ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
The Marion County Fair, Aug. 9-12, is once again inviting residents to participate in some of its most popular events, including the parade, demolition derby, wild cow riding contest and horseshoe tournament.
This year’s parade, set to begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9, will return to a north-south route down Hillsboro’s Main Street, beginning at Third Street and dispersing at D Street.
Planners encourage open-class and 4-H entries to participate with floats, commercial entries, antique vehicles, demolition derby cars, bands, queens and public officials. Participants need not preregister for the parade.
Entries will be judged according to the theme, “Fun at the Fair,” as well as for composition and presentation.
Contact the fair office at 316-947-2585 for entry information and parking arrangements at the end of the parade route.
The fair’s most popular spectator event, the demolition derby on Saturday night, has room for more entrants, according to organizers.
The entrants will be organized into four preliminary heats. The two winners in each heat will receive $100 and a trophy. The remaining contestants are eligible to compete in two consolation heats, where the top two winners will each receive $100 and a trophy; they will qualify for the championship heat.
The championship heat will feature the eight winners of the preliminary heats and the four winners of the two consolation heats. The top five finishers in the championship heat will receive cash prizes: $600 for first, $350 for second, $250 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. The top three finishers will also receive trophies.
Participant packets, which include an entry form, release form and contest rules and regulations, are available at the fair office at 109 S. Main. Drivers are welcome from Marion County and the surrounding counties of Dickinson, Morris, Chase, Harvey, Butler and McPherson.
The fair is looking for teams of three adults to compete in this year’s wild-cow contest. The event will be held Thursday and Friday at the fairgrounds arena.
After being released from the bucking chute with a halter already in place, an 800-pound pasture cow must be saddled by the three-person team. One team member must then ride the cow across a painted circle in the middle of the arena.
The team to successfully complete the ride in the fastest time wins the event.
This event is entrant sponsored. The one winning team with the fastest time over the two-night competition will receive the $50 prize money.
Each team will need to supply its own saddle; the Rodeo Committee will supply the wild cows.
Organizers of the horseshoe tournament are hoping to add entrants to its annual competition. Singles action is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, adjacent to Memorial Park.
Wayne Hoffman, tournament superintendent, says anyone can enter. People with little or no previous experience can enter the Class C competition. The rest of the entrants will be divided into Class A or B, depending on their throwing percentage.
Prize money will be awarded to the first three finishers in each class. Hillsboro Industries will add a $5 premium to the three first-place winners.
Entrants need not preregister. For more information, contact Hoffman at 316-382-2696.