Ripley Co. Fair Aug. 3-6

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

With early predictions of soaring temperatures and rain for the first week of August, it’s unclear whether the Ripley County Fair will start out as a scorcher or a scalder.

In either case, fair board members have put together a four-day schedule of traditional and new crowd-pleasers that will make it worthwhile to leave the comfort of home, come out to the Ripley County Fairgrounds and get involved.

Admission for adults will be $5 on Wednesday and Thursday and $10 Friday and Saturday; and $3 for children ages 6 and up. Children five and under are admitted free.

Set-up for the exhibits will begin Tuesday, Aug. 2. The gates will open at 10 a.m., to those with non-livestock entries. Home eonomics, fine and assorted arts and craft items may be brought in any time, as late as 8 p.m.

The fair will officially begin Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the traditional flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. Livestock entries may be brought in and registered, with a noon deadline for registering 4-H and FFA market livestock.

Judging for non-livestock entries will take place at 10 a.m., during which time those exhibits will be closed to the public.

However, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the gates will open and the fun will begin.

A pageant, a coon treeing contest and loggers’ relay race will be the featured activities for Wednesday night.

The coon treeing contest offers the perfect setting for that barking dog that never shuts up. The event will be held at 6 p.m., in the Crawford Price Arena, followed by the loggers’ relay at 7:30 p.m.

Fair royalty will be crowned from among pageant entries in six categories, as follows:

Baby Fair Queen (birth to age 11 months) at 5:30 p.m., Tiny Fair Queen (ages 1-3) at 6 p.m., Little Fair Queen (ages 4-7) at 6:30 p.m., Young Miss Fair Queen (ages 8-12) at 7 p.m., Junior Miss Fair Queen (ages 13-15) at 7:30 p.m., and Ripley County Fair Queen (ages 16-20) at 8 p.m.

According to sponsors Sigma Xi Sorority, those who have not already registered, will pay an entry fee of $25 that night.

On Thursday, the gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. All livestock will be judged beginning at 4 p.m. for sheep and goats; 5 p.m. for pigs, and 6 p.m. for cattle.

In lieu of a carnival adults and children of any age can enjoy the inflatable park, which opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday (and also Friday night, and opens at noon on Saturday).

Singer Glen Thurman will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bull Bust rodeo action at 7:30 p.m.

Fair board member Warren Bland states, “The books open for Bull Bust registration on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To enter, riders need to contact Todd Wood at Chalk Bluff Rodeo in Dexter.” Wood can be reached at 573-624-2830.

Categories and fees are as follows: Calf riding (ages 10 and under), $16; steer riding (ages 11-14), $18; chute dogging, $22; and open bulls, $40.

On Friday, the gates open at 2 p.m. Later that evening at 6 p.m., 4-H and FFA livestock will be auctioned to the highest bidders.

Demolition derby, an old favorite among fairgoers, will be returning this year. The derby will round out the evening’s entertainment on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The event will offer $3,500 in prize money plus added money with entry fee. Contact Bluff Power Sports at 573-785-0146 for vehicle specifications and rules.

Fairgoers are encouraged to come back Saturday at 8 a.m., visit the Whitwell Building for the Doniphan Key Club pancake breakfast, then stay all day.

There will be much to offer in regard to old-fashioned, wholesome family entertainment, but some of the events overlap. It’s best to watch the schedule closely to make sure not to miss any favorite events.

Youngsters will need to register at 8:30 a.m., for kid’s day activities, and horse judging will begin at 9 a.m.

While this is all taking place, adults will be invited to pit their skills in horse shoe pitching and a corn hole toss, also at 9 a.m.

Kids Day competitions begin at 9:30 a.m., and may include bubble blowing, water balloon toss and other contests that appeal to children.

Finishing off the kids’ activities will be a family tug-of-war play-off. After that, a mini tractor pulling contest will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Featured also among the stationary exhibits will be a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A benefit auction will be held at noon, with all proceeds going to the fair board to help with expenses.

Handmade exhibits will close at 3 p.m., just in time to enjoy a fish fry dinner hosted by the Purman Fire Department at 4 p.m.

The fair will end with a truck pull at 7 p.m. The winner will walk away with $3,000 plus added money.

According to Leroy Reddin, who coordinated the event, “The money will be divided up equally among all the classes.”

Reddin, who has been involved in competitive truck pulls for 25 years, says, “for several reasons, we expect this to be a bigger truck pull than any of the past events.”

WW Promotions is providing the sled, “The Intimidator.”

“This equipment is set up better than anything I have ever seen. It takes off easy and stops smoothly,” he says.

Reddin says, “There will be no cost to hook up to the sled. The fair board will pay hook fees. This is the only time you’ll see anything like that. And, there will be a hometown class for gas and diesel.”

He says, “Everyone will get to pull. Bring whatever you have and register by 6:30 p.m., at the fairgrounds on Saturday night.”

For more information about fair events, check out their website at

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