Macon County Fair

June 4 – 9, 2019

2018 Macon County Fair

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The Macon County Fair Association announces the schedule for the 2018 Macon County Fair. This year marks the 162th Anniversary of the first Macon County Fair, and it is set to run Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10.

The Fair will kick off Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with carnival rides brought in by Swyear Amusements, featuring all rides for only $2 each on Tuesday from 5 to 10 PM and $22 arm bands on Wednesday evening.

The carnival will have specials throughout the 6-day Fair, with $22 arm bands also on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. Saturday afternoon will also feature $2 rides from 1 to 5 pm. Carnival tickets will be regular price on Friday and Saturday evenings, which will be $1 per ticket, with the rides requiring a varying number of tickets.

Thursday night, June 7, begins the nightly Grandstand events featuring the return of the Macon County Fair Pageant at 7:00 PM. Pageant co-directors, Amy & Aryn Dobrinick and Kristie Krigbaum, have been working with the contestants for the Miss Macon County Fair Queen Pageant, the Junior Miss Macon County Fair Pageant and the Little Miss Macon County Fair Pageant. The winners will be crowned at the conclusion of the Pageants on Thursday evening and Miss Macon County Fair Queen will move on to compete in January for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair for 2019. Admission to the pageant is $5/Adult to 4 years, Children 3 & under are free.

One of Macon County fairgoers’ favorite events, the Illiana Pullers Association (IPA) Tractor and Truck Pulls will take place on the evening of Friday, June 8, beginning at 6:00 pm. Classes pulling will be Altered Stock 4WD, Farm Stock Tractors, N/A, Outlaw Tractors and Pro FarmTractors. Admission is $12 for adults to 12 years old. Children 5 to 11 are $6. Children 4 and under are free. Pit passes are $15 per person which includes admission.

Saturday afternoon, June 9, the Fair will host the Adorable Baby Contest in the Decatur building. Registration for the contest begins at 1:00 PM and is $10 per child. The contest, open to children ages 0 to 36 months, has always been popular among parents and grandparents, and begins at 2:00 PM. Admission to watch the contest is $1 for adults to 13 years; children 12 and under are free to watch.

C-Bar Rodeo will be entertaining the crowd in the Grandstand with a Rodeo on Saturday evening, beginning at 7:00 pm. The rodeo will consist of bull riding, barrel racing, mini bulls, comedy acts, and a trick rider. Admission is $12 for adults to 12 years old. Children 5 to 11 are $6. Children 4 and under are free.

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Also, beginning at 7 pm on Saturday night, the Macon County Fair will be the first of nine county fairs hosting the 2018 Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest. The top two finalists from Macon County will compete against the top two finalists from each of the other eight county fairs at a competition taking place during the Illinois State Fair. The overall winner of the Karaoke Contest will get to perform on the grandstand before the Brett Eldredge concert on August 17 at the Illinois State Fair. Contestants are encouraged to sign up online as there are a limited number of contestants who can participate. It is free to sign up and free for the public to come watch the Karaoke Contest and cheer on the contestants. (

If fairgoers are looking for the traditional livestock show, Sunday, June 10, will help fill that need. The Swine Show will begin judging at 2 PM, giving those who raise the pigs an opportunity to show off their efforts and compete against others.

The fair will go out with a bang, or more like a “crash” as the Macon Some Mayhem Demolition Derby begins at 6 PM in the grandstand on Sunday, June 10. Semi-stock, bone stock, and compact cars, along with lawn mowers and power wheel classes, will compete. Admission is $12 for adults to 12 years old. Children 5 to 11 are $6. Children 4 and under are free.

Antique tractors will be on display throughout the fair, along with several commercial exhibitors who will be selling their goods and services.

Nubian goats, 4-horn Jacob sheep, a mini zebu, a mini donkey, and an alpaca are all animals that you can see and pet in the free Petting Zoo brought in by M&A Stables from Raymond, IL. The Petting Zoo will arrive on Thursday and will be at the Fair until Sunday evening. Pony rides will also be available, starting on Thursday, for $5.

And, everyone’s favorite reason for coming to the Fair – Fair Food! This year’s food lineup has everything from the traditional corndogs, funnel cakes, elephant ears, and shakeups to mini donuts, nachos, and ice cream.

Fairgoers can also check out the delicious kettle corn, pizza, calzones, river fries and walking tacos. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

Admission to the Fair is $2 per person with children 3 & under being free.

Parking on the fairgrounds is free.

The Fair opens at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Fair opens at 1:00 pm.

There is no “official” closing time in the evening, however, because of the different lengths of events taking place.

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