Sunday One of the Busiest Days of Fair Week


Published on August 5 2017 11:08 am
Last Updated on August 5 2017 11:08 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Sunday will be one of the busiest days at this year's Effingham County Fair.

A worship service is planned at 8am in the 4-H Arena. Mid America Jumper will be back with inflatables for the kids from noon to 10pm. Ranch Sorting will resume at 10am.

The first day of horse racing will begin at 1pm with eight heats of harness racing scheduled. If you can't attend, hear the action on 979XFM and

Rob Thompson's Magic Show makes a return to the fair with performances at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

The parade will proceed past the grandstand at 4:30pm. Lineup is just before 4pm at Altamont Community High School. Master Showmanship is scheduled in the 4-H Arena at 6pm.

The Fair Talent Show is set to begin at 6:30pm, followed by the Junior Miss Pageant at 8pm. Our own Courtney Koester will serve as the emcee for the evening. 22 girls are competing in this year's pageant.

The Shamrockettes, a group from Sacred Heart School in Effingham, will perform on the free stage at 7pm, presenting pop and patriotic numbers.

As far as judging, in addition to the Master Showmanship, the 4-H beef show will begin at noon.

A reminder, too, about the "Name the Foal" contest going on today at the fairgrounds. Fair Meadow Farm of Altamont has a mare and her 2017 baby in a stall at the south end of the grandstand, underneath. All are welcome to submit a name for the foal; 18 letters maximum, and spaces county as letters. The baby's sire is Sagebrush, the mother is a mare named Artemis TSS. Anyone of any age may enter. The best name submitted will be chosen by Fair Meadow Farm employees, who are not eligible to enter. The foal is a really docile guy born in May. Photos are encouraged. The horse will wear the winning name throughout his racing career.

The Effingham County Fair runs through Saturday at Altamont.