Van Buren fair starts Sunday
The Van Buren County Fair is slated to run July 14-22 at the fairgrounds in Keosauqua.
According to Van Buren County Extension staff members, communications entries will be judged at 1 p.m. Sunday. The annual gospel music sing-along will mark the official opening of the fair at 6:30 that evening at the Roberts Memorial Building.
The call-in for rodeo scheduled for July 20 will be Monday. The Junior Miss and Fair Queen Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Scheduled events July 16 will include 4-H club pictures at 8 a.m. with 4-H Exhibit judging to follow at 8:30 a.m. Only 4-H members and their family members can be present for judging. More club photos will be taken at 12:30 p.m. The cat show will begin at 5 p.m. and the dog show will follow at 7 p.m.
On July 17, judging of clothing events will be at 8 a.m. The weigh-in for market animals will be from 9-11 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m. Animals that do not need to weigh-in will be allowed to enter the grounds at noon. Open class exhibits will be judged at 2:30 p.m.
All animals must be in place by 8 a.m. July 18. The sheep and meat goat show will begin at that time. The dairy show will follow at 10:30 a.m. After the lunch break, there will be instruction on livestock showing in the show barn at 1 p.m. The sheep and swine ultrasound will begin at 3:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Harmony FFA Chapter will serve a meal. The horse show will begin at 6 p.m.
On July 19, the swine show will begin at 8 a.m. in the show barn. After the swine show, the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be presented. Additional open class exhibit judging will take place at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., the poultry show will begin in the poultry barn. Sign up for the truck and tractor pull will be from 4-6:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Van Buren FFA Chapter will serve dinner. A truck and tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m., concluding the day’s activities.
The beef show will begin at 8 a.m. July 20 and will be followed by the open K-3 nursing calf show. The rabbit show will be held at 3 p.m. in the rabbit barn. The Van Buren County Cattlemen will serve dinner at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. there will be a cattle dog trial demonstration. The evening activity will be the rodeo, which will begin at 7 p.m.
A community worship service will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. July 21 in the shelter by the fair office. The fun horse show will begin at 10 a.m. From noon – 4 p.m. ISU representatives will present Conservation Station. Registration for the children’s pedal pull will be at 1 p.m. The pedal pull will follow at 1:30 p.m. Inspection for the demo derby will be from 3-5 p.m. The demolition derby will begin at 6 p.m.
The fair will conclude July 22. At 10 a.m., all open class entries will be released. The ultrasound presentation will be made at 5 p.m. in the Roberts Memorial Building. The fair board will serve dinner at 5:30 p.m. The Marcie Carr Memorial Award will be presented at 6:45 p.m. and the livestock sale will commence at 7 p.m.
Everyday while the fair is open, the Little Toot Express Train will be on the fairgrounds for rides. The train is a replica of the 1880 Black Iron Horse Engine Train. Rides are $3 per person. There will be a bounce house open each day, as well. Admission is $2.
More information about the Van Buren County Fair is available at vbco.vanburencountyfair.com or by calling the fair office at 319-293-3745.