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Good vibrations coming to the fairgrounds

Excitement is building as the ticket sale date for the Beach Boys concert at the Bureau County Fair is approaching quickly.

In three short weeks you can get your tickets to see the group that has been known for their popular hits like “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “Kokomo.”

The Beach Boys made their debut 50 years ago and have been known for their unique sound by multiple generations. The concert will be on Thursday, Aug. 21, during the 159th annual Bureau County Fair.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. June 7 and you can come out and stand in line and buy them at the fairgrounds that day. You can also order them online at or call the fair office at 815-875-2905 to order over the phone. All seats are reserved and the fair fills the orders on the “best seat available” process.

The Gold Circle seats are $37 and they are the prime center section seats on the track and in the box seats. They always sell out fast. The reserved track seats and box seats are $32 each and the grandstand seats are $27 each. Every ticket includes gate admission to the fair. The tickets are expected to sell quickly this year so break out your Hawaiian shirts and get your tickets now. Many people who have said they haven’t been to the fair for several years are planning on coming to this fun filled night.

Start planning your entries for the 159th annual fair now. The fairbook will be on the fair’s web page soon. There you can see the classes for everything from hobbies and collections to baking and floral entries, as well as all of the livestock classes. Please note the changes to the entry due dates for fine arts.

There’s a week full of fun planned for the Bureau County Fair starting on Wednesday, Aug. 20. That night in the grandstand will be the antique tractor pull. Be sure to stop and watch all of the daily free entertainment. This year Johnny Rockett and Galaxy Girl will dazzle and thrill audiences with the Cybertrons sky cycle towering over 40 feet in the air. Johnny Rockett continually drives his motorcycle around the disk keeping Galaxy Girl in constant motion around the track as she performs on the aerial trapeze attached to the motorcycle. Magic Matt’s Family Fun show will have several shows scheduled each day with balloon artistry and sleight of hand tricks. There will be free musical entertainment in the hospitality tent every day of the fair, with the talent show there on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The chain saw carver will be creating beautiful sculptures out of logs daily.

Rodeo fans will enjoy bull riding presented by Latting Rodeo on Friday, Aug. 22. It has been 10 years since bulls and cowboys hit the dirt during the fair. This year’s event is sanctioned by the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association (SEBRA) and it’s going to have some outstanding bucking action.

Saturday is always a fun day to go to the fair. The horse speed show will be running all day long in McCutchan Arena. Their contestants will compete in barrel racing, the flag race and pole bending with classes for kids and adults. The tractor pulls will run late into the evening with high powered pull tractors and trucks.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, the youngsters will be able to participate in a rodeo of their own. The Lil’ Wranglers Rodeo will be held in the building next to the east gate. The kids will be able to participate in the stick horse barrel race; chicken herding; greased pig catching contest and the popular mutton bustin’. During the mutton bustin’, the kids come out of the rodeo chute hugging the neck of a sheep and riding for as long as they can. Registration information will be available on the fair’s web page in July. Sunday will start with a community church service in the grandstand followed by free watermelon in the hospitality tent in the afternoon. The draft horse show and the open horse show will be held in the McCutchan Arena starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Last blast carnival armbands run until 6 p.m. for everyone to get their last chance to spin around and around. The grandstand is always full to overflowing on Sunday night as the Fair wraps up with the demolition derby.

Don’t forget, on Father’s Day weekend the two-day More on 34 garage sale will be held at the fairgrounds. Call 815-303-2905 to reserve your selling space now. There will be indoor and outdoor spaces available and a concession stand in the building.

For more information about any fair event, see

Kathy Costerisan is a representative for the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

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