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Parade to kick off fair tonight

Staff writer

Exhibit check-in, a horse show, a dog show, and judging in several categories began Sunday, but Marion County Fair’s most public events begin at 6 p.m. tonight with a parade on Hillsboro’s Main St.

A live music presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m.

4-H live presentations, new this year, will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

A watermelon feed sponsored by Emprise Bank and a kids power pedal pull also will begin at 7 p.m.

Mutton Bustin’ for kids ages 6 and younger and a calf scramble for kids ages 10 and younger will be at the rodeo arena at 8 p.m. today and Thursday.

A kids’ bounce house will be open from 4 to 10 p.m.

4-H concessions will be available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Commercial booths and ground exhibits will open at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday will bring an assortment of animal shows and a tournament.

4-H dairy goat show, followed by a dairy cattle show, will be at 9 a.m.

4-H sheep show will be at 6 p.m.

4-H bucket calf show, followed by beef show and a corn hole tournament will begin at 7 p.m.

Other Thursday events include a bounce house from 4 to 10 p.m., food trucks from 5 to 10 p.m., and commercial booths and ground exhibits opening at 5:30 p.m.


A meat goat show followed by a swine show will begin at 9 a.m.

4-H showmanship round robin will begin at 1:30 p.m.

A Friends of 4-H dinner and livestock project auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lawnmower, kids’ four-wheeler, and dirt bike races will begin at 7 p.m.

Other Friday events include a bounce house from 4 to 10 p.m., food trucks from 5 to 10 p.m., commercial booths and ground exhibits at 5:30 p.m., and livestock being released at 9 p.m.


Fair cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. All open class premiums will be paid from 8 to 9 a.m.

Wet and Wild slipper slide with the fair board will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A demolition derby begins at 7 p.m.

The fair draws an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 visitors each year.

The 4-H building now is air conditioned as part of an update the board is doing on the building.

Last modified July 20, 2023