Stephenson County Fair set for Aug. 21-27

Some of the old favorites are back at this year’s Stephenson County Fair Aug. 21-27.

Returning events include Monday’s Three Hills Rodeo; Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s tractor pulls; Thursdays’ calf, pig and chicken scrambles; Friday’s BIG Monster Truck Pull; Saturday’s grandstand entertainment (featuring Jamie O’Neal at 6 p.m. and Phil Vassar at 9 p.m.); and Sunday’s Demolition Derby.

But this year’s Fair has some new attractions. Beginning Tuesday, Wildlife Entertainment and Education will host their action-packed, family-oriented “Kachunga and the Alligator Show,” which has thrilled audiences worldwide and become one of the most sought-after acts for fairs and festivals. The 25-minute performance will feature two showmen and an 8-foot alligator presenting both educational exhibitions and ’gator wrestling. The finale will feature some unsuspecting child from the audience.

Also returning is Watson’s Woods chainsaw carvers. They will carve up masterpieces all week at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., starting Monday, and holding an auction Saturday afternoon to raise money for the Fair.

Then on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., there will be a Talent Contest for northwest Illinois junior youth (younger than 14) and senior youth (14-21). Participants must hail from Stephenson, Carroll, JoDaviess, Ogle or Winnebago counties. Division winners will be eligible for the state contest at the Illinois State Fair Convention, and prizes will be $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third.

Fair will be Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $20 for a season ticket, $10 Saturday and $5 other days. Children 11 and younger get in free.

Contact the Fair Office at (815) 235-2918 for entry forms and information for the Talent Show; for additional Fair information, go to

From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue

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