2018 Youth Fair opens July 16

Fair Royalty are, from left: front row Dutchess Lillianne Ashbrook, of Bloomingdale, a member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club,  and Duke Caleb McLemore, of Lawton, a member of the Porter Busy Fingers 4-H Club; middle row - Princess Dora Behrman of Decatur, an Open Class exhibitor; and Prince Kenton Behrman, Decatur, Open Class exhibitor; and back row - Queen Taylor Streit, of Lawrence, a member of the Farms, Friends & Family 4-H Club; and King Andrew Behrman, of Decatur, an Open Class exhibitor.

    HARTFORD - The 2018  edition of the Van Buren Youth Fair, July 16 - 21, will feature a variety of grandstand attractions, from tethered hot air ballon rides and monster trucks, to  a rodeo, demolition derby,  and more.
    On Tuesday night, at 7, the Hartford NTPA Nationals, featuring super farm tractors, two-wheel drive pickups, and super stock combo, will  get underway.
    Returning this  year, following a very successful show last year, Wednesday night’s grandstand entertainment will feature Michigan Monster Truck Shootout, at 7:30. The event will feature an ugliest truck contest, a show-n-shine contest, and back-to-back pickup truck pulls.
    New this year, on Thursday night, will be Magic Clouds Balloon Corporation's Hot Air Balloons that will offer tethered balloon rides for a small fee.
    On Friday, at 7 p.m., The Super Kicker Rodeo Production, sponsored by Ram Rodeo Series and the Van Buren Youth Fair, will headline grandstand entertainment. A free fireworks show will close out Friday night.
    The fair’s week-long run ends Saturday night with a demolition derby and more, presented by Unique Motor Sports, beginning at 7 .
    Grandstand and hillside seating for ages 13 and over on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday is $7, and ages six to 12, $5; under five 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.
    The Fair Board continues to pay full premiums to youth and adult exhibitors this year, marking the ninth straight year, after funding was cut by the state to all 86 fairs across 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 Zabavski.
    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.
    Skerbeck Entertainment Group will offer carnival rides and amusements this year.
    For the eighth 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 16 - 21, are $70. On Monday, July 16, the price will be $80 after 1 p.m.
    Those tickets will be available soon at the fairgrounds, located 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: www.vanburenyouthfair.com. The fair also has a facebook page.

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