This week's Prairie Home Fair will be a reunion of sorts as well as a return to the full-scale celebrations of the past. The event begins today and runs through Saturday.
The fair was scaled back during the pandemic, but that changes this year as the carnival returns to its regular list of events.
"I think everyone is ready for this year's fair," Fair board member Kendra Mitchell said. "It's like one big reunion, and I think we are all just ready to get things back to normal."
This year's lineup includes a fair amount of activities including a sheep and goat show Wednesday morning and a tractor pull later in the evening. The Better Babies contest starts at 10 a.m. Thursday and the Western Horse Show begins later at 7 p.m.
Weekend events include the Junior cattle show will be at 11 a.m on Friday with the fair's tractor rodeo set for noon. Fair goers can enjoy the four-wheel rodeo at 7 p.m. To round out the event, the annual 5K run will start at 7 a.m. Saturday and a petting zoo will be open for visitors at 6:30 p.m.
Bob McCosh Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac will be selling dollar hotdogs to children under 12. One boy and one girl will ride away with a new bicycle after a drawing in the evening.
Bingo nights will also be offered at the fair. They are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Prairie Home Fair sponsors include BTC Bank, Co-Mo Electic Co-Op, Dr. Mike Lutz & Family Dentistry, and Joe's Old Fashion Fun Carnival.