The 2019 Martinsville Agricultural Fair is going to be a week packed full of entertainment and fun. The fair is scheduled to run Sunday through June 15 and family night is every night.
Following tradition, the fair will open with a community worship service on Sunday with Jake Hoult and the Casey United Methodist Church Praise Band providing music and pastor David Wilson of the Martinsville Bible Church providing the message. The service will begin at 7 p.m. CDT in front of the grandstand. Admission and grandstand are free on Sunday.
All the family entertainment, carnival and food vendors will be up and running on Monday evening. The week’s nightly entertainment will start with the popular harness horse racing, including the Great Midwest Trot and Pace. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the horse racing starting at 5:30. The carnival will open at 6.
With a $7 gate admission per person, the state-fair quality carnival rides are free Monday through Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., and parking is always free. In addition to the carnival rides and everyone’s favorite fair foods, the week will feature grandstand entertainment each evening, livestock shows and midway entertainment.
For details of the week’s events, go to martinsvilleagfair.com or like the Facebook page.
The week’s line-up in front of the grandstand start at 7 p.m. with the exception of harness horse racing at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Sunday: Community worship service.
Monday: Harness racing and Carl Becker Appreciation Night. The Great Midwest Trot and Great Midwest Pace are long traditions of the Martinsville Agricultural Fair. This is the only racing program to be featured during the fair.
Tuesday: Flat Track Drag Races. Competitors will drag race on the dirt track in front of the grandstand. There will be a class for all kinds of motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, semi trucks, ATVs, motor bikes, lawnmowers, etc.) and winners of each class with vie for the “King of the Hill” title and trophy.
Wednesday: Open Diesel Trucks.
June 13: Naturally-Aspirated Tractor Pulls. See martinsvilleagfair.com for rules and information.
June 14: Barnyard Scramble. Registration for children who will be scrambling for a pig or goat, can be made online at martinsvilleagfair.com or in the secretary’s office during the week of the fair. If registering online, be sure to review the instructions on check-in and how to get your child’s name tag the night of the event. All entries, both online and in the office, must be made no later than 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Children under 5 who will be scrambling only for the bunnies are not required to register in advance. Coon Holler Kids will perform in front of the grandstand before the Scramble (starting at 6 p.m.).
June 15: Closing out the week will be the Demolition Derby. Rescue Promotions, a group of Martinsville volunteer fireman, will once again organize and officiate the derby. They have built up this derby to be one of the best in the area. The total derby purse will be over $13,000. The evening will include a Lawn Mower Demolition and a Power Wheels class for children. Go to http://we-crash.proboards.com/thread/68624 for a complete list of rules and guidelines.
The fair will wrap up on June 15 with a fireworks show after the Demolition Derby.
Each night of the week, the midway will be packed with food vendors, carnival and displays. There will be free entertainment each evening starting at 6 p.m. in the Linn Pavilion, at the east end of the midway, next to the Pork Producers stand.
Horse and livestock shows will take place throughout the week: swine at 8 a.m. on Monday; dairy at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday; beef at 8:30 a.m. on June 13; sheep at 9 a.m. on June 14; and goats at 9 a.m. on June 15. The Junior Horse and Pony Show will begin at 9 a.m. on June 15 in the Horse Arena on the south side of the fairgrounds.