The Howard County Fair is back with all the old favorites including rides, greasy fair food and Granpa Cratchet as well some new surprises. With live music every day, 4-H exhibits to explore and a new building in Pioneer Village to check out, the fair will offer a whole week of fun for all.

On Monday, watch KOI Drag Racing in the Northwest Grandstand. Registration and practice starts at 5 p.m. and eliminations start at 7 p.m. 4-H-ers will be showing poultry, rabbits, goats and swine in the Livestock Pavilion throughout the day. Don’t miss Pioneer Village’s new doctor’s office’s dedication at 6:30.

Monday is also pageant day. See the Miss Howard County Junior Queen, Little Miss Howard County Princess and Miss Howard County Fair Queen Pageants all on Monday evening.

On Tuesday evening, Miss Howard County Fair will be crowned after the evening gown competition.

Catch the Wildcat Cloggers in Pioneer Village also on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. as well as Rhum Academy students on the WWKI North Stage at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Showman 4-H competition will take place at 6:30, showcasing the best senior showmen for beef, goats, horses, sheep and swine.

Watch the talent contest at 7 p.m. and enter by July 9 to compete in it.

The Kokomo Civic Theatre will be giving fair-goers a treat Thursday evening when they perform show tunes on the WWKI North Stage. Then watch some smashing fun at the Demo Derby at the Northwest Grandstands at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, see ATV Barrel Racing or enter the race yourself. Watch Howard County Sheriff Department’s K9 demonstration at 5 or 8:35 p.m. to see smart dogs at work.

The 4-H horse and pony contest will start out your day on Saturday at 8 a.m. and the tractor pull at 7:30 will finish up the day.

Live music from a variety of bands will also be a focal point of the fair. In Pioneer Village, catch Medicinal Bluegrass Band, Cumberland Gap, The Stampede Band and Four on the Floor throughout the week.At the WWKI North Stage, Abundant Life Church Praise Band plays Monday and Friday. At the south grandstands, The Brandt Carmichael Band plays Thursday, Phil Dirt and the Dozers play Friday and The Time Travelers and Henry Lee Summer play Saturday.

For all times and locations of events, see the full calendar.

Midway wristbands are available online for $20 until July 7 at midnight. After July 7, wristbands are $25 online. Wristbands offer unlimited rides on one of the scheduled wristband days which are Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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