GREENFIELD — The grandstand events for the 2021 Adair County Fair, scheduled for July 21-25, are set and were released this week.
Brenda Meisenheimer, secretary for the Adair County Fair Board, said her group is excited to usher in the next fair, which is the county’s 125th.
Thursday’s entertainment will be a Lumberjack Show, Friday will be the Demolition Derby, Saturday will feature a classic country tribute concert featuring the music of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and George Strait, and Sunday will feature the Wright Rodeo Company.
“We thought we’d like to do something different for our 125th, and people have been wanting us to bring in some type of music act,” Meisenheimer said. “Of course, musical acts are very expensive. We had to work within our budget to find something people would enjoy.
“The Lumberjack Show was planned for last year but that was one thing we decided to hold off on because they have some kids events that we thought would be better to wait on it so we re-booked them for this year,” Meisenheimer added.
The fate of last year’s fair was in limbo for much of the late winter and early spring due to COVID-19 concerns. The fair was held but only really consisted of a show-and-go livestock show schedule, other usual 4-H/FFA events and the evening grandstand entertainment. Due to that, gate revenue for the fair board, going into this year, is much lower because gate money was collected only at night last year.
Meisenheimer said the fair board is moving forward with their part of this year’s fair knowing adjustments to plans may need to be made along the way if COVID-19 dictates that. Adair County Extension has not yet released information regarding the 4-H activities they oversee at the fair and those decisions are expected at a later time.
“Depending on what’s going on at the time, we’re planning to move forward. Most generally, the consensus is that people were glad we did something in 2020. We got through it OK,” Meisenheimer said. “We’re excited to be planning. The planning starts immediately after the last fair ends. We just want to bring people in to something they enjoy and provide that entertainment as well as keep the 4-H and FFA activities going strong. We’re just trying to carry on and move forward.”