Coming to the fair for the first time is the Bulls and Barrels event presented by C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the grandstands.
JERSEYVILLE — Come make a splash at the 145th annual Jersey County Fair this July.
Hear the roar of the tractors and the enthusiasm from the rodeo from Saturday, July 5, through Sunday, July 13. The Jersey County Fair will be held at the Jersey County Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 67, north of Jerseyville.
Coming to the fair for the first time is the Bulls and Barrels event presented by C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the grandstands. The excitement in the grandstands continues into Friday night with the “Shoot-Out” and the “Super Pro Showdown” on Saturday night.
Illinois Tractor Pullers Association (ITPA) and local truck drivers will rev up the crowd at the truck and tractor pulls at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Classes include 1,900-pound Mini Rods, 9,500-pound Limited Pro Stock, 5,800-pound Modified Tractor and PPL Midwest Region Series 6,200-pound two-wheel trucks. Locals also will be pulling in the following classes: 12,000-pound Open Stock, 15,000-pound Farm Stock and 21,000-pound Farm Stock. Prices of tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) will entertain the crowds at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The NTPA Grand National Circuit is the top level in the pulling industry. Four classes are scheduled this year: 9,300-pound Super Farm Tractors, 10,000-pound Pro Stock Tractors, Light Unlimited Modified and Super Stock Open Tractors. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Many other fair favorites will return this year, including the harness races, animal shows and all-night carnival rides. Children can enjoy the all-night carnival rides beginning Tuesday, July 8, and continuing through Sunday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Armbands for unlimited all-night rides on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday will be $20 each, and $25 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will also be a free petting zoo starting Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m.
Sit back and relax with family and friends as you watch the annual Fair Parade on Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. The grand marshals will lead the “Oceans of Fun”-themed parade down State Street.
Following the parade, local talent will take the stage to amaze the judges and the grandstand audiences at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, during the annual Fair Talent Competition. Contestants will compete for the Junior and Senior Division Titles, and winners will go on to compete in January at the IAFF State Talent Competition in Springfield, Ill. Grandstand tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and $6 for track seats.
This year’s Jersey County Fair Queen and Little Miss Jersey County will be crowned during the 54th Jersey County Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9. The queen will then compete in Springfield at the County Fair Convention in January. Grandstand tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children and $8 for track seats.
Local farmers and young exhibitors will continue the fair’s livestock show tradition. Events include: the Rabbit Show at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 5; the 4-H Livestock Show and Auction at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, Monday, July 7; the Sheep Show at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 8; the Beef Show at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 9; the Section 15 Vo-Ag Fair at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10; the Swine Show at 8 a.m. and the Dairy Show at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12; the Goat Show at 9 a.m. and the Western Horse Show at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 13.
The fair will go out with a bang at the Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13. Fans of all ages can cheer on their favorite drivers and watch until the last car is left standing. Grandstand and infield tickets for the derby are $10.
General gate admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Parking is also free. Grandstand event prices vary for each event. Gates will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for July 5 through July 11, then from 4-11 p.m. on July 12 and 4-10 p.m. on July 13. An ATM will be available on the festival grounds.
For information on event pricing or general fair information, visit www.JerseyCountyFair.com or call (618) 498-5848. After July 1, call the fair office at (618) 498-3422.
The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is the destination marketing organization serving northern Madison, Jersey and Calhoun counties. The bureau is dedicated to educating visitors about the region’s attractions by providing information regarding the area’s history, unique landmarks, recreational opportunities, leisure attractions, special events and scenic marvels. The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is certified by the Illinois Office of Tourism.