press releases

August 11, 2021
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
21-09

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 starts on Tuesday, August 17th and completes after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 21st. The 150th 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.

All Star Animal Revue with Pig Races Daily

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.

Friday – Morrison Fire – Grain bin rescue

Saturday – Kid’s water fights

Carnival Ride Wristband Days – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm for a cost of $25.00 Each day.

Carnival Ride MEGA BAND (Anytime carnival is open) Pre-Fair $50.00 and Week of the Fair $60.00

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 150 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

August 5, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 150th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH STARTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 17th, AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 21st, WILL HONOR WILLIAM MCKINNEY FICKLING AS FRIEND 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. 

The Whiteside County Fair Board is pleased to announce that our 2021 Friend of the Fair is William McKinney Fickling, better known in Whiteside County as “Corndog Billy.”

Billy and his family hail from Hughes Springs, Texas, which he says is the corndog capital of the world. Billy has been coming to our fair, which he describes as “wonderful,” for 30+ years! It is a pleasure to honor him with this title at our 150th Fair. Billy is a friend of many here in Whiteside County, and he is best known for his big smile and radiant personality, as well as the tasty treats he brings to the Fair. His kindness is appreciated by all and working with him over the years has been a privilege.

Billy’s love for the Whiteside County Fair stems from “all of the nice people here,” and he says our fairgrounds is “one of the prettiest fairgrounds” he gets to work on. He also shared that when he gets to Morrison, he and his family feel like they are at home. Billy and his family say that they are grateful to be a big part of our fair, but those of us who have munched on a corndog, enjoyed a lemonade shakeup, or indulged in a funnel cake can agree that we are just as grateful for Billy and his family.

The Whiteside County Fair Board would like to thank Billy for all the wonderful, fun-filled years, and we look forward to many more!

Congratulations to our 2021 Friend of the Fair, “Corndog Billy!”

August 2, 2021
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
21-06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR OFFICE HOURS FOR ENTRIES AND TICKET SALES

 

MORRISON –Whiteside County Fair office will be open for business beginning Monday, Aug. 9th, for the entire week prior to the 150th annual Whiteside County Fair which kicks off Aug. 17th.

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. 9th through Friday, Aug. 13th. Saturday, August 14th 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 9th through Monday, August 16th. 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 2021 Whiteside County Fair.

Reserved grandstand seating for Saturday night’s demolition derby will go on sale Monday, August 9th 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. Reserved seating may be purchased on line beginning Tuesday August 10th at Eventbrite.com. 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. Reserved

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 6-11 years of age must purchase a $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. All entries close on Saturday August 14, 2021

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 $10.00 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 17th 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.

 

July 24, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR DEMO DERBY RESERVED SEATING AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE AND IN PERSON FOR 2021

MORRISON – The 150th Annual Whiteside County Fair runs Tuesday August 17th through Saturday August 21st. As in years past, reserved seating for the Demo Derby will go on sale the week preceding the fair on Monday August 9th. Ticket sales on Monday, August 9th can only be made in person at the fair office located on the fairgrounds between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 Beginning Tuesday August 10th, tickets will be available in person or online utilizing Eventbrite.com. Either visit www.whitesidecountyfair.org  and look for the link “Demo Derby Reserved Seating” on the home page or go to Eventbrite.com and search for Whiteside County.  Reserved seats are $8.00. Handling fees are added to on line purchases.

Mega Bands and season passes will be available for purchase the week preceding the fair but must be purchased in person at the fair office. Mega Bands are $50 if purchased before the fair opens on Tuesday August 17th, $60 after. Entries can be delivered to the office during this week as well.   

Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org

July 21, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON — The Whiteside County 150th Fair is less than a month away and another impressive lineup of entertainment is in place that is sure to wow all crowds! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 17th and completes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 21st, and you will not want to miss it!! The 150th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions and something for everyone. 

Tuesday, August 17th 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 at 10:00 a.m., Open Swine Judging at Noon & Jr. Swine Judging at 4:30 p.m., Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. we welcome HOME FREE to the stage!!! All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free have made their mark on the music scene, racking up nearly 600,000 album equivalents globally; embarking on major international tours; amassing 399.2+ MILLION views and over 1 MILLION subscribers on YouTube; and being declared “Country music fans’ favorite a cappella group” (Taste of Country). Other events are the Western Horse speed events which will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. the Dairy will be judged.

Thursday, August 19th the evening grandstand entertainment will surely amaze the crowd as the daredevils from the U.S. FMX Freestyle Motocross show perform their stunts and tricks that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle – Jr. Show 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 Hitches including 4 Horse at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, August 20th 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.  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 Horse and Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 21st at 6:30 p.m., the car crushing, adrenaline pumping, 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 Kids Tractor Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. & Wood Carving Auction at 4:00 p.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. 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. New to the Fair this year, we welcome All Star Barnyard Revue, which includes pig racing and a barnyard animal show that is sure to entertain all ages. 

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

June 25, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2021 – 150th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 17th THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 21st 

MORRISON – 2021 Entry Information.  Online entries are now being accepted for the 150th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 17th – 21st.  The Whiteside County Fair no longer publishes Premium Books, but the pages are available online at www.whitesidecountyfair.org  Look for the “Entries/Premiums” at the top right corner of the website page and click on it 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.

Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org

 

May 18, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-02

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 MORRISON — After a year of waiting, we are excited to FINALLY announce our musical entertainment for the 150th Whiteside County Fair! Returning to the stage on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, is our fan favorite, Home Free!!!

All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free have made their mark on the music scene, racking up nearly 600,000 album equivalents globally; embarking on major international tours; amassing 399.2+ MILLION views and over 1 MILLION subscribers on YouTube; and being declared “Country music fans’ favorite a cappella group” (Taste of Country). The band’s November 6 album release, WARMEST WINTER (Home Free Records), features 12 holiday staples and Home Free originals, all perfect for the festive season. This new project followed the acclaimed group’s DIVE BAR SAINTS album, which arrived at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart. Home Free’s extensive catalog spotlights six Top 10 albums, including TIMELESS, FULL OF (EVEN MORE) CHEER, FULL OF CHEER, COUNTRY EVOLUTION, and their breakout debut CRAZY LIFE (2014). With praise rolling in from the likes of Billboard, Rolling Stone, FOX & Friends and American Songwriter the extraordinary showmen have continued to build a loyal fanbase with their harmony-laden versions of hits by John Mayer, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more.

 Please continue to check the Whiteside County Fair Facebook page and website at

www.whitesidecountyfair.org for updates.

April 5, 2021

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

21-01

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 MORRISON — The Whiteside County Fair is pleased to inform you that we are working diligently to prepare for the 150th Fair. An impressive line-up of entertainment is on tap at this year’s fair and is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 17th and concludes after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 21st.  The 150th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, will include an outstanding carnival, amazing food, games, livestock,  harness racing, a large variety of exhibits, a lineup of evening entertainment that is sure to please and much much more!  It was a difficult decision to cancel last year’s fair due to the Covid-19 restrictions and we are excited for the Fair to return in 2021. We will continue to monitor the status of Covid-19 in the coming months and will adhere to the guidelines and regulations of our State to assist in maintaining the safety for all who attend.  Be on the lookout for future press releases or visit our Facebook page as we begin to release the sensational entertainment line-up for the 150th Fair.  We greatly appreciate you supporting the Whiteside County Fair and look forward to everyone joining the festivities in celebrating 150 years of heritage, community, family and fun! Without your continued support, the success of our fair would not be possible.

 Please continue to check the Whiteside County Fair Facebook page and website at

www.whitesidecountyfair.org for updates.

July 9, 2020

Whiteside County Fair Press 

Release 20-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Whiteside County Fairboard made a difficult decision and has canceled the 2020 Whiteside County Fair due to Illinois requirements pertaining to COVID-19.

Illinois’s 5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan specifically addresses fairs and festivals. In order to be able to have a fair, our region must be in Phase 5; currently we are in Phase 4. The Requirements for entering Phase 5 include a vaccine, effectively and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors. Unfortunately, Illinois is simply not there yet.

The Board held out as long as we could to make this decision. We had genuine hopes of an improvement in the situation that would allow us to hold the 2020 fair in August. Simply put, our ability to have the Fair this year is not possible. We exhausted every avenue we could to try to make it happen this year, but the circumstances do not allow for it.

We know many of you will be relieved to hear this, and we know many of you will be upset, and some maybe both. We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year, but the health and safety of the fair goers, exhibitors, vendors, entertainers and volunteers have been our highest priority during this evaluation process. We will be back August 17th-21st, 2021 and more than ready to celebrate the 150th fair with all of you.

April 28, 2020

Whiteside County Fair Press Release

20-01

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 18th and concludes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 21st. The 150th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions in the lineup for this year. With the current global circumstance that is COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as summer progresses and adhere to the guidelines and regulations of our State when the time comes. Ultimately the health and safety of our fair-goers is our utmost concern, and that will be our greatest consideration as we move forward. Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair! Without your continued support, the success of our fair would be very challenging to maintain.

Please continue to check the Whiteside County Fair Facebook page and website atwww.whitesidecountyfair.org for updates.