FAIR DAYS AHEAD – The 63rd annual Pana Tri-County Fair starts Wednesday, Aug. 31, and runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Sunday afternoon, Aug. 28, some of the concessions and carnival rides began to arrive on the grounds.
Forecasters are calling for some hot weather as the fair gets started with temperatures at or near 100 degrees Wednesday through Friday. It cools down into the 80’s for the remainder of the fair and there is a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
(Tom Latonis Photo)
For the 63rd time, the gates to the Pana Tri-County Fair swing wide as it gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 31. The fair runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5.
There will be lots of food vendors, plenty of rides and games on the midway and exhibits and demonstrations throughout the fairgrounds.
Despite some state budget cuts to funding, the fair has been able to maintain offering prizes to most of their contests.
The state budget woes have also impacted the horse racing side when it comes to premiums, but the fair is maintaining its complete schedule of racing, starting with harness racing on Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, at 5:00 p.m. There is thoroughbred racing on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 1:30 p.m. and harness racing is back on the schedule for Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, also with 1:30 p.m. post times both days.
No major construction projects at the fairgrounds were undertaken this year. However, a lot of time has been spent on grass mowing, painting and general maintenance to make the fairgrounds attractive for the annual event. Several of the buildings have also had a new protective coating placed on their roofs.
Wednesday will see a new Miss Pana Tri-County Fair crowned. In addition, the pageants for Junior Miss and Little Miss Pana Tri-County Fair will be held. Those contests will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, at 8:00 a.m., the Goat Show will be held in the Livestock Pavilion.
Each day there will be arm-band times for the rides on the midway. They are $16 each and are good Wednesday through Friday evenings, and matinees Saturday through Monday.
Grandstand shows continue on Thursday, Sept. 2, with the ISPA/IHFSPA tractor pull. It will get underway at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, there are more truck pulls which take place at 7:00. The Mud Drags, also starting at 7:00 p.m., is on Sunday night. Monday night concludes with the Demolition Derby which begins at 7:00.
A Speed Show takes place in the Arena on the south side of the fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Judging in the Livestock Building takes places on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with the Beef and Steer Show. The Swine Show is Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
Judging in the “Cap” Satterlee Ag Building is on Thursday and Saturday. Entries in both the adult (Thursday) and junior ag (Saturday) departments is from 8:00-11:00 a.m. both days. Both divisions will be judged at 1:00 p.m. on their respective days.
The Beer Tent is open Friday through Monday. Bands will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. each night. The Beer Tent is also open Friday through Monday afternoons for lunch and the horse racing cards. It closes Monday at the conclusion of the horse races.
Admission is $1 per person at the gate. A season pass can be purchased for $5. Concession and Exhibitor passes are also $5 each, and there is a $3 Exhibitor’s pass.
Season box seat tickets are on sale in the fairgrounds office for $100 for a box of six seats for each night of the fair.
Grandstand events are: Wednesday – $3 general/$5 box seat (1); Thursday – $5 general/$7 box seat; Friday – Harness racing, free; Quad races – $3 general/$5 box seat; Saturday – $5 general/$7 box seat; Sunday – $5 general/$7 box seat; and Monday – $6 general/$8 box seat. For children, general grandstand admission is free for 5 and under and those 6-12, $3, except Wednesday, $2 and Friday, $1 general admission.
Pit passes are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for $10 per person, regardless of age. For Monday night, a pit pass is $15 per person, regardless of age.
For more information about the fair, stop by the office located underneath the grandstands or, call 562-2514 for more information.
Following is the schedule of events for the 63rd annual Pana Tri-County Fair:
Wednesday, Aug. 31
8:00 a.m., Goat Show; 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 6:30 p.m., Little, Junior and Miss Pana Tri-County Fair pageants.
Thursday, Sept. 1
6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:00 p.m., ISPA/IHFSPA Tractor Pull (Grandstand).
Friday, Sept. 2
5:00 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand for harness race); 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:30 p.m., Speed Show (Arena); 8:00 p.m., Quad Races (Grandstand $3 general admission, $5 box seat); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3
8:00 a.m., Beef and Steer Show (Livestock Building); 8:00-11:00 a.m., Entries accepted in Ag Dept. and Jr. Ag Dept. (Satterlee Building); Judging in Ag Dept. and Jr. Ag Dept.; 1:30 p.m., Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse racing; 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:00 p.m., Truck Pull (grandstand); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4
8:00 a.m., Swine Show (Livestock Building); 8:30 a.m., Pioneer church service (Guild grounds); 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 1:30 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand); 7:00 p.m., Mud Drag (grandstand); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 5
10:00 a.m., Labor Day Parade (downtown Pana); 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 1:30 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand); 7:00 p.m., Demolition Derby.