Livestock, competition and entertainment are all central to a successful county fair. Thursday night barrel racing is just one of the scheduled Phillips County Fair activities that will feature all three. — The Holyoke Enterprise File Photo | Johnson Publications
Bushels of Fun promised with packed PC Fair schedule
Big nightly activities at Phillips County Fairgrounds are scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday, July 24-27, promising Bushels of Fun for all fairgoers. The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Each day is filled with plenty of other county fair entertainment.
For the entire Phillips County Fair schedule, view the fairbook online at phillipscofair.com. A schedule highlighting daily entertainment follows:
Wednesday, July 24
Starting Wednesday off at 9 a.m. is the 4-H horse show/gymkhana and the tiny tot horse show. That evening, the Thrashers softball team will host its Rocky Mountain oyster dinner at 5:30 p.m. Registration for the Thrashers 21-plus cornhole tournament is at 8:30 p.m., and the competition begins at 9 p.m.
Wednesday’s main event is the ranch rodeo, which begins at 6 p.m. Dance Fuzion students will get the show started with a performance before the rodeo action begins.
Thursday, July 25
Thursday activities begin with the tiny tot rabbit and poultry show at 8:45 a.m. The regular rabbit and poultry show will follow immediately after.
Dutch oven cook-off check-in begins at 2 p.m. Cook-off judging will take place on the south side of the grandstands at 5 p.m.
Starting at 4 p.m. is goat and dairy cow judging, followed by the catch-it goat contest, the tiny tot goat show, swine judging and finally the tiny tot swine show.
Topping off the evening is barrel racing. Unlike last year, there will be no preregistration. All participants will register on site the day of, starting at 3:30 p.m. Exhibitions will run from 4-5:30 p.m. Peewee will start at 5:45 p.m., followed by youth. Open barrel racing will start immediately following the youth, but not before 6 p.m.
Friday, July 26
Beef judging, including the tiny tot bucket calf show, will begin Friday at 9 a.m. The adult beef judging show will start immediately afterward.
An American Ninja Warrior obstacle course will be open from noon-8 p.m.
Sheep judging, followed by the tiny tot sheep show, starts at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m. is a model rocket expo at the grandstands and the horseshoe pitching competition. A petting zoo will be open from 3-7 p.m.
The parade of champions will start at 4 p.m. Afterward, the rabbit bingo and chicken bingo contests will be held. A barbecue in the Biesemeier Room of the event center starts at 5 p.m.
Rounding out Friday’s activities is the Heartland Pulling tractor and truck pull at 7 p.m. Music in the beer garden will follow.
Saturday, July 27
Saturday’s parade entries will be judged at 8:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 10 a.m. It will travel north up Interocean Avenue. At 11 a.m., the Orphan Grain Train brat feed will start in the Biesemeier Room. The petting zoo will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course from noon-8 p.m.
Cow patty bingo starts at 12:30 p.m., and kids games in Homesteaders Park at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m. is the salsa contest in the event center, horseshoe pitching and the round robin competition. The junior livestock sale is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Always a crowd pleaser, Bulls Gone Wild! is returning to Phillips County Fair at 7 p.m. Music in the beer garden will begin at 9:30 p.m. to finish out the night.
Sunday, July 28
Much of Sunday will be focused on simply releasing livestock and exhibits and paying out premiums. There is, however, a community church service at 9 a.m. in the pavilion.