The Bond County Fair officially opens Thursday.
Fair Secretary Adrianne Eilers says everything is ready for the 2019 event. She said many familiar vendors will be back again this year. Several local and out-of-town businesses will also have displays. The carnival has a new Ferris wheel, which is one of only two or three of its kind in the state.
The grandstand events Thursday include the Little Miss pageant at 6 PM and a talent contest, with a large number of contestants, at 7:30.
A steer show will also be held Thursday and exhibits in the Community Building will be judged.
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The carnival opens each evening of the fair at 6 o’clock.
HSHS Holy Family Hospital is also providing a cooling tent on the north end of the fairgrounds throughout the fair.