Several entertainment acts and new events highlight this year’s schedule for the Vandalia Area Fair set for June 25-29.
Camille Sanders will perform with special guest Ronnie Huckaby of George Strait’s “Ace In The Hole Band” at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 28.
Sanders is a 17-year-old singer from Concan, Texas. She plays guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and the fiddle. Huckaby was with Strait for 31 years and was the legend’s band leader and pianist.
Other entertainment acts include Frankford’s Heather Buchanan accompanied by Whilly Phillips, contemporary Christian singers “Little” John Foster & Clearwater, Jamie Franke & Friends with a Gospel and Country Jam Session, 15-year-old country music singer Madison Stuart, and singers representing the Van-Far Alumni & Friends.
One of the new events to this year’s fair is the Catapult Contest scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 on the Main Track.
Prizes will be awarded for the most creative launcher and best launch of tomatoes, which will be used for projectiles. Teams will get seven minutes to complete three launches.
Launching machines can be made of safe materials not costing more than $50.
Official rules for the event appear in the fair book, which will soon be made available to the public. Prizes range from $20-$50.
Throughout the week, fair attendees will be able to participate in games of Laser Tag between 6-11 p.m. in an inflatable arena. Teams of three will participate at a cost of $2 per person.
A Mud Run is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28. The 4×4 race has many features including stock, superstock, prostock, open, and a consistency class.
The Missouri State Tractor Pullers Association will host an event on Saturday, June 29 featuring Vandalia’s Tim Sprock. Sprock, who competes with a T Time 1923 T-Bucket, is a four-time Missouri State Fair Shoot Out Winner. He took first in points in the Xcaliber Pulling Circuit in 2012 and second in points in the MSTPA Pulling Circuit in 2012. More information can be found at mstpapulling.com.
After a hiatus, the Egg Drop Contest returns this year at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. The event features four age groups.
Eggs will be dropped from a tube at various heights and must be caught in a plastic cup without cracks or breaks. There is a $2 entry fee with cash prizes available.
In spite of some previous concerns of its return due to financial struggles from last year’s fair, this year will once again feature the Fun Time Shows Carnival throughout the week. Admission is free the first night. An Old Machinery and Antique Display will be available for viewing all week long.
The week begins on Tuesday with the bicycle/tricycle contest judging at 5 p.m. followed by the 5:30 p.m. parade down Main St.
An Ice Cream & Cake Social, sponsored by the Alethea Club with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund, will be held in the School Building at 6 p.m.
Laser Tag will take place inside the inflatable arena next to the office.
The Little Mr. and Little Miss Contest will be held in the pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Registration will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for children 3-5 years old by July 1, 2013.
The Catapult Contest begins at 7 p.m. on the Main Track. At the same time, the Horse and Pony Fun Show will take place in the Horse Arena.
Treasures in the Straw will be held for kids at 7:30 p.m.
The pavilion will feature entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. with Heather Buchanan. She will be followed by Jamie Franke & Friends with their Gospel/Country Jam Session.
Day two of the fair begins with the Cup Cake Baking and Cake Baking Contest inside the School House.
Items will be featured from 5-8 p.m.. They must be delivered to the fairgrounds from 9-11 a.m. the same day.
This year’s Pet Show is set for 5:30 p.m. inside the pavilion. Along with Laser Tag and machines/antiques being on display, a Backseat Drivers Contest is set for 6 p.m.
Motocross practice begins at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event.
The MoSAC-TPA Antique Tractor Pull will be held at the same time in the Horse Arena.
The Super Farmer Contest is set for the Main Track at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact Michael Evans in advance at 573-721-5757.
The Van-Far Alumni & Friends perform at 7 p.m. featuring Ruth Calcaterra, Deanna Divins, Brenda Owens, and Brian Hummel. “Little” John Foster & Clearwater are scheduled to follow their performance.
Thursday’s list of events begins with the Photo Contest inside the School Building.
Those wishing to enter photos are encouraged to drop them off between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the same day. Categories include scenic outdoors, pets, kids & family, and outdoors. Age groups are 8-17 and ages 18 and over.
The return of the Egg Drop Contest is at 6 p.m., just 30 minutes before the beginning of the Baby Show. There is a $2 entry fee for boy and girl infants ages 0-36 months. Babies are to wear white T-shirts and diapers. Plain white shorts will be acceptable.
The MFPA Missouri Farm Pullers will be on the Main Track at 7 p.m.
Inside the pavilion at the same time, Madison Stuart will perform.
The MRCA Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. inside the Horse Arena as part of the Get Your Buck On Tour. Events include open bulls, bareback, saddlebronc, peewee through open barrels, and local sheep riding.
There is free sheep riding for ages 4-6 years. Those interested in participating must call 573-470-2463 by June 24 from 6-10 p.m.
This year’s Tricycle Races and Pedal Tractor Pull are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively.
The Mud Run is at 7 p.m. and is followed by Camille Sanders with special guest Ronnie Huckaby at 9 p.m.
The final day of the fair starts with the 4-H and FFA Cattle Show in the Cattle Barn at 10 a.m.
For more information call Taryn Dameron at 660-525-9801. Other point of contacts include Ralph Nelson, Bill Nation, and Rex Moore.
The SCOPE Science Display will be inside the Food Tent from 5-10 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Mud Pig Catch begins. There is a limit of two entries per person.
Teams must register 15 minutes prior to the contest.
Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. There are four age groups for both the boys and girls classes.
The MMTTPA and MSTPA will conclude with events on the Main Track.