ANNA, Ill. — It’s during the quiet of the Union County Fair that the horses take center stage.
Without the chaos of the carnival or the loud excitement of a livestock auction in the background, owners prep and preen their equine entries for competition in front of the grandstand in Anna.
On this particular morning, it was the Heavy Horses which paraded on the track, a working horse category that’s seeing fewer and fewer entries each year.
“It’s about the quality not the quantity. What we see at the fair are the horses from long-time families of Union County. It’s a tradition for them,” said Stephanie Rhodes, Union County Farm Bureau director.
There were plenty of other fair traditions on display at the Aug. 19-25 fair in Anna: a demolition derby, junior livestock show, fair queen, lamb burgers and other familiar offerings.
And there were some new activities, including an agriculture scavenger hunt for kids who could learn about agriculture as they enjoy the sights and sounds of exhibits and livestock shows during the fair and a chance to win a $50 gift card.