Van Buren Youth Fair runs July 17-22

The ever-popular Super Kicker Rodeo returns for this year’s  Van Buren Youth Fair. Courier-Leader file photo

   HARTFORD - The 2017  edition of the Van Buren Youth Fair, July 17 - 22, will feature a variety of grandstand attractions, from monster trucks to motocross, a rodeo, tractor pull, 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.
   New this 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.
   SJO Motocross will be Thursday night’s featured grandstand entertainment at 7.
   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, beginning at 7, presented by Unique Motor Sports.
   Grandstand and hillside seating for ages 13 and over on Tuesday and Thursday nights is $6, and ages six to 12, $4. Under five are free.
   Wednesday night seating is $10 for ages six and over. Five and under are free.
   On Friday and Saturday nights, ages 13 and over are $7, and ages 6 to 12, $5. Under five are free.
   The Fair Board continues to pay full premiums to youth and adult exhibitors this year, marking the eighth 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 Janet Tripp.
   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 seventh 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 17 - 22, are $65. On Monday, July 17, the price will be $75 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: The fair also has a facebook page.

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