Madison County Fair kicks off Tuesday

News LeaderJuly 16, 2014 

COMBINE DEMOLITION DERBY — Shaun Horstmann of Highland on ‘The Dairy Queen’ collides with Brian Schrage of St. Rose on ‘Red Rocker’ during the combine demolition derby last year. The combine demolition derby will return to the fair next Thursday.


Six days of fun starts Tuesday as the Madison County Fair returns to Lindendale Park in Highland.

This year’s fair, which starts on Tuesday, July 22 and runs through Sunday, July 27, brings many new attractions and many familiar favorites will return. There will be lots of fun activities for the entire family, including carnival rides and games every night. Mosaic Church in Highland and the 4-H Federation, along with the U of I Extension, will also be hosting Kids’ Korners with fun activities for kids of all ages on the fairgrounds.

“We will have pony and camel rides all week long, including a petting zoo to get up close and personal with some fun animals,” said Amy Rogier, president of the Madison County Fair Association. “There are nightly grandstand events as well as free music nightly under the Main Pavilion.”

The week will also be filled with entertainment and exciting competition. Exhibitions of quilts, cut flowers, paintings, drawings, and many more items will be judged and on display throughout all the days of the fair, as well as livestock shows.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free. Parking is $4 per car.

“We have week-long parking passes available for $15, and you can find a free lunch time parking pass located in the Madison County Fair Book that is good Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,’ Rogier said.

The lunch parking pass coupon is also in this edition of the News Leader. The Madison County Fair Book is available at various locations throughout Madison County and available online at

Tuesday, July 22

The first day of events, Tuesday, July 22, is Senior Day, with fun activities, including bingo and more. All seniors will receive half-price parking before 5 p.m., with ID verification.

The fair starts off at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremonies, and the 4-H Dairy Show. From then on, it is non-stop all week long, with a huge variety of events throughout the day. This exciting day includes the ITPA Truck & Tractor Pull in the arena beginning at 6 p.m., and at 8 p.m., listen to the music from the Riverside Tavern Revival Band and dance the night away under the Main Pavilion.

Wednesday, July 23

On Day 2, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor Disability Awareness Day starting at 10 a.m. This is always a fun day that includes rides, food, and entertainment for several groups of disabled children in the area.

Wednesday also has lots of activities going on: Pigeon Judging, Open and Junior Dairy Judging, Poultry Judging, the 4-H Rabbit Show, and more.

The MOWA Sprint Series racing, along with Highland Speedway’s UMP Steve Schmitt Modifieds & Daum Insurance Outlaw Micros, is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at the arena, which is a 1/4-mile, banked-oval, dirt track know as the Highland Speedway. At 8 p.m., enjoy the music from OverDrive under the Main Pavilion.

Thursday, July 24

Thursday is Public Safety Awareness Day, with half-price parking for police, firefighters and EMTs until 5 p.m., with ID verification.

The day also includes the 4-H Poultry Show, 4-H Goat Show, 4-H Fashion Revue, Rabbit Show, and more. Thursday evening is always exciting. It features the always-popular Combine Demolition Derby, sponsored by the St. Rose Fire Department at 7:30 p.m. Come out and watch these cumbersome machines crash and bash into each other. At 8 p.m., you can also enjoy listening to the music from Whiskey River under the Main Pavilion.

Friday, July 25

Friday brings Agriculture Day to the Madison County Fair, sponsored by Farm Credit Services. This is a fun day with the Madison County Pork Producers front and center bringing their wonderful barbecue to the fairgrounds. The many activities of the day include the 4-H Swine Show, 4-H Beef Show, 4-H Super Showmanship Contest, and more.

It is also the first day of the Train Show, which will be located in the Dance Hall.

The evening keeps the entertainment going with the Lawn Mower Demolition Derby and the Car Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in the arena.

If destruction does not fit your bill, it is always entertaining watching who will get the highest bid at the 4-H Livestock Auction at 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget to check out the Main Pavilion for a rocking good time with music by Out of Focus.

Saturday, July 26

Saturday is Military Appreciation Day, with $1 parking for all veterans and active military until 6 p.m., with ID verification. Come out and check out the 4-H Sheep Show, the Open Steer Judging, Sheep Judging, the 4-H Cat Show, Train Show, and carnival rides opening in the afternoon.

Farm Follies, sponsored by the Madison County Young Farmers, are held on Saturday and always are a fun-filled competition.

Find out who will be crowned the 2014 Miss Madison County at the Queen Pageant at 2 p.m., along with who will be crowned the 2014 Junior Miss Madison County and the Parade of Princesses.

New for Saturday at the fair is an afternoon full of live music under the Main Pavilion, starting off with the Air Force band Hot Brass, a subset of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (pending deployment). Then, Safe Haven will rock through the afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. Strikeforce will play under the Main Pavilion starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday night brings racing action in the arena. At 7 p.m., it’s the UMP Hard Charger Challenge, featuring Highland Speedway’s UMP Late Models, UMP B-Dry SportMods, the 25-lap Scott Wernle Memorial UMP Hamel Co-op Street Stock Feature, and the UMP Sammie’s KidModz.

Sunday, July 27

The final day of the fair is Family Day, with lots of fun, family-friendly activities.

Mosaic Church in Highland will be hosting Sunday morning church service at the fair, which is open to any denomination, at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a full day of activities, with the Breeding Beef Stock Judging, Swine Judging and the Train Show in the Dance Hall. The Miss Pigtail Contest, sponsored by the Madison County Pork Producers; the Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by the Madison County Young Farmers; and the Diaper Dash, sponsored by the Madison County Fair Association will also be on Sunday.

Carnival rides open at 1 p.m., and it is BOGO Day (buy one carnival armband, get one free) with a two-can food donation, which will be donated to local food pantries in Madison County, sponsored by Banner Amusements.

Don’t forget to check out the arena event, T-T Racing, which features ATV and motorcycle flat track racing starting at noon. It is a fun-filled event for both amateur and professional riders.

You can enjoy your afternoon dancing to music from the Cold Shot under the Main Pavilion starting at 3 p.m.

For more arena ticket information and any other information, visit or call 654-6656.


Senior Citizen Day

Parking 1⁄2 price for seniors until 5 p.m.

10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m. Kids Corner sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

10 a.m. 4 -H Dairy Show (Show Barn)

2 p.m. 4-H Dog Show (Swine Barn)

5-11 p.m. Carnival Rides (Discounted armbands must be purchased before opening day)

6 p.m. ITPA Tractor-Truck Pull (Arena)

8 p.m. -Midnight Riverside Tavern Revival Band (Main Pavilion)

9 p.m. 4-H & Exhibits Close (Expo & Dance Hall)


Disability Awareness Day, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

8 a.m. Judging Pigeons (Poultry Barn)

9 a.m. Judging Dairy Cattle

9 a.m. Judging Poultry (Poultry Barn)

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m. Kids Corner, sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

10 a.m. Disability Day Activities Begin

5-11 p.m. Carnival Rides Open (Armbands)

6 p.m. 4-H Rabbit Show (4-H Barn)

7 p.m. MOWA Sprint Racing (Arena)

8 p.m. -Midnight OverDrive band (Main Pavilion)

9 p.m. 4-H & Exhibits Close (Expo & Dance Hall)

11 p.m. Carnival Rides Close


Public Safety Day

1⁄2 price parking for Police, Firemen & EMTs until 5 p.m. , with ID

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m. Kids Corner sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

12:30 p.m. 4-H Poultry Show (4-H Barn)

5 p.m. Carnival Rides Open (Armbands)

6 p.m. JudgingRabbits (Poultry Barn)

7 p.m. 4-H Goat Show (Sheep Barn)

7 p.m. 4-H Fashion Revue (Main Pavilion)

7:30 p.m. Combine Demolition Derby (Arena)

8 p.m.-Midnight Whiskey River band (Main Pavilion)

9 p.m. 4-H & Exhibits Close (Expo & Dance Hall)

11 p.m. Carnival Rides Close


Agriculture Day

Farmer, 4-H & FFA Appreciation, sponsored by Farm Credit Services

8 a.m. 4-H Swine Show (Swine Barn)

9 a.m. 4-H Beef Show (Show Barn)

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m. Kids Corner, sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Train Show (Dance Hall)

11 a.m. Pork Producers BBQ

1 p.m. 4-H Super Showmanship Contest (Show Barn)

5 p.m. Carnival Rides Open (Armbands)

7 p.m. Car Demolition Derby (Arena)

7:30 p.m. 4-H Livestock Auction (Swine Barn)

8 p.m.-Midnight Out of Focus band (Main Pavilion)

9 p.m. 4-H & Exhibits Close (Expo & Dance Hall)

11 p.m. Carnival Rides Close


Military Appreciation

Parking $1 until 6 p.m. for veterans and active military with ID

8 a.m. 4-H Sheep Show followed by Open Show

9 a.m. Open Beef Steer Show (Show Barn)

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m. Kids Corner sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Train Show ( Dance Hall)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. USAF band Hot Brass (near Expo Hall)

12:30 p.m. 4-H Cat Show (4-H Barn)

1:30 p.m. Queen pageant (Elementary Auditorium)

2 p.m. Farm Follies (Show Barn)

2 p.m. Carnival Rides Open (Armbands)

2-6 p.m. Safe Haven band (Main Pavilion)

7 p.m. UMP Race (Arena)

8 p.m.-Midnight Strikeforce band (Main Pavilion)

9 p.m. 4-H & Exhibits Close (Expo & Dance Hall)

11:30 p.m. Carnival Rides Close


Family Day

8 a.m. Open Breeding Beef Stock Show

8:30 a.m. Open Swine Show (Swine Barn)

10 a.m. Kids Corner sponsored by 4-H Federation (Expo)

10 a.m. 4-H & Exhibits Open (Expo & Dance Hall)

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Train Show (Dance Hall)

10:30 a.m. Church Service (Main Pavilion)

Noon T-T Racing (Arena)

1-6 p.m. Carnival Rides (Armbands) BOGO with 2 canned goods

1 p.m. Miss Pigtail Contest (Registration 12:30-1 p.m.)

1:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull (Registration 12:30-1:30 p.m.)

3 p.m. Diaper Dash (Dance Hall)

3-7 p.m. Cold Shot band (Main Pavilion)

4-6 p.m. Open General Project Release

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