JANESVILLE - Great displays, animals, fried delights, a carnival, live music and more will await visitors at the Rock County 4-H Fair.
The oldest 4-H fair in the United States, the Rock County event is celebrating 90 years in 2019. The fair has plenty of activities planned to appeal to the young and old alike.
The exciting event lineup will kick off on Tuesday, July 23, and run through Sunday, July 28, at the fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville. Hundreds of local kids will be showcasing their projects and animals during the fair.
Judging kicks off bright and early with cake decorating, visual arts, home environment, mechanical sciences and more on Tuesday. Later that night is the Fair Royalty presentation.
On Wednesday there will be the barrow show, sheep show, judging for woodworking, flowers and many more disciplines. Judging for rabbits, beef, poultry and goats will continue into Thursday and Friday.
The meat animal sale will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Fur and Feather sale will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by Little Britches and Old Timers Showmanship, the Dairy Youth Auction and Master Showmanship.
A carnival will be drawing big crowds throughout the 4-H Fair. Ticket specials will be taking place on Tuesday ($2 per ride, per person from 2-10 p.m.); Wednesday (Ride Survival wristband from noon-11 p.m.); Thursday (Ride Survival Wristband from noon-11 p.m.); Friday (admission and carnival wristband from noon-11 p.m.); and Sunday (Last Blast wristband from noon-8 p.m.). The carnival is provided by North American Midway Entertainment.
Several great live music options are planned for the Grandstand during the fair. They include Michael Ray at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24; Russell Dickerson at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25; Pure Prairie League and Fire Fall at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26; and Joe Nichols at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.
The Division BMX Stunt Team Show will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 28. Admission to the aforementioned Grandstand entertainment is free with gate admission.
In addition to the Grandstand entertainment lineup, daytime options will be aplenty. Options include a circus show, lumberjack show, pig and duck races, showchoir performances and more.
For a full schedule of events and more information on the Rock County 4-H Fair, visit www.rockcounty4hfair.com or 'Like' the event page on Facebook.
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Rock County 4-H Fair
2019 Season Passes are $25 for adults ages (13 & up) and $15 for youth (ages 7-12). Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
Ticket specials will include "Two for One Tuesday" on opening day, offering two admissions for $10. An admission/carnival wristband package will be $20 on July 26.