PRINCETON — What are some unusual things to see at the Bureau County Fair? You can win a prize winning cake, loaf of bread or cookies at the cake walk which is held outside the fair office nightly at 9 p.m. It’s kind of like musical chairs for baked goods. Pick a number to stand on, pay a quarter, and you may take home a tasty treat.
You can take your picture standing next to some of the tallest corn stalks, and see some of the largest vegetables in the horticulture department. There is even going to be a cell phone charging station available.
There will be a free sneak preview of the fair’s annual haunted attraction, “Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road.” The kids can participate in “Family Feud,” which will test their knowledge of life on a farm. The little kids can milk a cow, dig for potatoes or pick apples in the Farm Bureau area in Building 4.
You can see horsepower on Friday night with everything from antique farm tractors to modified tractors complete with roll cages and pickup trucks pulling the sled down the track.
Have you watched the chain saw carvers and wondered how on earth do they make that tree trunk into such amazing carvings? Your chance to own one of these carvings comes Sunday afternoon when the carvings they have created all week will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the fair. Come out during the week and pick out your favorite to bid on. You can also help out the fair queen raise funds for her trip to the state pageant. There will be a Queens Pie Auction right before the carving auction with delicious homemade pies and treats up for sale.
Have you ever been to a fair where there is free watermelon? Step right over to the hospitality building on Sunday afternoon and get a slice of watermelon or cantaloupe as a thank you to our fair-goers from the Bureau County Fair. The last event of the 2017 Bureau County Fair is a Garth Brooks impressionist, Brian Shartzer. Check him out in the grandstand on Sunday afternoon as he performs your favorite Garth tunes.