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Parade kicks off 95th annual Montgomery County Fair

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online
MOUNT IDA – The Montgomery County Fair kicks off Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m. with a parade, followed by the pageant and talent show Tuesday, August 9.
The 95th edition of the county fair will be held August 7 through 13 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Sew it, Grow, Show it.”
Exhibit participants will set up booths and exhibits Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the exhibit building. All exhibits except horticulture, flowers and baked goods must be submitted by 3 p.m. Saturday, August 7.
Pageant interviews will take place Sunday at 4 p.m., followed by rodeo royalty at 5 p.m.
Official festivities kick off Monday at 7 p.m. with the parade. This is a change from past years when the parade would take place on Sunday.
Parade participants are asked to gather at the high school at 6 p.m. with the parade set to start at 7 p.m. Pageant and rodeo royalty are encouraged to participate in the parade.
The pageant and talent show has been moved to Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. This year’s pageant is not partnered with the state pageant. As a result Miss Montgomery County will not qualify for the state fair pageant.
Categories for the pageant remain the same.
All livestock will be entered Wednesday, August 10, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All baked goods, horticulture and flowers will be entered Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
All other exhibits will be entered Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
There will not be a BINGO game this year but Stormin’ Norman will provide live music Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m.
The exhibit buildings will be open from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday; 12-7 p.m. Thursday; 12-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Snow Rodeo Company will bring the rodeo to the arena Friday and Saturday night with a full slate of rodeo events, including mutton busting, bull riding and roping events.
For a full schedule and rules for exhibit entries pick up a Montgomery County Fair Catalog at several locations around the county.

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