Macon County Fair

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Affordability drives Macon County Fair organizers

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May 22, 2013 12:01 am • By RYAN VOYLES – H&R Staff Writer
DECATUR — Fairgoers can expect many of their favorites, and a few new activities, when they head to the Macon County Fair next month.

The Macon County Fair Board unveiled the schedule for the upcoming fair taking place from June 8 to 16, which included many staples of past fairs and several new food-oriented events.

The slogan of the fair will be “There’s County in the Air,” which fair President Jerry Foster said makes a conscious effort to remind both the city and rural residents in the county what the fair is all about.

“We’ve made great strides past few years to put the country and agriculture aspect back in the fair,” he said.

The fair will include mainstays such as harness racing, county fair pageants and the truck and tractor pull. Two of the newest events this year will showcase local flavors, with a chili and salsa event and a “redneck hillbilly barbecue cook-off.” The latter will include 10 teams of three grilling a whole chicken and a side of pork ribs.

“You can cook on a spare tire on that one if you want to,” Foster said.

As last year, many of the activities at the fair will either be free or have a minimal charge. Admission for the fair is $1 for anybody older than 5, with parking an additional $1.

Kathleen Taylor, a member of the fair board, said it remains important for the fair to keep things affordable for residents, especially among local job cuts and struggling economy.

“We all know what it’s like to stretch the dollar,” she said.

Fair board members emphasized the number of activities aimed at children during the event, which includes introducing them to agriculture through milking a pretend cow, finding eggs and a massive rabbit show with up to 400 rabbits to be brought by the Decatur Area Rabbit Breeders Association. It’s not just all about the animals, though, as Taylor hopes children will learn some of the more elaborate workings of agriculture.

“We want to entice them to all aspects of agriculture, not just rolling hay,” she said.

The combination of entertainment for adults and children makes the fair a perfect stop for families in the eyes of Steve Havener, one of the vice president of the fair’s board. He said the fair was made to cater to families who may struggle to find things in the area they can all enjoy.

“We want something for families in the area to do,” Havener said.

Entries are still needed for the fair’s pageants, vendors and for the parade Friday, June 14. For more details on the fair and entry forms, visit|(217) 421-7985

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