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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

With the 2012 Phillips County Fair under way, there are many activities for the public to get involved with over the next few days. Fairgoers will spend the week celebrating the Blue Jeans and Country Dreams theme.

Friday events planned at fair

With many things happening Friday, July 27 at the Phillips County Fair, make sure to head over to the fairgrounds for some fun.

Horseshoe pitching will kick the day’s activities off at 1 p.m.

After a day of browsing the animals and open entries, head on over to Homesteaders Park for a barbecue at 5 p.m.

While eating, be prepared to enjoy a talent show beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Carnival games will gear up at 5 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. with many prizes up for grabs.

At 7:30 p.m. head over to the grandstands and enjoy the fast-paced stock car races featuring modifieds, stocks, hobby stocks, sport mods and midgets.

Family Day at the fair is Saturday

After resting up from Friday, head downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday morning for the parade. Grand Marshals Virgil and Eloise Harms will lead the way in the parade. The route will travel north along Interocean Avenue from its start at City Park. Participants must first register at the Re-1J School Board room in the northwest corner of Holyoke JR/SR High.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and everyone must be in line by 9 a.m.

The exhibit building (Heginbotham Hall at Phillips County Event Center) will be open for viewing beginning at 10 a.m.

Those with furry little loved ones should head to the pet show at the show arena at 11 a.m. All animals are welcome, except snakes.

Cow Patty Bingo will take place at 12:30 p.m., so head over to see who wins the unique Bingo game.

The pedal tractor pull, salsa contest and horseshoe pitching all are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

A toy show will be on display in the East Exhibit Building from 1-4 p.m.

A petting zoo and pony rides will be held from 3-7 p.m. A new Catch-It-Rabbit contest will begin at 3 p.m. in the livestock show ring.

Carnival games and attractions will be held from 5-9 p.m.

Due to its popularity last year, the tough truck competition returns and will begin at 8 p.m. The obstacle race will be accompanied by ATV races this year.

The 4-H/FFA teen dance will be held in the Biesemeier Room from 9-11:30 p.m. to close out the evening.

Other fair activities scheduled

Other events taking place during the week include an amateur/youth rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. In addition, all open garden, floriculture, baked and preserved goods, crafts, fine arts, quilts and special theme contests may be entered from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday will be full with activities to keep fairgoers and families busy. Carnival games will be held from 5-9 p.m. and Westernaires and Rawhide and Dusty Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandstand.

Phillips County Fair activities will wrap up Sunday, July 29. A community church service featuring Chuck Limbrick—The Music Mystro will begin at 9 a.m. at Homesteaders Park. A round robin will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the show arena followed by the annual antique tractor pull at the grandstands at noon. All exhibits will be released between 1-3 p.m.

Holyoke Enterprise July 26, 2012