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The 2023 Marion County Fair will include a line-up of familiar events.
While the Marion County Fair gets started on Saturday, July 29, the junior fair events begin on Sunday, July 23.
On that Sunday, the shooting contest will be held at the West Quincy shooting range.
On Thursday, July 27, the junior archery and intermediate archery contest will be held in the swine barn. The senior archery contest will follow at 5:30 p.m.
Starting Saturday, July 29, the parade down Main Street will feature floats, tractors, antique cars and four-wheelers as well as lots of candy. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The car show at Flower City Park gets underway at 8 a.m.
Also Saturday, the Miss Marion County Queen contests get underway with the pre-junior miss and junior miss pageants at 4 p.m., followed by the queen contest on the Talent Stage.
The Tate Shade Bull Bash will be held in the arena on Saturday, starting at 7 p.m.
The air rifle, pistol (BB/Pellet) and muzzle loading and pistol contests will be held on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at Flower City Park.
Sunday afternoon will be the 4-H/FFA exhibit interview judging in the Sesquicentennial Building, starting at 2 p.m.
On the Talent Stage Sunday will be Church Night at the Fair, featuring local church groups, will begin at 7 p.m.
Monday, July 31, will be the Little Mister and Miss and Littlest Mister and Miss contests, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Livestock shows begin on Tuesday, Aug. 1, with the horse show in the horse arena, beginning at 3 p.m. or at the Rockin’ A Arena west of Palmyra in case of inclement weather.
Also on Tuesday the annual baby contest will begin at 6:15 p.m. on the Talent Stage.
Tuesday’s arena event is the North River Old Iron Club’s antique tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. and garden tractor pull at 6 p.m.
Wednesday’s livestock shows will feature the poultry show at 9 a.m., the goat show at 3 p.m., the rabbit show at 4 p.m. and the sheep show at 5 p.m.
Events will be held either in the Show Barn or the Rabbit and Poultry Barn.
Wednesday night in the is the 4-wheeler races, which begin at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Palmyra Young Farmers, North River Old Iron Club and B&S Insurance and Auto-Owners pedal tractor pull will be held, beginning at 7 p.m. on the Talent Stage.
In the arena, motorcycle races will be getting underway at 8 p.m.
Livestock events on Thursday include the bacon judging at 9 a.m., the ham judging at 5:30 p.m. and the swing show at 2 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 4, the livestock shows include the beef cattle show at 10 a.m. The 4-H Clover Kids will have their show at 5:30 p.m.
Also on Friday in the arena will be the annual Jaycees demolition derby, beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual 4-H auction will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, starting with the sale of champions or all species, both reserve and grand champions.
The rest of the order of business will be market lambs, market goats, market swine, market beef, rabbit pens/fryers and poultry broilers. Cured bacon and cured ham will be sold by silent auction.
Saturday will also feature tractor games by the North River Old Iron Club by Well Lake, and the annual talent contest at 7 p.m. on the Talent Stage.
Capping off the night in the arena will be the Palmyra Young Farmers’ Superpull, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Also during the week, other events at the fair will include the Art Show in Floral Hall from Wednesday, Aug. 2, to Saturday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 10 p.m.
The carnival begins on Tuesday night and continues through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening Early arm band sales are available.
In addition, 4-H and FFA exhibits will be on display in the Sesquicentennial Building every evening Monday through Friday.
The annual Merchants’ Contest will be held on Monday, July 31 through Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The fair will also feature a variety of food available from local clubs, organizations and vendors.
For registration times and further details on events, please see the Palmyra Spectator Marion County Fair tab in this week’s issue.