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Fair to say they’ve added a lot in Whiteside County

New this year: weekend hours, craft and vendor show and more

MORRISON – It’s time once again for the annual Whiteside County 4-H Show, but this year, things are a little bit different.

For the first time, it’s being held at the end of the week, an effort to make the fair more convenient and open to the public, said Janice McCoy, newly appointed director of the University of Illinois Extension Service’s Carroll/Lee/Whiteside unit.

Family Day is Saturday. New this year is a craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We really wanted to, or hope that, we get some folks from the community to see what our youth have been up to,” McCoy said. “Hopefully, having it on a Saturday will increase their ability to get out and see what our kids have been up to.”

The show starts today at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds in Morrison with the horse show and dairy judging in the morning, and the sheep, goat, rabbit, and poultry judging later on.

Not to be confused with the Whiteside County Fair, the 4-H fair is always held as a separate event, McCoy explained, because of the deadline for 4-H’ers to compete at the state fair.

“The Whiteside County Fair happens after the state fair, so in order for our kids to be able to participate at the state fair, we have our fair separately,” she said.

To qualify, they must show their projects by Aug. 1; the county fair runs Aug. 12-16 this year.

Also new to the 4-H fair this year is the Paint the 4-H Show event, where 4-H’ers will paint the sidewalk on the fairgrounds with what 4-H means to them, and will also provide some entertainment for them during the downtime between showing and judging.

Saturday, in addition to the craft and vendor show, there will be a silent auction, a pork chop barbecue, the 4-H Olympics and the sale of champions. The day will round out with a live show from local band Route 88.

The schedule

The Whiteside County 4-H Fair, featuring all kinds of animal shows and project exhibits, runs today through Saturday at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St. in Morrison.

Among the events:

8 a.m.-6 p.m. today: 8 a.m. horse, 8:30 a.m. pony, 10 a.m. dairy, 1 p.m. goat/sheep, 3 p.m. rabbit, 4 p.m. poultry shows

8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. beef show, 10 a.m. cat show; 2-7 p.m. Paint the 4-H Show; 6 p.m. Fashion Revue; 5-8 p.m. taco cookoff

8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. swine show; 9 a.m. dog show; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. craft and vendor show; 2-4 p.m. 4-H Olympics; 2-9 p.m., silent auction; 4:30-7 p.m. pork chop BBQ; 7 p.m., recognition parade; 7:30 p.m., sale of champions; 8-10 p.m. live music by local band Route 88

Admission is free; go to and click on 4-H Fair on the right side of the page for details on project judging and the complete schedule.

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