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By Brianna Sibley
The annual Calhoun County Fair, formerly the Calhoun Apple Festival, will continue to provide fun, food and family festivities again this year beginning Thursday evening on Sept 9. Events will continue through Sunday night, and will end on Sept. 12, when a new Calhoun County Fair Queen will be crowned.
Poor Farm Hollow will be alive with the aroma of the fair, its colorful sights and the sounds that accompany this popular annual event. Fair volunteers have worked again all year to prepare a quality family event that is a huge economic boost to the entire community.
The official opening of the fair is Thursday, Sept 9, with the CEC performing our National Anthem. Fair attendees will have a chance to hear the opening remarks by Fair Board President, Terry Strauch, 2019-2020 Calhoun Fair Queen, Toni “Junie” Zirkelbach and introduction of the queen candidates for 2021.
The fair theme this year is “Home Grown Fun.” Sarah Heffington is the Grand marshal of this year’s Sunday parade. The parade is Sept. 12, beginning at noon. Conner’s Amusements will again provide the rides on the midway, and local groups and organizations will provide their specialty food services. The grandstand stage will be active with local entertainment. In addition, local competitions for Jr. Miss on Friday, Little Miss and Mister on Saturday, and Miss Calhoun on Sunday will be held. Throughout the fair, judging will continue for education, art, 4-H, livestock exhibits, and junior agricultural exhibits with Illinois Farm Pullers Truck (IFPT) pull on Friday and ITPA Tractor Pull on Saturday. The junior olympics, pedal pull and junior and open horse show are other main attractions.