St. Clair County Fair: Whopper tomatoes, crowing roosters and dogs in liederhosen

News-DemocratJuly 31, 2013 

There's still time to enter your whopper tomato in the produce judging contest, tune up your rooster for the crowing contest and persuade Fido to wear liederhosen for the Dress Your Dog Contest at the St. Clair County Fair.

The 158th annual fair opens Wednesday and continues through Aug. 11 at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville.

This year's schedule is packed with talent shows, car and motocycle racing, carnival rides, livestock and produce exhibits, a kids tractor pull, a demolition derby and concerts.

You might want to let your rooster sleep in on Aug. 8, so it's ready to cockadoodledoo its heart out at 6 p.m. in the Rooster Crowing Contest (limited to birds entered in the poultry classes). You can enter your child (10 or younger) in the Kids Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

Or, dress your dog to the nines, er ... canines ... for the Dress the Dog Contest at 6 p.m. Aug.10. (Registration is at 5 p.m; information Amber at 618-304-9633). Just bring Bowser to the Trophy Room at 5 p.m. to register and prove that his vaccination record is up to date, and you could walk off with a prize for most elaborate or original costume - or best in show.

Hundreds of animals -- sheep, goats, swine, cattle and more -- will be at the fairgrounds for judging. Antique farm equipment will be on display each day.

The Exhibition Hall will be one of the best places to beat the heat and have fun during the fair -- and it's all free. It'sopen from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 9 and 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10. In addition to the Scott Air Force Base Hot Brass performing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the outside pavilion, the hall will host talent shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9. And, while you're there, you can admire the countless displays of produce and arts and crafts.

The big events in the arena are the demolition derby on Aug. 10 and the Arnie Knepper Memorial National POWRi Midgets & Outlaw Micros races on Sunday.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free, although parking on the grounds is $4. Information: 235-0666 or

Fair schedule

Aug. 7

6 p.m. Carnival opens, unlimited rides $20.

7-8:30 p.m. Scott Air Fore Base Hot Brass

Arena event to be announced

Aug. 8

6 p.m. Carnival opens, unlimited rides $20; Rooster Crowing Contest

7 p.m. Kids Pedal Tractor Pull

7 p.m. Youth Talent Contest, Junior Division, free.

6:30 p.m. Motorcycle Flat Track racing in Arena, $12 adult, 12 and younger free when accompanied by adult.

Aug. 9

6 p.m. Carnival opens

6:30 p.m. Kenny Shrum 100 Stock Car Races in Arena, $15 adult, 12 and younger free

7 p.m. Talent Contest, youth senior division, followed by open division, free


2 p.m. Canival opens

6 p.m. Dress Your Dog Contest

3-4 p.m. Entertainment by R.J. Krause All-Stars Sports Club

6:30 p.m. Demolition Derby in Arena, $12 adult, younger than 12 free.

Aug. 11

1-6 p.m. Carnival open (all rides take one ticket)

7 p.m. National POWi Midgets and Outlaw Micros (Arnie Knepper Memorial) in Arena, $15 adults; younger than 12 free.

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