County Fair Time Begins This Week


After the pandemic-necessitated hiatus the Montgomery County Fair will return to the county fairgrounds in Butler this week, Wednesday, June 23, through Sunday, June 27. This year’s fair is packed full of events and sure to offer entertainment for all ages.

Gate admission is set at $7 per person, which includes parking and carnival rides, additional admission fees are required for grandstand events. Fountain City Amusements will provide free rides from 6 p.m. to close on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Saturday Matinee from 1-3 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 23, the 4-H and Montgomery County Fair Sheep Shows will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m. with the Goat Shows to follow at noon at the 4-H Park.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night with the royalty pageants to start at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission for the ceremony and pageant is $5 per person. The 2019 Montgomery County Royalty,  Miss Montgomery County Fair Brielle Marten, Junior Miss Montgomery County Fair Morgan Hampton and Little Miss Montgomery County Fair Tilly Fergurson will retire their crowns and welcome the 2021 royalty.

This year’s Little Miss contestants are Emery Meisner, Gentry Bertolino, Paisley State, Karsyn Jones, Tyffany Plummer-Jaynes, Remie Witt, Marlee Wrachford, Lynnox Kessler, Hattie Bell and Sage Mulvary. The 2021 Junior Miss contestants are Keeley Tabor, Kinsley Trader, Summer Spencer, Jenna Durbin, Alexandria Gasperson, Caitlyn Travis, Avarey Fetter, Rylie Jones, Kinley Morris, Claudia Deren, Kirsten Pope and Scarlett Ledford. Miss Montgomery County Fair contestants are Madalynn Kraus, Summer Smith, Reagan Wilson, Peitynn Wilson, Holly Devries and Alexis Davis.

Those looking to enter into the County Fair shows will want to be aware of impending deadlines. Entries for the Montgomery County Sheep Show must be turned in by Tuesday, June 15, no late entries will not be accepted. All sheep must be on the grounds by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, and entry fees must be paid on all animals. Entry fees are set at $10 and exhibitor fees are $7.

Those interested in showing at the Goat Show must submit entries by Tuesday, June 15, and animals must be on the grounds by 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23. There is a two entry limit per class. All animals should be on lead ropes or halters.

Entries for the Swine Show need to be turned in by Tuesday, June 15, and must be paid by 9 p.m. on Friday, June 25. All animals must be on the grounds by 9 p.m. on Friday, June 25, and will be released one hour after the end of the show. Entry fees are set at $10 and exhibitor fees are $7.

All entries for the Beef Cattle Show must be submitted and cattle must be in place by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. Cattle will be released following the steer show on Thursday, June 24. There is a $7 exhibitor fee and a $25 entry fee. Weigh in for the Steer Show is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. Entry fees must be paid on each steer, and steers must weigh a minimum of 850 lbs. All purebred steers must have purebred papers to show. A veterinarian will check health papers at 8 a.m. on the show day, Thursday, June 24.

For more information on the sheep, goat or swine shows contact LeEllen Watson at 217-556-0561. Questions about the Beef Cattle Show may be directed to Mark Knodle at 217-652-1970.

In addition to livestock shows the Montgomery County Fair provides a venue to show off talents in gardening, quilting, needlework, art, photography, floriculture and more. 

All Arts and Crafts entries  (vegetables, floriculture, fine arts, photography, graphics and painting, arts and textiles, culinary, hobbies and collectibles) need to be submitted between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. and the public are invited to view the exhibits displayed in the Arts and Crafts Building from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

These shows are open to all ages and genders and it is not necessary to be a resident of Montgomery County to enter. Submissions must be ready for display. No more than two entries may be submitted by an exhibitor into the same class and submissions may not have been shown at any previous Montgomery County Fair. Exhibitor’s fees are set at $7 and entry fees are $1.

Those with questions about arts and textiles submissions are instructed to contact Mary Ann Bishop at 217-324-5772. Questions about the hobbies and collectibles may be directed to Sara Zumwalt at 217-556-1364. For information about all other Arts and Crafts categories contact LeEllen Watson at 217-556-0561.

The Montgomery County Fair will also feature live music, a free petting zoo, arts and crafts exhibits, a beer pavilion and a variety of food each day. Alcohol, guns and pets will not be permitted on the fairgrounds.         


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