The Coles County Farm Bureau is once again gearing up for the festivities during the Coles County Fair, July 28 through August 4. The County Fair will hold daily harness races, livestock exhibitions, nightly family entertainment, and much more for a great week of excitement. The Coles County Fair is the oldest continuous county fair in Illinois since 1854.

The Coles County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will again be hosting the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull on Tuesday, July 30; registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the pull at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Arena. This event is open to all kids up to 100 pounds. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each class.

Don’t miss the Grand Champion 4-H Showmanship Competition on Wednesday evening, July 31 beginning at 6 p.m., again in the 4-H Show Arena. The Coles County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee also sponsors this yearly event. The winner of the swine, sheep, and cattle showmanship compete for the Overall Showmanship award.

The Women’s Committee will again be sponsoring breakfast for the 4-H participants beginning at 7 a.m. Monday-Wednesday.

The Coles County 4-H Fair runs consecutively with the Coles County Fair. The Coles County 4-H is a youth development program through the University of Illinois Extension helping today’s youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

Through 4-H and other extension programs, Coles County youngsters are developing life skills in leadership, citizenship, public speaking and project areas of their choice. Special 4-H school enrichment programs complement the traditional 4-H club experience.

There are also many other trips, fairs, career education, national and international youth exchanges, and other activities available throughout the year for the members to participate in.

These clubs provide learning opportunities in agriculture, community involvement, global awareness, environmental and natural resources, food, nutrition, and health, home and family, mechanics and technology, and personal development.

These opportunities are open to all residents in Coles County. For additional information contact the U of I Extension, Coles County at 217-345-7034.

Both the County Fair and the 4-H Fair are great assets to the county and a tremendous opportunity for the development of our youth. There are many volunteer leaders, assistants, committees, chaperones, and help in many other countless ways that make 4-H a possibility for our area youth.

New Coles CFB

Membership Benefit at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

Coles County Farm Bureau members, shop at the Charleston location, 1416 Lincoln Ave. and receive discounts on your auto parts.

Membership card must be presented at the time of purchase.

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