Three demolition derbys, three tractor pulls, and a rodeo headline a packed scheduled of events for the 39th Annual Vandalia Area Fair scheduled this year for Wednesday-Saturday, July 8-11.
One noticeable change for fairgoers is the Fair begins in the middle of the week this year and not on Tuesday night.
This means the free admission night in 2015 is Wednesday.
Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for kids on Thursday and Saturday while Friday costs are $2 higher for each ticket.
Season passes will go on sale this next Monday at a rate of $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and kids 12 and under. Children age 3 and under get in free.
B&B Promotions is presenting a trio of fun derby events on the final night of the Fair.
A Power Wheels Derby will feature kids ages 4-12 battling it out derby style with a regular size electric Power Wheel using up to a 12-volt lawn mower battery.
16 Power Wheels can be rented at a cost of $15 per car. Those participating must pay their way into the Fair and parents must buy a $20 Pit Pass. Call Brent Potter at 573-470-5013 with questions.
The Demo Derby for the big kids features prize totals reaching $1,200 in two classes.
The entry fee is $50 per car, $30 per rider, and $20 per Pit Pass.
Contact Jeremy Baker at 573-470-8170 with questions.
A Lawnmower Derby will also be held with a $10 entry fee for ages 12 and up.
For more information, call Sheldon Howland at 217-734-2024 or 217-617-1023.
The first night of the Fair marks the return of the Garden Tractor Pullers of Mid Missouri Association Garden Tractor/Mini Rod Pull.
There will be a kids class as well as more than 10 others.
Rules are available at www.gtpomma.net.
Day two features the return of the Missouri Farm Pullers Truck/Tractor Pull.
Rules are available at missourifarmpullers.com. For more information, call President Tim Brammer at 660-651-8828.
Day three features a competition hosted by the Missouri State Tractor Pullers Association.
The 8 p.m. event will feature five truck and tractor pull classes.
For more information, visit mstpapulling.com or call either Rick Goodhart (573-470-2634) or Mike McCoy (816-392-6166).
Rodeo and other events
Bulls and barrels will be featured in this year’s rodeo presented by the Glory Days Rodeo Company.
Events include mutton busting, calf riding, bull riding, and barrel racing. For more information, call 573-680-7012 or 660-349-0529.
Events scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 include the annual parade, which features the decorated bicycle/tricycle contest at the Vandalia Post Office.
An Ice Cream and Cake Social will be held in the School Building before a 6:30 p.m. Pet Show takes place in the closed Beer Garden area.
The 7 p.m. G.T.P.O.M.M.A. will be held on the Main Track at the same time the Horse and Pony Fun Show begins in the Horse Arena. Steve Kohl is the chairman for the Horse Show as the rules are the same as they were in past years.
Day two gets going at 6 p.m. with the Baby Show in the pavilion. The entry fee is $2. It features youngsters in five age classifications, ranging from 0-36 months.
The Little Mr. and Little Miss Contest will follow at the same location.
The fee is $2 per child. Registration is being held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Children must be 3-5 years old by July 1, 2015. They will be expected to give a short interview on stage during the contest.
At 8 p.m., the always fun Mud Pig Catch takes place in the Horse Arena.
Rules remain the same and there is a limit of two entries per person. Four classes are set for age 6 through adult. There is a $2 entry fee per person.
The Friday, July 10 schedule features a Brice Happy Hustlers 4-H Display from 6-9 p.m.
The Glory Days Rodeo Company is scheduled for the Horse Arena while the MSTPA event starts later at 8 p.m. on the Main Track.
The final day of the Fair opens with the 4-H and FFA Cattle Show in the Cattle Barn.
Cattle should be in place by 9 a.m. with the Cattle Show starting at 10 a.m.
Prizes ranging up to $150 will be awarded to champion and reserve champion steers and heifers.
The entry fee is $10 per head. For more information, contact Stephanie Fischer (573-473-2765), Ralph Nelson (573-473-4316) or Chad Wallace (573-470-2510).
The derby events headline the evening starting at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Conner Family Amusements, Inc. is once again providing the Carnival entertainment nightly, starting at 6 p.m.
An Old Machinery and Antique Tractor Display will be available for each night of the Fair.