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Saturday Fair Schedule - August 26th, 2017

Gates Open: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Exhibit Halls: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
1-5 pm Armbands $23 unlimited rides
5-11 pm Armbands $23 unlimited rides

Featured Grandstand Event

More Information Less Information Demolition Derby Team Heats 11:00am
Sponsored by: Spring Valley City Bank, Heartland Autobody, Birkeys Farm Store. Dakota Street Insurance, Central Bank
Grandstand Event

Demolition Derby at The Bureau County Fair Download the Demolition Derby Flyer
Download the Demolition Derby Rules
Download the Demolition Derby Wire Class Rules

Each year, the Bureau County Fair hosts one of the premier County Fair Demolition Derbies, consistently attracting over 80 participants from across the Midwest and selling out our grandstand.

If you have any questions regarding the Demolition Derby Rule, please contact Rob Mahnesmith at (309) 285-4710.

Tickets: (Gates open at 10:30am)

  • Single Show: General Grandstand Admission: $15.00 / Reserved Box Seating: $20.00
  • $25 Pit Passes
  • No Refunds

Entry Fee:

  • $800.00 per Team
  • $50.00
  • No Refunds

Team Derby cars must be signed in by 8:00am
Fair cars must be signed in by 3:00pm

Classes and Guaranteed Payouts:

First place is guaranteed unless stated.

All Payouts are minimum. All prize money is guaranteed and goes up with more paid entrants.

  • Weld Class: 1500.00 to Win
  • Compacts: 700.00
  • Patch Wire Class w/ passenger: 1000.00 to Win
  • Beginner Wire Class w/ passenger: $500
    Rules: 15-18 years old or similar skill set.
  • Trucks 500.00 to Win
  • 5 Foot Cars: $500 to win

Download the Demolition Derby Flyer
Download the Demolition Derby Rules
Download the Demolition Derby Wire Class Rules

Other Special Events

More Information Less Information Bureau County Fair BBQ Rib Cook-Off12:00 - 4:00pm
Goat Barn

Bureau County Fair BBQ Rib Cook-OffSite: Goat Barn. Please use east gate behind Beck's West gas station.

  • Meat inspection between 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.
  • Only one entry per grill.
  • Use of charcoal & wood(s) only - NO electric grills and/or smokers.
  • No pre-seasoning, marinating or pre-cooking allowed.
  • Turn in time will be 12:55 - 1:05 p.m. inside the infield tent.
  • Cooking sites will be assigned/chosen upon arrival.
  • Entry platter will be assigned mid-morning, with each contestant's own entry number.
  • A "turn-in" of a minimum of eight or more bone-in pork ribs will be expected.
  • Entries will be judged on a scale of 1 thru 9, with 5 being the median/average upon presentation, tenderness and taste-hence a perfect score would be a cumulative 27 points. (Based upon "Kansas City Barbeque Society" judging criteria.)
  • To preserve neutrality, each entry will not be judged/compared to another - rather as its own entity.
  • Clean, safe handling of meat a must!!
  • Meat can be ordered through the fair by calling Craig Hoffman at 815-878-1129
  • Winners will be announced at 3:30 - 4:00 PM on site.

BBQ Cook Off Rules and registration Form

Please contact Craig Hoffman at 815-878-1129 for more information.

More Information Less Information Power Wheels Demo4:30pm
More Information Less Information Carnival by North American Midway Entertainment 1:00pm to Close
Carnival Area

The Bureau County Fair proudly presents North American Midway Entertainment. From the Dade County Fair in Florida, the Illinois State Fair, and then up to Canada, North American Midway Entertainment has provided the most outstanding Carnival Attraction in North America. Don't miss the tremendous Carnival Midway at The Bureau County Fair!

Arm Band Information

1:00pm - 5:00pm, Armbands $23 unlimited rides.
5:00pm - Close, Armbands $23 unlimited rides.

View Additional Carnival Information and Images Here!

More Information Less Information Forgotten Highway - Country Music9:00pm - 11:00pm
Near Grandstand

Forgotten Highway at The Bureau County FairWhile visiting the Beer Garden, make sure to stick around for the Country Music of crowd favorite Forgotten Highway.

About the Band

The perfect harmony between today's modern country hits and yesterdays country classics, Forgotten Highway prides itself on being able to successfully walk the line between the two worlds. Combining the guitar sounds of the 1950's and integrating them with modern country and acoustic instruments has given Forgotten Highway one of the most unique sounds on the music scene today.

Teaming up with some of the youngest and most talented musicians in Southern Wisconsin has allowed front men Erik and Andrew the opportunity to create and refine a sound that is as wonderful and unique as anything that comes out of Nashville today. Performing at Country on the River and playing on main stages of church festivals and 4th of July parties after touring for only 2 years seemed to be the pinnacle of their success, but Forgotten Highway has made it clear that they are not at all done, and are scheduled to open for Phil Vassar, Tyler Farr, and Sawyer Brown over the course of the 2014 tour season.

Forgotten Highway is a name you won't forget!

Cake Walk 9:00pm
Fair Office

Free Daily Attractions

Throughout the week of the fair, We are proud to present a number of events scattered throughout the grounds sure to entertain those of all ages!

These events are free of charge with gate admission!

More Information Less Information Farmer for a Day Free Show! All Day
Presented by Bureau County Farm Bureau
Exhibit Hall 4

Farmer for a Day at The Bureau County FairA favorite of the little ones each year, Exhibit Hall #4, adjacent to the Allen building, has an area for kids to learn what it's like to live on a farm participating in various fun and interesting activities.

Open daily during fair hours.

More Information Less Information Tim & Karen Barker, Chain Saw Artist Free Show! 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm
Presented by Timber Falls Tree Service

Tim & Karen Barker, Chainsaw Artist at The Bureau County Fair Tim & Karen Barker, Chainsaw Artist will dazzle visitors with their unique wood carving skills every day of the fair, turning six-foot logs into a wide variety of detailed figures.

Karen perform 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 12:30 Sunday. Carving Auction will be held at 2:30pm Sunday.

2 benches will be auctioned off during the fair!

Tim & Karen Barker, Chainsaw Artist at The Bureau County Fair

More Information Less Information Wild World of AnimalsFree Show! 2:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm
Presented by Heartland Bank, AgView FS, Mid American McDonalds & Variety Attractions.

Wild World of Animals ShowYou won't want to miss this fast-paced, entertaining and educational show featuring a variety of animals -- reptiles, birds and mammals -- including: American alligator, alligator snapping turtle, albino monocle cobra, reticulated python, European eagle owl, blue and gold macaw, opossum, binturong, spot-nose guenon (monkey) and an African spotted leopard or hyena.

Using Volunteers and Laughs, it is sure to be a family favorite at this year's fair.

Learn More at!

As seen on The Meredith Vieira Show below!

Beer Garden3:00pm - Closing
Presented by Tiskilwa Community Association
Near Grandstand

Free Hospitality Events

All Events held at the Hospitality Tent are free of charge with gate admission for your enjoyment!

More Information Less Information Talent Show 1:00pm
Hospitality Tent

Talent Show at The Bureau County FairBureau County Fair Grandstand

  • Junior Class - 14 and Under
  • Senior Class - 15 - 21
  • Groups or Solo
  • Any talent including: dancing, singing, bands, tumbling, or magic

Free Admission with Gate Admission

Talent Show Rules & Entry Form.

Applications are due Aug. 24th.

Winners will compete in Springfield for State Title in January.

For info or applications, call 815 866-8598.

Generics Rocking Robin Band - 50's, 60's & R&R3:00pm - 5:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank, GES Productions & Sound Services
Hospitality Tent
Henry Henry Torpedo Boys - Bluegrass6:00pm - 7:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank, GES Productions & Sound Services
Hospitality Tent
212 Band - Classic Rock8:00pm - 10:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank, GES Productions & Sound Services
Hospitality Tent

Livestock Events

View the Fair Book for specific livestock class rules, requirments and information.

Horse Speed Show9:00am
McCutchan Arena
Beef & Steer, open show10:00am