With the first night of the 36th Annual Vandalia Area Fair in the books, four more fun-filled nights still remain.
On Wednesday, July 4, the evening is highlighted by the Rodeo presented by Midwest Cowboy’s Rodeo Company in the Horse Arena that starts at 8 p.m. There will be a free sheep scramble for kids 10-and-under and free sheep riding for ages 3-6 years.
The first event of the evening is the 5:30 p.m. Pet Show in the pavilion. The Carnival opens at 6 p.m. at the same time spectators can enjoy the Old Machinery and Antique Tractor Display.
Following a 6 p.m. kids game of “Treasures in the Straw” is the Backseat Drivers Contest at 7 p.m. The contest features male and female teams who are older than 16 years old with a $5 entry fee.
Day Four of this year’s Fair features the live entertainment of “The Chuck Overton Experience” at 8 p.m. under the pavilion.
Overton is a CBS/RCA Recording Artist, who does Alto Sax and vocals, once toured with Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson. His performance will also feature Blues recording artist Big Babe Martin, lead guitar and vocals. Martin played with Albert King and James “Smitty” Smith on bass of the Chump Change Blues Band of Columbia. CD’s will be available for sale.
The evening begins with a Cup Cake Baking Contest and a Cake Baking Contest from 5-8 p.m. inside the School House.
The Carnival opens at 6 p.m. at the same time spectators can again enjoy the Old Machinery and Antique Tractor Display. The Baby Show begins at 6:30 p.m. under the pavilion with Teresa Stuart as chairperson. The entry fee is $2. Ages 0-12 months must wear white T-Shirts and diapers or plain white shorts.
Both boys and girls will be divided into 10 classes for ages 0-36 months before two champions are named.
Motocross begins at 7 p.m. and featured Dirt Bike and Quad Classes. Sign-up starts at 3 p.m. with practice beginning at 5 p.m. Those interested in riding information can call Bryce Sparks at 573-795-4152 or call Brad Sparks 573-795-2305.
The MoSAC-TPA Tractor Pull starts at 7 p.m. in the Horse Arena.
A Super Farmer Contest will be held behind the pavilion at 7:30 p.m. with sign-up starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Evans at 573-721-5757.
On Friday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m., the country music band “Ricochet” will perform on the Main Track. “Richochet” is best known for its No. 1 hit “Daddy’s Money” that was at the top of the R&R and Billboard Charts. They also have a Top-5 hit in “What Do I Know” along with nine other Top-40 hits. The self-proclaimed “Hardest Working Band in Country Music” is currently celebrating 15 years in the industry.
Kelly Stanford and “The Ambush Band” will open for “Ricochet” at 7 p.m.
Day one of this year’s Fair featured a Country Gospel/Country Jam Session in the pavilion.
The session featured James Franke, Jerry Breneman, Bobby Hunn, and Wayne Lynn, all of Vandalia. It also included Shane Carothers of Clarence and Larry Gerdemann of New London.
“The Vandalia Area Fair Association is excited to bring this lineup to the 2012 Vandalia Fair,” said Fair board member Teresa Stuart. “Each year the Vandalia Area Fair Association strives to fulfill your request to make the Fair better than the year before. The community has been asking to bring more musical entertainment to the Vandalia Fair. We hope the community will support our decision by coming out for an evening or two…We hope to see you there.”
The evening starts with the Amateur Photo Contest in the School House from 5-8 p.m.
Age groups are 8-17 and 18 and over in the scenic outdoors, pet, kids and family, and open categories.
Photos may be dropped off at the Fairgrounds between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 6. They must be framed in a stand-up frame, no larger than 8”x10” and no smaller than 3”x5”. The Vandalia Leader’s Ron Schott will once again judge the contest.
The Carnival opens at 6 p.m. at the same time spectators can again enjoy the Old Machinery and Antique Tractor Display.
At 6 p.m., the Mud Pig Catch will be held in the Horse Arena with a limit of two entries per person. Both Mark Wise and Tony Dameron are chairpersons.
Each team requires a $2 entry fee for boys and girls of all ages. Teams must register 15 minutes prior to the contest and each contestant must wear shoes.
The final day of the Fair begins at 10 a.m. with the 4-H and FFA Cattle Show in the Cattle Barn.
All cattle must be in place by 9 a.m. with prizes being awarded to champion and reserve champion steer and heifer. For more information, call Taryn Dameron at 660-525-9801, Ralph Nelson at 573-473-4316, Bill Nation at 573-594-2960, or Rex Moore at 573-231-6948. A SCOPE Science Display will be inside the Food Tent from 5-10 p.m. More information on SCOPE can be found at www.scopenational.org.
This year’s Washer Tournament will start at 5 p.m. inside the Beer Garden. Tricycle Races start at 6 p.m. inside the pavilion for four age groups with registrations beginning at 5:30 p.m. Carnival opens at 6 p.m. and more tractors will be on display. A 6 p.m. registration is set for the Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, which begins at 6:30 p.m. under the pavilion. Paul and Cindy Evans are the chairpersons of both events.
At 7 p.m., the MMTTPA Truck and Tractor Pull will start at the track. For more information, call Ron Albertson at 573-369-2928. The evening will conclude with a Live Band inside the Beer Garden from 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
For complete details, pick up a Vandalia Area Fairbook available inside The Vandalia Leader office and at other locations throughout the area.