Infield entertainment lineup nearly set for 2024 county fair

The KOI dirt drags are back again for the 2024 Madison County Fair.

(Posted Jan. 30, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Fair Board’s entertainment committee has rounded up nearly all of the infield entertainment for this year’s fair which will take place July 6-13.

Paul Melampy, a member of the entertainment committee, said plans are coming together nicely.

“It seems like we’re ahead of where we usually are this time of year,” he said.

Here’s what the infield entertainment schedule looks like so far:

July 6–For opening day of the fair, the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association (OSTPA) will host truck and tractor pulls starting at 6 p.m. Six classes are planned, up from five last year. The new class is for limited light pro stock. The returning classes are super modified four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive trucks, super stock tractors, limited pro diesel tractors, and multi-engine, modified tractors.

July 7–A second pull is on the books for this year’s fair. Ohio Modified Truck & Tractor Pulling (OMTPA) out of Lynchburg, Ohio, is joining the entertainment lineup.

“We went with a second pull because the OSTPA pull turned out so well last year, and the (fair) board as a whole felt like we should have another pull,” Melampy said.

The OMTPA show will start at 1 p.m. with four classes: 6,500-pound multi-engine modified tractors, 5,200-pound single-engine modified tractors, light limited pro stock, and alternate stock 4×4 gas trucks.

July 8–The KOI dirt drags are back. Following testing, tuning, and practice runs, the show will start at 7 p.m.

July 9–For many years, Broken Horn Rodeo out of Ripley, Ohio, put on the rodeo at the Madison County Fair. The owners retired this past year, so the fair board has found a new rodeo partner–A Bar Rodeo Productions out of Bluffton, Ohio, the same company that puts on the Franklin County Fair rodeo. The show starts at 7 p.m. and features bull riding and barrel racing only.

July 10–The entertainment committee is working on finalizing the infield entertainment for this date.

July 11–Fast Traxx Racing returns to put on motocross races.

July 12–The fair debuted autocross races last year. They are back this year but with a different company at the helm–Bent Promotions, a new promoter of autocross and demolition derbies in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The races start at 7 p.m.

July 13–Bent Promotions also will run the fair’s demolition derby at 7 p.m. to close out fair week.

With most of the infield entertainment nailed down, the entertainment committee is now working on midway entertainment and attractions, Melampy said.

The fair board has hired a new ride company for this year. Bates Brothers Amusements out of Wintersville, Ohio, will operate rides, game trailers, and some concession stands starting July 8, the third day of fair week.

“The fair board has tried to get them in the past but it never worked out timing-wise. They were able to fit us in this year. They actually reached out to us,” Melampy said.

Bates Brothers also provides rides and games for the Franklin County Fair which takes place the week after the Madison County Fair.

“Their rides are spectacular,” Melampy continued. “It’s two sisters and a brother that run the company. Their mom and dad started it, so they’ve been involved in it since they were born. They’re a well-known company.”

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