ST. CHARLES – The exhilarated cries of people on carnival rides, the earthy smell of 4-H animals and the taste of carnival food will all be packed in to the Kane County Fair from July 20 to 23 in St. Charles.
But that can’t happen to its full extent if the weather is bad.
All the events at the fair are heavily dependent upon weather. As of July 5, the Weather Channel was predicting an average of 84 degrees for each day.
“When you have a venue like the fair, the weather is very important,” Kane County Fair Board President Larry Breon said. “100 degrees or raining isn’t good for the fair, so I’m hoping for around 75 degrees and clear skies.”
If the weather is good, the fair has plenty to do. There’ll be various 4-H competitions, carnival rides to go on, live music and much more at the fairgrounds, located at 525 Randall Road.
Samantha Lind, 13, and Thomas Lind, 8, of Maple Park, will be competing in some of the 4-H events. Samantha Lind will be competing in the horse, rabbit, cooking, woodworking and flower arrangement sections of 4-H, while Thomas Lind will be involved in the rabbit and woodworking events.
Both are excited for the fair.
“It’s lots of fun, and you get to learn a lot about your projects,” Thomas Lind said.
“[I’m] looking to win something in horse, rabbit and woodworking,” Samantha Lind said.
Before the fair starts, there will be a pre-Kane County Fair customer appreciation night from 3 to 10 p.m. July 19, which will feature no gate admission and $20 unlimited carnival rides.
Cost for the fair July 20 is $5 for those age 3 and older and free for those 2 and younger and military members with ID. Seniors 62 and older also are free until 5 p.m. Buying unlimited carnival rides for $20 includes Kane County Fair admission, if purchased at the gate from 3 p.m. to close.
From July 21 to 23, cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and younger. The carnival will offer unlimited rides from noon to 5 p.m. for $20.
July 23 also will offer specials from 6 p.m. to close: $5 admission and $15 "Last Blast" unlimited carnival rides.
There are also specials on the Kane County Fair website – www.kanecountyfair.com – available until the day prior to the fair.
The bands and musicians that will play the Kane County Fair are 7th Heaven on July 20, Hi-Infidelity and Eric Chesser on July 21, Vertical Jam and Hillbilly Rockstarz on July 22, and Mariachi Universal and One Night Band on July 23.
Also featured on July 23 will be the demolition derby, a classic at the fair.
There will also be free events throughout the fair. Two free events feature animals: a Bengal tiger show and the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs show.
Breon said the tiger show is new to the fair.
“They’ll talk about the animals and their habitats,” Breon said. “It’s a nice show and well taken care of.”
Breon was also excited for the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds to be open for the fair. He said there will be items set up for youth to practice sports such as basketball, baseball and soccer.
“I’m excited ... that we have the Prairie Events Center for the youth and to see what people will think at the end of it,” Breon said.