The Daily Iowegian
---- — Planning for the Putnam County Fair is well underway and the major entertainment is already booked according to the Putnam County Fair Board. The 75th anniversary of the fair will be celebrated in 2014 and the fair board wanted to book entertainment to match that big occasion.
On Sept. 2, the Tuesday after Labor Day, the fair will kick off with a Bull Buckout in the arena by the stage featuring the same group that put the event on last year. The fair board thought the group did an excellent job with their show and invited them back. Many of the local “cowboys” remarked about what good quality livestock they had and very high quality riders that were there.
Wednesday night will be different than the last couple of years. The Demo Derby has taken the spotlight to a new time slot as the feature entertainment for the evening. A pending stage act may be held just before the derby. There will be more details on this possible show at a later date.
Thursday night fairgoers will have stage entertainment from Tracy Lawrence who has had 23 top 20 hits and eight No. 1 hits during his career.
Friday night is for anybody that likes diesel smoke, burning rubber and metal fatigue. The tractor pull will be back. Two sleds, two jumbotrons and two new grandstand/bleachers will make this event even bigger than before. The well-known locally cooked rib-eye sandwiches will be there too.
Saturday night will feature stage entertainment to top off the fair. Sawyer Brown will be coming to perform their hits for fairgoers. They have 27 top 20 songs and three No. 1 hits and a reputation for putting on a good show.
This is only a partial listing of the entertainment and events that will be at the five day fair. There will also be many other things that appeal to young and old alike, including an open cattle show, roving grounds entertainers, antique tractor show, machinery exhibits and a carnival. The fair’s website will be updated periodically and can be accessed at www.nemr.net/~fair/ or by googling Putnam County Mo. Fair.
Even though the entertainment is always a huge part of the fair, the fair board always has in mind that the true focus of the fair is on the youth in the county. The 4-Hers and the FFA members are there to compete and exhibit their projects, which completes a year’s worth of work. The Fair was started 75 years ago with projects exhibited in storefront windows. It has developed in to a much larger entity now, due to the hard work and diligence of past and present fair board members. Many local groups and businesses contribute their time and money into this effort, which results in a very enjoyable community event. The fair board invites all neighbors in the area to come celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Putnam County Fair.