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Variety aplenty at Will County Fair

Farm animals are part draw for kids annual Will County Fair. | File photo

Farm animals are part of the draw for kids at the annual Will County Fair. | File photo

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Updated: September 22, 2014 11:58AM



The Will County Fair, now in its 111th year, has grown into five days of nonstop activities.

From antiques to zoology, the fair that runs from Wednesday to Sunday in Peotone has something for everyone.

The fair is a great opportunity for urbanites to experience agriculture, said Mark Schneidewind, the Will County Farm Bureau manager. The bureau will have a large tent featuring numerous activities and a petting zoo.

The fair typically draws about 75,000 to 80,000 people each year, spokeswoman Jackie Cain said.

The fair kicks off Wednesday with Family Day, opening at 10 a.m. Carnival rides, which begin at 1 p.m., are discounted to $1.50 each or 16 for $20. There is a kids circus at 1 and 4 p.m.

The big draw Wednesday is the annual pingpong prize drop. Kids register at 5:30 p.m., and a helicopter drops thousands of balls, redeemable for prizes, at 6 p.m.

Thursday is Senior Citizens and Veterans Day, and the fair opens at 8 a.m. An antique tractor pull starts at 9:30 a.m., and the main tractor and truck pull at 6:30 p.m. A musical salute to veterans is at 4 p.m., with the Frankfort Brass Band on hand at 5 p.m.

Thursday also is ride-a-thon night, offering unlimited rides for $22 per person after 4 p.m.

Friday is the first Demolition Derby Day, with carnival rides for $1.50 from 1 to 5 p.m. The derby is at 7:30 p.m., with grandstand admission of $9, and pit passes are $15 for age 16 and older.

Saturday is Democrat Day, along with the second Derby Day. There will be a kids circus at 11 a.m. and a kids pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m. (Registration is at noon.) There will be a family comedy cycle show at 2 p.m. and a sock hop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There also will be back-to-back Ben’s Bubble Shows at 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday’s derby will be at 7 p.m.

Sunday is Republican Day featuring Ronald McDonald at 1 p.m. The fifth annual chili cook-off will be at 1:30 p.m. Music humorist Dave Rudolf performs at noon and 2 p.m.

Every day features livestock shows, judging and demonstrations. There also will be numerous magic shows and other live performances. There is an air-conditioned building for exhibitors and a beer garden with live music, including Black Cadillac on Thursday and Friday and Iron Horse on Saturday.

Gate admission is $4 for adults; kids 10 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Grandstand events cost extra.

The fairgrounds are on Peotone-Wilmington Road about a half-mile west of Route 50 or one mile east of Interstate 57 from Exit 327.

For a complete schedule, visit www.willcountyfair.org.



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