Audubon County Fair

AUDUBON - It's been going on since 1878, with many, many ribbons and trophies handed out for projects ranging from chocolate chip cookies to cattle, pigs, horses, goats, sheep and more: The Audubon County Fair starts next week.

The fair runs from Monday, July 15 to Sunday, July 21 with 4-H, FFA and Open Class competitions, and a little something for everyone in entertainment and food as well.

Entertainment will include the Miniature Rodeo, on Thursday, July 18 at the horse arena. Mutton Bustin' will begin at 6:30 p.m. - check in is at 6 p.m. and the Rodeo at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday night, check out the Figure 8 races at the track.

On Saturday, there is plenty to see during the day from the Baby Contest to inflatable attractions and the Clover Kids stuffed animal show. Check out the Alpaca Fun Show at the horse arena at 4:30 p.m. and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting event at 6 p.m. Monster arm wrestling will be held at the hoop at 7 p.m. and Phil Vandel takes to the grandstand stage at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, if you like tractors the Tractor Drive starts out at 9:30 a.m. and an antique tractor pull will be at noon at the grandstand. The Exira Lions will have Bingo at 12:30 p.m. in the Agri-Hall, and the Onion Ring Cook Off is at 2 p.m. at the hoop. The livestock sale is at 5 p.m. wrapping up the fair.

Come to the fair for the food? You will want to check out the food booths around the fair grounds and in the Agri-Hall, of course, but there are other special events scheduled.

The 4-H food sale is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and later that day, at 7 p.m. at the grandstand, there will be a Pie auction before the Queen Contest.

On Thursday the Farm Bureau meal will take place at the Hoop with Agriland Ice Cream at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday includes a 7:30 a.m. to noon farmer's market, and a Pork Feed at the hoop at 5 p.m. Sunday, check out the beef feed by the Audubon T-Bone Committee at noon, the pie contest at 1:30 p.m. in the Agri-Hall, the onion ring contest at 2 p.m. at the hoop, and a beef and sweetcorn feed, by the Audubon County Cattlemen, at 5 p.m.

Audubon County events begin on Monday, July 15, with the 4-H Clothing Event, a sort of preview to the rest of the fair... then starting on July 17, the fair board secretary's office opens, and things really get rolling.

Audubon County Fair Schedule, July 15-21


5 p.m. 4-H Clothing Event


5 p.m. 4-H Superintendents Meeting

5:30 p.m. Fair Preparation


9 a.m. Judging 4-H Static Exhibits/Food Sale

9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Fair board secretary’s office open

9:30 a.m. 4-H Garden Plot Judging

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fashion Designers’ Showcase Decorators’ Showcase

2 p.m. 4-H Communications Event Agri-Hall

4 p.m. Clover Kids Pet Show - 4-H Bldg.

4:30 p.m. Clover Kids Showcase - 4-H Bldg.

5 p.m. 4-H Pet and Dog Show - Livestock Pavilion

6 p.m. 4-H Club booth and can sculpture displays must be set-up

6:30 p.m. Little Miss Audubon County Fair Contest-Grandstand

7 p.m. Pie Auction followed by Queen Contest-Grandstand

8:30 p.m. Movie-Livestock Pavilion


7-8 a.m. 4-H/FFA Swine check in

8-9 a.m. 4-H/FFA Sheep and Goat check in

9-10 a.m. 4-H/FFA Beef check in

9 a.m. -6 p.m. Commercial Exhibit set-up

9:30-11 a.m. 4-H/FFA/Open Class Rabbit/Poultry check in

11 a.m. 4-H/FFA Horses must be stalled

11:30 a.m. Farm Bureau Meal - Hoop Agriland Ice Cream

6 p.m. Open Class static must be entered

6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’ Check in-Horse Arena

6:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’

7:30 p.m. Miniature Rodeo-Horse Arena

8 p.m. Open Class exhibits must be in place


8 a.m. Clover Kids Goat Show Clover Kids Sheep Show; 4-H/FFA Goat Show; 4-H/FFA Sheep Show

9 a.m. Judging Open Class Static and Antiques Entries

10 a.m. 4-H/FFA Horse Show

2:30 p.m. Livestock Judging Contest Sign up

3 p.m. Livestock Judging Contest

5 p.m. Clover Kids Rabbit Show 4-H/FFA & Open Rabbit Show

6 p.m. Sheep and Goat Clinic/Demo

7:30 p.m. Figure Eight Races


7:30 a.m.- Noon Farmers’ Market

7:30 a.m. Clover Kids Swine Show 4-H/FFA Swine Show

9:00 a.m. Baby Contest-Hoop

10 a.m. Big Wheels Races-Hoop

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dazzling Dave - Hoop

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ima Clown – Hoop

10 a.m. Clover Kids Poultry 4-H/FFA Poultry, Open Class

11 a.m. Non-sanctioned Kids Pedal Pull

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lego Logo - Agrihall

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Inflatable Attractions/Laser Tag

12:30 p.m. Clover Kids Stuffed Animal Show - Hoop

1 p.m. Clover Kids Bottle/Bucket Show

1 p.m. 4-H/FFA Pen of Three Interviews

1:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Pen of Three, 4-H/FFA Bottle/Bucket Show, 4-H/FFA Market Beef Show, 4-H/FFA Showmanship

4:30 p.m. Alpaca Fun Show-Horse Arena

5 p.m. Pork Feed – Hoop

6 p.m. Cowboy Mounted Shooting-Horse Arena

6 p.m. Monster Arm Wrestling Weigh-In-Hoop

7 p.m. Monster Arm Wresting-Hoop

7:30 p.m. Phil Vandel Band - Grandstand


8 a.m. Open Class Horse Entries at Announcer’s Stand Horse Arena

8 a.m. Tractor Drive Check in

9 a.m. Open Class Horse Show

9:30 a.m. Tractor Drive

10 a.m. 4-H/FFA Feeder Calf; 4-H Calf/Cow Calf Pairs; 4-H/FFA Breeding Beef

12 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull – Grandstand

12 p.m. Beef Feed – Audubon T-Bone

12:30 p.m. Bingo-Exira Lions - Agrihall

1:30 p.m. Pie Contest – Agrihall

2 p.m. Onion Ring Cookoff - Hoop

2:30 p.m. Open Class Exhibits released

4 p.m. 4-H Recognition – Show Barn

5 p.m. Livestock Sale-poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, swine, beef

5 p.m. 4-H exhibits released

5:45 p.m. 4-H Building Clean Up

6 p.m. Beef & Sweetcorn Feed – Audubon Co. Cattleman

Clean Up Following Release and Sale