Organizers hope for success at Macon County Fairgrounds Festival

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DECATUR - For the first time in almost 160 years, the Macon County Fair will not take place this week.  Instead, opening Tuesday night will be the Macon County Fairgrounds Festival, an event that will focus on music, racing, and a carnival instead of classic agricultural events.

Outstanding debts and unpaid premiums forced the fair to go on hiatus, and festival organizers hope to earn a profit this year and make the organization solvent.  According to Macon County Fair Board Treasurer Teresa Wilson, organizers "still want to have a county fair that is more agricultural focused."  However, she says the county needs "to get through this year first."

The Macon County Fairgrounds Festival will be held from June 10 to June 15, and will be packed with entertainment.  Admission to the festival is one dollar per person, and admission for children five and under is free.  Parking will also be free.  We've included a schedule of activities below.  If you have any questions, you can visit www.maconcountyfair.com.


Carnival Hours and Specials:

Tuesday, June 10:   5:00 pm - 10:00 pm - $1 rides

Wednesday, June 11:  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm - $20 Arm Bands

Thursday, June 12: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm - $20 Arm Bands

Friday, June 13: 5:00 pm - Close - Regular Prices*

Saturday, June 14: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - $1 Rides
                                     5:00 pm - Close - Regular Prices*

Sunday, June 15: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - $20 Arm Bands
                                   5:00 pm - Close - Regular Prices*

*Regular Carnival Prices - $1 per ticket.
*Rides require varying numbers of tickets.


Grand Stand Events:

Saturday, June 14

Go Cart Racing - 7:00 pm, practice begins at 6:00 p.m.
$5/ Adult to 12 years
$1/Children Age 5 to 11
Children under 5 Free

Sunday, June 15

Demolition Derby - 6:00 pm
$12/Adult to 12 years
$5/Children Age 5 to 11 years
Children under 5 Free


Maltas Building Schedule:

Thursday, June 12

Live Music in the Maltas Building
Hungus - 8:00 pm
Onward Forward - 10:00 pm
$2 cover charge

Friday, June 13

Comedians Amber Klear & Dean Schardan - 8:00 pm
$10/Adults only

Swamp Donkeys -10:00 pm
$5 cover charge

Saturday, June 14

Registration Begins for Adorable Baby Contest -12:00 pm
$10/per child in contest

Gary Strong Marionettes -12:30 pm

Adorable Baby Contest -1:00 pm
$1 Admission/over 12

Gary Strong Marionettes - 2:15 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 3:00 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 3:45 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 4:30 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 5:15 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 6:00 pm
Gary Strong Marionettes - 6:45 pm

Saturday, June 14

Mud Volleyball Tourney: 10:00 am

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