It's fair time! 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 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 28 - August 5, 2017. Here are a few of my family's favorite fair events, activities, and foods!
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 local food vendors in the Food Court area 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 organizations that make a positive impact on the Morgan County community.
4-H members from around the county will have their animals on hand at the fairgrounds for shows and that means you get to walk through the barns and meet them! You never quite know what all you'll see at the fair. One year, we were lucky enough to see two tiny little twin goats only a few days old! Whether your kids love larger animals like cows or small ones like rabbits, chickens or ducks, you'll probably see it at the fair. Check the fair schedule for specific show times.
The Morgan County Fair Free Stage always has a fun line up of entertainment scheduled throughout fair week. Shows range from Agriculture Storybook Time on July 29 to a variety of live musical acts. The Martinsville Community Band will make an appearance on Friday, July 28, Barnes & Company will perform all your rock favorites on Saturday, July 29, Highland Reign will be in town on Monday, July 31, Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band take the stage on Tuesday, August 1, Silly Safaris will be there to entertain kids of all ages on Wednesday, August 2, the Gold Dust Band performs on Friday, August 4th and hometown favorite Eddie Van Zant will play on Saturday, August 5.
Craig Morgan & Kellie Pickler Concert
On Thursday, August 3rd, Country Music favorites Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler will perform at the grandstand, beginning at 7 pm. The show will open with regional favorites Bigg Country. Arrive early if you want to partake of the fair food mentioned above, but don't worry - the 4-H Junior Leaders will also have a concession stand at the grandstand for any last-minute munchies you might need. If you don't have them yet, tickets are still available online.
Truck, Tractor & Horse Pulls
What's a county fair with some sort of pulling event? There are plenty to choose from at the Morgan County Fair. The Garden Tractor and UTV Pulls are Friday, July 28 at 7 pm at the grandstand. Admission is $5 per person; kids under 12 are free. Sunday, July 30 will feature Stock Truck and Tractor Pulls at the Grandstand beginning at 6 pm. Admission will be $10 per person; $5 for kids age 6-12; kids under 6 are free. For those who like their pulling events the old fashioned way - sans engines - there will be Heavy Horse Pulls at 8 pm on Wednesday, August 2, which is also free night at the grandstand! For the younger set, there's a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at the Antique Machinery Barn at 1 pm on Monday, July 31. Registration for that event begins at 12:30 pm.
ATVs, Dirt Bikes & the Demo Derby
Other feature events taking place at the grandstand during the fair include ATVs/Quads on Monday, July 31 at 7 pm, Dirt Bikes on Tuesday August 1 at 7 pm, and of course, the Demolition Derby! There will be two nights of Demo Derby action - Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5. Action begins both nights at 7 pm. Admission for any of these events is $10 per person; kids under 6 are free.
Fair events begin on Friday, July 28, but if you're bringing the kids out for midway rides, please note that the midway does not open until Monday, July 31. Kiddie days feature unlimited rides for only $13 per person between 1 and 5 pm on Wednesday, August 2 and Saturday, August 5. Family Nights will feature unlimited rides for $18 per person from 6 pm until closing Monday through Friday, July 31 - August 4.
For more details on the events listed here or additional information on this year's fair, visit morgancountyindianafair.org. See you at the fairgrounds!