The DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria is set for Monday through Saturday July 20th through July 25th.
With the theme "You need a FAIRCATION", the Grandpa Fair of the South will feature a fun filled week of activities including a new event, an Open Rodeo, which will be held Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena.
Fair Manager Jeff McMillen says the fair has never before had a rodeo, so this should generate a lot of excitement." It's an open rodeo. Anybody can enter. The events include bareback riding, team roping, calf roping, one barrel speed race, three barrel speed race, bull riding, and there's some kids events including a calf scramble and possibly money in a haystack and things like that. It'll be a lot of fun."
McMillen says the Off-Road Challenge, which made it's debut last year, will return this year with a new twist. "We have a new event in the Off Road Challenge this year. It's a two wheel drive class. It's basically a speed course. Everything in this class is real fast. You (participants) are basically climbing things in an obstacle course. You won't be going through things, you'll be jumping them." The Off-Road Challenge will be held on Monday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena.
Another crowd favorite, the demolition derby, will be featured on Friday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the grandstand. McMillen says spectators may also notice some changes in this event "The rules have changed a lot in the demolition derby. We're having to use newer model cars now because the older cars are gone. You're probably going to see faster cars and probably less mud."
The fair will also be bringing back the Antique Tractor Pull, Super Tractor and Truck Pull, Go Kart Racing, Four Wheelers and Motorcycle Racing, DeKalb Idol, the Vintage Fashion Show, and many other popular attractions. Missing this year will be lawn mower racing, which has been dropped from the lineup.
McMillen urges fair goers to take the time to enjoy lots of delicious foods from the food booths and stop by to see the many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.
The Kenneth Sandlin Center will be open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
All Non-Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
All Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Exhibit rule books are available at your local banks and libraries, and at the Register of Deeds office at the courthouse or get the 2009 premium list of rules and regulations online at www.dekalbcountyfair.us or www.dekalbtn.com.
Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village
The following events are scheduled:
Monday, July 20th: National Anthem at 5:45 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion; T-Shirt Preview at 5:50 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the grandstands ; Off-Road Challenge at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 6:30 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion. $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.
Tuesday, July 21st: the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by David Turner and Friends at the Lions Club Pavilion; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.
Wednesday, July 22nd: Little Miss Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion; Four Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.
Thursday, July 23rd: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and a Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.
Friday, July 24th: WSMV Channel 4 Snow Bird from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Toddler Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition atthe Lions Club Pavilion; an Antique Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 25th: A Horse Shoe Tournament at 3:00 p.m. at the barn; Gospel Singing at the Lion's Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. and a Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and a $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m.
One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, Monday through Saturday and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing.
Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $16.00.
Admission to the fair is $3.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!
For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us or www. dekalbtn.com.