DEWITT — Clinton County has found its “fair niche,” said county fair director Mary Stevenson. The goal is to keep the event family friendly, and with four days packed with activities, Stevenson feels that her group has accomplished the task once again this year.
“We’re not as big as some of the other fairs,” she said. “But we have our own style.”
The fun kicks off Wednesday, July 16, with a free admission day filled with events. Master Gardener Events, an outdoor living tent, 4-H shows and food drive all lead up to the annual tractor pull at 6 p.m.
Thursday’s activities continue the 4-H contests highlighted by the horse competitions. It also includes fun and games, a 3 p.m. Truth Singers performance, and educational farming exhibits. The evening concludes with a 7 p.m. hypnotist show featuring Jeff Michaels.
On Friday, spectators can take in “mutton bustin’,” bull riding, barrel racing and fireworks alongside other activities. And the weekend features wine tastings, more tractor pulls and the annual demolition derby at 4 p.m. Sunday.
All of these events coincide with free daily offerings at the fair. Attendees can be on the look out for “Big Foot,” Bill Riley’s Talent Contest, a chick-hatching display, petting zoo, face painting and Wild Bill Toady’s reptile show.
“We have more going on this year, more than in other years,” Stevenson said.
Carnival rides and concessions are also in the mix. Following admission, all the events are free with exception of rides and food. Admission is $5 before 4 p.m., $10 after, free for children 8 and under, and $20 for a season pass.
In general, Stevenson said fair coordinators try to bring about something everyone in the family can enjoy. She hopes people in Clinton County’s communities will take in the hard work she and over 200 volunteers have put into running the event.
The Clinton County Fair is as much about the learning experiences as it is about coming together as a family.
“There’s lots of things that I enjoy about it,” Stevenson said. “I’m just glad to make it fun for everyone and I think there’s something fun everyone would enjoy here.”