Platte County Fair kicks off July 22 in Tracy

This year’s fair, which runs through July 26, includes a night of motocross as well as a carnival, live entertainment, pageants and exhibits.

07/14/2014 11:53 AM

07/14/2014 11:53 AM

The 151st Platte County Fair opens July 22 at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Tracy, Mo. The fair is the oldest continually running fair west of the Mississippi, according to organizers.

This year’s fair includes a night of motoross as well as a carnival, live entertainment, pageants and exhibits.

The fair runs through July 26 and includes:

Tuesday July 22: 4-H exhibits open at 5 p.m.; Floral Hall opens at 5 p.m.; carnival opens at 6 p.m.; motocross begins at 7 p.m.; entertainment including Yardogs Lite, Cline’s Opry and DJ Luke begins at 7 p.m.

July 23: Missy/master contest at 6:30 p.m.; demolition derby at 7 p.m.; queen contest at 8 p.m.; wine-tasting at 8 p.m.; Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders perform at 9 p.m.

July 24: mule show at 6 p.m.; mud marathon at 7 p.m.; adult talent contest at 8:30 p.m.; entertainment, including Blue Grass Tornadoes at 9:30 p.m.

July 25: Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m.; teen dance music with DJ Luke and entertainers Cherry Bomb and Matt Snook begin at 8 p.m.

July 26: Fair begins at 9 a.m. with kids games, wine makers/grape growers workshop, and horse show; puppet show at noon; youth talent showcase at 1 p.m.; fiddle contest at 1:30 p.m.; poker tournament at 3 p.m.; truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m.; live entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

For a complete schedule of events go to www.plattecountyfair.com.

Daily admission to the fair is $10. Children 12 years and younger are free. Season tickets will be available at the gate for $50. Parking is free as available on the fairgrounds.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

Platte Fair Missy/Master Contest

Boys and girls are invited to enter the Platte County Fair Missy/Master contest, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 23 in the Platte Purchase building on the county fairgrounds.

Children must be Platte County residents between the ages of 2 and 5 as of July 19.

Contestants must arrive by 6 p.m. July 23 and will be grouped by gender and age. They will be judged on cuteness and personality, not attire. Clothing should be simple summer attire, and no swimsuits will be allowed.

The winners in each of eight age categories will receive a trophy. Each participant will be recognized and receive prizes. A celebration for contestants and families follows.

The event is popular, said Janet Leachman, who has been working with the contest for almost 30 years. Dozens of children register each year, and one year 125 kids competed, she said.

“That’s a lot of little kids and parents and grandparents and smiles and blowing kisses,” she said. “I’m very glad I’m not a judge. They have a tough job because the kids are all so cute. Platte County has cute kids.”

Children must be registered by 10 p.m. July 19. There is no entry fee, but families will have to pay gate admission to the fair.

To register, mail the child’s name, age as of July 19, birth date, gender, parents’ names, and day and evening phone numbers to: Janet Leachman, 27 Pine View Road, Platte City, Mo. 64079. For information call her at 816-858-5657. Entry forms are available online at www.plattecountyfair.com.

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