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Carroll County Fair 2014

carroll-county-fair-2014 map-buttonSchell Park
28374 Milledgeville Road
Milledgeville, Illinois 61051

62nd Annual Carroll County Fair
Join us August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – 2014

carroll-county-fair-adEstablished in 1952, the Carroll County Fair will mark its 62nd Anniversary in 2014. Who knew back then when Charlie Schell and his family provided the land east of Milledgeville, also known as Schell Park, that the Carroll County Fair would still be the great fair it is today.

To all past, present and future participants, officers, superintendents and volunteers, “Thank You” for your time and help to keep this wonderful, fun filled, family oriented county fair going.

Your patronage is very much appreciated, and we hope you will continue to support the Fair for generations to come.

The Carroll County Fair Association


 3:30 p.m. Judging: Education
 4:00 p.m. Community Church Service (Stage and Grandstand)
 6:00 p.m. Judging: Antiques

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Textiles & Fine Arts (Open & Junior) 
            Judging: Hobbies (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary O-1 only
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Carcass Show (on the hoof)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Farm Produce & Fruits (Open & Junior)
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Open Beef
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Junior Sheep Followed by Junior Wether Show
  9:00 a.m. Judging: Poultry
 10:30 a.m. Floriculture (Division 1 & Junior)
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Rabbits
  7:00 p.m. Judging: 4-H Livestock & Small Animal Auction (Poultry Building)
  7:00 p.m. Illini State Truck Pull & Tri County Pullers (mini rods)
            (FREE Grandstand)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Junior Beef
  8:00 a.m. Judging: Open Sheep & Open Market Lamb
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking (Open & Junior)
 11:00 a.m. Antique & Farmer Tractor Pull
  2:00 p.m. Style Show (Green Exhibition Building)
  6:00 p.m. Tractor Parade
  6:30 p.m. Badger State Tractor Pull (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Heifers (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Floriculture (Division II)
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking
  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Power Wheel Races followed by the Bicycle Races
  4:30 p.m. Ag Olympics (FREE Grandstand)
  7:30 p.m. Funky Munky Wrestling (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Cows (Open & Junior)
 11:30 a.m. Cow Classes in Milk
  7:00 p.m. Rout 38
  8:30 p.m. Tracy Lawrence in Concert (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

  8:30 a.m. Judging: Pleasure Horse Show Participants enter West Gate
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary (Baking) (Men’s Baking & Specialty Baking)
 12:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull Registration
  1:00 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
  1:00 p.m. Garden Tractor Pull (Grandstand)
  7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

Russell Jackson
Trinity Amusements

11:00 a.m. – Close
All day Wristband is $25.00
5:00 p.m. to Close Wristband is $18.00
Single tickets are $1.00

KIDS’ DAYS 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Upcoming Events


Savanna Shadfly Festival

Friday, August 22, 2014 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come to Marquette Park in downtown Savanna for a lighted boat parade on the Mississippi, music, beer tent, crafts, and more! Check out the Savanna in Motion Facebook page for more details.


Thomson’s Melon Days Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Come to the Heirloom Market & Cafe located along the Great River Road (Route 84) for bluegrass music, bounce houses, petting zoo, and lots of fun for all ages!


Mount Carroll Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit Mount Carroll’s website for an updated activity list.


Mount Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM

The Mount Carroll GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mount Carroll beginning at 1:00 PM.

Mayfest News Update

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Planning for 33rd Annual Mayfest


Plans for Mount Carroll’s 33rd annual Mayfest celebration over the Memorial Day weekend are well under way. The weekend family festival held on the campus of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies features live musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths, a food tent, and much more.

The festival is scheduled to begin Friday night, May 23, and continue throughout Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25. Live music performances scheduled for the weekend include the Mount Carroll Stage Band, The Matriarchs, The Fast Clydes and Bruce Kort & The Infarctions on Saturday.

The Matriarchs, a popular female folk trio from Jo Daviess County, will be on stage from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by The Fast Clydes, a 1950s rockabilly trio from the Dubuque, Iowa, area, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Authentic blues, jump and boogie music will be the mainstay of Bruce Kort & The Infarctions from 8 to 11 p.m. Band leader Kort, a popular local musician, formerly resided in Mount Carroll until moving to Scales Mound last year.

Local and area musicians will be on stage early Sunday afternoon, May 25, followed by The Legends, one of the tri-state’s top rockin’ oldies bands, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mount Carroll native John Zink, now living in California, returns to Mayfest for the Sunday night finale from 8 to 11 p.m. John Zink & The Carroll County All Stars will perform first, followed by Zink’s other band, Shyster.

Mayfest will kick-off Friday night, May 23, with West Carroll High School teacher and coach Bryant Suess providing DJ music from 6 to 9 p.m. The Rotary beer garden and Chamber wine garden will be open for business as well as some of the many food stands. Other Mayfest events will include a 5K Walk/Run Saturday morning, car show Sunday, an art show, arts and crafts throughout the weekend, children’s activities and a food tent featuring many culinary delights.

Mayfest buttons will go on sale around May 1 and admission prices for the entertainment gate remain the same as last year, $6 per person in advance and $8 per person Mayfest weekend. Children under 5 are free. The entertainment gate admission button is good all weekend.

Mayfest is coordinated by a steering committee under the auspices of the Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce. For more information, write or call: Mayfest, Ste. 1, 320 North Main Street, Mount Carroll,, 800-244-9594 or 815-244-2411.

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Summer in Carroll County


From your backyard to ours…

Looking for a reason to get in the car to enjoy a splendid summer day in the country? Look no further than Carroll County, Illinois. With so much to see, experience, and do, there’s no better reason, or season, to discover the hidden treasures and pleasures of this region than summer. When spring slips into summer, mile after magnificent mile of rolling hills and towering woodlands that make up our region transform into some of Illinois’ most spectacular summer visual offerings.

There’s no better time to visit Carroll County and experience the long, glorious, sun-drenched days of summer along the Mississippi River. Hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, camp, and swim in this beautiful setting. Rest and relax at one of our many bed and breakfasts, cabins, hotels, or vacation rental homes before the hectic holiday season begins.

This is a lovely time to visit Carroll County. Our charming hometown communities are gearing up for car shows, art shows, garden walks, summer festivals, performances at Timber Lake Playhouse, and the Carroll County Fair. From breakfast on the veranda and wine tastings to bonfires, our great lodging establishments offer all manner of seasonal fun.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic log cabin or one with a hot tub, a bed and breakfast with delicious homemade pastries or a motel with an 18 hole miniature golf course, Carroll County has what you need for a weekend getaway. So bring your bike, fishing pole, golf clubs, or your pocketbook, and cruise on into Carroll County to enjoy the simple things in life.

We’re located just 30 minutes from Galena, 60 minutes from Rockford, and 90 minutes from Chicagoland. Carroll County is a perfect distance for a getaway before the season changes and life gets busy. We hope to see you soon!