It's Fair Week in Prairie Home.

The 98th Annual Prairie Home Fair runs from Wednesday, July 10, through Saturday, July 13. According to the 2013 Fair Book “The Fair was organized with the idea of promoting and encouraging better livestock and better grains and seeds, above all to promote friendly exhibits and provide a common meeting ground for all. The enterprise has grown from its start as a strictly local meeting until today it is more than county wide and is looked on as one of the leading Fairs in Central Missouri”. Maybe the best part is that there are no admission or entry fees.

There really is something for everyone at the fair. Do you like livestock? Then you want to check out the Sheep and Goat Shows on Wednesday and the Cattle Show on Thursday. Would you rather witness the strength and power of farm machinery? Come to the Tractor Pull on Wednesday. Better yet, show off your mad tractor skills at the Tractor Rodeo on Friday , a competition of four events designed to show off abilities used by tractor drivers every day.

Do you love horses? There are horse shows on Thursday and Saturday night. Also, the Riley Equine Center, which provides horse therapy to children and adults with a wide range of maladies, will have a booth set up. Stop by to learn what a difference horse therapy can make.

Do you make the best preserves in the county? How does your big zucchini measure up to others? Are you crafty? Do you have a way with flowers? Can you bake a mean apple pie from your grandma's recipe? Do you have children in kindergarten through 12th grade? You might want to show off the fruits of your labor at the Art Hall. Entries may be made from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Maybe you are wondering what there is for your children to do at the Fair. Well, there is a carnival every night (armbands $15 every night). Children too young for the carnival? The Better Babies contest on Thursday can confirm that you have a beautiful baby. Thursday night, there is the Pet Parade and Saturday night brings the Doll Buggy Parade.

What about more physical competition? Saturday, children can participate in the Pedal Pull and any number events during the Specials. Adults can hone their competitive edge in the Adult Pedal Pull.

Perhaps you like faster competitions. Then come check out the ATVs in Friday night's 4 Wheeler Rodeo.

Do you like Bluegrass music? You are in luck because Summit Grass and Bluegrass Roundup are scheduled to appear on Saturday.

Maybe it's the sound of “BINGO!” that gets your juices flowing. You are in luck because the Prairie Home Pool sponsors Bingo on Friday and Saturday nights.

When you arrive on the Fairgrounds, you can detect the smell of burgers in the air. Make your way over to the Fair Board Concession Stand and have a famous “Fairburger” or pulled pork sandwich.

If you have questions, the secretary stand at the fair can be reached at 660/841-5660 during the fair. The Prairie Home Fair is a great time for young and old. Come on out and see for yourself.


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