(Editor’s Note: Go Kart races will now begin at 6 p.m., not 7 p.m. on Saturday night.)
Fair week is finally here…
The Vandalia Area Fair is slated for Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7 at the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds.
As of June 28, five bands are signed up for the “Battle of the Bands” event scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.
It features bands the opportunity to win a top three prize ranging from $300-$1,000.
Those interested in participating can contact Shari Love at 573-592-9035. Rules, regulations, and scoring criteria are available on the Vandalia Area Fair’s Facebook page.
Admission is free for both Thursday and Saturday. On Friday, kids under 3 get in free while kids 3-12 get in for $5 and adult tickets cost $10. Inflatables will be set up for each day of the Fair.
The Fair opens on Thursday with the annual parade down Main St. in Vandalia at 5 p.m.
The Ice Cream and Cake Social, sponsored by the Alethea Club, also begins at that time at the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds.
Kids Games, with the help of the Liberty 4-H Club, are slated for 5:30-7 p.m.
The Van-Far cheerleaders will do face painting at 6 p.m.
Jayson Orr will provide entertainment starting at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the 4-H and FFA Cattle Show begins under the guidance of Van-Far Ag teacher Blaise Stuedle.
Cattle are to be in place by 5:30 p.m. Classes include steer, spring 2018 born bucket calf, heifers, and cow/calf pair.
Entries are $10/head.
Call Blaise at 573-789-9155 for more information and pen reservation.
Melissa Orr is supervising a Talent Show starting at 7 p.m.
There may be only one entry per participant and entries must be no longer than four minutes long. No foul language or vulgar behavior is allowed.
Top three awards will be given for performers ages 15 and below along with ages 16 and above. One Grand Prize Award will be presented. Con -tact Melissa Orr at 573-567-6963.
“Silver Wings Band” concludes the night with entertainment from 7:30-9 p.m.
On Friday, the fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. with Kids Games going from 5:30-7 p.m. with the help of the Brice Happy Hustlers 4-H Club.
Kids Games include make a craft from 5-5:30 p.m., sack race at 5:30 p.m., a Hula Hoop Contest at 5:45 p.m., three legged race at 6 p.m., and several other fun games from 6:15-7 p.m.
Jayson Orr is once again providing entertainment at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., the Missouri Girls/Guys Racing Association (MGRA) will begin their competition.
There will be pole racing, a flag race, barrels, and a plug race as exhibition barrels start at 6:30 p.m. and horses begin racing at 7:30 p.m. The show is a fundraiser for year-end awards. For more information, contact Karen Harrower at 573-473-2563.
Missouri Mud Madness starts at 6 p.m. The tech time is from 3-5 p.m. for participants. A large list of classes will be featured. For more information, call Shawn Yelton at 573-933-1200.
A Backseat Driver Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. under the direction of Brandon and Beth Straube.
Justin Hopke will lead the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.
Entertainment features singer Tim Allen performing from 8-11 p.m. Allen’s music is influenced by Merle Haggard and George Jones. He recently recorded his debut EP with producer Cole Porter, which is expected to be released later this year. Allen has several Midwest shows on his schedule in 2018.
On day three, the 4-H and FFA Swine Show starts at 9 a.m. under Stuedle’s direction. Classes include barrow and gilt with entries at $10/head.
Van-Far head baseball coach Dan Friedel is holding a Home Run Derby starting at 10 a.m. For more information, call 636-699-2281.
Van-Far assistant track and field and football coach Tom Roth is leading a “Punt, Pass, and Kick Contest” at 11 a.m. For more information, call him at 660-833-2498.
A Motorcycle/Car Poker Run and Cruise-In beings at 11 a.m. For more information, call 573-470-0451 or 573-253-5897.
The 4-on-4 Co-Ed Grass Volleyball Tournament will start at 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Teams cost $75 and must be registered by July 4 through contacting Benny Burnett at 573-721-1424.
The first eight teams will be taken.
Leon Shaw is supervising the Washer Tournament starting at 4 p.m.
A Flower/Succulent Showcase will last from 5-9 p.m.
It’s open to all ages and has two classes, up to age 18 along with 18 and over.
Entries must be delivered on Saturday, July 7 between 1-2 p.m. They also must be removed at 9 p.m. Judging is slated for 3 p.m. Exhibitors may submit more than one entry per class.
Categories include flowers, themed containers (fairy/gnome garden), succulents and cactus, and the final category is plants.
Go Cart hot laps start at 5 p.m. leading up to races starting at 6 p.m.
Races are set for ages 5-15 and there’s also a 16-and-up class.
Rules and regulations are available on the Facebook page for the Vandalia Area Go Kart Association.
For more information, contact Derek and Amy Kuda at 573-473-6993.
A Mud Pig Contest, with the help of Alan Wright, begins at 6 p.m.
The Baby Show, with chairpersons Renee and Brooke James, begins at 6 p.m. Sign-ups are from 5-5:45 p.m. Classes include 0-6 months, 7-12, 13-18, 19-24, and 25-36 for both boys and girls. Children are to wear white T-shirts and diapers or white shorts. Socks and tennis shoes are also acceptable.
“Battle of the Bands” start at 7 p.m.