Plans are finalized and exciting entertainment, fun and games are on tap for the 87th annual Cherokee County Fair scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
The four-day extravaganza promises tremendous family fun, with each day highlighted by an evening entertainment sure to please one and all, young and old alike.
On opening Day Thursday, the T&C Rodeo Company presents thrilling bull riding in the Main Arena at 8 p.m., with a large fireworks show to follow.
Friday night's closing special is Tony Peterson's Hell Drivers Stunt Show at 8 p.m., followed by the popular Teen Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring "Unlimited Sounds" by DJ John Seel of Cherokee.
On Saturday night the ever popular Demolition Derby will pack in the fans in the Main Arena, with that action beginning at 6:30 p.m. Impressive Chain Saw Sculptures will be auctioned off between the consolation and feature at the Demo Derby.
Sunday night the Fair closes with the crowning of the 2010 Fair Queen at 5 p.m. in the Activity Building, with 2009 Fair Queen Demi Dunn crowning the new Queen.
In between these exciting performances, the 2010 Cherokee County Fair is interspersed with outstanding, entertaining events.
Daily, the Commercial Building, 4-H and Family Crafts Building, and the Meyer Petting Zoo are main attractions. The Commercial Building is open noon to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The 4-H and Family Crafts Building is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the Petting Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.
Thursday features the Open Swine Show, 4-H Swine Show, 4-H Rabbit Show, 4-H Poultry Show, 4-H Horse Show, and the Pride of Iowa Contest. There also will be a Presentation of Flags by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 888, the American Legion Post 230, and VFW Post 2253 preceding the bull riding rodeo.
Friday's action brings the 4-H Sheep Show, Open Bucket/Bottle Calf Show, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dairy Show, District 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging, the NASCAR race car simulator, the Open Beef Show, Exotic Animal Show, Cavaliers Horse Drill Team Performance, and the Presentation of Flags preceding the Stunt Show. The Cherokee County Beef Producers also will be serving beef burgers starting at 6 p.m.
A busy Saturday schedule features Ladies Day, the 4-H Beef Show, Diaper Derby, Kids Day on the Midway, Baby Costume Contest, Pedal Tractor Pull, NASCAR simulator vehicles, Cletus Henke Magic Show, XBox 360 Big Screen Jam Session, Rock Band performance, 4-H Advanced Cattle Feeding Show, 4-H Clothing Revue, Parade of 4-H Champions, Bike Give-Away, Digital Photo Booth, Go-Kart Races, Kids Movie, Cherokee County Pork Producers serving pork burgers starting at 4 p.m., and the Presentation of Flags preceding the Demo Derby.
On Sunday, Church Services are 9:30 .m., 4-H Educational Presentations, 4-H Family Horse Fun Day, Bill Riley Talent Show, "Deal or No Deal," and the crowning of the 2009 Cherokee County Fair Queen.
Advanced ticket sales end today at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults ($14 at gate), $6 for ages 5-12 ($8 at gate), and are good for all four days and all programs. You pay only once.
Daily ticket costs are $6 adults, $4 children, and ages 4 and under free.