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Our View: County fair a celebration

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The McHenry County Fair was revived in 1948, according to the McHenry County Historical Society.

Township supervisor A.B. McConnell, farm adviser Bill Tammeus and First National Bank of Woodstock Vice President Harold Beth determined in 1946 they wanted to revive the fair.

The 1948 fair was the first of the revived fairs. It featured a 4-H show, queen contest and a carnival. Exhibits featuring agricultural and garden products, soil improvement, electricity and forestry were on display. In 1949, a fourth day was added to the fair. By 1970, the fair became five days long.

The 2014 edition of the McHenry County Fair starts Wednesday at the fairgrounds located on Country Club Road in Woodstock. It lasts until Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and close at 10 p.m.

Celebrating local farmers and the foods they produce is what the fair is all about – well, that and your favorite fair food, various forms of entertainment and, of course, carnival rides. You’ll be able to walk through the various barns and learn about beef, dairy, swine and poultry. You’ll be able to learn from master gardeners about better methods to grow your vegetables. You’ll be able to meet local farmers and learn about the history of farming in McHenry County.

Grandstand events include the McHenry County Fair Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. Wednesday, veteran salute and antique tractor pulls at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, motocross at 6:30 p.m. Friday, farm pulls (10:30 a.m.) and Illinois State Pullers (5 p.m.) on Saturday and the lawn tractor pulls (8 a.m.) and demo derby (1:30 and 5:30 p.m.) on Sunday.

The 4-H Night ceremonies are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The 50th anniversary of the Talent Contest is at 7 p.m. Friday. The livestock auction is at noon Saturday.

Many volunteer hours and hard work goes into putting on the fair each year. Support those volunteers and local farmers by attending. See you at the fair, McHenry County.

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