Marion Fair set to begin Sunday

The Marion Fair is set to begin on Sunday, June 17, with 4-H judging starting on Monday. This year, the poultry and rabbit judging will start at 9 a.m. and will be followed by youth and open class dairy cattle judging at 10:30 a.m. (Pioneer file photos)

MARION — There is a little something for everyone planned from Monday, June 17, to Saturday, June 23, as the Marion Fair starts the local fair season with midway activities and games, 4-H events and evenings full of fun at the grandstand.

Beef and goat judging at the Marion Fair will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, with swine and sheep judging preceding at 9 a.m. Along with the 4-H events, there will be a variety of games and activities throughout the week.

“There is something different going on every day at the fair. We have a country music concert coming this year. We have truck, tractor and semi pulls,” said Marion Fair Board President Daryl Bode. “Last year, we had a pretty good year, but this year will be even better.”

4-H’ers will take to the arena for poultry and rabbit judging at 9 a.m. on Monday, with the small animal sweepstakes to follow, at the fairgrounds, 405 S. Blevins St., Marion. Youth and open class dairy cattle judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and music will round out the evening. The Calvary Men will give a free gospel concert at the grandstand. The concert will be followed by a pie and ice cream social.

Tuesday begins with swine and sheep judging at 9 a.m., followed by goat and beef judging at 1 p.m. A garden tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

Wednesday is Kids’ Day, marked by the opening of the midway from 2 to 10 p.m. and $5 armbands. From noon to 1 p.m., there will be kids’ games, with free pop and hot dogs for the participants. A pedal pull, sponsored by the Ina Store, will begin at noon and continue until 4 p.m. Between 2 and 6 p.m., families can find pony and llama rides, a petting zoo, pony cart rides, face painting and more, hosted by Chamberlin Pony Rides. Dynamite the Clown also will make an appearance. The evening will come to a close with a farm stock tractor pull at the grandstand.

Beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday, attendees will be able to watch woodcarving demonstrations by Lonnie Glines, who uses a chainsaw to create his masterpieces. The midway runs from 1 to 10 p.m. For the nighttime entertainment, truck and tractor pulls are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

While the week may begin winding down on Friday, events pick up at the Marion Fair, with the midway being open from 1 to 11 p.m. and a live concert by up-and-coming Nashville recording artist Eric Chesser. The opening act for the concert will be DeWayne Spaw. Music starts at 7 p.m. at the grandstand. Tickets for the concerts can be found on the Marion Fair website,, or will be available for a higher price at the fairgrounds.

The events come to a close on Saturday, with the midway running from noon to 11 p.m. and the demolition derby beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the grandstand.

Fair attendees also will be able to find Muxlow’s Exotic Animals and caricatures each afternoon beginning Wednesday and continuing through Saturday.

“Once you come to the Marion Fair, you’re going to come back year after year. It’s very family-oriented,” Bode said. “The fair doesn’t happen without the community support.”


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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