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Saturday Fair Schedule - August 25th, 2018

Gates Open: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Exhibit Halls: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
1-5 pm Armbands $25 unlimited rides
5-11 pm Armbands $25 unlimited rides

Featured Grandstand Event

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Prescott Brothers proudly present this year's
Demolition Derby 5:00pm
Sponsored by: Psycho Silo Saloon, MC Jones Concrete, Spring Valley City Bank, St. Margaret's Hospital, Central Bank, Manlius Oil, Martin Chiropractic, & Norberg Monuments
Grandstand Event

Demolition Derby at The Bureau County Fair 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.


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

Entry Fee:

  • $50.00
  • No Refunds

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.

  • Beginners age (15-21) $1000 to win
  • Open wire $2000 to win
  • Open Patch Class $1000 to win
  • Wite Mini Vans $500 to win
  • Weld Compacts $500 to win
  • Wire Compacts $500 to win
  • Fair Class Weld $500 to win
  • Five Foot Class $500 to win
  • 200% payback

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!

Cake Walk 9:00pm
Fair Office
More Information Less Information Snap Shot in Concert9:30pm
Near Grandstand

Snap Shot in ConcertFollowing the Demo.....

Come out the Bureau County Fair Saturday Night and enjoy your favorite Rock hits with one of the area's best live bands, Snap Shot! Always a fan favorite!

Additional information about Snapshot can be found on their webpage at!

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 Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Chain Saw Artist Free Show! 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm
Presented by Timber Falls Tree Service

Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Chain Saw Artist at The Bureau County Fair Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Chain Saw 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.

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More Information Less Information Close Encounters of the Exotic KindFree Show! 2:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm
Presented by Heartland Bank, Michlig Grain, AgView FS, Tractor Suppply Co, St. Margaret's Hospital, Flowers by Julia, Mid American McDonalds and Agrigold.

Close Encounters of the Exotic KindFor 36 years the von duke family has proudly demonstrated fine care and training of the biggest exotic cats in the world. join us during your own close encounter at one of our big cat performances!

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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) 228-8010.

Talent Show1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank
Hospitality Tent
Steve Hargis - Country3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank
Hospitality Tent
Henry Torpedo Boys - Bluegrass5:30pm - 6:30pm
Presented by Midland States Bank
Hospitality Tent
212 Band - Classic Rock8:00pm - 10:00pm
Presented by Midland States Bank
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