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Carnival, rodeo added to this year’s 4-H fair lineup

July 20, 2016

AMBOY – The Lee County 4-H Fair and Junior Show is beefing up its offerings.

For the first time in 30 years, the fair, which will run July 28-31, will offer a full slate of carnival rides and a midway, via the Great American Carnival. Among the 10 rides will be the Sizzler, the Tempest, the Paratrooper and a Ferris wheel, along with several kiddie rides.

Also returning for the first time in a decade is a professional rodeo show.

The 4-day fair – and the carnival – opens at noon Thursday at the fairgrounds at 1196 Franklin Grove Road.

Admission is $5 Thursday through Saturday and $2 Sunday for ages 13 and older. All-day carnival wristbands are available for $20.

Day 1 features a garden tractor, tractor and truck pull at 6 p.m., and the Ag Olympics at 7 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10 a.m. the rest of the fair.

Day 2 offerings include daylong antique tractor show, a truck and tractor pull at 6 p.m., and pin dodgeball at 8 p.m.

Day 3, Saturday, the antique tractor show continues. There’s a magic show at 4 p.m. and the T&C Rodeo begins at 6 p.m. In addition to the professionals, local riders are welcome to participate. Riders can register day of for basic speed events, and youth can take part in the mutton-bustin’ competition.

On Sunday, the 4-H Fair Marketplace, featuring local crafters, artisans, farmers market vendors, and home-based business products, is among the highlights. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor space is available at no cost; call 815-857-2603 for more information or to reserve a spot.

There’s also a car show from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition to daily judging and livestock shows, free kids activities will be available the first 3 days. The corn boil, corn husking contest, and Big Wheel races wrap things up.

Go to leecounty4hcenter.com or find Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show on Facebook for a complete schedule, including the full slate of project judging, and more information.