Excitement is back with Fair Week

By: 
Theo Tate

Workers fix the bleachers in preparation of the Montgomery County Fair, which is scheduled to begin on July 20. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Montgomery County Fair is back this summer.

After it was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair will make its return on July 20 with a new hog barn, new bleachers and several new attractions at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

“The fair board has been working very hard to get everything ready and are thrilled to bring back the fair this year,” said Chasity Lichtenberg, secretary of the Montgomery County Fair Board. “We are hoping for great weather and crowds who will be excited about what the fair has to offer this year. We have worked diligently to make sure we have events for all ages to enjoy.”

The five-day fair will end on July 24 with the Cincinnati Circus Show, a new attraction to the fair. Other new attractions include the first annual Cornhole Tournament, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and the Dirt Drag races.

The theme for this year’s fair is “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.”

“The fair board has a list of themes for the coming years,” Lichtenberg said. “We were able to secure the Ferris Wheel this year, which isn’t always available as it is on a rotation with the carnival company, so choosing this theme made sense. We will have many thrills, during the entertainment and circus shows, many squeals from the kids making memories to last a lifetime and the Ferris Wheel just tops it all off.”

Numerous companies contributed large donations for the new hog barn. They were FCS Financial, Service & Supply Cooperative, Gilbert Construction, Big Spring Busy Beavers, Doc Fleetwood Memorial Fund, Tyler Stevens Memorial Fund, Mordt Tractor, Walt McQuie, Extreme Building Services, Buell Acres, Mid-Mo Concrete and the Montgomery County Fair Livestock Exhibitors.

The reconstruction of the hog barn started last year.

“It was in bad disrepair, not large enough, didn’t have sufficient air flow to keep the animals cooled down and needed to be upgraded,” Lichtenberg said. “It had been in the plans for several years, but the board had to raise and save enough money to make the project happen. We can’t even begin to thank our donors enough. They helped tremendously to make this project actually happen.”

Lichtenberg said the fair board began its project of getting new bleachers in the fall of 2019, when it purchased the stands from a race track in New Florence.

“They were far too big to be hauled,” Lichtenberg said. “So, the board spent countless hours taking them apart, piece by piece. Now that we had all the seat and foot boards, it was time to start rebuilding.”

Lichtenberg said Sellenriek Construction, Gilbert & Sons Construction and the Montgomery City Public Works Department helped put new sewer on the grounds.

“The sewer project was a huge, much needed project,” Lichtenberg said. 

The fair will host the livestock auction and Mid-Missouri Tractor Pull on July 22. The next day, it will have the Outlaw Pulling Association Tractor Pull and a rodeo by the C.R. McKellips Rodeo Company.

The other members on the fair board are president Luke Stevens, vice-president Alan Cope, treasurer Justin Talley, John Harris, Andrew Gaines, Bill Bader, Dustin Benney, Ronnie Schutt, Jacob Francois, Jason Bolte, John Cobb, Jr., Justin Lichtenberg and Sam Cope.

“The 12 fair board members work endlessly to make sure we can raise enough funds to not only put on a fair, but keep the grounds maintained and bills paid throughout the year,” Chasity Lichtenberg said. “However, the fair board is extremely lucky to have such great supporters and event sponsors. We can’t thank our sponsors and volunteers enough. Without everyone chipping in, the fair wouldn’t be able to happen.”

 

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