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Kankakee County Fair kicks off

July 29, 2018

Daily Journal Staff report

The Kankakee County Fair kicks off Wednesday and continues through Aug. 5.

Admission is half-price ($5) Wednesday and $10 Thursday-Sunday. Children 5 and younger are free.

Throughout the fair’s run, 4-H members will show their animals, crafts and projects, competing for a chance to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair.

The livestock auction will be held at 1 p.m. in the Cattle Show Arena.

At 7 p.m Friday, the Showman of Showmen takes place, and the Ag Olympics are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both take place in the Cattle Show Arena.

Bands playing the Budweiser Pavilion are Audio Express and DJ Ed Gilbert (8 p.m. Wednesday), Feudin’ Hillbillys (8 p.m. Thursday), Epic (8 p.m. Friday) and Brass Buckle (8:30 p.m, Saturday).

The free grandstand features Figure-8 chain/train races (7 p.m. Wednesday), Extreme School Bus Figure-8, free grandstand (7 p.m. Thursday), Spanky’s Beater Bonanza, Circle Track Demo (7 p.m. Friday and Sunday), IPRA Championship Rodeo, (7 p.m. Saturday) and IPA Truck and Tractor Pulls (noon, Sunday).

Rides, games, shows

Modern Midways provides the carnival rides and each day offers an unlimited ride wristband for $20.

The Kidsbuck$ Game Show is a thrilling game show where randomly selected members of the audience, participate in wild and crazy games.

The Xpogo Stunt Team members fly more than 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks.

Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch is a live exhibit that contains an old time creamery where patrons participate in preparing a cow for milking by hand. Kids get hands-on experiences with the process of making butter, ice cream and soap using historic tools and machines in these processes; and they learn the concept of “homemade.”

Schedule of some of the events:

Wednesday, Aug. 1

7 a.m. — Gates open (half-price day, $5 general admission)

Noon — Antique tractors on display Expo Center building

3 p.m. — Carnival opens, presale ticketholders or coupon sales

5 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

5:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

6 p.m. — Carnival Special, unlimited ride wristband $20 (6 to 10 p.m.) or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

6 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

7 p.m. — Figure-8 Train Races/ACME Auto free grandstand, $15 pit pass

7:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

8 p.m. — Audio Express and DJ Ed Gilbert, Budweiser Pavilion

8:30 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

Thursday, Aug. 2

7 a.m. — Gates open; $10 general admission, free admission 5 years and younger

7 a.m. — Ag Breakfast

3 p.m. — Carnival opens, presale ticketholders or coupon sales

5 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

5:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

6 p.m. — Carnival Special, unlimited ride wristband $20 or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

6 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

7 p.m. — Extreme School Bus Figure-8, free grandstand

8 p.m. — Feudin’ Hillbillys band, Budweiser Pavilion

8:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

9: p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch,West Road

9:30 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

Friday, Aug. 3

7 a.m. — Gates open; $10 general admission, free admission 5 years and younger

3 p.m. — Carnival opens, presale ticketholders or coupon sales

5 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

5:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

6 p.m. — Carnival Special, unlimited ride wristband $20 (6-10 p.m.) or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

6 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

7 p.m. — Spanky’s Beater Bonanza, Circle Track Demo, free grandstand, $15 pit pass

8 p.m. — Epic band, Budweiser Pavilion

8:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

9 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch,West Road

9:30 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

Saturday, Aug. 4

7 a.m. — Gates open; $10 general admission, free admission 5 years and younger

11 a.m. — Antique Tractor Pulls, free grandstand

11 a.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

11:30 a.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

1 p.m. — Carnival Special, ride wristband $20 (1 to 5 p.m.) or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

1 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

1 p.m. — Livestock Auction (4-H), Cattle Show Arena

4 p.m. — Ethan Bell Band, Budweiser Pavilion

4 p.m. — Jump with Jill, Midway Area

5 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

5:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

6 p.m. — Church Service, Creative Arts/Ag Expo Building

6:30 p.m. — Cow Town USA & Heritage Ranch,West Road

7 p.m. — IPRA Championship Rodeo, free grandstand

7 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

8:30 p.m. — Brass Buckle, Budweiser Pavilion

9 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

9:30 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway area

Sunday, Aug. 5

7 a.m. — Gates open; $10 general admission, free admission 5 years and younger

11 a.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

11:30 a.m. — Cow Town USA & Heritage Ranch,West Road

Noon — IPA Truck and Tractor Pulls, free grandstand, $15 pit pass

1 p.m. — Carnival special, ride wristband $20 (1 to 5 p.m.) or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

1 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway Area

1 p.m. — Bean bag tourney, Budweiser Pavilion, open to all

2 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch, West Road

2 p.m. — Ag Olympics, Cattle Show Arena

3 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

3 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway Area

3 p.m. — Carnival special, ride wristband $20 (5 to 9 p.m.) or presale ticketholders or coupon sales

5:30 p.m. — Xpogo Stunt Team, East Road

6 p.m. — Cow Town USA and Heritage Ranch,West Road

6:30 p.m. — Kidbuck$ Game Show, Midway Area

7 p.m. — Spanky’s Beater Bonanza, Circle Track Demo, free grandstand, $15 pit pass

10 p.m. — Fair closes

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