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    Monster trucks, demolition derbies, country music: Central Illinois county fairs starting soon

    By Steven Spearie, Springfield State Journal- Register,


    Several years ago, Greene County Fair Association officials moved the fair to the last week of May to take advantage of the cooler weather.

    That makes the fair, with roots dating back to 1854 and a heavy emphasis on agriculture, one of the earliest in the state, said fair association secretary Mark Walker.

    Attendance numbers, he said, are getting back to pre-COVID pandemics marks, but since that time, sponsors have stepped in to keep the fair afloat.

    "Unfortunately, we do have to increase prices to meet expenses," Walker said. "Most smaller fairs are fighting the same fight."

    After a 40-year absence, monster trucks return to the fair, which also has a harness racing card known for featuring world champions.

    Here's a rundown.

    Greene County Agricultural Fair

    Address: 123 N. Route 108, Carrollton

    Live music: Borderline, 9 p.m. May 31 (free); Highway 615, 9 p.m. June 1 (free)

    Other attractions: Harness racing, 6 p.m., May 29.; Monster trucks, 6 p.m., May 30 ($10-$15); 4H show, 8 a.m., 5 p.m. live auction, June 1


    Macoupin County Fair

    Dates: June 4-9

    Address: 21368 Illinois 4, Carlinville

    Live music: Tracy Lawrence with Walker Montgomery, 7:30 p.m., June 6 ($30-$45)

    Other attractions: Harness racing, 5 p.m., June 4; Tractor and truck pulls, 6:30 p.m., June 7 ($10); Demolition derby, 7 p.m., June 8 ($10)


    Sangamon County Fair

    Dates: June 12-16

    Address: 316 W. Birch St., New Berlin

    Live music: Priscilla Block with Conner Smith and Mark Wills, 6:30 p.m., June 13 ($30)

    Other attractions: Rogue rodeo, 7 p.m., June 14 ($15); Demolition derby, 6 p.m., June 15 ($15); Car show, 9 a.m. (registration), June 16


    Montgomery County Fair

    Dates: June 19-23

    Address: 300 Water St., Butler

    Attractions: Motocross races, June 21 ($10); Demolition Derby, 7:30 p.m., June 22 ($10); Mud bog racing, 10 a.m., June 23, ($10); Truck and tractor pulls, 11:30 a.m., June 23 ($10)


    Schuyler County Fair

    Dates: June 28-July 4

    Address: 200 E. Scripps St., Rushville

    Live music: Stone Cold Cowboys, 9:30 p.m., June 28; Gary Allan with Gavin Adcock, 7:30 p.m., June 29 ($40)

    Other attractions: Tractor pull, 6:30 p.m., June 28; Mudsling, 1 p.m., July 4


    Morgan County Fair

    Dates: July 9-14

    Address: 110 N. Westgate Ave., Jacksonville

    Live music: Mitchell Tenpenny with Sara Evans, 7:30 p.m. July 12 ($46-$62); Brantley Gilbert, 7:30 p.m., July 13 ($57-$72)

    Other attractions: Salute the Troops (speaker and demonstrations), 6 p.m., July 10; Truck and tractor pulls, 4:30 p.m., July 14 ($20)


    Cass County Fair

    Dates: July 15-20

    Address: 649 S. Job St., Virginia


    Menard County Fair

    Dates: July 16-21

    Address: 18450 Fairgrounds St., Petersburg

    Live music: Travis Tritt with Pecos and the Rooftops, 8 p.m., July 19 ($45)

    Other attractions: Flat track motorcycle racing (inaugural Nick Williams Memorial Race), 6 p.m., July 17 ($10-$20)


    Christian County Agricultural Fair

    Dates: July 16-20

    Address: 1716 W. Spresser St., Taylorville

    Live music: Rodney Atkins with Allie Colleen, 7:30, July 19 ($25-$35)

    Other attractions: Stock car races, 7 p.m., July 17; Tractor Pulls, 7 p.m., July 18; Scovill Mobile Zoo, 2 p.m., July 20


    Logan County Fair

    Dates: July 28-Aug. 4

    Address: 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln

    Live music: Diamond Rio with Adam Doleac, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 3 ($30-$40)


    Brown County Fair

    Dates: July 30-Aug. 4

    Address: 309 Fairground St., Mt. Sterling

    Attractions: T&A Bucking Bulls, 7 p.m., July 31


    Tri-County Fair

    Dates: Aug. 28-Sept. 2

    Address: 605 N. East 2500 Road, Pana

    Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788;; X,

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