The Madison County Fair is in full swing, and the event is offering more this year than in years past.

Beauty pageants start tonight, when the Pre-Teen (ages 8-12), Teen (ages 13-15) and Miss Madison County Fair (ages 16-21) winners will be crowned.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be the little ones’ time to shine. The Baby Mr. and Miss, ages 9 to 18 months, and Toddler Mr. and Miss, ages 18 months to 3 years, contests are Tuesday evening. Tiny Mr. and Miss, ages 3 to 5, and Little Mr. and Miss, ages 6 to 8, compete Wednesday evening.

Admission to the fair is $10 and includes access to all events and amusement rides. Children under age 5 are admitted free but are not allowed on the amusement rides, which will operate each day beginning at 6 p.m. through Saturday.

Fair organizers say new attractions and the return of old favorites will bring more spectators to the annual event.

Other fair highlights include cattle shows, greased pig catching contests and triathlon eating contests on Tuesday; halter, pleasure and trail horse shows, lawnmower pulls and mounted cowboy shooters on Wednesday; Quarter Horse shows, a monster truck pull, FFA and open-class displays on Thursday; truck and tractor pull and an open fun-horse show on Friday; and open-class and FFA displays, ugly lamp contest, Bluegrass Horse Pullers and truck and tractor pulls on Saturday.

For a complete list of events and times, visit, visit the Madison County Fair on Facebook.

Other highlights:

The Northern Kentucky Tractor Pullers Association will have shows at the fairgrounds on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. The group will feature 9,000-pound farm stock tractors, 5,000-pound two-wheel open trucks, 6,200-pound 4x4 gas trucks, 8,500-pound work stock diesel trucks and 5,200-pound economy hotrods.

“America’s Favorite Magician” Mark Comley is new to the Madison County Fair this year. He will host two big shows nightly, and will provide fun for all ages.

Comley’s unique blend of comedy, magic, ventriloquism and audience participation will leave you both mystified and laughing out loud. Whether he is doing his famous Paintball Catch (between his teeth), or sawing the fair queen in half, everyone will love the show.

Keep both eyes on him as he gives away that $100 bill each night.

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Music City Brass will perform throughout the fairgrounds through Thursday.

A special stage performance will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Harold Richardson Floral Hall.

These extraordinary performers will bring you an unforgettable experience of music, entertainment and showmanship.


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