Greene County Fair offers activities for all ages

[Updated with new time for fair queen coronation]

The Greene County Fairgrounds will be bustling this week as 4-H and FFA members, their families, and people of all ages who enjoy a traditional county fair enjoy the Greene County Fair.

The Fair board, led by president Connor Juergensen, has four nights of grandstand entertainment on tap for this year’s fair.

Leading off on Thursday, July 11, is the All Star Monster Truck tour. Producer of the show, All Star Motorsport Productions, is the only safety-certified nationwide company that specializes in providing high quality monster truck entertainment specifically designed for fairs.

The Grand River Rodeo returns Friday night. The Grand River Rodeo is a fan favorite at the fair and includes bareback bronc riding, break-away roping, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and more.

Saturday will feature the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League for a tractor and truck pull. Several classes of tractors and trucks promise all the sights, sounds and smells of pulls.

The entertainment will wrap up with Joseph Hall’s Elvis Tribute. This is not Hall’s first appearance in Greene County, and his tribute has delighted Elvis Presley fans every time. Hall has been paying tribute to the King since 2006 and placed as one of the top 10 finalists in “America’s Got Talent” in 2008. Since then, he has performed all over the world, from Las Vegas to Porthcawl, Wales.

Grandstand entertainment begins at 7 pm each night. Admission is $10 for each show.

The VFW Café will be available under the grandstand Thursday through Saturday during the entertainment.

Clover Café, a fundraiser for the Greene County 4-H program, will be open from 11 am to 9 pm Tuesday, and from 7:30 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For many county residents, a 4-H beefburger is a requirement of a good summer, but there’s much more on the menu. Lunch specials include grilled chicken breast sandwiches on Wednesday, smoked pork on Thursday, leg of lamb and lamb burgers on Friday, and smoked beef on Saturday. There are evening dessert specials Thursday, Friday and Saturday, too.

Attractions on the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday will include Poppin’ Penelope, who is always a favorite with children who stand in line waiting for one of her balloon creations, made to order. Nick’s Kids Shows will provide musical fun and entertainment. Chainsaw artist Jeff Klatt will have his Runaway Saws at the fair Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Community barbecues will be served Friday and Saturday. The Greene County Cattlemen’s Association will serve hamburgers Friday while the Town & Country Band performs. The Pork Producers and Lamb Producers will serve pork burgers and lamb burgers Saturday.

Serving for both barbecues will begin at 5:30 pm in the north exhibit hall.

The 2019 Greene County Fair Queen will be selected and crowned Friday at 6 pm in Clover Hall. Vying for the crown and the privilege of being part of the State Fair Queen contest are Chloe Berns, Elizabeth “Izzy” Bravard, Ellie Madson and Tieryn Tucker.

The fair begins Tuesday morning for 4-H members with non-livestock exhibits. Judging of static exhibits will start at 8:30 am.

Exhibits for open judging (non-4-H members and adults) will be accepted Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm at Clover Hall.

The schedule for 4-H/FFA shows follows:
• Tuesday, July 9 – Dog agility, 6 pm.
• Wednesday, July 10 – Poultry show, 1 pm; Dog show, 5 pm.
• Thursday, July 11 – Swine show, 8 am; Rabbit show, 8:30 am; Horse & pony show, 1 pm; Beef fitting competition, 2:30 pm.
• Friday, July 12 – Sheep show, 8 am; Beef pen of 3 judging, 9 am; Goat show, 4 pm; Fashion style show, 5:30 pm.
• Saturday, July 13 – Beef show, 8 am; Horse fun show, 12 pm; 4-H Communications at the Fair, 1 pm.

Click here for a complete schedule of fair activities.

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