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August 8, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair has an amazing line up of daily events at this year’s fair and it is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 13th and completes
after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 17th.  The 149th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has something for everyone that you won’t want to miss!

Here are some of the many things going on during the day.

Cake & Pie Walk Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 4:00 pm.

Chicken Poo Bingo at 3:00 pm. Tuesday - Friday

Granpa Cratchet Stage Show throughout the day.

Bike Give Away – Sign up at the Blue Building during each day and the drawing is Tuesday – Friday 6:00 pm & Saturday 2:00 & 6:00 pm.

Wood Carving every day of the fair with the auction Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Livestock Judged Tuesday – Friday.  Check the website schedule for specific times.

Bingo Nightly 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Fire Department display from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Thursday – Sterling, Rock Falls, and CGH EMS – Decontaminating Truck   
Friday – Morrison Fire - Grain bin rescue
Saturday – Erie, Lyndon, Tampico and P-Town – Kid’s water fights

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued support, our fair would not have been successful and been able to continue for the last 149 years.
We appreciate your support in keep the fair going strong, so we can continue with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  Check out our website for more information about
the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
May 25, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-02   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair is only a few months away and we are all set with another impressive lineup of entertainment! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 13th and completes after five
amazing days on Saturday, August 17th, and you won't want to miss it!! The 149th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions and something for everyone.

Tuesday, August 13th evening entertainment is Pro-Bull Riding starting at 7:00 p.m. Cheer on as these brave cowboys prepare to hang on for 8 seconds while their four-legged nemesis try to spoil their
plan. Other events to start the fair off are the Western Horse Show at 8:00 a.m., Poultry Judging in the old Rabbit Barn at 10:00 a.m., Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30 p.m., Kids Tractor Pedal
Pull at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14th we have a wonderful family singing group call “Rockland Road” at 7:00 p.m. to entertain all ages. Western Horse speed events will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m.
the Dairy will be judged.

Thursday, August 15th the evening grandstand entertainment will be U.S. National Freestyle Motocross show that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle - Jr. Heifer / Jr. Steer will be
judged at the Beef Show Arena.  The Heavy Horse Halter Classes will be judged in front of the grandstand at 10:00 a.m. and Hitch including 4 Horse at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, August 16th The Illini Pullers Association brings in their “souped up” Tractors & Trucks that will pull the sled showing off the horsepower under the hood in front of the grandstand again this year at
6:30 p.m. right after the Antique Tractor Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m.  During the morning at 9:00 a.m. the Heavy Horse Hitch Classes will be shown in front of the grandstands  The Open Beef Show will
be judged in the Beef Show Arena at 9:00 a.m. also. At 1:00 p.m. the Heavy Horses come back as they thunder in front of the grandstand to entertain you with the big 6 and Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 17th, the car crushing, smoke filled Demolition Derby will finish off the fabulous five-days of crowd pleasing entertainment and what is sure to be an amazing experience for all who
attend! The horses are at the post as Harness Racing is on the track at 1:00 p.m.  Some other events on Saturday are Horseshoe Tournament at 10:00 a.m. and Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. As
always, the fair board works very hard to provide something for everyone, please come and enjoy the fair.

The Mega Band is back again this year and Wilson Family Rides will entertain fairgoers with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions. Patrons can ride unlimited rides every day of the fair for
$50.00 (if purchased in advance the week before the fair at the Secretary’s office) or $60.00 during the fair. Grandpa Cratchet Stage Show will return again this year along with our Bike Give Away each day
of the fair and the Cake/Pie Walk.

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued support, our fair would not remain as we have enjoyed over the years. It's no secret with the budget cuts the
State of Illinois has imposed, we need your help and support to keep our fair going strong so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  Check out our website
for more information about the fair at wwwwhitesidecountyfair.org
July 31, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-06   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  MORRISON –Antique tractor buffs will have a heyday at this year’s 149th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 13-17.

Display your Antique Tractor at this year’s Whiteside County Fair.  Each participant will receive a 149th Whiteside County Fair plaque to display on their antique tractor.  The exhibitor’s will fire up their
engines for the parade about one hour before the start of that evening’s truck and tractor pulls at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16th.  Anyone displaying their Antique Farm Tractor at the 2019 Whiteside
County Fair will be required to purchase a Season Membership Pass which will automatically enter them into the exhibition.  Due to space constraints, the display will be limited to "restored or good
original" tractors.  The fair also welcomes for display, hit and miss engines that are in working order.  No garden tractors or implements are allowed unless the implements are mounted to the tractor  
Pre-registration is recommended and can be done by contacting Ron Shank at 772-7157.

  For more information about these, or any other fair events, check out the fair’s website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
Aug. 5, 2019 Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-07   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AT THE WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 149th ANNUAL EVENT, RUNNING AUGUST 13-17

MORRISON – 149th Annual Whiteside County Fair that opens the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 13, and runs through the Saturday, Aug. 17, grand finale.

Wilson Family Rides will provide the midway entertainment that will delight fair-goers this year. MEGA PASS is back again this year and it can be purchased for $50.00 Monday, August 5th through
Monday, August 12th.  Once the Fair starts, Mega Pass price increases to $60.00 and needs to be purchased from the Carnival.  This will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the Carnival
is open during the 2019 Whiteside County Fair.

If you are looking for a good one day deal during the weekday here is another option offered.  For only $25.00 “Wristband Day” gets a rider unlimited rides from 1-5 p.m. on either, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

For more information about these, or any other fair events, check out the fair’s website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
July 29, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR OFFICE HOURS FOR ENTRIES AND TICKET SALES


MORRISON -Whiteside County Fair Secretary, Mary Beth Dombroski, has announced that the fair office will be open for business beginning Monday, Aug. 5th, for the entire week prior to the 149th annual
Whiteside County Fair which kicks off Aug. 13th.

The office of the secretary and treasurer are located in the building near the grandstand at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, in Morrison, and will be open the week before the fair from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Monday, Aug. 5th through Friday, Aug. 9th. Saturday, August 10th the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. During this time they will be accepting hand delivered entries, processing those received by
mail, selling reserved grandstand seating for the Demo Derby, season tickets, and Mega Passes.

MEGA PASS - Can be purchased for $50.00 Monday, August 5th through Monday, August 12th. Once the Fair starts, Mega Pass price increases to $60.00 and will need to be purchased from the Carnival.
This will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the Carnival is open during the 2019 Whiteside County Fair.

Reserve grandstand seating for Saturday night’s demolition derby will go on sale Monday, August 5th at 8:00 a.m. in the Secretary’s Office for $8.00 per person. The Demo Derby is the only show that
has reserved seating available and is sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of seats available. Saving seats by using blankets, etc. for general seating is not allowed. Any items
used for saving seats will be removed by the fair staff.

There are no entry fees for exhibits in the Departments of Agriculture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Textiles, Culinary and Hobbies. However, adult exhibitors must purchase the $20.00 season membership
ticket and junior exhibitors that are 11 years of age and under must purchase the $5.00 season ticket to enter in junior departments. That ticket allows the exhibitor to enter items in any of the
departments listed above and provides unlimited admission to the fairgrounds throughout the fair’s five-day run.

Livestock exhibitors are required to pay exhibit fees and should consult the website for details.

All exhibitors are urged to refer to the website for details on the requirements to enter the various competitions, which this year offers over $119,000 in premiums, purses and prizes. Entries/Premium
information can also be downloaded from the fair website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org in the premium section.

Entries must be done online or in writing, with the applicable fees submitted by the appropriate deadlines as listed on the website.

The office will accommodate those wishing to buy season membership tickets, which allows the ticket-holder unlimited admission to the fair. An adult season membership ticket costs $20.00 each,
while a child’s weekly pass is $5.00. Tickets for both children and adults may also be purchased at the gate during the fair. Single adult daily admission for the fair is $8.00 for those 12 years and older,
and $2.00 for children ages 6 through 11. Children 5 and under are free.
The fair officially starts at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13th with the western horse show at the River Valley Coop Arena in the infield.

All the information you need to get ready for the Fair is at your fingertips on our website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org. The written inquires can be directed to the Whiteside County Fair, P.O. Box 88,
Morrison, IL 61270.
June 21, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2019 - 149th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th

MORRISON – 2019 Entry Information.  Online entries are now being accepted for the 149th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 13th – 17th.  The Whiteside County Fair no longer publishes
Premium Books but the pages are available online at www.whitesidecountyfair.org  Look for the “NEW” arrow on the home page and click on “Entries/Premiums” for all the information you need.  There is
over $119,000 in premiums offered in prize money to the winners in over 1,500 different classes.

The Whiteside County Fair accepts Visa and MasterCard for entries and ticket purchases.  You can make your entries online by following the premiums link and use your Visa or MasterCard for payment.  
All the information you need to get ready for the Whiteside County Fair is at your fingertips on our website.  You can also print the “Entry Blank” form and fill it out.  Entries must be delivered to the Secretary’s
Office the week prior to the fair in person or mail them to P.O. Box 88 Morrison, IL.  Copies of blank entry forms will be available at participating banks for your convenience.  Exhibitors can then easily fill in
the entry form from the information found on the website.

Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
May 15, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release 19-01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The 149th Whiteside County Fair is only three months away and we are all set with an impressive lineup of entertainment starting on Tuesday, August 13th through Saturday, August 17th!  
Wednesday night’s main event will be “Rockland Road” at 7:00 p.m.  They entertained us last year as “Martin Family Circus” and everyone loved them.

Rockland Road is many things. It’s a street near Nashville. It’s a studio where countless hit records have been recorded. It is a crossroads where country, gospel, pop, R&B and Americana
music has thrived for years. It is a self-contained vocal-driven melodic band with a heritage as rich and authentic as its namesake. Six members, all sharing the last name Martin; representing
four generations of musical heritage; all vocalists who play twenty-three instruments between them. Rockland Road is a powerhouse of soulful vocals blended with a pure, exuberant joy
worthy of the literal and figurative blood that flows through their veins making them a family.

Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie Martin began singing together in 2010 with their four
children: March, Kell, Texas, and Tallant. Quickly realizing that the kids all showed an uncanny knack for hearing harmonies, as well as for playing instruments, they began performing shows
together.

“Our house has always been like a live jukebox, with an all-you-can-play selection of musical instruments,” says Jamie. “Music completely engulfs our lives, so our kids have never known a
day without it. And that’s just how they want it.”

“We are a real family, at home or on the road, and we knew there would be an unpredictable nature to working with our kids. But they were just filled with passion, truly breathing through the music we were
creating,” says Paul. “It’s a given that we’re proud of them as parents, but, very quickly, we found ourselves appreciating the musical talent and the vocal skills that they contribute as fellow performers, not
just as our kids. There was no other choice; we knew we had to do this with them.”

So where did it all begin? Grammy-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop supergroup Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen of Country Music Hall of Fame
members The Oak Ridge Boys. Individually and collectively, they were exposed early to a rich musical existence, and Paul and Jamie watched as each child demonstrated God-given musical talents early
on. Regional performances began to boom, leading to appearances on national television shows like “The Huckabee Show,” The Oak Ridge Boys’ American Legion Christmas special, “The Marty Stuart
Show,” “Country’s Family Reunion,” “Gaither Homecoming,” and “Larry’s Country Diner.” They’ve taken their stage show to venues as varied as the U.S. Library of Congress, the Country Music Cruise, the
Grand Ole Opry, the White House, and countless fairs, festivals and performing arts centers across the country. Additionally, they’ve performed the National Anthem for many major NBA, MLB, and NCAA
sporting events, including the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Cavaliers. After a rousing performance of “Elvira” to a packed house for The Oak Ridge Boys’ 2015
induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Billboard Magazine heralded them as “singing to the rafters,” getting a crowd of seasoned performers and music industry folks to their feet.

They see every night spent onstage not just as a time to spread the simple joy they get from music. It’s not just another chance to share their songs and story. Every night is a blessed opportunity to take a
new audience for a musical ride down the curving country backroads, the high-speed super highways, and the crowded city streets that have all converged to create the music known as Rockland Road.
Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair.  There is no doubt without your continued patronage, our fair could not remain as we have enjoyed over the past years.  We appreciate your ongoing
support to keep our fair going strong, so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  The fair opens on Tuesday, August 13th and completes after five amazing
days on Saturday, August 17th, you won’t want to miss it!!  The 149th annual fair is held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL.  Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.
whitesidecountyfair.org or Facebook @whitesidecountyfair.
July 25, 2019
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
19-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 149th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH STARTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th, AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th, WILL HONOR JILL MILLER AND GOLDIE SVENDSEN AS
CO-FRIENDS OF THE FAIR.

MORRISON – “Friend of the Fair” honorees.  Since 1989, the board has sought to honor those who have made an extra effort to support and make the annual Fair as much fun as possible for all those who
participate and attend the many shows and events.

This year the Whiteside County Fair has selected Jill Miller and Goldie Svendsen as the “2019 Co-Friends of the Fair”.

Jill and her husband, Sam, started showing draft horses at the Whiteside County Fair in the early 1980's, and after a few years of showing, Jill began announcing the classes and has ever since. Jill’s
heart is with the Whiteside County Fair. In her eyes the Whiteside County Fair is still the best "old-fashioned county fair."

Harness Racing has been an ongoing attraction at the Whiteside County Fair for almost 150 years. One of the officials the Fair is required to have is a “USTA Licensed Charter”. We have been very
fortunate here at the Whiteside County Fair to have had an excellent Charter for the last 25 years by the name of Goldie
Svendsen. Goldie retired last year as a “Charter,” and it was our privilege to have known and worked with Goldie over these many years, and to have benefited from her friendship, knowledge and
expertise.   

Thank you to Jill Miller and Goldie Svendsen for all you have done and continue to do for the Whiteside County Fair.  Your help is very much appreciated!

Here is a schedule of the day’s main events:

Tuesday, August 13th evening entertainment is Next Level Pro-Bull Riding starting at 7:00 p.m. Cheer on as these brave cowboys prepare to hang on for 8 seconds while their four-legged nemesis try to
spoil their plan. Other events to start the fair off are the Western Horse Show at 8:00 a.m., Poultry Judging in the at 10:00 a.m., Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m., and Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30
p.m.,

Wednesday, August 14th we have an amazing show that night featuring musical entertainers, Rockland Road at 7:00 p.m. Western Horse speed events will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. the
Dairy will be judged.

Thursday, August 15th the evening grandstand entertainment will be U.S. National Freestyle Motocross Show that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle - Jr. Heifer / Jr. Steer will be
judged at the Beef Show Arena.  The Heavy Horse Halter Classes will be judged in front of the grandstand at 9:00 a.m. and then the Hitch classes at 1:00 p.m. including the 4-Horse Hitch.

Friday, August 16th The Illini State Pullers Association brings in their “souped up” Tractors & Trucks that will pull the sled showing off the horsepower under the hood in front of the grandstand again this
year at 6:30 p.m. right after the Antique Tractor Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m.  During the morning at 9:00 a.m. the Heavy Horse Hitch Classes will be shown in front of the grandstands. In addition, the
Open Beef Show will be judged in the Beef Show Arena and Sheep Judging at the Sheep Barn also at 9:00 a.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the Heavy Horses come back as they thunder in front of the grandstand to
entertain you with the big 6, 4, and Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m. the car crushing, smoke filled Demolition Derby will finish off the fabulous five-days of crowd pleasing entertainment and what is sure to be an amazing experience for all
who attend! The horses are at the post as Harness Racing is on the track at 12:00 noon.  Some other events on Saturday are Horseshoe Tournament at 10:00 a.m. and Kids Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. As
always, the fair board works very hard to provide something for everyone, please come and enjoy the fair.

The Mega Band is back again this year and Wilson Family Show will entertain fairgoers with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions. Patrons can ride unlimited rides every day of the fair for
$50.00 (if purchased in advance the week before the fair at the Secretary’s office) or $60.00 during the fair. Grandpa Cratchet Stage Show will return again this year along with our Bike Give Away each day
of the fair and the Cake/Pie Walk.

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  Check out our website for more information about the fair at
www.whitesidecountyfair.org