The annual Cherokee County Fair, this year aptly entitled "The Perfect Mix in 2006," hits the ground running on Thursday through Sunday, July 6-9 at the beautiful Cherokee County Fairgrounds in South Cherokee. The busy fair agenda again includes a beautiful mix of events new and traditional sure to entertain the entire family. Advanced ticket sales are now through Wednesday, July 5, at 5 p.m. Season tickets will get you through the gates July 6 and all day every day through July 9, and in to all the scheduled programs.
Advance ticket costs are $10 for adults ($12 at gate July 6), and $5 for children ages 5-12 ($7 at gate July 6). Daily ticket costs are $5 for adults, $3 children, and ages 4 and under admitted free.
Advance tickets may be ordered at Cherokee County Fair, PO Box 53, Cherokee, Iowa 51012. Payment must accompany order.
On the schedule for Wednesday, July 5, are the entries for 4-H hogs (6-8:30 a.m.), 4-H sheep (9:30-10:30 a.m.), family crafts exhibits (8 a.m. to noon), and entry and judging of 4-H exhibits (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Clover Kids exhibits (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1-6 p.m.).
Opening Day Thursday, the gates open at 7 a.m. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. is entry of 4-H horses; and from 7-9 a.m. entry of 4-H beef, dairy, rabbits, and poultry. The 4-H Swine Show, Showmanship is at the Show Ring at 8 a.m.; the Advanced Sheep Feeding Show at noon; the 4-H Sheep Show, Showmanship, is at the Show Ring at 1 p.m.; the 4-H Rabbit Show, Showmanship is at the Show Ring at 3 p.m.; the 4-H Horse Show and Games is at the Horse Arena at 4 p.m.; and the 4-H Poultry Show, Showmanship is in the Swine Barn at 4:30 p.m.
A special presentation of Flags by the VFW is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with the T&C Rodeo Company presenting a Bull Riding event at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon in the North 4-H Building will be the Clover Kids Camp; the 4-H Horse Show, Showmanship in the Horse Arena at 10 a.m.; the 4-H Dairy Show, Showmanship, in the Show Ring at 10 a.m.; the Open Bucket/Bottle Calf Show in the Show Ring at 10:30 a.m.; the District 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest Show in the Show Ring at 12:30 p.m.; entry of Advanced Cattle Feeding Animals from 2-3 p.m.; entry of Exotic Animals from 3-4 p.m.; and Exotic Animals Show in the Show Ring at 4 p.m.
Also on Friday, the Cavaliers Drill Team performs in the Horse Arena at 5:30 p.m.; free watermelon will be served from 6-8 p.m. by Heritage Bank of Aurelia in the Activity Building; the Beef Producers will served grilled beef burgers at 6:30 p.m. in South end of Fairgrounds; and the VFW will present the Flags at 7 p.m.
Also at 7 p.m. Friday, is the Regional Outlaw Sanctioned Tractor Pull and Mid- Summer Sweep Pick-up Pull; the release of horses after the show; and a Teen Dance in the Activity Building sponsored by Godfather's Pizza.
The 4-H Beef Show, Showmanship in the Show Ring kicks off Saturday's schedule at 9 .m. At 10 a.m., the Ladies Day Program with Nancy Clark is in the Activity Building sponsored by Cherokee Villa; entry of Small Pets, 4-H Dogs and Clover Kids Pets in the Activity Building from 10:30-11 a.m.; Clover Kids Pet Show and 4-H Small Pets Show in Activity Building at 11 a.m.; the 4-H Dog Show in South 4-H Building at 11:30 a.m.; and Pedal Tractor Pull Registration on the Main Stage for ages 4-11 at noon. Also on Saturday, Cletus Henke Magic Show is in the Activity Building from noon to 12:30 p.m.; the Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull is in the Main Arena at 12:30 p.m.; the 4-H Clothing Revue in the Activity Building at 1 p.m.; the 4-H Advanced Cattle Feeding Show is at 1 p.m.; early release of Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Rabbits and poultry from 2-4 p.m.; Pride of Iowa in North 4-H Building at 3 p.m.; Pork Producers serving Pork Burgers by Main Arena at 5:30 p.m.; and presentation of Flags by VFW at 6:30 p.m. preceding the popular Demolition Derby at 6:30 p.m. Chain Saw carvings will be auctioned off between the consolation and feature at the Demo Derby.
Sunday is Kids Day from Noon to 4 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is ATV Registration at the South end of the Fairgrounds. At 11 a.m. is a church service in the North 4-H Building. From 10 a.m. to noon is registration and weigh-in for the Open Swine Show. At noon, will be 4-H educational presentations, working exhibits, and Share The Fun event. Extemporaneous Speaking is in the North and South 4-H Buildings at noon; and the Diaper Derby and Smile Contest is at noon. The ATV events are at 1 p.m. Saturday in the South end of the Fairgrounds; the Open Swine Show in the Show Ring at 1 p.m.; the 4-H Family Horse Fun Day in the Arena at 1 p.m.; the Talent Show in the Activity Building is at 2 p.m.; Kids Day drawings for two bicycles in the Activity Building at 4 p.m.; release of 4-H animals from 5-6 p.m.; release of 4-H, Clover Kids, and Family Crafts exhibits from 5-6 p.m.; Senior 4-H Awards Presentation at 5:15 p.m.; and the popular Crowning of the 2006 Fair Queen at the Main Stage at 5:30 p.m., to be crowned by 2005 Queen Jana Radke.
Among the many daily events. the Family Crafts Building, and 4-H Buildings open at 10 a.m.; and the Exotic Petting Zoo/Pony Rides open at 11 a.m. The Commercial Building opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, and at noon Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The buildings will close at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Drawings also will be held Thursday and Friday after the nightly entertainment and you must be present to win. You can visit the Cherokee Fair's website at showcase.netins.net/web/cherokeecountyfair.