Horizon Hobby brings show to Fisher Fair

FISHER — Horizon Hobby has presented numerous shows of its radio-controlled aircraft and ground vehicles worldwide. But never before at a fair.

Until this week.

The Champaign-based company will present a show featuring its radio-controlled craft Thursday night at the 72nd annual Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show.

The fair kicks off Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

Jill Hardesty, fair board president, said the fair board was pleased to be able to attract Horizon for its radio-controlled show.

Hardesty said the show will feature a variety of "stunts and awesome acts."

Eric Johnson, a category manager for Horizon, said that while the company does similar shows across the country, it will be the first time Horizon puts on such a show at a fair.

"The events we do, it's usually wide open like (we'll) show at an airport," Johnson said.

He said Horizon has presented a show at Rantoul Airport, but nothing in as confined a space as the show area at the Fisher fairgrounds.

Johnson said the show will primarily include aircraft such as scale warbirds and helicopters and onground vehicles such as trucks.

"I would guess that a lot of people ... have never been up close to a radio-controlled aircraft or vehicle," Johnson said.

This will give them an opportunity to see what they're like.

A time for questions will follow the show.

Johnson said the show presenters as well as technical and support staff will be on hand.

The shows are a way for Horizon to pique interest in their products.

"Part of their jobs is to go around the world and do exhibiting and answer questions on flying," he said.

Horizon Hobby, established in 1985, also has a plant in California and several others overseas, particularly in Europe.

Johnson said the radio-controlled aircraft and vehicles are not made in this country.

"We're the designer," he said. "It's produced overseas."

In addition to aircraft and vehicles, Horizon produces boats, trains and other radio-controlled devices.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the grandstands.

Tuesday will be Military Day and Queens Night.

Anyone showing a military ID will be admitted to the fairgrounds free. The evening's highlight will be the Miss Fisher Fair queen pageant and Little Miss pageant at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

The ITPA tractor pulls will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, featuring 5,800 modifieds, 10,000 pro-stock tractors and four-wheel-drive gas trucks.

The lawnmower demolition derby will run Friday evening — the fourth year for the event, beginning at 6:30.

Prior to the derby, an auction will be held for a lawn mower that will be used in the derby.

At 9 that evening, Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys will perform at the grandstand. A tailgate party with the band will be held on the track after the lawn mower demo derby.

The demolition derby will be held Saturday featuring small cars, large cars, mini vans, two-wheel and four-wheel drive trucks and wired class.

At 6 p.m., a van will be auctioned off for the right to drive it in the derby.

Saturday will also include the Fisher 5K run/walk beginning at 8 a.m., car show at noon, mutt show (9 a.m.) and rabbit show (11 a.m.).

Bingo will be played at 1 p.m. every day at Glades Hall.

A variety of other events will be held ranging from the pedal tractor pull Wednesday to livestock shows to a fried chicken supper to children's games.

Swyear Amusements will be set up on the Midway each day. Thursday is $1 ride night and giveback night. Bring canned foods to replenish the Fisher Food Pantry.

The full slate of activities and a list of items needed for the food pantry are available at fisherfair.com

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