WAYNE – As the gates will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., the 99th annual Wayne County Fair gets underway Thursday with 4-H/FFA events leading up to bullriding.
The Wayne County Fairgrounds can be found at 301 Pheasant Run on the west edge of town. Events will be held at the fairgrounds between Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25.
Season passes for all four days are $55 for adults while daily admission is $20 for adults with children 12 & under being free. Also, all-day ride wristbands are $25 at the fair with individual ride tickets also available.
4-H/FFA & open class dairy check in will last from 7:30 – 10 a.m. with all entries in place by 10 a.m. Between 8 a.m. and noon, all open class home economic exhibits will enter at the Ag Hall with all entries in place by noon. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. as the building will be closed to the public during judging. The Ag Hall will be open after judging until 10 p.m.
The 4-H Horse Show will begin at 8 a.m.; 4-H Bucket Calf, 4-H/FFA Dairy & Pygmy Goat check in will last from 9 – 10 a.m. with entries in their respective barns by 10 a.m.
The PeeWee Bucket Calf Show will take place in the Leland Herman Memorial Arena at 10 a.m.; 4-H Bucket Calf Show to follow at 10:30 a.m. as well as the 4-H/FFA Dairy Show at noon with Open Class Dairy Show to follow. The Open Class Sheep Show will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the 4-H/FFA Sheep Show also in the Leland Herman Memorial Arena. The 4-H/FFA Goat Show will begin at 4 p.m. in the Kaden Schmale Swine Arena.
The Wayne County Expo Center will be open from 1 – 8 p.m.; the River City Carnival Midway will open at 5 p.m. and the Presentation of Colors by Winside Post 252 is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with the national anthem by Riley Haschke.
Wayne County Ag Society President, Doug Temme will lead the opening ceremonies at 7:20 p.m. ahead of the L4 Livestock Ultimate Bullriding Tour in the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.
There’ll also be six bullfighters in attendance Thursday evening.
Live entertainment will be provided by Dave Merkel in the beer garden at 9 p.m. while a mechanical bull will also be offered inside the beer garden from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Also, a note from Wayne County Fair officials, Wildlife Encounters will not be at the fair this year due to an accident. No Wildlife Encounter shows this weekend. But there will still be exotic animals in attendance provided by Horn T Zoo from Monroe that’ll be open Thursday – Sunday.