Bands, bull-riding, demolition derby, carnival, pig races, 4-H and more
by Tammy Swanson
ST. CHARLESâ€”County fairs conjure up images of costumed, racing pigs, breathtaking magic shows, bucking bulls, giant Ferris wheels, mountainous cotton candy, 4-H displays and farm animal contests. The Kane County Fair will have all these and more in 2010.
The fair will take place from Wednesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 18, at the fairgrounds on Randall Road and Route 38 in St. Charles.
The family-oriented fair offers fun for all ages, starting every day at noon. General admission is $7 and children younger than 5 are admitted free. Wednesday offers seniors free admission, and a reduced general-admission of $2. In addition, eight carnival rides cost just $10 that day.
The fairâ€™s grandstand shows are among its highlights. The admission for all grandstand events is $10. Opening night features the U.S. Freestyle Motorcross Championship at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, fans can see the Motor Sports International Truck Pull at 7:30 p.m. with Megasaurus as a special feature.
On Friday at 7:30 p.m., cowboys will try to stay on the raging bull at the Championship Bull Riding event. The Big Hat Rodeo returns with more exciting events and two shows on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. The final grandstand event is the Demolition Derby, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to see cars charge at each other at high speeds and crash in a controlled environment. Demolition Derby shows will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Besides the grandstand events, the fair offers free, daily shows. The Swifty Swine Racing Pigs are a fair favorite to watch. A new show this year is the Great Bear Show, educational entertainment with live bears. Grandpa Cratchet provides comedic laughs this year, and features for children include the Sheer Magic Show, the Kid Buck$ Game Show and the petting zoo.
A perennial fair favorite, the 4-H displays, will be featured throughout the fairgrounds, with the sheep, horse, poultry and swine judging on Wednesday, and the dairy, rabbit and goat judging on Thursday. The beef cattle judging and Horse and Pony Fun Day will take place on Friday, and Saturday features include the horse and pony dressage judging in the horse arena and Milking Derby at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to all of these events, families may enjoy the carnival rides and games, and a wide variety of food booths.