Citizens from across Whiteside County gathered to spend a fun night out at the 142nd county fair on Thursday. The fair, filled with something for everyone, runs through Saturday.
This year’s event features a wide variety of entertainment and events for the family, including horse shows, pro-bull riding, twilight harness racing, lawn mower racing, a tractor pull, a carnival and more. Some of the best collections, arts, crafts, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and more in the county were on display at the exhibit hall.
Animals also play a crucial role at the fair. Sheep, rabbits, cows and horses were camped out at the fairgrounds awaiting their moment in the spotlight. For Charles Ramsdell of Franklin Grove, showing sheep is a family tradition. He inherited the farm from his father, who also raised and showed sheep. The family has been showing sheep at this fair and several surrounding fairs for over 50 years.
"We definitely hold the record here," Ramsdell said. "I don't think anyone has been here as long as we have."
Thursday night's events included harness racing and heavy horse hitches with Western Horse speed events. Today's events include an antique tractor parade and a tractor/truck pull. The fair concludes on Saturday with a horseshoe tournament, kids pedal pull, lawn mower races and a demolition derby. For more information visit whitesidecountyfair.org.