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Ford County Fair returns Sunday

A judge looks over entries at the 2018 Ford County Fair / CIFN file photo.

MELVIN – It has been almost two years since many county fairs in Illinois have been held and that is about to change with Sunday’s opening of the Ford County Fair at Melvin.

The fair, which takes place Sunday through the following Saturday, is expected to offer a little something for everyone.

“It’s just a big family when you are at the fair,” reigning Miss Ford County Fair Queen Evie Ellis told The Central Illinois Farm Network. “Anybody can enjoy the fair with anything from the pageant to enjoying livestock shows or just the carnival rides.”

In addition to the traditional elephant ears and lemon shake-ups, Ellis’ favorite part is seeing the community come together to watch the exhibitors show off all of their hard work ranging from livestock to baking and crafts.

The Ford County Fair begins each morning with community members and 4-H’ers exhibiting projects and showing livestock. Monday is the fair queen pageant.

“We’ll have four contestants vying for the crown this year,” explained Ellis.

Tuesday is the Little Miss and Mister pageant starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the talent show. Wednesday is the lumberjack show with the Illiana Truck and Tractor pull taking place Thursday starting at 6 p.m. The big country concert is Friday night with Eli Young Band and Shenendoah.

“We have tickets still available,” Ellis said. “You can buy them on our website at or you can buy them the day of at the gate.”

A demolition derby concludes the week Saturday at 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the carnival rides starting Tuesday at 6 p.m. and delicious fair food will be available each day.

Miss Ford County’s primary job is promoting the fair and events happening throughout the year. This includes representing Ford County at the Illinois county fair queen pageant in January at the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs.

“That is something I did two years ago which was really exciting, being able to represent Ford County at the state level,” recalled Ellis.

During her time as queen, Ellis has enjoyed doing interviews and promoting the fair.

We will have complete coverage of next week’s Ford County Fair in Melvin as a part of the CIFN Fair Central Tour 2021, sponsored by McLean County Farm Bureau, Compeer Financial, RA Seeding Solutions, Miller Farms of Melvin, Brandt, Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Pork Producers Association. We will be at the fair Monday for our CIFN Midday Market Update live from the midway at 11:30 a.m.


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