Don’t Miss the 123rd Clark County Fair in Marshall Illinois
By Joel Sims | September 11th 2019
Every year since 1986, Marshall Illinois has proudly hosted the wonderful Clark County Fair. This year the festivities start on Sunday, August 4 and continue through Saturday, August 10. There will be something for everyone from livestock judging, to rides, rodeo events, contests, livestock judging, races and… of course the midway filled with vendors, games and all that good fair food. We’ve got the lights tested out and it won’t be long before the vendors fill the midway. So, get ready to have fun because there’s plenty to do at the fair!
The fair opens on Sunday with the Sled Bandits truck pull. Quality heats start at 10 am on Sunday morning with the finals at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. Classes include; Street Gas, Unlimited Street Diesel, Light Mod Gas, Mod Diesel, Modified Gas, Hot Diesel, and Big Hoss. There will be no pre-registration required for Sunday’s polls. The Discovery Channel will be filming so, local pullers, come out and show ‘em what you’re made of.
Livestock judging starts on Monday, August 5th. The judges will begin with sheep then move on to beef and open steer. Judging happens during the day followed by the excitement of Harness Racing at 6 pm that evening.
On Tuesday evening, August 6, the carnival opens at 5 pm and is open till 10 pm each evening through the fair. The rides for the carnival will be provided once again this year by Brady’s Amusement of Valdosta, GA. Your $6 gate admission per person includes free rides. The carnival will be open Tuesday, August 6th through Saturday, August 10th. Hours subject to change and sorry, there are no gate fee refunds! Kids under 5 are free.
At 7 pm you won’t want to miss The Clark County Illinois Queen Pageant where we will crown this year’s Miss Clark County Fair, Jr. Miss Clark County, and Little Miss and Mr. Clark County. For pageant information or questions, please contact Jodie Myers at (217) 264-1344.
Last year’s queen Julia A. Seaman expressed her appreciation for being chosen, queen. “Clark County Fair Queen has been such an honor and a great way to close out my last year in Martinsville High school. I hope to take everything I have learned from my year as Queen with me into college.” Julia will be attending Millikin University in the fall, studying Developmental Therapy, and playing volleyball for Millikin as well. The 2018 Junior Miss Clark County Fair winner was Miss Kennedi Mullen.
On Wednesday, August 7, the Broken Horn Rodeo begins at 7:00 PM. This is always a family favorite.
The rodeo events will include, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Race, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping.
You better plan to get up early if you don’t want to miss the Swine judging on Thursday morning at 8 am.
Dairy Judging starts at 9:00 AM on Friday with the very exciting Motocross happening at
7:00 PM in the evening.
Get up and out to the fair early on Saturday for the Western Horse Show (speed show)
starting at 8:00 AM Followed by the Western Horse Show (halter pleasure) at 12:00 PM (noon)
Everyone looks forward to the Demolition Derby at the Clark County fair which is the culmination of the event. It starts at 7:00 PM on Saturday night, so get there early and get your seats.
Fees for the fair are as such:
Monday - $5.00/Person
(Box seat ticket holders free Sunday & Monday with your box seat ticket)
Tuesday – Saturday .$6.00/Person
Paid gate fee includes the carnival armband
Under 5 Free if not riding rides
No extra charge for parking
Grandstand Prices: Sunday & Monday
Bleachers - Free with $5 gate admission
Reserved Seats - $6
Tuesday – Saturday
Bleachers - $7.00
Under 5 - Free
Reserved Seats - $10.00
Kids under Five – Free with Paying Adult
in Bleachers or in Box Seats on a lap.
$15.00 per night
All minors must be with an adult at all times.
Pay your gate fee and receive a pass good for 30 minutes. When you exit within the 30 minutes your gate fee will be returned.
If you’re visiting Marshall for the fair from out of town, make sure to check out our local parks, restaurants and downtown area. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and hope you have a wonderful time while visiting our community for this great event and that you will come back to experience all that Marshall has to offer to its residents and visitors alike.