It’s a great annual event in Jackson County and is anticipated with much fanfare and excitement.

The Jackson County Jr. Fair is all about local youth said John Curry, president of the Fair Association.

“It’s a great event for the youth of Jackson County. Sometimes people forget that is all for the kids,” Curry commented.

The Fair has an outstanding lineup with something for every member of the family. Fair goers can enjoy the nightly entertainment or watch some of the many events including the horse pull, mud bog, tractor pull, ATV race, pie auction, 4-wheel drive pull, semi pull and the carnival.

The Jackson County Jr. Fair opens Monday, July 23, and runs through Saturday, July 28.

The gates open each morning at 7:30. Exhibit halls close nightly at 9 p.m. The cost of daily admission for adults (ages 12 and over) is $8 and tickets for youth (ages 2-11) are $5. Children under 2 are admitted free. This is the daily rate. This admission does not include admission to the Carnival as those tickets must be purchased separately at the carnival ticket booth.

The carnival hours differ from those of the Fair. The carnival is open Tuesday through Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. There will be no refunds issued due to rain.

Season passes are available for purchase through Sunday, July 22. Adult (ages 12 and over) passes are $25. Youth (ages 2-11) are $10. You can purchase a season pass at the following locations:

21 Country Market, Adkins RVs, Bridgeport Equipment, C-Mart, City National Bank, Farmer’s Feed, J-Mart, New York Life, Premier Bank (Ravenswood and both Ripley locations), Ravenswood Drug , Right Thyme Herbs & Oils, Riverbend Farm & Home Supply, Ron’s Car Clinic , United Bank, Wesbanco, and Your Family Restaurant.

One of the main attractions will be the livestock sale on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. running late through the evening, usually to around 11 p.m. Last year’s sale netted over $500,000 with those proceeds going to the many young exhibitors.

Opening day is packed with 4-H events. Musical entertainment for that evening features the Journey Tribute Band, Trial By Fire beginning at 8 p.m.

The band Blackhawk is set to perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday evening features two concerts. First will be Denny Strickland performing at 7 p.m. and he’ll be followed by Eric Paslay at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday July 26 also features two shows. First will be Garth Brooks daughter, Allie Colleen at 7 p.m. and then at 8:30 p.m., Brandon Lay will take the stage.

The band Openrail will be performing Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.

Saturday includes two concerts. Dillon Carmichael will be performing at 7 p.m. and Ben Haggard will entertain beginning at 9 p.m. Haggard is the son of the late Country legend Merle Haggard.

The Fair will close with a fireworks show Saturday night beginning at 11 p.m.

The Jackson County Jr. Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Cottageville located on Route 62 about 7 miles from I-77 (Exit 138/Ripley).

For more information visit the Jr. Fair’s new website at jacksoncountyjrfair.com