“Homegrown Hospitality and Heritage,” the 2019 Madison County Fair will run through Saturday.

The annual family friendly event features a wide variety of activities, with literally something for everyone: from the traditional livestock shows and carnival rides to contests to live music, entertainment and home-ec exhibits.

The fair kicked off Wednesday with the fireman’s parade. . Wednesday’s schedule also included donkey races, 4-H dairy and swine shows, a singles horseshoe tournament, a pie eating contest and live music from the Dark Hollow Band.

Thursday is considered “Kids’ Night” with 4-H beef, goat and sheep shows, the children’s pedal tractor pull and the power wheels derby. For the adults, there is the apple pie contest and a doubles horseshoe tournament. “Elvis” will be in the building at 7 p.m.

The 4-H and FFA livestock auction will be held on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Friday’s schedule also includes a cornhole tournament, music from Austin Boggs at 6 p.m. and the True Grit Rodeo exhibition at 8 p.m.

The fair wraps up Saturday with the garden tractor pull at 9 a.m., another cornhole tournament at 11 a.m., the pgeant at 1 p.m., music by Jessica Weaver at 4:30 p.m., a watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. and the demolition derby at 8 p.m.

All four days of the fair will have live entertainment including the popular Wes Iseli illusion show, the Kenya Safari Acrobats, Ol’ Stone Woodworking and Mountain Music.

In keeping with the heritage part of the theme, there will be a tent with daily demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts. Rural Madison will hold a planting and gardening talk, the Madison Quilting Guild will have demonstrations and there will be papermaking and basket weaving demonstrations.

For a complete schedule of events, visit https://www.madisoncountyfairva.com/daily-schedule.

Admission is $5 Thursday and $10 Friday and Saturday. Armbands to ride carnival rides are $15 Thursday and $18 Friday and Saturday.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

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