Prairie Home Fair celebrates 98 years

The Prairie Home Fair, a staple in the southeast Cooper County community and in its 98th year, will begin on Wednesday near downtown.
For four days numerous  events will be bringing residents from all over to the small community of Prairie Home and surrounding area. The weather is predicted to stay in the low 90s or upper 80s during the fair duration. Admission to the fair is free for all.
According to the Prairie Home Fair Directors the fair began with an idea of promoting and encouraging better livestock, seeds and grain. The idea overall was to promote friendly exhibits and provide common meeting ground for all. The fair directors considered it one of the leading fairs in Central Missouri.
Livestock activities occurring on Wednesday include the sheep and goat show. An art show will open at 9 a.m. each day and will last until the end of the fair.  
On Thursday the baby show will begin at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. Categories include prettiest baby boy or girl under three years of age. Around 11 categories will be awarded. The junior cattle show will follow the baby show after the weigh-in an hour earlier. The horse show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thirty-three classes will be judged, which include a flag race and men's western pleasure among the few.
Department exhibits located in the Art Hall Department include field products, garden products, pantry stores, horticulture, baked foods and candy, crafts and a school department. The hall will be open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Entries will be accepted until 12 p.m. on Wednesday.
A tractor rodeo will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. with events demonstrating safety and skill operating machinery.
The 26th annual Four Wheel Rodeo will be held on Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo will be based on three designs including the pole bending design, a clover leaf barrel race and a key hole race. Participants under the age of 18 must have written consent from their parents.
The pedal pull will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Young participants are asked to weigh in at the secretary stand. An individuals weight will determine, which of the five classes they will participate in.
In addition to the livestock and exhibits music will be shared as well. Two bluegrass bands will showcase their talents on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Summit Grass will perform first followed by the Bluegrass Roundup at 1 p.m.
The directors wished to thank the individuals who have given or promoted the fair in advertisements.
For more information it is recommended individuals contact the secretary stand telephone at 660-841-5660.