It's All about Tradition at McHenry County Fair

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Byline: Heather Linder

There won't be much new and different at this year's McHenry County Fair -- and organizers are proud of it.

The event, which runs though Sunday, Aug. 8, in Woodstock, will be full of classic fair food, entertainment and activities, said president Dick Crone of Harvard, who has been on the fair board for eight years.

"One of the charms of the McHenry County Fair is tradition," Crone said, "which doesn't necessarily connote something new. More the familiar, traditional, normal expectations you'll find with the county fair."

Admission to the fair is $6 for ages 13 and older and $3 for senior citizens and kids ages 8 to 12. Weeklong passes to the fair can be purchased for $15. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. for $15.

Returning to this year's event will be the queen pageant, the demolition derby, tractor pulls and, of course, 4-H judging and exhibitions.

With more than 1,000 members, 4-H is the largest youth organization in McHenry County, and the kids participating have spent the past year, sometimes more, preparing their projects for the judging.

Crone's favorite part of the fair each year is seeing the projects and the looks on kids' faces when they are recognized for their hard work, he said.

"For some kids, maybe they're not good at sports or the best student," he said. "This gives them an opportunity to be good at something."

But this year's fair is not just for the kids and the animals.


Entertainment committee chair Wade Heisler of McHenry has worked long, hard hours to make this year's shows worth returning for. …