Boyle County Fair will be held despite sale of fairgrounds

Published 9:35 pm Friday, June 7, 2019

The Boyle County Fair will be held this coming week at its normal location, even though the 30-acre tract was sold to the City of Danville in December.

“The (fair) board is extremely excited to be acquiring a new piece of real estate and developing a long term place for the community to host many different types of events,” fair board President Ryan Owens said.

But in the meantime, “The show must go on,” and it’s possible the fair may continue at its same location for the next two summers, Owens said.

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“Our main goal is to continue offering one of the last true ‘Norman Rockwellish’ events still held today — the county fair,” he said. “We want to have an event for the local kids to learn about agriculture, crafting and how events are put on.”

The traditional 4H and FFA livestock shows for swine, goats, sheep, rabbits, poultry and cattle will be held at the livestock pavilion. Spectators can walk through the area and talk to exhibitors about their animals, or sit in the bleachers and watch the judges as they inspect all entries.

Floral hall is the place where Boyle County cooks, farmers, gardeners, sewers and crafters enter their items for competition, and where fairgoers can perhaps be inspired to learn how to create something themselves.

Pageants are open to anyone from any county. Children can compete in a baby show or the Tiny Mister and Miss and Little Mister and Miss pageants. And Miss Preteen and Miss Boyle County Fair will be crowned at the fair pavilion.

If you enjoy thrilling, and down and dirty motorsports events, the Boyle County Fair will have plenty to offer. There will be a truck tug-of-war, truck pulls, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, Owens said. There’s even a pedal tractor pull for young kids, he added.

Pizza and Moon Pie eating contests will be held. And no one will go away hungry at the fair. There will be authentic Mexican food, along with traditional fair food such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, steak sandwiches, funnel cakes and even deep-fried Oreos.

A new event this year is the USWF — “championship wrestling the way you remember it,” according to the Boyle County Fair special publication.

Admission price to the fair is $10 on Tuesday and Wednesday; and $12 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. That price includes unlimited carnival rides and games, plus livestock shows and pageants, motor sports, magic shows and laser tag.

“Our board is very proud of being able to provide a carnival that provides 26-plus rides for its fairgoers,” Owens said. “Most county fairs only have 19 to 20 rides.”

Free parking is available in the paved lots at Millennium Park next to the soccer and softball fields. A grass parking lot is also available near the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society off of the bypass.

Visit to see a full schedule of events.