The end of summer is quickly approaching and there is no better way to mark the occasion than to head to the Hancock County Fair! Taking place over Labor Day weekend every year, the 2017 Hancock County Fair is August 30 – September 4! There is plenty going on every day at the fair. From livestock shows to devouring as much delicious food as possible, to riding the different rides and browsing the different buildings filled with Hancock County good and merchants a day at the fair is one well spent. While you can enjoy yourself by just perusing, make sure to check out the different events that are taking place as well!
Wednesday, 8 p.m., North Arena
Something new at the fair this year! Come and check out the Donkey Races to benefit the Flag City Honor Flight. There will be five heats with jockeys from the different categories of Fair Departments, Schools,
Safety Personnel, Businesses and City & County Celebrities. First and second place in each heat will go on to compete in the finals to see who really is the best Donkey Rider. At that time the audience will bid on who they think will win the race, with all the money going in the pot, with half going to the winning bidder and half to Flag City Honor Flight. Who do you think will be the best Donkey Jockey in town?
Ninja Warrior Competition
If you are competitive and athletic then there is an event perfect for you at the Hancock County Fair – The HCAS Ninja Warrior Competition! Participants will take part in several obstacles, including the Feeter Totter, the Quintuple Steps, the Warped Wall, and the Rope Swing, before finishing this obstacle course. While there are several open times available for anyone to participate, those really interested in the competition must compete in the qualifier on Saturday with the finals taking place on Sunday. The top five finishers will receive a cash prize! There is a Youth and Adult group so bring the whole family for this great (and physical!) event!
Thursday, 6 p.m., South Grandstand
Whether you are looking to participate in this year’s harness racing or just observe, it is always a fun night a the races! There will be 10 divisions to enjoy at this year’s races so pick your ponies and enjoy!
KOI Drag Racing
Friday, 7 p.m., South Grandstand
Another night at the fair and another great event to enjoy – Drag Racing! There will be Kids classes in ATV/Dirt Bike as well as a modified class and for the adults there will be 2 and 4 wheel drive classes, diesel or gas, modified trucks, buggies, and even Semi’s! Whether you are a participant or spectator you will have a great time.
Broken Horn Rodeo
Saturday, 7 p.m., South Grandstand
Is there any event that is more “fair” than the rodeo? See the bucking broncos and bulls at the Broken Horn Rodeo on Saturday evening. Admission is only $5 and is a perfect event for the whole family!
Biggest Little Pull
Sunday, Noon, South Grandstand
The Hoppers Concert
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., North Grandstand
On Sunday evening enjoy a night of gospel music with a free concert from the Hopper Family. The Hoppers have performed for over 55 years and won multiple awards for their performances.
Junior Fair Livestock Sale
Monday, 9 a.m., South Show Arena
The agricultural community is the heart and soul of Hancock County and the exhibitors at the Hancock County Fair are the next generation. By attending, bidding, and purchasing a Junior Fair Exhibitor’s project at the Junior Fair Livestock Sale you are supporting the community as a whole, as well as assisting a Junior Fair exhibitor with his or her project. Not only did exhibitors work with animals all summer, sometimes much longer, the cost of feeding and caring for the animal can be very high, especially since most exhibitors are only working with one or two animals. Raising an animal teaches exhibitors work ethic, general knowledge of the agricultural industry in Hancock County, record keeping, time management and much more. Consider assisting these exhibitors by rewarding their hard work and attending the sale!
Monday, 3 p.m., South Grandstand
Celebrate the end of the fair with a bang – literally! The Demolition Derby will take place on the final day of the fair with several classes, including a powerwheel class for kids ages 4 – 10!
Complete Schedule of Hancock County Fair Events
Don’t miss all the other great things waiting for you at the fair like the livestock shows throughout the week, Pee Wee Hog Showmanship (no pig required!) on Wednesday evening, Kathy’s Korner cookie and pie eating contests, as well as the calf scramble on Thursday, the Barrel Battle on Friday, Horse Team Pulls on Saturday, and more! See the schedules for each day of the fair below:
Make sure to review the traffic maps to the fair and have fun!