Entertainment has been locked down for all four nights of the revised Vandalia Area Fair that begins on Wednesday, July 8 in downtown Vandalia.
“Riverside with Clayton Tyler” will kick-off the week at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a concert.
“Riverside with Clayton Tyler” plays classic and modern rock, blues, and modern country music.
According to their Facebook page, the group includes Steve Brookshier (Bass), Mark Butler (Lead Guitar), Mark Raufer (Drums), Tim Clark (Lead Guitar), Louis Clark (Keyboard Player), and Clayton Tyler (New Lead Singer).
On day two, the Kinfolks Country Jubilee, featuring several local performers, will entertain the crowd at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s entertainment is highlighted by country singer Jake Gill with a 7 p.m. scheduled performance.
Gill is a country singer who once tried out for the show “The Voice” and opened for Jason Aldean at the Country Stampede.
On Saturday night, Heather Buchanan is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.
She performed at the Fair in 2014. She will sing a mix of country and blues music. She is from Frankford, Mo.
This year’s Vandalia Area Fair was moved to downtown Vandalia after weeks of rain saturated the fairgrounds.
The new schedule features a free admission with a Carnival opened nightly from 6-11 p.m. as presented by Conner Family Amusements, Inc.
Carnival wristbands are being sold for $10. Children under three must wear their wristbands.
There will be no Beer Garden and the entertainment each night is free.
Day one of the Fair, which is Wednesday, July 8, features the decorated tricycle/bicycle contest at 5 p.m. at the Post Office with a parade starting down Main St. at 5:30 p.m. It begins at the South School lot.
An Ice Cream and Cake Social will be held at the Grand Vandalia Hotel at 6 p.m.
During the same evening, the Audrain County Health Department will be presenting Car Seat Education to the public. Meanwhile, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will have a Car Seat Convincer at the Fair.
A Pet Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Ribbons are awarded to the first three places in each class.
On Thursday, July 9, the Baby Show starts at 6 p.m. at the Grand Vandalia Hotel. The entry fee is $2. Babies ages 0-24 months are to wear white T-shirts and diapers. Plain white shorts are acceptable. Socks and tennis shoes are also acceptable. Contest is for boys and girls who have not reached the age of 3 by July 1, 2015.
The Little Mr. and Miss Contest follows at the Grand Vandalia Hotel at 7:30 p.m. with a $2 entry fee.
Children must be 3-5 years old by July 1, 2015 and must reside within a 30-mile radius of Vandalia. The winner will be expected to ride in the 2016 Fair Parade.
Registration will be held from 7-7:30 p.m.
On Friday, July 10, along with the Carnival being open, the food stand is open, as it will be all week from 5-11 p.m.
On this evening, a pork steak dinner will be available for purchase.
The final day of the Fair will have the Food Stand selling a fish fry dinner.
Kids Events are only being held on the final day, from 6-8 p.m. This is a change from the earlier schedule. The event is sponsored by State Farm Insurance-Ramsey Dickerman.
During Fair Week, the Vandalia Area Historical Society Museum will be opened nightly.
Those attending the Fair are being encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.
The Vandalia Area Fair Association is thankful for the support it has received from the City of Vandalia, Mayor Ralph Kuda Jr., sponsors, and the Rual Morris Foundation.