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McHenry County Fair August  1 - 6, 2023
Grounds Events

Complete Schedule of 2022 McHenry County Fair Events

Opening Ceremonies

Come watch the Flags be raised at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. It is an annual tradition to raise the flags behind the grandstands to open the McHenry County Fair each year. We hope you can join us!

Puppy Pals

In their own Location

You won’t believe your eyes when these pooches perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats such as climbing a ladder, jumping rope, and even a BACKFLIP!

Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy, Puppy Pals is a fan favorite for children of all ages. This is not only a show loved by all but a family fun experience as in every performance, we invite the audience to take part and maybe even jump in the action with our furry friends. !

Tuesday, Aug 1: 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2: 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 3: 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 pm
Friday, Aug 4: 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 5:1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 6 - 11:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Great show for the family. with lots of heart!

Barnyard Discoveries

Open 10 am to 8 pm

Scavenger Hunt is a part of Barnyard Discoveries

Education Corner at Barnyard Discoveries

Glass Blower

The mobile glassblowing experience brings the artistry and education of glass making beyond the studio walls to McHenry County Fair. Viewers will experience a multitude of information surrounding the lost art of glassblowing. On site glass blower will share a vast knowledge of the process of manipulating hot glass into various shapes and forms. Glassblowing is an interdisciplinary art form that embodies art, science, math, history, and teamwork. Items made during the glassblowing demonstrations will be able to purchase a piece they watched being made on Sunday, August 7 at 2:30 pm.

Wednesday thru Sunday - 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Sunday 2:30 PM in Hansen Pavilion

Joe Stebbing Wood Carving

Tuesday, Aug 1: noon, 2:00 pm, 4;00 pm, 6 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2: noon, 2:00 pm, 4;00 pm, 6 pm
Thursday, Aug 3:noon, 2:00 pm, 4;00 pm, 6 pm
Friday, Aug 4: noon, 2:00 pm, 4;00 pm, 6 pm
Saturday, Aug 5: noon, 2:00 pm, 4;00 pm, 6 pm
Sunday, Aug 6: 10:00 am and noon

All American Lumberjack Show

We have 10 lumberjack events that we run in the All American Lumberjack Show including Log Rolling, OP Race, Axe Throwing, Spring Board Tree Topping, Single Buck, 2 Man X-cut Sawing, Stock Saw Racing, Hot Saw Racing, Quick Carve & Log Boom Racing. It is run in head to head competition format with lots of interaction with the audience who along with the lumberjacks are on a red or blue team. Carvings made in the show are given away to someone in the audience.

Tuesday, Aug 1, - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2 - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 3 - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Friday, Aug 4 - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 5 - noon, 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 6 - 1:00 pm and 3;00 pm

Lumberjack Interactive Camp

Kids can participate. Why sit and watch when you can be part of the action. Lumberjack camps are a safe, fun and entertaining activity for everyone young & old. Our pro lumberjacks will teach you the old time skills of Log Rolling, Axe Throwing & X-Cut Sawing so you can become a lumberjack or lumberjill!

Tuesday, Aug 1, - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, Aug 3 - 7:00 pm
Friday, Aug 4 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 7 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 8 - 1:30 pm

Tractor Parade

No matter if you are a John Deere, International, Case or Oliver fan, you will be able to see all of the classic antique tractors as they parade around the animal barns at the McHenry County Fair!
Tuesday, Aug 1, - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2 - 4:00 pm
Thursday, Aug 3 - 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 4 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 5 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 6 - 12:00 pm

Dairy Show

We're having a PeeWee Division Dairy Show this year!
Sunday, August 6, 2023
10:00 am Registration
11:00 am Show in Hansen Pavilion

Horse Arena Events

Midwest Renegades Drill Team

Friday 6 PM

Since 2004 the MidWest Renegades Equestrian Drill Team from Woodstock, Illinois has been dedicated to providing quality entertainment for their audiences while keeping the fun in riding. The group consists of riders from different riding disciplines and experience levels riding a wide variety of horse breeds. Members range from age 7 to over 50 years of age, with each rider striving to reflect their motto: The Pride is in the Ride!

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Entertainment in Hansen Pavilion

Livestock Shows

Talent Show

Friday at 7 PM in the Hansen Pavilion

Hay Bale Throwing Contest

Saturday, August 6 at 5 pm in Hansen Pavilion.

Chain Saw and Glass Blowing Piece Auction

Sunday 2:30 PM in Hansen Pavilion

Building C - Entertainment, Demonstration and Vendor Area

Tuesday through Sunday - see complete schedule by day and demo offerings here.

Pedal Pulls

Friday and Saturday
Registration at 3 PM for 4 PM Race

Registration at 12:30 PM for 1:30 PM Race

McHenry County Sheriff's Office
K-9 Unit Demonstration

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:00 am

Mother Daughter Contest

Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Mother Daughter Entry Form

Father Son Contest

Thursday, August 3, 2023 following the Mother Daughter Contest in Building C

Father Son Entry Form

Building C also has:

-- The Queens Walk and past pictures --
-- A place for people to sit and eat or relax --

Building D

-- McHenry County Farm Bureau Food Booth --
-- Main Fair Office – including T shirt and sweatshirt sales --
-- Commercial Exhibits --

Building E

-- Gardening – Vegetables, Grain - Come see the biggest weed in McHenry County! --
-- Flowers --
-- Photography --
-- Writing --
-- Art --
-- Foods --
-- Honey --

Building F

-- Antiques --
-- Crafts and Needlework --
-- Sewing and Quilting --

-- McHenry County Historical Society --
-- Antique Tools Display --
-- Train Display --


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