August 5, 2013 • 08:02:49 a.m.

Bands, food, shows celebrate farming history at county fair (schedule)

By JAMI KUNZER – jkunzer@shawmedia.com

Western Sky Band (Photo provided)

Like many involved, Tom Linneman of Hebron has gone from showing sheep and pigs as a boy to helping plan the McHenry County Fair.

Being a part of the festivities is as much a staple to the Linnemans as the fair is to the county.

“It’s a family tradition,” said Linneman, who serves as treasurer on the fair’s board of directors. “It’s a great family bonding thing for us.”

It’s the same for others throughout the area, whether they’re coming the the fair as part of their 4-H Clubs, to show off their skills in a talent contest, to enjoy the carnival or some music or take in the demolition derby or tractor pull.

Through promotions on Facebook and elsewhere as well as new attractions, such as a Celebrity Look-Alike Contest and Motorcross races, organizers are hoping to garner more interest in this year’s fair than ever before.

About 70,000 people attended the fair last year.

Along with celebrating the county’s farming roots, organizers hope to draw crowds in with some of the area’s latest and most popular bands.

Among those taking the stage this year are Modern Day Romeos, Suburban Cowboys, Voyage, Western Sky Band, the Georgia Rae Family Band and Dalton & Collins.

As for 4-H fans, they’ll likely take notice of the new George Dahm Memorial Beef Barn, built and dedicated this year in honor of the late George Dahm, a longtime fair volunteer.

Because of the added space, the fair will include more beef entries this year, organizers say.

“Then we have our fan favorite out here, our demolition derbies and tractor pulling,” Linneman said. 

And carnival riders might want to take advantage of wristband deals. A $15 wristband provides unlimited rides from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the fair.

Many have come to rely on the mainstays the fair has to offer, Linneman said, and its farming roots.

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he was 8 years old when he first started showing at the fair. His oldest son looks forward to doing the same when he’s old  enough in a few years, Linneman said.

“It’s a great family event,” he said. “They can see many different animals at the fair and some great entertainment, whether it’s a live band or motorsports. There’s a wide variety for families from the very young to seniors.”

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McHENRY COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WHEN: Through Aug. 4

WHERE: Route 47 and Country Club Road, Woodstock

COST & INFO: Queen contest, tractor salute to veterans, KTM Motorcross, demolition derby, live bands, food and more. Information: www.mchenrycountyfair.com or 815-338-5315.

AUG. 1 - VETERANS DAY

8 a.m. - Hansen Pavilion - 4-H Beef Show

8 a.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Jr. Dairy Goat

8 a.m. - Swine Barn - 4-H Swine Show

8 a.m. - Beef Barn - 4-H Beef Show

9 a.m. - Rabbit Barn - Jr. Rabbit Show

10 a.m. - Sheep Barn - Jr. Sheep Show

Noon - Entertainment Pavilion - Free Bingo

1 p.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Goat Costume Show

1 p.m. - Building E - Jr. Flower Show

1:30 p.m. - Building E - Open Flower Show

3 to 6 p.m. - Dairy Barn - Milk-A-Cow Booth

4 p.m. - Throughout Fairgrounds - Antique Tractor Parade

5 to 10 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Karaoke

6 to 7 p.m. - Horse Arena - Mustang Show

6:30 p.m. - Grandstand - 21 Tractor Salute to Veterans

8 p.m. - Grandstand - Antique Tractor Pulls

AUG. 2

8 a.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Dairy Goat Show

8 a.m. - Swine Barn - Jr. and Open Swine Show

8:30 a.m. - Horse Arena - 4-H Horse Show

9:30 a.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Open and Jr. Dairy Show

10 a.m. - Sheep Barn - Open Sheep Show

3 to 6 p.m. - Dairy Barn - Milk-A-Cow Booth

4 p.m. - Throughout Fairgrounds - Antique Tractor Parade

4:30 p.m. - Grandstand ($5) - Motocross

4:30 p.m. - 4-H Building - 4-H Barn Tours

5 p.m. - 4-H Building - 4-H Barn Tours

5:30 p.m. - 4-H Building - 4-H Barn Tours

5:30 to 8 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Voyage

6 p.m. - 4-H Building - Robotics Demo

7 p.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Junior Talent Contest

7 p.m. - Building E - Wine Judging

8:30 p.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Senior Talent Contest

9 to 11:30 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Modern Day Romeos

AUG. 3

9 a.m. - Horse Arena - Horse Speed Show

9 a.m. - Rabbit Barn - Open Rabbit Show

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Dairy Barn - Milk-A-Cow Booth

Noon - Grandstand - Truck/Tractor Pulls

Noon - Hansen Pavilion - 4-H Livestock Auction

1 p.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Sale of Champions

3 to 6 p.m. - Dairy Barn - Milk-A-Cow Booth

4 p.m. - Building E - Flower Arranging Demo

4 p.m. - Throughout Fairgrounds - Antique Tractor Parade

4 to 7 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Western Sky Band

5 p.m. - Grandstand ($10) - Truck/Tractor Pulls

6 p.m. - Horse Corral - Drill Team Demonstration

8 p.m. Grandstands - Combine Demo

8:30 to 11:30 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Suburban Cowboys

AUG. 4

8:30 a.m. - Horse Arena - Open Horse Show

9:30 p.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Rooster-crowing contest

9:30 a.m. - Hansen Pavilion - Open Pygmy Goat Show

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Dairy Barn - Milk-A-Cow Booth

Noon - Hansen Pavilion - Pie-eating contest

1 p.m. - Throughout Fairgrounds - Antique Tractor Parade

1 p.m. - Grandstand ($7) - Demolition Derby

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Georgia Rae Family Band

4:30 to 7 p.m. - Entertainment Pavilion - Dalton & Collins

5 p.m. - Grandstand ($7) - Demolition Derby

SPECIAL EVENTS

Wool Spinning Demonstration in Sheep Barn

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barn Yard Buddies in Sheep Barn

Thursday - Sunday

Pedal Pulls (Outside of 4-H Building)

Registration starts at noon

Friday and Saturday: 1 p.m.

Wood Carver

Grounds Entertainment

All events held in the Hansen Pavilion unless otherwise noted

AUG. 1

12:30 p.m. – Grandstand Infield - Rocket Launch

4 p.m. - Farmer Ed - Accordion Player

5 p.m. - McHenry County Sheriff’s Dog Demo

7:30 p.m. - 4-H Ceremonies and Games

9 p.m. - 4-H Dance

AUG. 2

5 p.m. - McHenry County Sheriff’s Dog Demo

4:30, 5 and 5:30 p.m. - 4-H Barn Tours

AUG. 3

5 p.m. - McHenry County Sheriff’s Dog Demo

6 p.m. - Dancepiration Crystal Lake

7:30 p.m. - Celebrity Look-A-Like

AUG. 4

10:30 a.m. - Jazzercise

11:30 a.m. - McCormack Fay Irish Dance Academy Woodstock - Crystal Lake

Noon - Pie-eating contest

1 p.m. - B & B Square Dancers

2 p.m. - Woodstock Ballet

3 p.m. - Wood Carving Auction


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