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If it’s August, it’s fair time in Bureau County

We encourage area folks to get out and attend the 163rd Bureau County Fair, enjoy themselves, and support this longtime agricultural exposition.

August is the name of a month, but it’s also an adjective meaning “respected and impressive.”

Well, an annual event that takes place every August in Bureau County could easily be described in those terms.

We speak of the Bureau County Fair, whose 163rd rendition begins today (Wednesday) and continues through Sunday, Aug. 26.

There’s a lot going on at this year’s fair.

The grandstand is busy each day. The Second Story Teen Center hosts a youth talent contest at 6 p.m. today. On Thursday, the big Scotty McCreery concert starts at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, tractor and truck pull action starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday at the grandstand features the Demolition Derby at 5 p.m., while Sunday’s fair finale features the Big Hat Rodeo at 3 p.m.

What with judging in various categories such as livestock, agricultural products, horticulture, floriculture, baked goods and fine arts, music and other entertainment options, midway rides, carnival attractions, fair food and commercial exhibits, there’s something for everyone at this year’s fair.

Since the 1850s, this premier rural exposition has entertained and educated Bureau County residents. Keeping a tradition going for so long is impressive in anyone’s book.

The amount of planning, organization and work that it takes to put on a county fair is daunting. To do it decade after decade after decade is downright amazing, particularly with the various challenges that crop up from one generation to the next.

We’d just like to tip our editorial hat to the organizers for all they do to provide a quality county fair for local residents to attend and enjoy.

We heartily encourage area folks to get out and attend the Bureau County Fair, enjoy themselves, and through their support, help this “august” rural exposition to remain economically viable for many Augusts to come.

— BCR Editorial Board

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