Rock Island annual event has so much it's almost un-'fair'
Rock Island visitors might need a few days to rest after spending five days trying to enjoy five days packed full of events at the 148th annual Rock Island County Fair on July 18-22.
On the first day, the Dairy Fun and Horse Fun shows begin at 10 a.m., with the Lamb Show scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Miss Rock Island County Fair Pageant Queen Contestant Show will be held at 6:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Miss Illinois County Fair county next year. Junior Miss Rock Island County Fair and Little Miss Rock Island County Fair contests also will take place.
Carnival Wristband Days will be offered on July 19 and 22, meaning unlimited rides for $20 a day.
Also on July 19, the 4-H Dairy Show and Jr. Sheep and Market Lamb Show will begin at 9 a.m., with the 4-H Horse and Pony Shows following. 4-H Master Showmanship will be held at 12:30 p.m., and the Kiddie Tractor Pull will take place at 1 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent.
The 4-H Sheep Show will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a talent competition. The junior and senior talent competition will be held in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Talent competitors must be students in a Rock Island County school district with an age limit of 14 for junior and 21 for senior competitors. Contestants can enter as an individual or with a group, and winners will advance to the state competition in 2018. They will also be compensated for one night’s lodging at the state competition.
The Swine Show will kick off at 8 a.m. on July 20, followed by the 4-H Bucket Calf/Breeding Beef/Steer Show and the Rabbit Show. Celebrity Showmanship will be held at 4 p.m. The day ends with a stock car race in the grandstand at 7 p.m.
July 21 begins with the Open Swine Show at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Goat Show at 9 a.m., when the State Fair horses are released. The 4-H Poultry Show will begin at noon, and a livestock auction will start at 6 p.m. A demolition derby will end the day of events at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.
For those with a little energy left, July 22 offers a Jr. Barrow and Gilt Show, followed by the A1 Beef Show and A1 Horse Show. An AMA Endurocross Race is set for 7 p.m. in the grandstand, and the day will conclude with a 4-H Open Class Exhibition.
at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline.
Parking passes for the East Moline are available at $5 per day or $20 for the week. Free parking can be found outside the fairgrounds.