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Thursday, August 8 - County Fair & Horse Racing Day

This is the official start of the fair!  Gates open at 7:00 a.m.  
More than 70 county fair queens and 105 fairs and expositions from across the state are represented at the fair. It is also the first day of harness racing at the fair’s one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest in the world.  The first day of the fair also features the twilight  annual Twilight Parade which starts at 5:30 p.m. from Lincoln Park.


  • State Fair Ribbon Cutting
  • Twilight Parade
  • Junior Poultry Shows
  • Society Horse Show
  • Discount Carnival Rides

Events at the Arena

Daily Events, Thursday, August 8

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