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What's happening at the Whiteside County Fair?

Leah Huizenga (left) and Teaghan Tipton try their luck at winning a goldfish at last year's Whiteside County Fair in Morrison. The 148th annual fair returns next week to the fairgrounds at 201 W. Winfield St.
Leah Huizenga (left) and Teaghan Tipton try their luck at winning a goldfish at last year's Whiteside County Fair in Morrison. The 148th annual fair returns next week to the fairgrounds at 201 W. Winfield St.

MORRISON – The 148th annual Whiteside County Fair returns next week to the fairgrounds at 201 W. Winfield St.

The schedule of each day’s main events: 

Tuesday: Western horse show at 8 a.m., open and junior swine judging at noon and 4:30 p.m., kids pedal pull at 2 p.m., and pro bull riding at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.

Wednesday: Western horse speed events at 9 a.m., dairy judging at 9 a.m., and Martin Family Circus takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand, followed by Keith Anderson at 8.

Aug. 16: Beef cattle, junior heifer, and junior steer judging at the Beef Show Arena at 9 a.m., heavy horse halter class judging in front of the grandstand at 9 a.m., and riders with the motocross show will perform aerial acrobatics at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.

Aug. 17: The heavy horse hitch classes show begins in front of the grandstand, and the open beef show begins in the Beef Show Arena, both at 9 a.m. The heavy horses big 6, 4, and unicorn hitches return at 1 p.m. to the grandstand, where the antique tractor parade begins at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Illini Pullers Association’s souped-up tractors and trucks show off their horsepower pulling sleds.

Aug. 18: The horseshoes tournament starts at 10 a.m. (register from 8 to 9:30), the kids pedal pull at 11 a.m., and harness racing at  noon. Then the fair wraps up with the always-popular demolition derby at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand.

Wilson Family Rides returns this year with its carnival and midway attractions, which open at 1 p.m. every day except Saturday, when they open at noon. A mega pass for unlimited rides costs $50 if bought the week before in the secretary’s office, or $60 during the fair. Otherwise, a $25 wristband gets the wearer unlimited rides from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Also making their comebacks are the Grandpa Cratchet Stage Show, daily bike giveaways, and the cake and pie walk.

A season pass is $20 for those 12 and older, or $5 for ages 6 to 11, while daily admission is $8 or $2, respectively. Grandstand events are included in the price of admission.

There are 1,250 reserved seats available for the demo derby; Tickets are $8 and must be bought in person. Attesting to the event’s popularity, the 3,550 free seats may not be saved, and must be occupied at all times.

Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds.

Antique tractor owners can display tractors in restored or good original condition. Each participant will receive a 148th Whiteside County Fair plaque to display on their tractor. Anyone displaying their tractor must purchase a season membership pass, which will automatically enter them into the exhibition. Hit-and-miss engines in working order also can be displayed. No garden tractors are allowed. Implements are allowed only if they’re mounted to a tractor. Advance registration is recommended; call Ron Shank at 815-772-7157 to sign up.

Go to whitesidecountyfair.org or find the Whiteside County Fair on Facebook for updates, a complete schedule and more information.

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