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Free grandstand with paid admission to be offered at 69th annual Youth Fair

HARTFORD – A free grandstand with paid gate admission will be offered at the 69th annual Van Buren Youth Fair, which will get underway July 15-20, for its weeklong run.
Nightly grandstand features include:
Monday, July 15, 6 p.m. – Farm Stock Tractor Pull, followed by Magic Cloud Balloons Tethered Rides at 7 p.m. Balloon ride prices will be determined by the vendor.
Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m. – Hartford NTPA Nationals Tractor Pull. The event will feature super farm tractors, two-wheel drive pickups and mini modifieds.
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m., Fair Fiesta Extravaganza, featuring music by Grupo Entrega Total and Super Nova. Bangor’s own Abel Munoz will provide a 15-minute musical set in between bands. Event MC will be Daniel “Dano” Oropeza.
A mechanical bull will also be available for participants.
Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. TNT Demolition Derby.
Friday, July 19, 7p.m., Super Kicker Rodeo Production.

Following the rodeo, at dusk, a free fireworks show will light up the fairground sky.
Hillside entertainment ends its weeklong run on Saturday, July 20, at 6 p.m., with Unique Motor Sports Demolition Derby (Night of Destruction).
Skerbeck Entertainment Group returns with midway entertainment, July 16-20, Tuesday through Saturday, opening daily at 3 p.m., and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Kids’ Day. Wristbands are $30 (Wednesday only $25). An unlimited Megaband is $90 with purchase before Monday, July 15, at 5 p.m. at: (The Top Gun ride requires four additional plus a mega or a wristband).
There will be free nightly music in the fair’s Community Tent, beginning Monday night with Vineyard Chicks at 9; Tuesday, 7p.m. – Schlitz Creek; Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Black River Band; Thursday, 7 p.m. – Carrie McFerrin and the McFerrinites; Friday, 7 p.m. – Full Measure; Friday, 9 p.m. – Scott Spears Trio; Saturday, 7 p.m. – Waylon Hanel; Saturday, 9 p.m. – Chick & The Boomers.
The Magic of Trino will be offered Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday July 20, with shows on Wednesday, 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Special days include Monday, July 15 – Armed Forces Day with free admission for veterans and active military until 5 p.m. The day is sponsored in part by Champion – Specialty Services Provider. Monday’s Farm Stock Tractor Pull is sponsored in part by Dorr Farms. Tuesday – Ladies Day and Senior Citizens’ Day – free admission for ladies (19 and older) and seniors until 5 p.m. Wednesday – Kids’ Day – sponsored in part by Tapper Auto Group. A Bicycle Give Away will be held. Friday’s Super Kicker Rodeo Production is sponsored in part by Honor Credit Union.
General admission is $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens; children, six to 12, $5; and five and under, free. Gate season passes are $35 for adults; senior citizens, $30; children, ages six to 12, $25; and five and under free.
For more information, visit:, or call (269) 621-2038. The fair is also on Facebook.
The fairgrounds are located on the corner of County Road 681 and Red Arrow Highway, midway between Lawrence and Hartford, 55670 County Road 681, Hartford.

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