2014 Perkins County Fair opens Monday with dog show
by Jan Rahn
Get out your Mardi Gras mask, dust it off, fluff the feathers, and get ready to flaunt the theme of this year’s Perkins County Fair.
There are lots of events planned for everyone’s amusement and entertainment during the week of July 21-26.
The fair kicks off with the 4-H dog show early on Monday and ends with an adult dance Saturday night.
There are many opportunities to compete or participate throughout the week. Below is a schedule highlighting most of the events taking place at the Perkins County Fairgrounds next week.
Monday, July 21
At 9 a.m. 4-Her’s and their pets gather in the dance hall building for the dog show.
Registration for the dog show begins at 8:30 that morning.
Tuesday, July 22
The annual 4-H horse show registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the participants displaying their riding talents at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, July 23
From 9-11 a.m., 4-H and open class static entries will be accepted in the exhibit building.
The small animal and rabbit show begins at 11 a.m.
Check-in for livestock is 5-7 p.m.
Showing at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds will be The Lego Movie.
Thursday, July 24
6 a.m. is the time set for the annual free pancake feed hosted by the Perkins County Chamber. Come enjoy time with friends and enter the Chamber Bucks drawing.
At 8 a.m. the 4-H swine, sheep, goat and poultry shows begin.
Open class floral entries are accepted from 8 a.m. to noon.
The rocket launch takes place at 1 pm. at the ball field.
1:30 p.m. marks the livestock judging contest/clinic.
Children can enjoy an inflatable carnival from 5-10 p.m. Bring two items on opening night to benefit the food pantry or animal shelter and bounce for free. Bring non-perishable items for the food pantry. The animal shelter needs used towels, hand towels, wash rags, treats or chew bones, blankets, bleach/detergent/cleaning supplies.
A rock climbing wall is available from 5-10 p.m.
4-H bingo is scheduled from 7-10 p.m.
At 7 p.m. the talent show and 4-H style review will be held in the dance hall.
Friday, July 25
8 a.m. marks the annual 4-H beef show.
At 10 a.m. the Garden Club will host a public tea in the exhibit building.
Friday afternoon/evening is filled with activities for youth:
1 p.m. livestock obstacle course
2 p.m. kids races/sidewalk chalk
2 p.m. livestock round robin sponsored by Aurora Coop
3 p.m. tractor pedal pull
3 p.m. mud volleyball
5-10 p.m. inflatable carnival, all ages
5-10 p.m. rock climbing wall
5:30 p.m. mutton bustin’
7-10 p.m. bingo hosted by 4-H teens.
Entertainment by the Tonic Sol-fa a capella quartet is scheduled for 7 p.m.
A youth dance is set for 9 p.m.-midnight.
Saturday July 26
7 a.m. Fun Run—gather at Image Total Fitness to begin a “group run” and bring an item for the food pantry. No formal entry fee required.
10 a.m. is the time set for the parade to begin at the north end of Grant City Park. This year’s theme is “Mardi Gras.” Come to table on south side of park for entry number.
The annual barbecue by 4-H teens is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
12:30 p.m. is the time set for an antique tractor pull.
Awards for 4-H will be presented in the dance hall at 1:30 p.m.
Silent auction results will follow at 1:45 p.m.
The inflatable carnival opens at 2 p.m.
There will be a 3:45 p.m. awards presentation by the fair board for the Good Neighbor and Grand Marshal.
4 p.m. marks the start of the 4-H livestock sale.
From 4:30-5 p.m. the FFA hosts Farm Olympics and a corn eating contest.
The rock climbing wall opens at 5 p.m.
6 p.m. is set aside for the annual derby hosted by Ride Rite Garage.
Bingo takes place from 7-10 p.m.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. adult dance.
A beer garden will be available during the fair.