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July 25, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-07

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR OFFICE HOURS FOR ENTRIES AND TICKET SALES

  MORRISON –Whiteside County Fair Secretary, Mary Beth Dombroski, has announced that the fair office will be open for business beginning Monday, Aug. 6th, for the entire week prior to the 148th annual
Whiteside County Fair which kicks off Aug. 14th.
  The office of the secretary and treasurer are located in the building near the grandstand at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, in Morrison, and will be open the week before the fair from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 6th through Friday, Aug. 10th.  Saturday, August 11th the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.  During this time they will be accepting hand delivered entries, processing those received by mail, selling
reserved grandstand seating for the Demo Derby, season tickets, and Mega Passes.
  MEGA PASS – Can be purchased for $50.00 Monday, August 6th through Monday, August 13th.  Once the Fair starts, Mega Pass price increases to $60.00 and will need to be purchased from the Carnival.  This
will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the Carnival is open during the 2018 Whiteside County Fair.
  Reserve grandstand seating for Saturday night’s demolition derby will go on sale Monday, August 6th at 8:00 a.m. in the Secretary’s Office for $8.00 per person. The Demo Derby is the only show that has
reserved seating available and is sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of seats available.  Saving seats by using blankets, etc. for general seating is not allowed.  Any items used for saving
seats will be removed by the fair staff.
  There are no entry fees for exhibits in the Departments of Agriculture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Textiles, Culinary and Hobbies. However, adult exhibitors must purchase the $20.00 season membership ticket and
junior exhibitors that are 11 years of age and under must purchase the $5.00 season ticket to enter in junior departments.  That ticket allows the exhibitor to enter items in any of the departments listed above and
provides unlimited admission to the fairgrounds throughout the fair’s five-day run.
  Livestock exhibitors are required to pay exhibit fees and should consult the website for details.
  All exhibitors are urged to refer to the website for details on the requirements to enter the various competitions, which this year offers over $191,000 in premiums, purses and prizes.  The entry forms are available
at banks throughout Whiteside County and they will be available the week before the fair at the fair office.  Entries/Premium information can also be downloaded from the fair website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
in the premium section.
  Entries must be done online or in writing, with the applicable fees submitted by the appropriate deadlines as listed on the website.
  The office will accommodate those wishing to buy season membership tickets, which allows the ticket-holder unlimited admission to the fair.  An adult season membership ticket costs $20.00 each, while a
child’s weekly pass is $5.00.  Tickets for both children and adults may also be purchased at the gate during the fair.  Single adult daily admission for the fair is $8.00 for those 12 years and older, and $2.00 for
children ages 6 through 11.  Children 5 and under are free.
  The fair officially starts at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14th with the western horse show at the “River Valley Coop Arena” in the infield.
  All the information you need to get ready for the Fair is at your fingertips on our website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org.  The written inquires can be directed to the Whiteside County Fair, P.O. Box 88, Morrison, IL  
61270.
April 15, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release 18-02
For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair is only four months away and we are all set with an impressive lineup of entertainment!  Get ready for not just one, but two entertainment groups in front of the Grandstand on
Wednesday night!  Wednesday night’s main event will be Singer/Songwriter “Keith Anderson” at 8:00 p.m., with the family friendly “Martin Family Circus” opening at 6:30 p.m.

Keith Anderson will be sure to get you on your feet during his show!  Keith’s latest song “I’ll Bring the Music” sums up Anderson to a T.  That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from
Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.

Anderson has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination.  He also co-wrote the Grammy-
nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?) for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,”
along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” ad “Podunk”.  This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of
the year.

Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion.  “I’ll Bring the
Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson.  “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door.  It reminds
me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers” moved them.”  And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin’ to the beat” as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.

One thing is for sure…Keith Anderson will “Bring The Music” every time!

Opening before Keith Anderson at 6:30 p.m. will be entertainment by the Martin Family Circus.

Just as one might imagine a circus to be – upbeat, unexpected, accomplished, and exciting – Martin Family Circus aims to bring that same joy to every audience with their heartwarming and lively “music that makes
you smile!” This self-contained, vocal-driven melodic band of 2 parents and 4 kids packs a punch, combining their rich harmonies in a soaring blend that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed “exuberant.”

Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March (19), Kell (16), Texas
(11), and Tallant (10).  They quickly realized that the kids all showed an uncanny ability to hear harmonies and pitch, and also proficiency for playing instruments.

So where did it all begin?  Grammy Award-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop group Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen of Country Music Hall of Fame members,
The Oak Ridge Boys.  Growing up, their four children were exposed to 4 generations of rich musical heritage, and they watched as each child showed God-given musical talents.  Regional performances began to
boom, leading to appearances on national television shows like The Oak Ridge Boys’ American Legion Christmas Special, The Marty Stuart Show, Country’s Family Reunion, Gaither Homecoming, and Larry’s
Country Diner.

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair.  There is no doubt without your continued patronage, our fair could not remain as we have enjoyed over the past years.  We appreciate your ongoing support to
keep our fair going strong, so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 14th and completes after five amazing days on Saturday,
August 18th, you won’t want to miss it!!  The 148th annual fair is held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL.  Check out our website for more information about the fair at
August 6, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair has an amazing line up of daily events at this year’s fair and it is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 14th and
completes after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 18th.  The 148th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has something for everyone that you won’t want to miss!

Here are some of the many things going on during the day.

Fire Department display from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Tuesday – Morrison EMS
Wednesday – Fulton Fire, Albany and Cordova
Thursday – Sterling – Rock Falls – CGH EMS   
Friday – Morrison Fire grain bin rescue
Saturday – Erie, Lyndon, Tampico, and P-town – Auto Extrication

Cake & Pie Walk Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 4:00 pm.

Chicken Poo Bingo at 3:00 pm. Tuesday - Friday

Granpa Cratchet Stage Show throughout the day.

Bike Give Away – Sign up at the Blue Building during each day and the drawing is Tuesday – Friday 6:00 pm & Saturday 2:00 & 6:00 pm.

Wood Carving every day of the fair with the auction Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Livestock Judged Tuesday – Friday.  Check the website schedule for specific times.

Bingo Nightly 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

50/50 tickets available for purchase.  Proceeds to support the Whiteside County Fair and Morrison Boosters. Tickets available for purchase in the fair offices or from Fair Directors and
Morrison Boosters.

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued support, our fair would not have been successful and been able to continue for the last 148
years. We appreciate your support in keep the fair going strong, so we can continue with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  Check out our website for more
information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
May 10, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release 18-03
For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair welcomes Poultry again.

Poultry or “Backyard Chickens” is a growing hobby. The cities and towns are allowing a few hens and fun supplies including chicks that are readily available. The new again passion fits right in with gardening and
getting back to fresh! Most who keep chickens are motivated by having fresh eggs. Some hatch and raise their own show birds. Why not show off your pets and prize birds at the Whiteside County Fair?

This year the fair will offer a Poultry Show. Pullets and Cockerels must be hatched anytime after August 19, 2017. Hens and Cocks must be hatched before August 19, 2017. The show will be APA and ABA
sanctioned, with six Standard Classes and six Bantam Classes and forty-seven breeds. This will bring a nice variety of different breeds and color for everyone to enjoy. You do not need to be a member of either
association to participate. Please visit www.whitesidecountyfair.org for all of the details.

We are more than grateful for our sponsors – Hubbard Feed, Nutrena Feed, Tractor Supply in Dixon for food & bedding supplies for the week of the fair. Also, for our Trophy Sponsors – Candlelight Inn and Alpha
Feed Mill in Prophetstown.

You never know what you might win with your new or longtime hobby. The experience itself is always worthwhile and showing poultry can be fun. See you at the Fair!

The Poultry show will be in the Rabbit Barn this year in place of the Rabbit Show.
July 10, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-05

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2018 ENTRY INFORMATION IS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 148th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 14th THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th

MORRISON – 2018 Entry Information.  Online entries are now being accepted for the 148th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 14th – 18th.  The Whiteside County Fair will no longer publish Premium
Books but the pages are available online at www.whitesidecountyfair.org  Look for the “NEW” arrow and click on “Entries/Premiums” for all the information you need.  There is over $119,000 in premiums offered in
prize money to the winners in over 1,500 different classes.

The Whiteside County Fair accepts Visa and MasterCard for entries and ticket purchases.  You can make your entries online by following the premiums link and use your Visa or MasterCard for payment.  All the
information you need to get ready for the Whiteside County Fair is at your fingertips on our website.  You can also print the “Entry Blank” form and fill in.  This must be delivered to Secretary’s Office the week before
the fair in person or mail them to P.O. Box 88 Morrison, IL.  Copies of blank entry forms will be available at participating banks for your convenience.  Exhibitors can then easily fill in the entry form from the
information found on the website. We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause but we hope you understand.
July 18, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-06

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 148th ANNUAL WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR, WHICH STARTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 14th, AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th, WILL HONOR THE GARY FOLKERS FAMILY

MORRISON – “Friend of the Fair” honorees.  Since 1989, the board has sought to honor those who have made an extra effort to support and make the annual Fair as much fun as possible for all those who
participate and attend the many shows and events.

This year the Whiteside County Fair has selected the Gary Folkers Family as “2018 Friend of the Fair”.  The Folkers Family have always been available to assist wherever there is a need, such as mowing and
making sure the fairgrounds are well maintained, sponsoring and decorating the packer used for the tractor and truck pull, and sponsoring the wood carvers and making sure they have everything that is needed
during the week.

Thank you to the Gary Folkers Family for all you do for the Whiteside County Fair.  Your help is very much appreciated!

Here is a schedule of the day’s main events:

Tuesday, August 14th evening entertainment is Pro-Bull Riding starting at 7:00 p.m. Cheer on as these brave cowboys prepare to hang on for 8 seconds while their four-legged nemesis try to spoil their plan.
Other events to start the fair off are the Western Horse Show at 8:00 a.m., New Poultry Judging in the old Rabbit Barn at 10:00 a.m., Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00 p.m., and Open & Jr. Swine Judging at Noon and 4:30
p.m.,

Wednesday, August 15th we have two amazing shows that night starting with Martin Family Circus at 6:30 p.m. and the main event with Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson at 8:00 p.m.  Western Horse speed
events will start the day off at 8:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. the Dairy will be judged.

Thursday, August 16th the evening grandstand entertainment will be Solution Action Sports FMX Motorcycle show that will start at 7:00 p.m. That morning at 9:00 a.m. the Beef Cattle - Jr. Heifer / Jr. Steer will be
judged at the Beef Show Arena.  The Heavy Horse Halter Classes will be judged in front of the grandstand at 9:00 a.m. and then the Hitch classes at 1:00 p.m. including the 4-Horse Hitch.

Friday, August 17th The Illini Pullers Association brings in their “souped up” Tractors & Trucks that will pull the sled showing off the horsepower under the hood in front of the grandstand again this year at 6:30 p.
m. right after the Antique Tractor Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m.  During the morning at 9:00 a.m. the Heavy Horse Hitch Classes will be shown in front of the grandstands. In addition, the Open Beef Show will be
judged in the Beef Show Arena and Sheep Judging at the Sheep Barn also at 9:00 a.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the Heavy Horses come back as they thunder in front of the grandstand to entertain you with the big 6, 4, and
Unicorn Hitches.

Saturday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. the car crushing, smoke filled Demolition Derby will finish off the fabulous five-days of crowd pleasing entertainment and what is sure to be an amazing experience for all who
attend! The horses are at the post as Harness Racing is on the track at 12:00 noon.  Some other events on Saturday are Horseshoe Tournament at 10:00 a.m. and Kids Pedal Pull at 11:00 a.m. As always, the
fair board works very hard to provide something for everyone, please come and enjoy the fair.

The Mega Band is back again this year and Wilson Family Rides will entertain fairgoers with their outstanding carnival and midway attractions. Patrons can ride unlimited rides every day of the fair for $50.00 (if
purchased in advance the week before the fair at the Secretary’s office) or $60.00 during the fair. Grandpa Cratchet Stage Show will return again this year along with our Bike Give Away each day of the fair and
the Cake/Pie Walk.

Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  
Aug. 2, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-09   

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AT THE WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 148th ANNUAL EVENT, RUNNING AUGUST 14-18

 MORRISON – 148th Annual Whiteside County Fair that opens the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 14, and runs through the Saturday, Aug. 18, grand finale.
 Wilson Family Rides will provide the midway entertainment that will delight fair-goers this year.
MEGA PASS is back again this year and it can be purchased for $50.00 Monday, August 6th through Monday, August 13th.  Once the Fair starts, Mega Pass price increases to $60.00 and needs to be
purchased from the Carnival.  This will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the Carnival is open during the 2018 Whiteside County Fair.
 If you are looking for a good one day deal during the weekday here is another option offered.  For only $25.00 “Wristband Day” gets a rider unlimited rides from 1-5 p.m. on either, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday or Friday.  For more information about these, or any other fair events, check out the fair’s website at www.whitesidecountyfair.org
April 2, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-01

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair has been very busy preparing for an impressive line-up of entertainment at this year’s fair and it is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 14th and
concludes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 18th.  The 148th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has many exciting attractions in the lineup for this year.

We would like to thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair! Without your continued support, the success of our fair would be very challenging to maintain. In today's world, the increased use of technology is all
around us, so again for this year the Whiteside County Fair will not be publishing a fair book Copies of blank entry forms will be available at participating banks for your convenience. Exhibitors can then easily fill in the
entry form from the information found on the website. We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause but we hope you understand.
KEITH ANDERSON - BIO
Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T.  That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who
has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.  

Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination,
Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. “I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel–and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are
really speaking to me when I’m recording,  and pitch everything else to other artists”, says Anderson.  Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are
You In?)” for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every
Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk”.  This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male
Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year. It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors”, and
Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, “Ultimate Country Star”.

Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”.
Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided  to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and
passion. “ “I’ll Bring the Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are
still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”.  And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin to the beat” as it has been added to The Highway
channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.

One thing is for sure…..Keith Anderson will “Bring The Music” every time!
July 31, 2018
Whiteside County Fair Press Release
18-08   

For further information, contact:
Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity
815-772-2793

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   MORRISON –Antique tractor buffs will have a heyday at this year’s 148th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 14-18.
   Display your Antique Tractor at this year’s Whiteside County Fair.  Each participant will receive a 148th Whiteside County Fair plaque to display on their antique tractor.  The exhibitor’s will fire up their engines
for the parade about one hour before the start of that evening’s truck and tractor pulls at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17th.  Anyone displaying their Antique Farm Tractor at the 2018 Whiteside County Fair will be
required to purchase a Season Membership Pass which will automatically enter them into the exhibition.  Due to space constraints, the display will be limited to "restored or good original" tractors.  The fair also
welcomes for display, hit and miss engines that are in working order.  No garden tractors or implements are allowed unless the implements are mounted to the tractor  Pre-registration is recommended and
can be done by contacting Ron Shank at 772-7157.