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It will be a fair week ahead

July 10, 2014

By William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

July 10--County fair season is in full swing this month, which is good news for all those 4-H kids anxious to show off their livestock and exhibits.

Lee County Fair

The Lee County Fair opened Wednesday night in Donnellson with the crowning of the fair queen and the local talent show, but there's still plenty of fun to be had the rest of the week.

Today is Kid's Day at the fair, and the festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with a small pets, rabbit and poultry show. Kenny's Funland Carnival and the Kent Family Circus Tent will open at 1 p.m., and Kid's Day activities will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Activities will consist of crafts and story time at the Viele Schoolhouse, cars and coasters at the Grout Museum District, and a tour of a general store and Farmer Bill's Barn. Paulette's Dance Kids will take the stage at 4 p.m., and there will be a blue ribbon dinner under the grandstand at 5 p.m. The night will end at 9 p.m. with a performance from 19-year-old Keokuk musician Nathan Gosnel.

Friday is Senior Day at the fair, kicking off with the 4-H/FFA Swine Show at 8 a.m. Senior Day activities will start at 1 p.m., which will include informational booths, bingo and free dessert. The night will end with a performance by the Keokuk-based band Fate Revealed at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday will be jam-packed with activity, starting with the Van Winkle Chess Tournament at 10 a.m. and the sanctioned Cattle Dog Trial at 9:45 a.m. There will be kid's games from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a wine expo judging at 2 p.m. and the annual Farm Bureau Cook-off tasting at 4 p.m. The fair is bound to get a lot louder when the demolition derby starts at 7 p.m., and the night will be capped with a performance by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters at 9:30 p.m.

Though the fair will officially wrap up with the junior livestock auction at 8:30 a.m. Monday, the last real day of activity will be Sunday. The schedule is rather light that day, starting with a non-denominational church service at 8 a.m. and co-ed sand volleyball at 9 a.m. There will be a 4-H dog show at 11:30 a.m., antique tractor pulls at noon, the Ag Olympics at 3 p.m., an ice cream social at 4 p.m., and local truck pulls at 6 p.m.

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Van Buren County Fair

The Van Buren County Fair will get underway Sunday in Keosauqua, picking up right where the Lee County Fair left off. The day will begin with a gospel program at 1:30 p.m. and communications judging at 3 p.m.

Monday's schedule will be even lighter, consisting only of the junior miss and fair queen pageant at 6:30 p.m.

Things will really start to pick up Tuesday, starting with 4-H club pictures at 8 a.m. and exhibit judging at 8:30 a.m. The day will end with a pet show at 5 p.m. and an open dog show at 7 p.m.

While Wednesday will only consist of weigh-ins for market animals July 17, will be packed with 4-H and FFA judging, which will include sheep, goat, cattle and horses. July 18, will kick off with a swine show at 8 a.m., and will end with a meal served by the 4-H Youth Council at 5 p.m. Those who want to stick around can check out the truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 19, will be a light day for the fair, consisting of more animal judging and a rodeo at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, will be the biggest day of the fair, starting with a community worship service at 9 a.m. and horse show at 10 a.m., There will be a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a tractor pedal pull for kids at 1:30 p.m., and train rides and a bounce house from 2 to 5 p.m.

The fair will finally wrap up Monday, July 21, with the presentation of the Marcie Carr Memorial award at 4 p.m., a meal served by the fair board at 5:30 p.m., and a 4-H/FFA livestock sale at 7 p.m.

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Henderson County Fair

If Iowa's county fairs aren't enough for you, there will be plenty happening at the Henderson County Fair just across the river in Stronghurst, Ill.

The fair will get started with a queen pageant at 6 p.m. Sunday, and the daytime activities will start Monday with a rabbit show at 9 a.m., a poultry show at 11 a.m., and a horse show at 5 p.m.

Those who can drag themselves out of bed early enough can chow down on a farmer's breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, and then the 4-H kids will show off their projects at 9 a.m. There will be a dog and cat care clinic at 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday night will end with a tractor pull at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday will likely be one of the favorite days for the kiddies, starting with a sheep and goat show at 9 a.m. The carnival will open up at 6 p.m., followed by volleyball, a kiddie tractor pull and the country showdown at 6:30 p.m. The night will end with a bag tournament at 7 p.m.

The carnival will open up again at 6 p.m.July 17, and the 4-H time capsule will be opened at 6:30 p.m. The night will end with a figure eight race at 7 p.m.

July 18 will once again host the carnival, starting with a swine show at 9 a.m. and ending with a wire car figure eight race at 7 p.m.

July 19 will be the last official day of the fair, and it will be the last day for kids to check out the carnival rides. There will be a tractor show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the fair will end with one more figure eight race at 7 p.m.

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