The 2017 Crawford County Fair is set for Sept. 11-16 at Kirksey Park in Mulberry with music, food and activities for all ages.
Admission to the fair is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Wednesday offers free fair entry with one canned food item.
This is the first year the fair will feature a rodeo, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Admission on Friday is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-12.
Fair events kick off unofficially on Saturday, Sept. 9, with a horse exposition and pet show. Beginning at 9 a.m., exposition events include miniature horse jumping, barrel racing and horsemanship. The pet show is at 10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 11, will have the rabbit show at 5 p.m. The Home Economics and Horticulture Building will be open from 1:30 to 7 p.m. only to receive entries.
Also on Monday at 7 p.m is the first day of the Mutton Bustin’ contest for kids 7 and under.
County fair activities get into full swing on Tuesday. The home economics building will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the and commercial building and food booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Agriculture events include a broiler chicken show at 9 a.m., and market lambs, market goats and breeding sheep show at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 12, is the second day of the Mutton Bustin’ contest at 7 p.m., and fair pageants for the tiny tot, wee princess and tiny princess categories also are at 7 p.m.
Tuesday is the first night of the carnival, which opens each weekday at 4 p.m. and noon on Saturday. Arm band days are Wednesday and Thursday 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.
Another new event to the fair this year, the Red, Ripe, and Rockin’ Tomato Contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in front of the home economics building at the fairgrounds.
Contest categories are heaviest tomato, ugliest tomato and best looking tomato. Entries will be taken until 6:15 p.m. and judging is at 6:30 p.m.
Emmaus Road, a contemporary christian and classic rock music band, will perform live on stage at 7 p.m.
Home economics, horticulture and commercial buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A steer, beef, hogs and bottle calf show show is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Thursday, Sept. 14, has the dairy cattle show at 4 p.m. and goat shows at 5 p.m. The junior princess, little miss and junior miss pageants will be at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 15, agriculture events include a skill-a-thon at 3 p.m., round robin showmanship at 5:30 p.m., poultry showmanship at 6:30 p.m. and an adult showmanship contest at 8 p.m.
A goldfish contest, also new this year, is set for 7 p.m. in the barn arena of the fair grounds. Categories are best decorated container and best goldfish. Entries will be accepted from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. is the Circle C Rodeo Association (CCRA) Rodeo.
Fair events will conclude Saturday, Sept. 16, starting with the Crawford County Fair Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Mulberry. The 4-H poultry chain sale is at 2 p.m.
The livestock section of the fair culminates with a barbecue for prospective auction buyers at 3 p.m., and the Junior Livestock Auction at 4 p.m.
At 7 p.m. is the youth talent show and the princess pageant, with the Miss Teen Crawford County and the Crawford County Queen pageants at 8:30 p.m.