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‘COVID style’ festival coming to fairgrounds

MACKEYVILLE — Although hundreds of folks won’t be able to flock to the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Mackeyville quite like in years past, something is still coming to the popular location.

The Clinton County Fair committee recently announced they will be holding a “COVID Style” Farm City Festival beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The 4Hers won’t get the chance to show off their livestock but Ron Beck will be on hand with his baby animals to give residents a small taste of what the fair usually showcases.

HoosKow Chainsaw Carving, food and outside vendors will also be on site throughout the grounds.

The Clinton County Speedway opens at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday with a special festival admission cost of $5. Hot Laps will begin at 7 p.m. and the races start at 7:30.

The festival will open at 4 p.m. again on Thursday and Friday with another bout of racing Friday evening. Tickets for the races will cost $12 for adults with a special student, senior and military discount of $10. Kids 12 and under can enter for free.

Things really start to heat up on Saturday. The grounds will open at 9 a.m. with antique and V-8 tractor pulls. Registration for these events opens at 8 a.m.

At 11a.m., food and outside vendors will begin opening on the grounds. Ron Beck and his baby animals and the HoosKow Chainsaw Carving will also make an appearance again.

There will be special fun for kids of all ages including a mask decorating craft and educational demonstrations such as goat milking at the Main Stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come hungry and participate in the pie eating contest set to begin at 11:45 a.m. This contest will be followed soon after by a milk chugging event at 12:30 p.m.

Anyone who’d like to enjoy all four days of fun can purchase camper passes for $25 a night. Contact Connie Peiffer at 570-726-3633 or Jason McCauley at 570-367-0460 to make a reservation.

Due to the pandemic, all state mandates must be followed including hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.

Maybe it’s not the same fair we’ve all grown to love, but the Farm City Festival offers family fun just the same.

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