A Madison County summer tradition returned Wednesday when the 2022 Madison County Fair came to town. The annual Firemen’s Parade, marching through downtown Madison, kicked off the four-day family event.
This year’s Country Pride County Wide themed event features a variety of contests, concerts and entertainment, some new to the Madison County Fair such as the Art Mobile and many old favorites such as the demolition derby, cowboy circus and 4-H livestock shows.
Essie Berry, vice chair of the fair board, is especially excited about this year’s fair.
“It’s great to be back to our pre-pandemic normalcy,” Berry said. “Planning the fair takes nearly a year and for nearly two years everything was uncertain. This year we were able to organize things much earlier.”
After the parade, doors opened at 4pm on Wednesday. Fairgoers had the opportunity to watch the 4-H Goat and Pig Shows, listen to the music of the Dark Hollow Band and visit the Cowboy Circus or Art Mobile before watching the Pie-a-Person Scholarship Fundraiser with the County Board of Supervisors Chairman Madison Clay Jackson at 8:30 p.m
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Thursday features beef and dairy beef shows in the cattle barns, pedal tractor and wheel drive derbies on the track, the music of Freedom Worship and the Pie-a-Person scholarship fundraiser with Commonwealth’s Attorney Clarissa Berry.
The 4-H Livestock Barn has the Dairy Show scheduled for Friday morning, followed by the Livestock Auction on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., as well as a Corn Hole Tournament and music by Austin Boggs and the Modified and Garden Tractor that moves on the track. The Pie-a-Person Scholarship Fundraiser featuring local large animal veterinarian Dr. Weekley Scott will be held in the Livestock Sale Barn at 6:15 p.m.
4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Kelly Mallory was pleased with the number of livestock entries with 63 exhibitors and 186 entries. The fair is the year-end finale for most of the 4-Hers with livestock projects. The Livestock Fair is their opportunity to showcase the months of preparation that have gone into their marketable animal projects.
“The barn is going to be full this year,” Mallory said. “There are 48 goats, 45 pigs, 37 sheep, 37 beef, 12 dairy beef and seven dairy, as well as 20 in the Saturday baby show.”
Saturday’s events include the morning bucket baby show, a garden tractor pull and a corn hole tournament before the Third Dimension Skydivers take off for the Demolition Derby on the track. The entertainment tent features the Hurt Hollow Bluegrass Band and Keith Bryant.
The home and garden building will be open all week and pasta is back. With the lifting of COVID restrictions, baking competitions have returned to the Home and Garden building. Youth exhibitors with at least 12 entries receive a week’s pass and t-shirt.
The carnival opens Thursday and Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm. Cuffs are available daily.
Berry is quick to add that the 2022 fair has something for everyone.
“If you want to see animals, listen to a concert, watch the demolition derby, we have it all,” Berry said. “We truly have something for everyone and we are so grateful to our sponsors and volunteers for all they have done to make this fair a reality.”
Admission to the 2022 fair is $5 per person Wednesday through Friday. and $10 Saturday. Children up to 10 years old are admitted for free. Weekly passes are available at the Madison County Extension office for $20. Carnival wristbands are $35 if purchased at the fair and $20 if purchased online.