Once upon a fair: weekend Family Picks

Once upon a fair: weekend Family Picks

If you didn't make it out to the Champaign County fair last weekend, there are plenty more around the area this week. Champaign's continues through Saturday night, and several others are opening as well —  plus a Kiddie Tractor Pull at Arcola's Rockome Gardens!

And two new family theater productions are on the list this week, including the Urbana Park District's "Once Upon a Mattress" and "Phamily Phriendly Phractured Phairy Tales" in Danville. Check it out!

— Champaign County Fair. Continues through Saturday, Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 N. Coler Ave., U.

Carnival opens 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. Gate admission: $5 for those 13 and over; 12 and younger admitted free with an 18 or older adult.

Friday: Gates open 1 to 10:30 p.m. Demolition Derby 7 p.m. Free admission to the fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday: Gates open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Youth Day, tractor and truck pull, 11 a.m.; and Illinois Championship Semi-Truck Pull, 5 p.m.

For information: Call 367-8461 or visit www.champaigncountyfair.cc

— Coles County Fair: Continues through Aug. 1, Charleston.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, with livestock shows, 4-H shows and grandstand entertainment. Merchants Building opens at 11:30 a.m. and carnival and Art Hall open at 1 p.m.

Highlights: Friday, harness racing at 12:30 p.m. and a demolition derby at 7 p.m.; Saturday, professional bull riding at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Western horse show at 8 a.m. and gospel show at 6 p.m.

For information: Call 345-2656 or visit www.colescountyfair.com

— Sidney Summer Fun Days. 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Sidney.

Arts, crafts, food and family fun and entertainment, with a carnival on the old school lot and food and flea market vendors on East Byron Street, between David and Washington streets.

Saturday highlights: 7 a.m., breakfast in Town Hall; 10:30 a.m., registration for Kiddie Tractor Pull (ages 3-8) in front of Town Hall; noon, beer tent, carnival, food and flea market vendors open; 4 to 8 p.m, car and bike show on David Street; 4:30 p.m., annual parade starts at Dunlap Woods, goes down Byron and ends at Eldorado; fireworks at dark at Witt Park.

— Georgetown Fair: Saturday through Aug. 7, Mill Street, Georgetown.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, with exhibits, livestock shows, pig races, petting zoo, camel rides and a carnival.

Highlights: Saturday, Western horse show at 9 a.m. and barnyard tractor pull and truck pull, 6 p.m.; Sunday, open and junior rodeo horse show gaming contest, 1 p.m. Gate admission free Saturday and Sunday, $2 from Monday through Aug. 7. Grandstand admission $3-$10.

For information: Call 662-6415 or visit www.georgetownfair.com

— Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull: 11 a.m. Saturday, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425E, Arcola.

This statewide contest is free and open for boys and girls ages 4 to 12 who live in Illinois. The top three winners in each age group will qualify to compete at the national level held in September in Mitchell, S.D. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Reduced admission rates for this day only at Rockome Gardens include: flower gardens and rock formations, Amish museum with 18-minute video, train ride, haunted cavern, lookout tower, tree house, petting zoo and many shops. Buggy rides are extra. Children under 4 are free.

For information (and list of rules): Call 268-4106 or visit www.arcolajaycees.com or http://www.rockome.com

— Jazz at Hessel: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Hessel Park, Grandview Drive and Kirby Avenue, Champaign. Free.

Boneyard Jazz Quintet is the latest to perform in this series hosted by the Champaign Park District.

For information: Call 398-2550 or visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

— Brent Fest: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7, Brent Johnson Memorial Park, 1202 Oak Valley Road, Thornewood Subdivision, Mahomet.

Musical festival sponsored by Mahomet Parks and Recreation and Brent Johnson Park Committee raises money to develop the Brent Johnson Memorial Park. Musical lineup features the Bridget Miller Band, Mother and the Pearl, Rust Belt and Road Song. The event also includes inflatables, some kids’ activities, a raffle and a silent auction.

For information: Call 586-6025 or visit http://bit.ly/akLDLK

Musical theater

— 'Once Upon a Mattress’: Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U.

This musical comedy, directed by Stephen Larson and April Cleveland, is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story, "The Princess and the Pea." Tickets are $7-$14.

For information: Call 367-1544 or visit www.urbanaparks.org

— ‘Phamily Phriendly Phractured Phairy Tales’: Red Mask Players, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The troupe will present "Cinderella, Cinderella" by Edith Weiss and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, adapted by Richard R. George. 

Tickets are $5 to $8. Tickets are available at the door 45 minutes before each show; no reservations taken.

For information: Visit www.redmaskplayers.com

— 'Annie': 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Admission charge.

The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, a classic musical about never giving up hope. Songs include "It’s A Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow." Tickets are $28 to $30.

For information: Call 728-7375 or visit www.thelittletheatre.org.

— ‘Meet Me in St. Louis': 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Country Theatre Workshop, 1280 E. 770 N Road, Cissna Park. Admission charge.

The story of the Smith family of St. Louis and the 1904 World's Fair includes one of the best Christmas songs ever, "Have Yourself  a Merry Little Christmas."

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and include dessert.

For information: Call 815-457-2626 or visit www.countrytheatre.org

— 'Honk!' 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuscola Community Building, 122 W. North Central St., Tuscola. Admission charge.

The Actors’ Rural Theatre Company presents the musical story of the ugly duckling. Tickets are $5 to $11. 

For information: Call 253-6699 or or visit www.artcospotlight.com

Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Friday for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources.

Do you have an item you'd like to submit? Email me at jwurth@news-gazette.com, or use the N-G online calendar. Look for it on the upper right-hand side of the News-Gazette home page, www.news-gazette.com

Photo: Darrell Templeton (right) gives a push start Hunter Wilson of Henning during the Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Georgetown Fair in 2008. News-Gazette file photo

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