Henry County fair set to be normal

First-time presenter Cole Meyer didn't expect to receive the grand champion title at the 2020 Henry County Fair. The fourth-grader was excited to have had such a successful start to his 4-H career. (Photo courtesy of ISU Extension & Outreach — Henry County)

MT. PLEASANT — The Henry County fair is finally going back to normal after last year’s fair being closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the fair is planning to be back and better than ever with an onslaught of activities planned for the week of July 14-19.

With last year’s fair being closed to the public entirely and restrictions placed on the those participating, including Henry County Extension 4-H Director Erin Heaton, the fair just was not the same.

"Last year with COVID and everything there was a limited number of people that we're allowed to see the showings,“ Heaton said. ”Not having an audience see their work really affected the kids.”

Last year was not only limited but many events like the queen contest, the carnival and all other public performances besides livestock judging were canceled.

Now with the fair proceedings set in place it is becoming real for Heaton.

“It has exciting to be back to almost normal, and be able to have people come out and see their hard work,” Heaton said.

The fair will have the normal animal shows including the rabbit show (Friday July 16), dog show (Thursday, July 15), cattle show (Saturday, July 17), swine show (Friday July 16), goat show (Sunday, July 18), sheep show (Sunday, July 18), poultry show (Saturday, July 17), and horse show (Sunday, July 18).

Special events include the Bill Riley talent show (Thursday, July 15), the Queen Contest (Wednesday, July 14), Truck and Tractor pull (Friday July 16), Wine & Home Brew contest (Sunday, July 18), Kid’s Day (Saturday, July 17), and the Demolition Derby (Saturday, July 17).

2019 Henry County Fair Queen Sophie Lounsbury (left) and runner-up Kenna Smith (right) share a laugh during the announcements of the queen contest winners. (Union File Photo)