The grandstand schedule for the Saline County Agricultural Fair features events that have proven successful over the fair's past 106 years.
"We've tried to get things that have pulled in local interest, things people want to see," Chris Evans, the new fair board president said.
There is one new event serving as a fundraiser and warm-up for fair week — a run in the dark.
Glow In the Dark 5K
Intended to keep the fair "glowing" there will be a 5K Glow In the Dark Walk/Run 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. A $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt, glow sticks, number and pins.
The run begins at the fair's floral hall, proceeds up Dorris Heights Road and ends back at the fair.
"We have 24 people registered so far and more to come," Evans said.
Those interested may mail a check to Saline County Agricultural Association, P.O. Box 636, Harrisburg, Ill. 62946.
For more information people may call Amy Evans at 925-3173.
Western Horse Show
Sunday, July 21 brings a Western Horse Show starting at 10 a.m. and it has generated a lot of interest, Evans said.
The show features Quarter type, Showmanship at Halter, Open Reining, English Pleasure, Junior Walk-Trot, Open Western Pleasure, Junior Western Pleasure, Select Western Pleasure, Open Walk-Trot Pleasure, Youth Barrels, Open Barrels, and Masters Barrels.
A total of $6,480 in premium money is up for grabs for the competitors. In Open Barrels Division 1 premium amounts of $150, $220, $180, $160, $150 and $130 are available to the best riders who enter with a $22 fee.
"They can win some pretty good money doing that," Evans said.
"I'd say we'll get several from Saline County and people from the surrounding areas."
The tractor pull was a popular event of year's past and it returns this year at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22.
Evans expects many locals competing.
"We're running local classes trying to get people to bring local diesel tractors out," Evans said.
Paying seven places in four classes, competitors can win between $180 and $30.
There is also a truck pull that night. Evans said he hopes there are enough competitors to pay seven places in that.
MotoCross/Pay One Price
Evans said Pay One Price Day — $15 to ride as many rides as fairgoers desire — always generates a crowd and he hopes many get their fill of rides early and wander over to the grandstand for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 MotoCross.
This year the motorcycles and quad racing are on the same night.
The 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 mud races give competitors a chance to make the mud fly. Customized monster trucks will slide and grind their way to the finish lines.
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Those with sport-utility vehicles and trucks have a chance to show off their 4-by-4 racing skills 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at the 4X4 Rock Jam.
There will be all-terrain vehicle racing that night also.
Bulls, barrels and team roping are on the agenda 7 p.m. Friday, July 26 as the C-Bar Rodeo gives people a chance to show their livestock handling skills.
Not much needs be said of the fair's grand finale — the demolition derby 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Traditionally the most popular event of the fair, the demo derby is a smashing good time.
New to this year's derby is the Big Hit Contest.
"The biggest hit of the night wins money," Evans said.
"We want to get a lot of cars. We want everybody to come out and participate and have a good show."