The Madison County Fair is only once a year, but it leaves those that attend with memories that will last a lifetime. The sounds, the lights, the smells of the food vendors are all things that people look forward to and remember all year long. As you walk through the gates you will see people from all over the county and state with smiles and cotton candy mustaches. There are so many things that make The Madison County Fair the spectacular event that it is.
Each year D.C. Lynch puts together an assortment of rides and vendors for all aged fair enthusiast. There are some people that enjoy rides like the Zipper as they get tossed and turned in all directions and others enjoy the simplicity and romance of the Ferris Wheel. Not many kids can go passed the rides without reaching for their inner dare devil, wanting the thrill and excitement of the speed and lights. For the less adventurous there is a lot of joy brought upon by a funnel cake and walk through the midway. The carnival runs each day from 6p.m. to 11p.m. with the cost of wristbands being $25.00. Not a bad price for a night full of fun.
The food brought by local vendors, churches, and 4H groups is nothing to ignore. Even if you try, your nose won’t let you. The smells that come from the food vendors are almost intoxicating. Walking tacos, food on a stick, nachos and everything you can dream of cheating on your diet with is available at The Madison County Fair. Take a friend so you can try their food too. Here’s a list of this years vendors so you can make your list of “good eats.”
Chuck Wagon – Dippin Dots – Eat My Bloomers – Gators & Taters – Goody’s Grille – Hall Family Foods – Jim’s Kettlecorn – JoJo’s Gelato
Knights of Columbus – Leon Mexican Restaurant – Madison Post Prom – Pizza Point Concessions – Smokin Like Ya Like It
– Taylor Made Catering – Trinity Lutheran Church – Vogel’s Street Treats
4H Exhibits are more than just crafts, flowers, and animals. The exhibitors that bring items in for judging have worked hard for months to make sure everything is just perfect. The livestock you see is raised, groomed, and trained by 4Hers from around the county. It’s a lot of work to get the exhibits ready so make sure to applaud exhibitors as they hold on proudly to their blue and purple ribbons. The crafts, photography, and homemade creations are each exhibitor’s own art pieces brought out to show fair goers. 4Hers take a lot of pride in their work and it shows. Their exhibits are a very special part of the fair whether it moos, can be worn, or was grown in the garden it was definitely brought to you with heart and pride.
“It’s cowboy hats, It’s spurs, and latigo It’s the ropes and the reins” Don’t forget to grab your boots and hats to head to Midstates Champion Rodeo. This will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting at 7:30p.m. The rodeo is just as much a part of the fair as funnel cakes and Ferris Wheels. There’s never a dull moment! Be part of the crowd to cheer on those that ride and clown around in the dirt.
This years line up of music will not disappoint. Two young and upcoming artist have been added to the line up of entertainment. Brett Young will start you off on Saturday July 12th. You can expect to hear some of his popular hits such as “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Mercy.” He has a lot of feel good music for you to enjoy. The fun will keep going on Sunday July 13th with Chris Janson. Be ready for a real show when you get your tickets for this one! You can bring your lawn chairs but you’ll probably use your dancing shoes more. Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy you a ticket to see Chris Janson in concert which is pretty much the same thing.
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