It's almost fair time! It's one of those great annual events we just love to enjoy each summer. There are ninety-two counties in Indiana and each and every one hosts a county fair each summer. So, what makes the Morgan County Fair so special?
We're so glad you asked! There are several great reasons for your family to venture out to the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Martinsville during the fair, July 29 - August 6, 2022. Here are a few of of the annual fair events, activities, and foods that keep us coming back year after year!
Sweet Corn, Donuts, Ice Cream, Grilled Cheese...
Yes, all the typical fair food will be there - elephant ears, funnel cakes, corn dogs... but if you want a truly amazing fair food experience, get off the Midway and take advantage of the many local food vendors in the Food Court area, located in the center of the fairgrounds. You'll find the Morgan County Cattleman's Association (go for the ribeye sandwich and roasted sweet corn), the Pork Producers (pork burgers and pork chops are always a hit), fresh homemade-recipe ice cream from the Morgantown Fire Department, made-to-order grilled cheese from Tri-Kappa (try one with tomatoes and mozzarella), freshly made donuts from Kappa Kappa Sigma, as well as pizza, tacos, tenderloin sandwiches and freshly-made lemon shake-ups! The best part? Your money is going to support a number of great local organizations that make a positive impact on the Morgan County community. (If you love food - don't miss the Chopped Challenge on Saturday, August 6. Area home chefs compete to see who can make the tastiest culinary creations with this year's signature ingredient!)
Free Stage Performances
The Morgan County Fair Free Stage always has a fun line up of entertainment scheduled throughout fair week. Shows range from musical acts to the Silly Safari live animal show. The Martinsville Community Band will take the stage at 8 pm on Friday, July 29. On Saturday, July 30, the Little Miss and Mr. Contest will take place beginning at 6 pm. Sunday, July 31 at 6:30 pm, the Martinsville Community Choir will perform. Local favorites the Eddie VanZant Band will take the stage on Monday, August 1 at 8 pm. The Rhythm Chasers Cloggers will perform on Tuesday, August 2 beginning at 7 pm. Wednesday, August 3 brings the Silly Safaris live animal show to the stage, beginning at 8 pm. On Thursday, August 4 at 8 pm, catch "the wildest piano rock-n-roll show since Jerry Lewis" at 8 pm with Terry Lee and the Million Dollar Band. On Friday, August 5 The Gold Dust Band with Reva Brummett and friends will perform at 8 pm. Fair week wraps up with a performance from The Blue Eyes & Grey Skies Band at 4 pm on Saturday, August 6, followed by a clogging fun dance at 7 pm.
On Saturday, July 30, the grandstand will welcome a rodeo event from Xtreme Roughstock Tour, LLC. This is an IPRA sanctioned event. General admission will be $10 per person for adults or $5 per person for kids age 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are free. A behind-the-scenes "pit pass" is available for $15 for those who'd like a little closer look at the action. A family hour will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 with rodeo action beginning at 7 pm.
Stock Truck & Tractor Pulls
What's a county fair with some sort of pulling event? On Sunday, July 31, the Grandstand will feature the stock truck and tractor pulls beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12 (kids 5 and under are free). Get access to the pits for $15 per person! For those who like their pulling events with a side of cuteness, there's also a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at the Antique Machinery Barn on Wednesday, August 4. Registration for that event begins at 12:30 pm.
ATVs, Quads, Dirt Bike, Flat Track Racing & the Demolition Derby
Other featured events taking place at the grandstand during the fair include ATVs and Quads on Monday, August 1, beginning at 7 pm, Dirt Bike Racing on Tuesday, August 2 at 7 pm, and of course, the Demolition Derby! There will be two nights of Demo Derby action - Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6. Action begins both nights at 7 pm. Admission for any of these events is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-12 (kids 5 and under are free). Pit Gate admission is $15 per person.
Journey Independent Championship Wrestling
The Grandstand will welcome Journey Independent Championship Wrestling on Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 6-12 and kids age 5 and under are free! The show will run approximately two hours.
Cincinnati Circus Company
A new addition to the Fair's Grandstand line up this year, the Cincinnati Circus Company will make an appearance on Thursday, August 4, beginning at 7 pm. Admission for this show will be only $5 per person with kids age 5 and under free. Voted the Best Circus in Ohio, the Cincinnati Circus Company presents incredible entertainment, featuring a wide variety of talented professional circus-style artists and performers that will amaze attendees of all ages!
Fair events begin on Friday, July 29, but if you're bringing the kids out for Midway rides, please note that the Midway, presented by Poor Jack Amuseuents, does not open until Sunday, July 31. Kiddie Days feature unlimited rides for only $13 per person between 1 and 5 pm on Wednesday, August 3 and Saturday, August 6. Family Nights will feature unlimited rides for $20 per person from 6 pm until closing, on weeknights, Monday through Friday, August 1-5.
For more details on the events listed here or additional information on this year's fair, visit Morgancountyindianafair.org. See you at the fairgrounds!