Youth Fair features traditional favorites and new fun for 2019


    HARTFORD - The 2019 edition of the Van Buren Youth Fair, July 15 - 20, will feature a variety of grandstand attractions, from  a circus, tethered hot air ballon rides and monster trucks, to a rodeo, demolition derby,  and more.
    On Monday night, July 15, at 7, Magic Clouds Balloon Corporations Hot  Air Balloons return to offer tethered balloon rides for a small fee. The event is sponsored by Crystal Flash.
    On Tuesday night, July 16, at 7, the Hartford NTPA Nationals, featuring super farm tractors, two-wheel drive pickups, and super stock combo, will get underway.
    Marking their third straight year at the fair, following very successful shows the past two years, the Michigan Monster Truck Shootout is Wednesday night’s, July 17, grandstand entertainment, be-ginning at 7:30. The show, sponsored by Tapper Auto Group, Paw Paw, will feature an ugliest truck contest, a show-n-shine contest, and back-to-back pickup truck pulls.
    New this year will be The Cincinnati Circus, on Thursday, July 18,  for  3 and 7 p.m. shows. The circus, sponsored by Honor Credit Union, will include an aerial show, side show, stunt show and a one-ring show.
    On Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m., The Super Kicker Rodeo Production, sponsored by Brookfield Chrys-ler, Dodge Jeep, Ram Rodeo Series and the Van Buren Youth Fair, will headline grandstand entertainment.
    A free fireworks display will cap off Friday night.
    The fair’s week-long run ends Saturday night with a demolition derby and more, beginning at 7, presented by Unique Motor Sports.
    Grandstand and hillside seating for ages 13 and over on Tuesday is $10, and ages six to 12, $5. Under five are free.
    Wednesday night seating is $10 for ages six and over; age five and under are free.
    There will be no charge Thursday night  for hillside seating  to watch the balloons. However, there will be a small charge to ride the balloons.
    On Friday and Saturday nights, ages 13 and over are $7, and ages 6 to 12, $5. Under five are free.
    Skerbeck Entertainment Group will offer carnival rides and amusements this year. For the ninth year, a “Mega  Pass” will be offered by the carnival company that will allow fairgoers unlimited access to the rides during fair week.
    Pre-sale Mega Pass ride tickets. good for Monday through Saturday, July 15 - 20, are $70. On Monday, July 15, the price will be $80 after 1 p.m.
    Mega Bands may also be purchased at Van Buren County Honor Credit Unions.
    Fair-goers are encouraged to visit the exhibits of projects completed by county 4-H club members. Livestock auctions of 4-H-raised animals are Thursday in the barn.
    The Fair Board continues to pay full premiums to youth and adult exhibitors this year, marking the 10th straight year, after funding was cut by the state to all 86 fairs located throughout the state. Several groups and organizations have again stepped up this year to assist the fair in paying  those premiums to the 4-H and open class exhibitors, according to Fair Board President Stephanie Zabav-ski.
    The Van Buren 4-H Leaders Association and the Van Buren Sheriff’s Mounted Division  are two groups who have supported the fair with financial donations toward premiums.
    The  fairgrounds are lo-cated on the corner of County Road 681 and Red Arrow Highway, midway between Hartford and Lawrence.
    More information about this year’s fair may be found on the Web at: The fair also has a Facebook page.


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