By BLAKE FAITH
The Macon County Fair Board held a press conference last week and gave the details out for this year’s Macon County Fair that is slated to be between June 5 to June 9.
“I’m thrilled, my goal when I got on this board was, you know,” Board President Evan Hall said, “I wanted to see the fair, kind of like it was years ago when the fair was really the only place to go to in town before the celebration. The fair has a purpose: we’re here to number one, educate our public about agriculture, and number two, to promote local producers. That’s why we’re non-profit status. We can avoid scholarships. There’s a real reason for us to be here. So to see the community kind of come back, and get involved in the fair, get enthusiastic about it, support it again.”
The biggest addition is Grammy nominated artist The Marshall Tucker Band will be performing Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. Tickets are currently on sale and are $25 for grandstand and $35 for track seats.
Evan and I have had our heads together for a while and we brought it to board to bring the music and entertainment even bigger, back to the Macon County Fair,” Wendy Harmed said. “Other fairs are doing it. Why aren’t we? You know, we wanna provide our community and our county with the best we possibly can.”
This year new things include a cooperation with the City of Decatur and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Fairgoers can now park at St. Paul’s and city buses will shuttle people back and forth at no cost Thursday-Sunday. Shuttle hours will be the same as gate hours and gate admission is collected before entering the gates.
The Downstate Classic Harness Racing will return for a second straight year. The react will be Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m.
While there is also a new Poultry and Rabbit Show, the fair board is bringing back the Macon County Fair Sale of Champions. This will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Dipper Barn.
“What they would do historically is they would bring in their steers or heifer and on Sunday, the last day of the fair, they’d have a little auction and sell those. And I can remember years ago, the Andreas family members would always buy the steer. That was a big thing. So if you were the winner at Macon County, it was a big deal. You’d walk away with some money in your pocket.”
Admission will be $5 per person, kids and under are free. The fair will have theme nights where certain groups eat for free. Wednesday is senior day, Friday is Teacher/Educator Appreciation Day, Saturday is Veterans Day and Sunday is First Responders/Medical Personnel Day.