Knox County Fair

MOUNT VERNON – The Knox County Fair is back with a full slate of Junior and Senior Fair events this summer. It will run from Sunday, July 25 to Saturday, July 31.

Here's what each day will entail:

       

Sunday, July 25

8 a.m. -- Gates open

8 a.m. -- Worship service (Multi-Purpose Building)

9 a.m. -- Junior Fair market rabbit show, followed by Junior Fair rabbit showmanship (Small Animal Arena)

9 a.m. -- 4-H vegetable judging and flower specimen (Flower Building)

10 a.m. -- Equine dressage show (Horse Show Arena)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- DinoRoar! Roaming Dinosaur Show (Kiddie Land)

11 a.m. -- Junior Fair King & Queen crowning (Midway Stage)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

2 p.m. -- Draft horse showmanship (Draft Show Arena)

2 p.m. -- 28th and 29th Annual Little Miss Knox County (Midway Stage)

2 p.m. -- Open Flower Specimen and Artistic Arrangement judging (Flower Building)

3 p.m. -- Pen of Three market lamb judging, followed by Junior Fair sheep showmanship, followed by market lamb show (Multi-Purpose Building)

3 p.m. -- Open draft pony pulls (Horse Pulling/Upper Track)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

5 p.m. -- Equine mini-show (Horse Show Arena)

5 p.m. -- Opening ceremonies (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

6 p.m. -- NTPA Pull (five classes), followed by Buckeye Power Productions Pull (four classes) -- pulling on two tracks (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

6 p.m. -- Junior Fair swine showmanship (Swine Barn Arena)

     

Monday, July 26

8 a.m. -- Gates open

9 a.m. -- Grange exhibit judging (Flower Building)

9 a.m. -- Senior Fair dairy show, followed by Junior Fair dairy show and showmanship (Multi-Purpose Building)

9:30 a.m. -- Stalled draft horse and draft pony hitch classes

10 a.m. -- Equine English show (Horse Show Arena)

10 a.m. -- Junior Fair market poultry show (Small Animal Arena)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- DinoRoar! Roaming Dinosaur Show (Kiddie Land)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

12 p.m. -- Harness racing (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

1 p.m. -- Junior Fair dairy market feeder showmanship (Multi-Purpose Building)

1 p.m. -- Horticulture judging (Flower Building)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

5 p.m. -- Junior Fair market and meat production goat showmanship, followed by Junior Fair market goat show, followed by meat production doe show (Multi-Purpose Building)

6 p.m. -- Junior Fair swine show (Swine Barn Arena)

7 p.m. -- Demolition drag racing (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

7 p.m. -- Moto Cross (Horse Pulling/Upper Track)

       

Tuesday, July 27

8 a.m. -- Gates open

9 a.m. -- Junior Fair dairy goat and pygmy goat showmanship, followed by goat master showmanship competition (Swine Barn Arena)

10 a.m. -- Equine light horse and miniature versatilities (Horse Show Arena)

10 a.m. -- Junior Fair poultry production show, followed by showmanship (Small Animal Arena)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- DinoRoar! Roaming Dinosaur Show (Kiddie Land)

11 a.m. -- Junior Fair dairy market feeder show, with market dairy steer show immediately following (Multi-Purpose Building)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Knox County Cub Scout Troop & Pack 332 Fun Day at the Fair (4-H Booth Building/Junior Fair Office)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

5 p.m. -- Draft horse show (Horse Show Arena)

6 p.m. -- Junior Fair beef feeder show, followed by market beef show (Multi-Purpose Building)

7 p.m. -- Auto Cross (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

      

Wednesday, July 28

8 a.m. -- Gates open

9 a.m. -- Junior Fair market dairy steer showmanship, and market beef showmanship, followed by beef breeding show (Multi-Purpose Building)

10 a.m. -- Junior Fair sheep breeding show (Sheep Barn Arena)

10 a.m. -- Equine contesting show (Horse Show Arena)

10 a.m. -- Goat costume fun show (Swine Barn Arena)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

2 p.m. -- Open class sheep show (Sheep Barn Arena)

2:45 p.m. -- Junior Fair Showman of Showmen Competition (Horse Show Arena)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

6 p.m. -- Draft horse show -- decoration class (Draft Show Arena)

7 p.m. -- Rough Truck and Side-By-Side Racing (razor style only), Longest Jump Contest (rough trucks only) (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

       

Thursday, July 29

(Senior Citizen Day, Veterans Day, and Junior Fair Sale Day)

8 a.m. -- Gates open

8 a.m. -- Sale building opens (Junior Fair Sales Office)

9 a.m. -- Stalled draft horse and draft pony halter classes (Draft Show Arena)

9 a.m. -- Sales announcement and special awards (Multi-Purpose Building)

9:30 a.m. -- Sale of Champions (Multi-Purpose Building)

10 a.m. -- Equine walk-trot show (Horse Show Arena)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Senior Citizen Day Event (Infield of Racetrack)

12 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. -- Showcase of the Bands (Midway Stage)

12 p.m. (approximately) -- Junior Fair sales begin in Multi-Purpose Building (dairy market feeders, turkeys, broilers, fryers, market dairy steers, beef feeders, market beef)

12 p.m. (approximately) -- Junior Fair sales begin in Swine Barn Arena (market lambs, market goats, market hogs)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

1 p.m. -- Artistic flower show (Flower Building)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

4 p.m. -- Antique Tractor Parade (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

6 p.m. -- Equine contest challenge show (Horse Show Arena)

7 p.m. -- Figure 8 Races and Demo Derby (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

      

Friday, July 30

8 a.m. -- Gates open

9 a.m. -- Dairy goat, pygmy and pack show (Swine Barn Arena)

10 a.m. -- Junior Fair breeding rabbit show (Small Animal Arena)

11 a.m. -- Equine open/fun show and roping competition -- roping and unmounted tying is open to all 4-H and FFA members (Horse Show Arena)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

1 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. -- Showcase of the Bands (Midway Stage)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

4 p.m. -- Equine clover bud show (Swine Barn Scales)

5 p.m. -- Junior Fair dog show (Multi-Purpose Building)

6 p.m. -- Draft horse show -- costume class (Draft Show Arena)

7 p.m. -- Championship Rodeo presented by Diamond J. Rodeo Co. (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

7 p.m. -- Moto Cross (Horse Pulling/Upper Track)

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. -- Jess Kellie Adams (Midway Stage)

      

Saturday, July 31

8 a.m. -- Gates open

10 a.m. -- Youth games (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

10 a.m. -- Junior Fair llama and alpaca show (Multi-Purpose Building)

11 a.m. -- Entries close for youth gift card give-away (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Ag Museum open

12 p.m. -- Gift card drawing -- must be present to win (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

12 p.m. -- Open non-terminal market hog show (Swine Barn Arena)

1 p.m. -- Pedal tractor pull (Midway Stage)

3 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Indian Artifact Display (Agricultural Museum)

7 p.m. -- OSTPA Truck/Tractor Pull (pulling on two tracks) (Energy Cooperative Grandstand)

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Admission will cost $7 each day. Those age 8 and younger will get in free.

Rides this year will be provided by Bates Brothers Amusements Company, out of Wintersville, Ohio. They will be open from 2 p.m. 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. It will cost $12 Monday for an all-day wristband; all other days, it will cost $17.

Junior Fair livestock exhibitors will move their equipment in Thursday, July 22. They will move their animals in Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24. Vet checks and weigh-ins will take place on these days.

The 4-H equine introduction and crowning will take place July 24 at 6 p.m., and harness racing will also occur on the grandstand track that night.

For more information, visit the Knox County Fair's website.

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