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July 6, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-03

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2017 ENTRY INFORMATION IS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 147th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 15th THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th

MORRISON – 2017 Entry Information.  Online entries are now being accepted for the 147th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 15th – 19th.  The Whiteside County Fair will no longer publish
Premium Books but the pages are available online at www.whitesidecountyfair.org  Look for the “NEW” arrow and click on “Entries/Premiums” for all the information you need.  There is over $121,000 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 in.  This must be delivered to Secretary’s Office the week
before 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. We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause but we hope you understand.

Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
Aug. 4, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-07   

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AT THE WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 147th ANNUAL EVENT, RUNNING AUGUST 15-19

 MORRISON – 147th Annual Whiteside County Fair that opens the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 15, and runs through the Saturday, Aug. 19, 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 7th through Monday, August 14th.  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 2017 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
May 5, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-02

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair is only three months away and we are all set with another impressive line up of entertainment! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 15th and completes after five
amazing days on Saturday, August 19th, and you won't want to miss it!! The 147th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions and something for everyone.

Get ready for STREET CORNER SYMPHONY on Wednesday night, as their vocal harmonies will no doubt wow the crowd!! This contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded in
2010 to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition the SING-OFF, quickly won over the judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger(The Pussycat Dolls), and-Most
Importantly-Millions of NBC primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella. Since their success on the SING-OFF, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark
on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world, and even working with major artists including Ben Folds,
Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

On Thursday, Solution Action Sports will ride into the fairgrounds with a FMX Motorcycle show that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as the high flying FMX motorcycles will compete by performing various
tricks in front of the grandstands to earn your support. They will be sure to amaze, as they perform their aerial acrobatics leaving all who watch in awe! Look for more information in the coming weeks at the
fairs website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org or “LIKE” us on Facebook.

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

Tuesday, August 15th this ain't no bull, as the 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., Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30 p.m., Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m., and Rabbit Judging at 6:
00 p.m

Wednesday, August 16th Street Corner Symphony will take the stage in front of the grandstand 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 17th the evening grandstand entertainment will be Solution Action Sports FMX Motorcycle 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.

Friday, August 18th 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 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, 4, and Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 19th, 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 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 $5000 (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 www.whitesidecountyfair.org
July 31, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-06   

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  MORRISON –Antique tractor buffs will have a heyday at this year’s 147th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 15-19.

  Display your Antique Tractor at this year’s Whiteside County Fair.  Each participant will receive a 147th 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. 18th.  Anyone displaying their Antique Farm Tractor at the 2017 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
July 27, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-05

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

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. 7th, for the entire week prior to the 147th annual
Whiteside County Fair which kicks off Aug. 15th.

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. 7th through Friday, Aug. 11th.  Saturday, August 12th 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 7th through Monday, August 14th.  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 2017 Whiteside County Fair.

Reserve grandstand seating for Saturday night’s demolition derby will go on sale Monday, August 7th 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 $121,000 in premiums, purses and prizes.  The entry forms are
available at banks throughout Whiteside County and they will be available the week before the fair at the fair office.  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 15th with the western horse show at the “Gold Star F.S. 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.
July 18, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-04

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 147th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH STARTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 15th, AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th, WILL HONOR THE MORRISON ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

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 the Morrison Athletic Boosters as “2017 Friend of the Fair”.  For well over 30 years the Morrison Athletic Boosters have provided large numbers of volunteers to
manage the gates.  They are the Greeters to everyone who attends the fair.

They have manned food stands and provided help where ever, when ever asked.  Numerous members have offered help and personal equipment whenever they see a hand is needed.

Thank you to all the Morrison Athletic Boosters and community members who have pitched in over the years.  Your help is very much appreciated!

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

Tuesday, August 15th this ain't no bull, as the 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., Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30 p.m., Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m., and Rabbit Judging at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16th Street Corner Symphony, an a cappella group from Nashville, Tennessee who appeared on NBC’s show “The Sing-Off” will take the stage in front of the grandstand 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 17th the evening grandstand entertainment will be Solution Action Sports FMX Motorcycle Stunt 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.

Friday, August 18th 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. following the Friend of the Fair Presentation.  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 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, 4, and
Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 19th, 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 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 the week prior to the fair at the Secretary’s office) or $60.00 during the fair. Granpa 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 have been successful and been able to continue for the last 147 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 www.whitesidecountyfair.org
March 1, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-01       

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair has been very busy preparing for an impressive line-up of entertainment at this year’s fair and it is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August
15th and concludes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 19th.  The 147th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions in the lineup for this year.

First we would like to thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair! Without your continued support, the success of our fair would be very challenging to maintain. Due to the State of Illinois failing to
pass a budget, the Whiteside County Fair again needs your help. In today's world, the increased use of technology is all around us, so this year the Whiteside County Fair will not be publishing a fair book.
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. We apologize for any
inconvenience that this might cause but we hope you understand.

Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
August 9, 2017
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
17-08

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

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 15th and
completes after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 19th.  The 147th 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.

Fire Department display from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Tuesday – Fulton FD – Fire Safety House
Wednesday – Tampico, Prophetstown, Lyndon, Erie FD’s – Auto Extrication
Thursday – Sterling FD, Rock Falls FD & CGH Ambulance – Fire extinguisher & Fire Truck
Friday – Morrison – Grain Bin Rescue
Saturday – Clinton & Camanche FD’s – Fire Safety House

Cake & Pie Walk Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 4:00 pm.
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.
Livestock Judged Tuesday – Friday.  Check the website schedule for specific times.
Bingo Nightly 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

50/50 tickets available for purchase.  Proceeds to support the Whiteside County Fair and Morrison Boosters. Tickets available for purchase in the fair offices or from Fair Directors and
Morrison Boosters.

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
147 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 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