BUCYRUS — The first day of summer may still be a few months away, but plans have been finalized already for this year’s Crawford County Fair. It begins July 16 and runs through July 22.
“We have been very hard at work putting together this year’s fair schedule. One new event will be the calf scramble,” said the fair board’s secretary and manager, Rebecca Starner.
Starner said the calf scramble will be July 17.
“It will be a fun event and people will win money,” she said.
Starner said there will be prize amounts to win after the calves are harnessed.
“Some will be a couple hundred dollars,” said Starner.
For younger children, there will be a chicken and lamb scramble.
“People definitely need to register for the calf scramble ahead of time,” Starner said.
The annual demolition derby will kick off the fair July 16 and there will be two nights of harness racing again this year, July 19, 20.
“Yes, we are offering harness racing on two nights again. Last year, we had a great response from people about having it on two nights again instead of one,” Starner said.
Described as a cross between Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, Kari Holmes will take the stage in the grandstand area Tuesday evening.
“She is a really great performer,” said Starner of the country singer whose song, “Something New,” is in the top 200 of Music Row Charts. She was also a top 10 nominee for Inspirational Country Music’s new artist of the year in 2016.
Opening for Holmes will be the Eric Sowers Band out of Sycamore. The band has opened for several national acts including Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay and Brothers Osborne.
Starner said the tractor pull will be held on Friday this year and that the KOI Drag Racing event has been moved to Saturday to allow for more time.
“You can race basically anything so we have a lot of people who come to race,” said Starner.
Admission this year to the fair will be the same as last year’s prices.
“It is $5 to get in the gate, $25 for the week-long pass. Kids eight and under are admitted free of charge,” said Starner. “We will have the wood carver back this year as well as a glass blower. Both will be doing free shows. We will also have the Bengal Tiger Encounter this year. There will be plenty of fun things for everyone to enjoy.”
For more information about the fair or to register for the calf scramble, call 419-562-7936 or visit http://crawfordcofair.com/main.html.