One specific upgrade is the addition of three LogHogger chainsaw artists competing every day at the fair.
"Typically we have one LogHogger every year, but this year we have three competing against each other," Mickley said. "They will get points for different carvings and then we will auction off the sculptures on Saturday."
Mickley and other members of the board are excited for the new attractions to be featured at the fair, and the Hell Drivers Thrill Show is on the top of that list.
"The thrill show will be an exciting addition this year. I think people will really enjoy it," Mickley said.
For Mickley though, the grandstand events come second to interacting with returning guests and seeing everyone enjoying the carnival and other aspects of the fair.
"The fair is really a grand finale before school starts, so it's nice to see kids and families out here enjoying themselves," Mickley said. "The fair board works so hard every year; it is really nice to see it all come together."
The Whiteside County Fair continues through Saturday, with schedules available at the grounds in Morrison or online at whitesidecountyfair.org.