The Jackson County Junior Fair is coming back. Here are five events to look out for

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
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The Jackson County Junior Fair is an opportunity for all ages to gather and celebrate the hard work of farmers and livestock raisers. Last year's fair was canceled because of COVID, but this year's celebration is coming back in full force. 

The fair will last from July 26 to 31 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Here are five of the most anticipated events, according to Mike Ruben, Ripley's Convention and Visitor Bureau director. 

1. Market livestock sale

At 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, the market livestock sale will begin in the show arena. Everything from hogs to rabbits will be for sale at this year's auction. 

Ruben said in an email that this is "THE" event for FFA and 4-H members. 

Here's what's expected to be for sale at this year's market:

  • Goats
  • Heifers
  • Lambs
  • Rabbits
  • Steers
  • Hogs

John Curry, the Jackson County Junior Fair president, said the fair raises more and more money every year with the livestock sale. In 2019, the sale generated more than $600,000. Curry said a small portion of that money goes toward fair operations and the rest goes back to the FFA and 4-H members. 

2. Rodeo 

This year's rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 26, on the pull track. Curry said this event has always brought large crowds in the past. 

In previous years the rodeo has included the following events:

  • Cattle pinning
  • Calf roping
  • Bull riding 

3. Demolition derby

Curry said the demolition derby has become more popular over the years. People get cars from a junkyard, strip them down and weld the doors shut for the derby. 

"They beat around on each other until only one is left running," Curry said.

All participants in the demolition derby must have their vehicles inspected on the pull track at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. The derby will begin at 7 p.m. The entry fee is $50.  

4. Truck & tractor pull 

This year's tractor and truck pulls are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31, on the pull track. 

"We really have a big crowd for that," Curry said. 

Sleds are attached to the back of the tractors, and as they drive, the weight on the sled increases and eventually the tractor can't move anymore. The tractor that moves the farthest distance wins. The same thing happens with the truck pulls. 

5. Concerts 

From July 26 to July 31, seven bands will perform at the fair. Here's the lineup:

  • Southern Draw - July 26
  • John Schneider - July 27
  • Matt Stell - July 28
  • Shenandoah - July 29
  • The Isaacs - July 30
  • Dan Smalley - July 31
  • Tyler Booth - July 31

The Jackson County Junior Fair has more than 80 events scheduled. Visit the website at www.jacksoncountyjrfair.org/ to see what else is happening. 

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.