HENRY — The 98th annual Marshall-Putnam Fair opens today with judging of all projects not involving livestock, and with the kids’ Kroger cookie stacking competition at 4 p.m. harness racing at 5 p.m. at the grandstand and the kick-off dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday gets started with music and entertainers and programming for senior citizens 9-11 a.m.
Thursday also is Family Fun day, free for children, and includes a climbing wall 1-8 p.m., face painting and a balloon artist 4-7 p.m., a dinosaur bone museum 4-7:30 p.m. and inflatables and train rides 4-8:30 p.m.
Thursday’s show at the grandstand features rising country star and Indiana native Dylan Schneider presented by Mid-America National Bank, with Austin Burke as the warm-up act at 7 p.m.
Friday’s activities include Dino Digs for the kids at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Power Wheels Derby at 6:30 p.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. with the demolition derby.
Saturday’s events include activities in the barn for kids such as a Cutest Little Farmer Contest (ages 2-11) at 10 a.m., a ponytail contest and several dinosaur-themed activities, plus the kiddie tractor pull at 11 a.m., and then, for all ages, the Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest at 3 p.m.
Saturday’s main event is Lucas Oil’s America’s Pull tractor pull.
A tractor show continues all weekend, with a car, truck and motorcycle show starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Adult Sunday Funday events around the beer tent include adult Jenga, darts, Yardzee, Dino Races, bags, bocce ball and music.
Spectators can check out the Dance Central Performance Team at 1 p.m. and the Marshall-Putnam Antique and Stock Tractor Pull and America’s Pull at 2 p.m.