An annual summer tradition is right around the bend, as the Cherokee County Fair Board is preparing to present its 2007 edition. The actual Opening Day of this year's fair will be Thursday July 12, with entry and judging of some of the crafts, exhibits, and animals taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Advance ticket sales are available now through Wednesday July 11 at 5 p.m. To order, contact Cherokee County Fair; P.O. Box 53; Cherokee, IA 51012. Advance season tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-12). Payment must accompany your order.
The season ticket price at the gate will be $12 for adults and $7 for children. Daily tickets will be $5 for adults, $3 for children, and children age 4 and under will be admitted free,
Tuesday July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. will be the entry time for Family Crafts Exhibits. On Wednesday July 11, 4-H hog entry is 6 - 8:30 a.m.; entry of Family Crafts Exhibits will be 8 a.m. - noon; consumer judging contest from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and the entry and judging of 4-H exhibits from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
On Opening Day, Thursday July 12, 4-H horses will be entered from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 4-H Beef, Dairy, Rabbits, and Poultry Sheep and Meat Goats from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. The 4-H Swine Show, showmanship, will take place in the Show Ring at 8 a.m.; the 4-H Rabbit Show, showmanship, in the show ring at 1:30 p.m.; the 4-H Poultry Show, showmanship, in the swine barn at 3 p.m., and the 4-H Horse Show, games, in the Horse Arena, at 4 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 230, VFW Post 2253, and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 888 will do the Presentation of Flags, followed by the Bull Riding Event, presented by T & C Rodeo Co., Inc.
On Friday July 13, 10 a.m. will bring the 4-H Horse Show, showmanship, at the horse arena, and the 4-H Dairy Show, showmanship, in the show ring. At 10:30 a.m., the Open Bucket/Bottle Calf Show will be held in the show ring. At 12:30 p.m. the District 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest will take place in the show ring.
2 - 3 p.m. is the Entry of Advanced Cattle Feeding animals; 3 to 4 p.m. is the Entry time for Exotic Animals. The Exotic Animal show will take place in the show ring at 4 p.m.
The Cavaliers Drill Team will present a performance in the East Horse Arena at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Bank of Aurelia will be providing free watermelon from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Activity Building, and the Beef Producers will be serving grilled Beef Burgers at the South end of the fairgrounds, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation of Flags will be at 7:00 p.m., followed by a performance by Tom Wurth, Country Music recording artist (and Marcus native).
From 9 p.m.- midnight, a teen dance, sponsored by Godfather's Pizza, will take place at the Activity Building.
On Saturday July 14, the 4-H Beef Show, showmanship, will be held in the Show Ring at 9 a.m.; Ladies' Day, with Julia Klee from The Spice Rack, will take place in the Activity Building at 10 a.m., sponsored by Cherokee Villa and the Spice Rack.
10:30 - 11 a.m. is the time to enter 4-H small pets and 4-H dogs in the South 4-H Building; 11 a.m. is the time to register contestants for the Diaper Derby and Smile contests in the Activity Building. The Diaper Derby will then be held at 11, followed by the Smile Contest. The 4-H small pet and dog shows will also be held at 11 a.m., in the South 4-H Building.
12 noon - 4 p.m. is Kids' Day on the Midway; The Pedal Tractor Pull (ages 4-11) registration will be on the Main Stage at noon; veteran Magician Cletus Henke performs his feats of prestidigitation from noon - 12:30 p.m.; entry of 4-H and Open sheep is from noon - 2 p.m; the Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull, ages 4-11, takes place at 12:30 in the Main Arena; 1 p.m. is the Farm Bureau 2007 Cookout Contest and 4-H Advanced Cattle Feeding Show. The Advanced Sheep Feeding Show is at 1:30, as is the 4-H Clothing Review, in the Activity Building; 2 - 4 p.m. is the Early Release of Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Rabbits, and Poultry at the south gate; the 4-H Meat Goat Show is at 2 p.m., the County Sheep Show at 2:30, and the 4-H and FFA Open Sheep Show at 3 p.m. The Pride of Iowa showing will be i the north 4-H Building at 3 p.m. the Farm Bureau 2007 Cookout contest will be judged at 4 p.m., west of the Main Arena. Also at 4, the Kids' Day drawing will be held in the Activity Building. The drawing is for two bicycles, and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
The Pork Producers will be serving grilled Pork Burgers by the Main Arena at 5:30 p.m.
The Presentation of Flags will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by the ever-popular Demolition Derby. Chain saw carvings will be auctioned off between the consolation and feature at the Demo Derby.
On Sunday, a church service will be held in the North 4-H Building at 10 a.m.; Weigh-in and registration for the Open Swine Show will be from 10 a.m. - noon (the show will be held at 1 p.m. in the show ring); 11 a.m. brings 4-H Educational presentations, working exhibits, Share the Fun, and Extemperaneous Speaking in the north and south 4-H Buildings.
Go Kart races will take place at 1 p.m. at the south end of the fairgrounds; a 4-H Family Horse fun day will be held in the horse arena; 2 p.m. will bring the Talent Show in the Activity Building; and 5 - 6 p.m. will be the time for release of 4-H animals and 4-H and Family Crafts exhibits; 5:15 p.m. will be the Senior Awards presentation; and the Fair will conclude at 5:30 p.m with the crowning of the 2007 Fair Queen by 2006 County Fair Queen Priscilla Otto.
The Commercial Building will be open from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon - 10 p.m. on Thurs., Fri., and Sunday; the Family Craft Building and 4-H Buildings will be open from 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. daily; the Exotic Petting Zoo and Pony Rides open at 11 a.m. daily.
A drawing will be held each night after the Nightly Entertainment show, and winners must be present to win.