Fair 2021: Concessions, golf cart transport, cornhole, euchre, and silent auction

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D.J. Covert of London and Julie Betz of Mount Sterling dig into a giant ribbon potato. Concessions are back at full strength for the 2021 fair.

(Posted July 9, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A fair comes with so many moving parts. The big ones are the livestock shows, the grandstand entertainment, and the midway, but so much more makes for a well-rounded fair offering something for everyone. The following is a grab bag of other features visitors can expect at this year’s Madison County Fair.

New and more concessions

Due to COVID-19, last year’s fair was limited to youth exhibitions and judging. There were no rides, no open shows, and only one night of entertainment. As a result, the number of concessionaires was whittled down from the usual couple dozen to eight.

This year, concessions are back in full force, said Judy Gallimore, fair board secretary.

“We have everyone back except the ones from our former ride company. We will be full, plus we have some new ones,” she said.

Among the many returners are hometown favorite, Cappy’s Pizza, along with Jumbo-T, Bowman’s, a Dipping Dots stand, and Miller’s homemade soft pretzels.

New to the lineup are an outfit that makes hotdogs with all sorts of toppings, Melt Bar which makes various kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches and savory sundaes, and Sweet Impressions from South Vienna making desserts and chicken salad sandwiches on croissants. Burton Brothers Amusements, the new ride company, will provide concessions, as well.

Also new this year: food trucks will occupy the race track infield each night entertainment is offered at the grandstands.

Transportation to and from parking

Once again, the fair board is offering fair visitors free golf cart rides to and from the on-grounds parking areas inside the Park Avenue and Elm Street entrances. Volunteers from the Madison County Shrine Club are the drivers. Gallimore said this service will be especially handy this year.

“We’ve expanded our campsites, so some of the parking is now going to be over by the race track which is farther away from fair central,” she said.

Cornhole and euchre

If you throw your hat in the ring and play your cards right, you might walk away with spending money at the fair’s cornhole and euchre tournaments.

The cornhole tournament is set for 7 p.m. July 15 in the Coughlin Arena. The entry fee is $5 per person. Teams of two will compete for cash prizes. Signups are due by noon that day at the fair office. The tournament is open to children and adults.

The euchre tournament will take place at 7 p.m. July 16 in the Della Selsor Building. The entry fee is $5 per person. Cash prizes go to the top two scorers. Signups are due by noon that day at the fair office.

Silent auction for small animal barn

A variety of items will be up for bid July 11-16 in the Coughlin Community Center with all proceeds going to expansion of the fairgrounds’ small animal barn.

“We’ve got all the poultry, rabbits, and small animal projects in that barn. We’re running out of space for the kids’ projects,” Gallimore said, noting that poultry project numbers continue to grow each year.

The goal is to nearly double the space by adding another building with a show ring between it and the existing building. Poultry projects would go in one end; rabbits and other small animals would go in the other end. In the winter months, the expanded facility would serve as storage.

Winners of this year’s silent auction will be notified and asked to pick up their items between 4 and 6 p.m. July 16.

Gallimore also organized a craft show this spring and has another planned for October with proceeds going to the building expansion.

The 2021 Madison County Fair runs July 10-17. For a full schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.

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