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McHenry County Fair August  1 - 6, 2023
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Complete Schedule of 2023 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!

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

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: 3:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Aug 2: 3:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 3: 3:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Friday, Aug 4: 1:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 5:1:45 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 6 - 11:45 pm and 3:45 pm

Great show for the family. with lots of heart!

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
Thursday, Aug 3 - 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm
Friday, Aug 4 - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 5 - 1:00 pm, 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
Thursday, Aug 3 - 7:00 pm
Friday, Aug 4 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 7 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 8 - 1:30 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!

Entertainment in Hansen Pavilion

75 year Or More Farm Recognition, Orion Samuelson Building Dedication and Charles Beard Way Street Dedication
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm
75th Anniversary Farmer’s Event Wednesday August 2, 2023, 5pm, Hansen Pavilion Calling all farmers, their friends and family, and in particular those who have farmed in McHenry County for 75 years or more; that includes Centennial Farms. On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 5pm, in Hansen Pavilion, we will be recognizing all of you for not only your support of the McHenry County Fair, but also for the hard work you do every day to feed America. Farm Bureau Members (with ID) and those of you who have registered with the McHenry County Fair Association (815-338-5315 before August 1, 2023, will get in for half price on Wednesday. We’d also appreciate it if you could supply us with a picture of your farm (then and/or now). The event on Wednesday August 2nd is also special as we will be honoring two people. First, Charles Beard was Swine Superintendent for more than 20 years, he was instrumental in the reconstruction and dedication of the Memorial Swine Barn, Chaired the 4-H Auction Committee, and was an MCFA Fair Board member and Vice President for as long as anyone can remember. The second person we will honor needs no introduction. Orion Samuelson has been a friend to farmers throughout the world since he began his career as a Farm Broadcaster. And for more than 60 years he was the voice of the farmer on WGN. Retired now and living in McHenry County, the MCFA will honor him for his lifelong commitment to farming in America by naming Building D in his honor.

75 Year Farms

Livestock Shows

Talent Show

Friday at 7 PM in the Hansen Pavilion

Hay Bale Throwing Contest

Saturday, August 5 at 5 pm in Hansen Pavilion.

Chain Saw and Glass Blowing Piece Auction

Sunday 2:30 PM in Hansen Pavilion

Entertainment Tent

There will be many different events going on in the Entertainment Tent.
Schedule will change Daily!

TUESDAY, August 1, 2023
4:00 pm Fair Food Challenge - Beverage
5:00 pm Fair Food Challenge - Sweet
6:00 pm Fair Food Challenge - Savory
7:30 pm Movie and Game Night

WEDNESDAY, August 2, 2023
10:30 am K-9 Demonstration
1:30 pm Atomic BINGO Sponsored by Rookies

THURSDAY, August 3, 2023
10:30 am K-9 Demonstration
11:30 am - 2:30 pm Banjo Buddies
3:00 pm Atomic BINGO Sponsored by Rookies
6:00 pm Mother Daughter Look Alike Contest / Father Son Look Alike Contest

FRIDAY, August 4, 2023
10:30 am K-9 Demonstration
11:30 am Banjo Buddies
3:00 pm Pedal Pull Registration
4:00 pm Pedal Pull Competition
6:00 pm Mariachi Band

2023 SATURDAY, August 5, 2023
3:00 pm Pedal Pull Registration
4:00 pm Pedal Pull Competition

SUNDAY, August 6, 2023
11:00 am Cheryl and the Down Home
12:30 pm Pedal Pull Registration
1:30 pm Pedal Pull Competition

Band of the Day!

Relax and Enjoy the Music while you eat lunch!

Thursday and Friday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (will include 2 short intermissions) - Banjo Buddies - Ann Stewart is considered to be among a very small group at the top of the jazz banjo world. She is the vocalist, banjoist and leader of Chicago's premier Dixieland Show Band. Ann and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Jazz Band specialize in, but are not limited to, Classic Dixieland Jazz and standards spanning three decades. Each dynamic band member is skilled in improvisation keeping the music fresh and always entertaining. The band's modern showbiz savvy reflects their success at making their music relevant to current audiences with a sound and style that is uniquely different.

Sunday: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Cheryl and the Down Home Boys - They are an Americana band performing a variety of roots music. The band includes:
Marty Brunkala on mandolin and fiddle, Pete Jonsson on guitar and the occasional harmonica, Jim Siedel on the upright bass and lead vocalist Cheryl Niemo.

Pedal Pulls

Friday and Saturday
Registration at 3 PM for 4 PM Race

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

Atomic Bingo Sponsored by Rookies

Wednesday, August 3, 2023 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, August 4, 2023 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

McHenry County Sheriff's Office
K-9 Unit Demonstration

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 3:00 pm

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 has:

-- Commercial Exhibits --
-- Barnyard Buddies --
-- The Queens Walk and past pictures --
-- McHenry County Defenders --

Barnyard Buddies

Open 10 am to 8 pm

Scavenger Hunt is a part of Barnyard Buddies

Education Corner at Barnyard Buddies

Building D

-- McHenry County Farm Bureau Food Booth --
-- Main Fair Office – including Fair-opoly, 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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