Vigo County Fair gets into full swing

Tribune-Star/Austen LeakeUnderway: The Vigo County Fair festivities opens today with carnival rides and family fun at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

The Vigo County Fair gets underway today and includes the traditional carnival, 4-H competition, food and grandstand events as well as a few new features.

The fair, located at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 south of Terre Haute, runs through July 13. “We try to reach out to everyone and have something for everyone,” said Megan Stevenson, fairgrounds manager. 

New this year, weather permitting, will be hot air balloon rides Sunday night at a cost of $10 per person. If the weather is bad, “We have some rain dates,” which would be Monday or Friday, July 12, she said. The time is tentatively set for 7 p.m. Sunday.

Another new event Sunday is a sidewalk chalk art contest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public, with a $25 registration fee. Categories are 18 and under; 19 and over; and professional. For the fee, participants receive a T-shirt, chalk, goody bag and drink tickets. There will be three winners in each category, and winners will receive prizes.

Those interested can register at the ticket office or online, Stevenson said.

Also of note, today, Sunday and July 13, carnival rides are free from noon to 1 p.m.

Monday will be First Responder Day and  at 7 p.m., police officers and firefighters will take part in a demolition derby, called “Valley Clash — Guns vs. Hoses,” to raise money for charity. It is hosted by Absolute Towing and Lambert’s Towing.

The event is $12 a person, with children 4 and younger admitted free. Absolute Towing and Lambert’s Towing will donate a portion of the proceeds to three charities: Chances And Services for Youth, Covered with Love and Happiness Bag.

Starting at 5 p.m., multiple agencies are hosting a ‘Kids Zone’ where children can interact with local first responders, look at and touch police and fire vehicles.

Tuesday is Family Day, with a $2 gate entry and $2 concession items. There will be several free events throughout the day, Stevenson said. The free events include a movie, “The Greatest Showman,” at dusk next to the Free Stage. Also, Silly Safari will have programs at  5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Free Stage.

Grandstand events include a rodeo on Sunday; demolition derby Monday and July 13 [Saturday]; sprint car races on Wednesday; barnyard horse pull on Thursday; and truck and tractor pull Friday. Tickets for the grandstand events can be purchased online at or on the Vigo County Fair facebook page.

For those attending the fair, there is a parking charge of $5 after 4 p.m., but prior to that time there is no parking charge.

For a more detailed schedule, go to the Vigo County Fair Facebook page or

Among the events:

• A horse and pony show at 9 a.m. today.

• Dog awards and demonstration at 10 a.m. Monday.

• Alpaca/llama Show at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

• Rooster crowing contest at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

• Little critter show at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

• BBQ contest at 10 a.m. Friday.

• Rocket Launch at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sue Loughlin has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star for more than 30 years. She covers general news with a focus on education.