CHRISTIAN COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR BOARD 2017 OFFICERS: President First Vice President Second Vice President Secretary Treasurer 2017 DIRECTORS: Aaron Allen Clint Barlow Leroy Barlow Tom Barry Mike Bliler Kevin Boehme Jim Curtin Bob DeClerck Ed DelValle Mike Drea Chuck Dyer Ron Fleming Alan Fulk Jim Greive Kyle Kocurek Adam Landers
Jim Olive Chuck Dyer Jim Curtin Mike Drea Alan Fulk
Mike Long Lee Meteer Curt Micenheimer Jim Micenheimer Ben Morman Jim Olive Craig Paulek Matt Rincker Phil Roady Adam Swinger Jeremy Tucker Kris Warren Brent West Jeremy Wilson
2017 SUPERINTENDENTS: Horticulture: Linda Binger Beef Cattle: Lee Meteer Sheep: Matt Rinker Swine: Matt Rinker Goat: Craig Paulek Stock Truck Pull: Leroy Barlow ITPA Tractor Pull: Kyle Kocurek Christian County Pageants: Jenny Swinger Sound System: Audio Techinical Service Inc. Chili Cook-Off: Alan Fulk Beer Tent: Kris Warren Ag Expo Building: Jim Olive Horse Show: Lacey Tex
CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR HISTORY The present county Fair originated in 1924. Other fairs were held in the county, but on April 29, 1924, Phil S. Haner, Robert Carlin, Louis Tolliver, and Edward Alton, signed the application for the incorporation papers for the Christian County Agriculture Fair Association. The fair was the outgrowth of a small fair and livestock show held in Manners Park for two or three years prior to 1924. The success of this small effort prompted the leaders to expand and bring into being the present fair. The 40 acres of land at the west edge of Taylorville, where the Fair is now located, was rented from 1924 thru 1935. The ground was purchased in 1935 for $5000.00. In the early days, the Christian County Agriculture Fair was home to the most outstanding Society Horse Shows in the Mid-West and was the largest show in the State of Illinois for County Fairs. The Fair regularly had exhibitors from all over Illinois and several other States. The Fair also sponsored Harness and Running Races. The track was considered one of the best in the United States. The Fair was a member of the “Top Line” race circuit and sponsored the first two and three year old “Colt Stakes” in the State. In 1953, The Christian County Ag Fair and several other Fairs, formed the “Illinois Bit to Colt Stakes Association.” Other divisions or events held by the Fair were the Western Horse Show, beef cattle, dairy cattle, hog and sheep shows. In the earlier years of the Fair, there were draft and mule shows and horse pulling contests. These shows slowly gave way to the truck and tractor pulls you can see today. Many of today’s events were started in the early years of the Fair including, 4-H, FFA, Miss Christian County, and many other attractions. Over the past 90 plus years, hundreds of Christian County residents have given thousands of hours of their time and effort to make today’s Christian County Ag Fair one of the finest in Illinois. Thank-you for being a part of the Fair and we hope you enjoyed this little piece of fair history! The Christian County Fair Board
GRANDSTAND EVENTS Tuesday, July 24 Baby Contest 5:00 p.m. Little Miss 6:00 p.m. Jr. Miss & Miss Pageants 7:00 p.m. Prairie Insulation / Urban Rental / True Value / CCFS Wednesday, July 25 @ 7:00 p.m. Hot Laps @ 6:00 p.m. Stock Car Races GSI / Jenner Ag/ LARRY'S / NAPA Thursday, July 26 @ 7:00 p.m. Tractor Pulls FNB / Sloans Friday, July 27 @ 7:00 p.m. Stock Truck Pulls Christian County FS / Heartland Ag Saturday Morning, July 28 Open Western Horse Show Prairie Land Ag / FNB Saturday Night, July 28 @ 7:00 p.m. Demo Derby Sloans / Midland Community Bank / Channel Seed General Admission $8.00
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Exhibits of Agriculture Products, Horticulture, Floriculture, Culinary, Textiles, Fine Arts and Junior Homemaker Open Class will again make rise to much competition at the 93rd Annual Christian County Fair. As in years past these classes have been excitedly anticipated. We tend to have many repeat competitors, plus those who are new to the world of competition. As Superintendents we encourage the novice and experienced exhibitors. We try to co-ordinate Junior Open exhibits with classes from 4-H that the youth can cross over competition. Although some classes are pretty standard such as the Agriculture Dept J with the tallest corn stalk with ears to three table beets with tops; there are 54 classes. Dept K, Horticulture is the smallest with only 4 classes. Floriculture has 57 classes which we try to switch around from time to time to add variety to the Artistic arrangements. The Culinary Dept O never disappoints with 33 classes of delectable treats. Textiles and Fine Arts Dept. M, allows the artistic talents to prevail with 32 classes covering pottery/sculpture to sewing. Dept. P. Junior Open-18 yrs. and under has 42 classes. We use judges with abundant knowledge in their chosen field. We also encourage any suggestions on how to better improve your exhibiting experience. Please contact Superident Linda Binger at 217-824-8946 if you have any questions!
History of 4-H
4-H had its national beginnings around the turn of the century, and Illinois was there from the start! The groundwork that led to 4-H, as we know it today, was laid by pioneers in educational work and leaders of farm org a nizations who realized the value of leisure-time group activities for young people and their families. Roots can be traced back to 1899 in Macoupin County, Illinois and W.B. Otwell. But 4-H as we know it today came in 1914 when the Smith-Lever Act was passed by Congress. This legislation authorized the creation of a Cooperative Extension Service in each stateâ€™s land-grant college of agriculture. Extension soon found that one effective way to reach rural men and women was by working with their children. Thus, Boys and Girls Club Work became an integral part of Extensionâ€™s programming. Dr. James H. Greene was the first state leader for club work. The first 4-H club in Illinois was the Union Pig Club organized by C.C. Coots in Macoupin County in the spring of 1915. By 1917 over fifteen thousand members were enrolled in Illinois. Not only were there corn and pig clubs, but the work now included canning, sewing, garden, strawberry, and calf clubs. 4-H continues to evolve as lives change. We are continually working to provide opportunities for youth and their families in any setting. 4-H is not Just for Farm kids Anymore!
Wednesday, July 25
8:00 am - Junior and Open Sheep Show 4:00 pm - Wether Show - Open and Junior
saturday, July 28
8:00 am - Swine-Breeding Barrows Open and Junior 8:00 am - Junior and Open Beef Show 10:30 a.m. - Open Goat Show Show Barns & Livestock Stalls located at back of Fairgrounds.
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at the Christian County Fair Beef Arena. A wide variety of 4-H members projects, including baked goods, woodworking, crafts and live animals, will be available for bidding and purchase. Thank You to everyone who supports the Christian County 4-H!
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ITPA Tractor Pulls
Thursday, July 26 @ 7:00 p.m. Grandstands
Tickets: $8/General $10/Reserve $15/Infield The Illinois Tractor Pulling Assn. was formed in 1968 making it one of the oldest tractor pulling associations. This year ITPA will sanction over 65 events in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. ITPA offers 18 different pulling divisions from 1050# Super Stock (garden tractors) up to 20,000# Pro-Stock Semis, that is most varied assortment of pulling classes that any association offers. The ITPA is one of the most popular events held during the Christian County Ag Fair. ITPA is a sanctioning body to promote truck and tractor pulling as well as to insure the safety of both our competitors and our fans. Most of our events are at County Fairs, making them a vital part of our pulling schedule. Eveyone is invited to visit our website at itpapulling.com to see the 2016 pulling schedule and results.
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Tickets: $8/General $10/Reserve $15/Infield Welcome to the 2017 Christian County Ag Fair, Stock Truck Pull. This year’s “pull” is guaranteed to be one of the top Grandstand events of the year. A quick look at the history books tells us that for a number of years now, the Christian County Ag Fair has been holding an event called the “Stock Truck Pull”. This is an open pickup pull for folks from Christian County and the surrounding towns. The competition starts with drivers investing time preparing their trucks for the big pull. Most teams drive their truck to the pull, weigh in for the different weight classes, make the pull, and then drive their truck home, if it didn’t break while you were hooked to the sled. The Christian County Fair Board runs the event from beginning to end and the Stock Truck Pull has become very popular with drivers from Christian County and surrounding areas. The track and facility are one of the best in the area!
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CHILI COOkOFF Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Noon Christian County is proud to host one of the oldest Chili Cookoffs in the country. This annual event is a qualifying event for the World Championship Chili Cook-off, held annually near the end of September. The winner of the Traditional Red Chili wins $1000, qualification to cook at the WCCC and of course bragging rights for the year. Chili cookoffs are held nationally throughout the year, all competing for the opportunity to cook at the world championship and itsâ€™ $25,000 grand prize. Contests have grown over the years to include not only Traditional Red Chili, but also Salsa and Chili Verde (green chili). Contest is open to any International Chili Society (ICS) member. Membership is open to all; requires payment of an annual membership fee and allows members to participate in any cookoff held within the year. All chili is prepared, cooked and judged on site, held during the fair. Spectators are always welcome and free samples of all chili and salsa are available to the public upon completion of the contest.
RED CHILI Entry Fee $40.00 total plus $50.00 if not currently an I.C.S. member Time: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
1 hour preparation time Entry Fee $20.00 Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Entry Fee $15.00 Time: 12:00 PM Person must enter own 32 oz. sample Rules, Regulations and Entry Forms available in Information Packets from Fair Office
Open Western Horse Show Saturday, July 28 @ 9 a.m. Infield Free Admission
A Horse show is a judged exhibition of horses and ponies. Most shows consist of a series of different performances, called classes, wherein a group of horses with similar training or characteristics compete against one another for prize money and awards. Pleasure horses are shown at the walk, jog, and lope, on the rail, and in both directions. Reverses (a turn in the other direction, performed in a teardrop fashion) are always executed away from the rail, and only at the walk and jog, because at the lope it would involve a lead change. The announcer gives the riders the appropriate commands, like Walk your horses, Jog your horses, Lope your horses, or Reverse, at a signal from the judge. At the discretion of the judge, he can ask for an extended jog (trot) to determine his placings in a western pleasure competition. Halter is a type of horse show class where horses are shown “in hand,” meaning that they are led, not ridden, and are judged on their conformation and suitability as breeding stock. Showmanship at Halter” or “Halter Showmanship” It involves a person on the ground leading a horse, wearing a halter or bridle, through a series of maneuvers called a pattern. The horse itself is not judged on its conformation. Rather, the exhibitor is judged on how well he or she exhibits the animal to its best advantage, with additional scoring for the grooming and presentation of both horse and handler. In Western Horsemanship the skill of the rider is tested as well as the degree of training of his or her horse. Basically, what counts is how well the two work together, how harmonious their concerted performance is.
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Saturday, July 28 @ 7:00 p.m. Grandstand Tickets: $8/General $10/Reserve $15/Infield The Demo Derby is a different kind of motorsport usually found at county fairs all around the USA. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory. Demolition derbies originated in the United States and quickly spread to other western nations. In Europe, racers do not race against each other, instead aiming specifically to destroy the other cars. To make the event safer, all glass is removed from the vehicle, and deliberately ramming the driverâ€™s-side door area is forbidden. The driverâ€™s door is often required to be painted white with black numbers or with contrasting colors, for visibility. Most demolition derbies are held on dirt tracks or in open fields and are usually soaked with water. This causes the competition area to become muddy which in turn helps to further slow the vehicles. Some drivers use both the front and rear of the vehicle to ram the other competitors. Others tend to use only the rear end of the vehicle, to help protect the engine compartment from damage. Please see someone from the Christian County Ag Fair if you are interested in participating in our 2016 event.
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