June 15, 2021

Vermilion County: 4-H talent centerpiece of fair

OAKWOOD, Ill. — The Vermilion County Fair and Expo’s longstanding tradition of affordable family fun while fulfilling its primary purpose of promoting Illinois agriculture continues in 2021.

The fair version continues to hold the line on prices with the fair’s single-day gate general admission unchanged at $6 per person that includes unlimited carnival rides. There will be additional admissions for grandstand events.

Pre-fair activities will be held Monday, June 21, with 4-H general project judging.

Open and junior show entries will be accepted the following day in agriculture, culinary, education and natural history, fine arts, hobbies and textiles.

The fair officially opens Wednesday, June 23, at 9 a.m. with the 4-H tractor and lawn tractor driving contest, 4-H horse show and the start of the carnival. The 4-H general projects show runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The day concludes with the Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss and Queen Pageant at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 24, is chock-full of activities with junior swine judging at 8 a.m. followed by 4-H rabbit, goat, sheep and swine shows. The Horse Open Fun Show and truck and tractor pull both kick off at 6 p.m. Action at the grandstand begins at 6 p.m. with the truck and tractor pull June 24.

The June 25 lineup includes 4-H poultry and beef shows, open poultry show, celebrity showmanship, the Steinbaugh Master Showmanship Contest, Friends of 4-H Livestock Auction and Horse Youth Jackpot Show.

Another full day of events is on tap for June 26 with a 4-H dog obedience show, open beef show, 4-H cat care show, baby contest, 4-H small pet care, junior open sheep show, junior sheep show, and open gilt and barrow show. Stadium motocross tops off the day beginning at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

The final day of the fair opens with a nondenominational church service at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with the crunch of metal at the entertaining demolition derby.

Vermilion County Fair & Expo

June 21-27

17528 N. 1180 East Road, Oakwood, Illinois