Madison County Fair starts this week

The Madison County Fair will be held this week. It features everything from 4-H projects to bouncy houses to homemade items. It costs $1 to attend the fair. On Friday, residents may visit for free in exchange for bringing one can of food to be given to the Family Crisis Center.

"Bring a Can Day" is scheduled for Thursday. Those bringing a can will receive free admittance into the fair on that day. 

REXBURG – “Learn It, Grow It and Love It” is the theme for this year’s Madison County Fair.

“They don’t want to miss it. How could you miss it? It’s just so great,” said Madison County Fair board member Carol Ladle.

The fair ground is located at 460 W 2nd North.

On Monday residents brought in their no-perishable items to be judged in the open class division of the fair. On Tuesday perishable items will be accepted.

The fair starts on Wednesday where residents may view items entered into various displays. Entrance is $1 per person but children 3 and under are free. Thursday, residents may attend the fair free in exchange for a can of food. That food will later be given to the Family Crisis Center, Ladle said.

“Last year we gave 21 boxes of cans to them. It’s been a great blessing to them and to us as well. The community has been absolutely generous. They bring lots and lot of cans,” Ladle said.

The Family Crisis Center’s Food Bank Manager Kristy Bradshaw says this year’s Madison County Fair donation will really help provide for residents needing help with groceries.

“Our food bank shelves are really low. The food is needed,” she said. “We serve about 100 families a week, so that’s super helpful,” she said.

Ladle stated that there will be lots of wonderful fair food provided again this year.

“We’ll have great vendors. We’ll have more vendors for commercial food. We’ll have funnel cakes for the first time. They’re poured through a funnel. They’re made by pouring batter into hot cooking oil until they’re nice and golden brown,” she said.

There have been several improvements made to the fairgrounds this year, Ladle said.

“We’ll have new metal benches and park benches and tables. Each year we add more. It’s just an exciting time,” she said.

Every day from Wednesday through Saturday, “Corbin Maxey Live” will entertain the crowds at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. on the new free stage

“He is a nationally recognized animal expert and biologist. He’s been featured on the Today Show. What we look for is someone different who’s going to bring more people to the fair. If we get them with one thing, they’ll stay,” Ladle said.

In addition to Maxey, “Amazing Arthur” will perform at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday on the free stage.

“He’s a magician. He’s excellent as well,” Ladle said.

Starting on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., visitors may visit the Home Arts Building and see what residents have entered into the fair. Such entries include produce, flowers, crafts, LEGO creations, duct tape creations, woodworking, taxidermy antiques and photography.

“There’s just no limit to what people can enter in. It just pulls us all in together,” she said.

During each day of the fair, families may enjoy unlimited bouncing at the bounce house and unlimited climbing at the climbing wall for $5 for each activity and per person. The National Guard will also provide archery tag and a punching bag. There will be a mechanical bull available as well as face painting.

Various free demonstrations will be provided throughout the week at the VFW Building. Wednesday at noon, a ”Photography with your Cell Phone” class will be offered. That will be followed at 1 p.m., with “Quilting: Make and Take a Pin Cushion” class. At 4:30 p.m. the “Cake, Cookie and Pie Contest” will be held.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the “Make & Take Paper Bag Craft” will be held, followed by an InstaPot Demo at noon. At 1 p.m. visitors may learn how to make a winter scarf.

Also, on Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., officials plan the second annual High School Football Pulls (tug-of-war) contest. Football players use a rope to pull against the opposing team. Each school can have two, 11-member teams participate. Last year, the Sugar-Salem High School football team took home the first-place honors.

“These are our football players trying to see who can win. We’re trying to get some other high schools in there as well,” Ladle said.

On Friday from noon to 1 p.m., residents may learn a new skill during the “Spin Your Own Yarn” demonstration. Following that demonstration, Kerri Mills will present “Let’s Make Music” from 2 to 3 p.m.

“She’s going to teach you how to make music with your children,” Ladle said.

The music class will be followed at 4:30 p.m., by the “Cloverbud Extravaganza” to be held in the grassy area.

Also, Friday, “Bull Wars” starts at 7 p.m. and will feature both bull riding and bullfighting.

New this year is the “Beautiful Baby Contest” scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is open to children up to 18 months old.

“They’ll all wear a white Onesie. We didn’t want it to be an expensive thing,” said Ladle. A first, second and third place will be awarded. “It’s something different. We thought it would bring in the families,” she said.

Something else new and different will be the “People’s Choice: Potato Cook-off.”

“It’s about anything you want to cook that has potatoes. Come in and vote on it. That’s how we’ll get the winners,” Ladle said.

Saturday night, Mad Marvin Figure 8 Races will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. The event involves car racing.

“I like all of the exhibits. I like to see what people created — whether it’s drawing, crafts, cooking, cake decorating, photograph. I like to see what’s brought in. The creativity of the community, that’s what I love,” she said.

For more information on the fair visit https://www.madisonfairgrounds.com/county-fair1.html

To contact Lisa Dayley Smith write to lsmith@uvsj.com