Massac County Youth Fair
All events are held on the Youth Fairgrounds,
4476 Korte Rd., next to Massac County High School
Here are some special events to check out at the Youth Fair – some geared toward kids and some toward adults but all toward fun. Parking and admission are free for all events, although donations are always welcome.
The Farm Toy Show kicks off the fair at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15 with toy tractors, farm implements, construction equipment, trucks, cars and crafts filling tables in the comfortably air conditioned exhibit halls. Attendees can see some fascinating layouts, look for special bargains, strike a trade with a dealer and get tickets for a John Deere pedal tractor. The show runs from 6-9 p.m. July 15 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
The Tractor & Old Machinery Show joins the toy show on Saturday, July 16, opening at 8 a.m. and continuing Sunday, July 17, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This year’s show features John Deere, but all makes and models are welcome. Bring tractors, implements, engines and horse-drawn tools. Fairgoers get to see some antiques, unusual machinery and more.
Tractor Games feature skilled driving and such Olympic abilities as tractor balancing. A pedal pull for kids 12 and under will be at 1 p.m. July 16, followed by a Tractor and Machinery Parade at 6 p.m.circling through town, while a parade around the fairgrounds highlights July 17.
Dairy Delights come to the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 18 when the Massac County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee sponsors free ice cream and activities for everyone on the same day as dairy cattle and goat shows in the livestock show rings.
On Tuesday, July 19, 5 p.m. is the time to head to the horse arena, where Shawnee Community College joins the fair with its annual Watermelon Bust, bringing lots of cool and juicy watermelon to share with fairgoers as they get ready for the Farm Follies. Kids and youth get to try out their skills, from finding a needle in a haystack to passing a filled bucket in the water brigade. Check out the Bat-man, spinning around a water bucket; the wheelbarrow wobble, with one pusher and one rider; straw stacking; gather – and carry – the eggs; and water the hogs by hitting a target with a water balloon. Contestants and games are grouped by age, from 5 and under to 14 and over. Register starting at 5 p.m. for the Follies, which will start at 6:30 p.m.
Also that evening will be the Food Auction. This is a chance to purchase award-winning baked goods, from decorated cakes and cookies to yeast and quick breads to fruit pies. All proceeds go to the youthful chefs, along with the ribbons they earned and pictures of their foods, which will be on display in the food department at the exhibit hall through the end of the fair.
At 2 p.m. each afternoon July 20-22 Children’s Games will be held. Kids who exhibit at the fair and those who don’t are all invited to have old-fashioned fair fun with such activities as water balloons, bubble gum contest, duck pond, sack races and much more.
A Stick Horse Show begins the fun on Thursday, July 21. Kids ages 6 and under can register beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show. Fort Massac Saddle Club wants equestrians to start early, so the club sponsors this show where the youngest fairgoers ride their stick horses in a walk, trot and canter around the show ring.
The Stick Horse Show is followed at 8 p.m. by the Greased Pig Contest. This popular fair event has younger catchers vying to take the ribbon off the pig’s tail, while older kids get to put a pig in a tub. There’s lots of squealing fun for kids and pigs alike; winners receive prizes.
During the greased pig, a cow will be led to the squares for the Cow Pasture Plop. Fairgoers can get squares through the day, until they’re sold out. When the cow is let into the marked off area, the owner of the first square in which she plops splits the pot with the fair. What a fun way to make a donation to the Youth Fair.
Fairgoers who have surely built up appetites all week get their turn on Friday, July 22, when Farm Bureau sponsors a free Country Breakfast to thank exhibitors, families, visitors and fairgoers for supporting agriculture. The breakfast features foods made from farm products. It starts at 6:30 a.m., and continues until 8:30 a.m. or until the food is gone.
That day ends with Beef Night when Shawnee Beef Producers bring their skills to the table at 6 p.m., grilling – what else? – beef to make sandwiches for sale. Add cole slaw and potato salad, maybe even corn on the cob, to complete the meal.