having a good time.
Many events are open throughout the entire week and appeal to families and smaller children, including a petting zoo on the north end of the grounds that will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A kids zone and model train building will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as a one-room schoolhouse open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Heritage Village will be open all week as well, including such activities as woodworking, soap and rope making, pottery, paper marbling, a magic show and flea circus — all on the south end of the grounds.
The carnival on the midway is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and hosts a variety of rides and food vendors.
Free parking is located in the field across from the fairgrounds, and there is no gate fee on any day of the fair. Fun-pass and rodeo tickets may be purchased on the county fair website.
A lot of work goes into making this fair happen. For 25 years, Haack has helped organize the events and activities that take place throughout the week.
“I just love it,” she said. “It’s like a family reunion.”
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Want to learn more?
For more information about the Madison County Fair, visit sites.google.com/site/madisoncountyfairnebraska/home