Fisher Fair 2018: Donkeys, Feudin' Hillbillys and more fun

Fisher Fair 2018: Donkeys, Feudin' Hillbillys and more fun

The 77th edition of the Fisher Fair kicks off today with a pair of worthy causes.

Tonight is "Giveback Night," with patrons' choice of admission fees — cash ($2 per head) or food (five boxed items, or 10 per family) — benefit the Fisher Food Pantry.

Also happening today: a 4 p.m. blood drive.

Fair President JILL HARDESTY says the theme of community will be carried throughout the five-day event, including Children's Day on Wednesday.

Here's a sampling of what's on tap between now and Saturday night, when the fair closes with a demolition derby, courtesy of Therese Pokorney:

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN

The fair has added a new twist to its pageant lineup, with the junior miss division joining the two staples tonight.

First up is the Little Miss pageant, set for 6:30 p.m. and featuring 13 contestants, followed by the junior miss (field of six) and queen (three).

In the running to succeed fair Queen Taylor Crowley: EMMA CARMIEN of Dewey, SAMANTHA CURTIS of Rantoul and ALYSSA WILCOXON of Ogden.

CROSSROAD CONCERT

There will be live music on each of the first four nights, with the headliners taking the stage Friday.

The Feudin' Hillbillys are booked for 8 to 9:15 p.m., with Brushville Band following from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Afterward, they'll play together in a crossroad show from 11 to 11:30 p.m.

There will also be a beer truck Friday night, scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m.

SHOW AND TELL

As is tradition here, the fair will feature an assortment of events that allow participants to show off their livestock, talents, even cars.

The animal portion of the fair starts at 6 tonight with the junior rabbit show, to be followed by the open sheep show (8 a.m. Thursday) and 75th annual horse show (8 a.m. Friday).

Also featured: competitions for the best mutt, goat and car.

A TASTE OF FISHER

The wine, beer and spirits tastings were such a hit last year, Hardesty says, they'll be back again Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., just before the demolition derby.

Also back: the local AMVETS No. 52 fish fry and food stand, which opens for business at 5 p.m. Friday and will stay open until everything is sold.

START YOUR DONKEYS

Back by popular demand after a 15-year hiatus: donkey races, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Says Hardesty: "It's one thing to ride a donkey and another to laugh at your friends trying to do it. People have asked for them, so we brought them back."