AMBOY – The Lee County 4-H Junior Fair and Show is going full throttle at the Lee County Fairgrounds.
From hundreds of 4-H projects by local youth to a range of grandstand entertainment, the four-day fair draws community members from across the region.
Fairgoer favorites returning this year include truck and tractor pulls, the county fair speedway, a vendor and craft fair, a rodeo, a barrel train and a food auction .
There’s also a wide showcase of talent, from animal husbandry to woodworking to photography.
“There’s something for everyone here,” said Josie Willett, one of the show’s organizers.
The fair kicked off Thursday at the Lee County 4-H Center and Fairgrounds at 1196 Franklin Road. The event includes a variety of food vendors this year, such as a new cotton candy stand, as well as the traditional funnel cakes and corn dogs, barbecue, tacos, pizza, ice cream and the 4-food stand. H held by various clubs in Lee County.
New this year, a free ax throwing space as well as donkey races.
Events include a magic show, pancake breakfast by Teen Turf, Kids’ Korner crafts, petting zoo and pony rides, halfway carnival rides and a bubble show.
“It’s packed and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Willett said. “We do our best to make sure we have something for everyone.”
Individual tickets are $5 per day, $15 for the season and $2 on Sundays. Grandstand admission is $7 on Saturdays and free on Sundays.
The Broken Horn Rodeo Buckle Series event, hosted by the Illinois Professional Rodeo Association, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and includes bareback riding, bull riding, bronc saddle riding, tie-down rope, steer wrestling, championship bull riding and cowgirl barrel racing.
The Dairyland Donkeyball “Celebrity Donkey Races” will begin Sunday at 1 p.m. Up to 50 people can participate in the donkey races on a first-come, first-served basis. Riders aged 16 and over who weigh no more than 225 pounds and sign a waiver may compete in qualifying heats and the winners will ride in the final.
Visit leecounty4hcenter.com or find the Lee County 4-H Fair & Junior Show on Facebook for a full schedule or more information.