New Windsor Fair & Rodeo
The New Windsor Fair, Rodeo and horse show is celebrating its 76th year this year. The fair and rodeo begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. There is free parking on the rodeo grounds.
The fun kicks off with a street parade at 5 p.m. Thursday, complete with handmade floats, antique tractors, drill teams, marching bands, fire engines, horses and lots of candy.
The New Windsor Rodeo is Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Every performance of the rodeo includes bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Plus rodeo clowns and specialty acts. There are performances at 7 p.m. each day.
Friday starts early at the Fair. The food tents will be open for breakfast at 7 a.m. Saturday gets off to a running start with the Rodeo Run 2-mile and 4-mile events at 8 a.m. with registration opening at 7 a.m. The run starts and ends at the Fair Grounds east gate. The youth horse show begins at 9 a.m. The Youth Show is open to all area kids younger than 18. Bleacher seating is available for this event. At 1 p.m., children have their own "Kiddie Parade." Children and their parents make small floats, decorate bicycles and wagons, or dress as characters. This is a change from past years to accommodate the earlier start of local schools.
The "Hobby Building" houses the craft and hobby show, painting and photography competition, as well as flower, fruit and vegetable competition, all open to public participation. The Fair also has a carnival, complete with rides for everyone and of course "fair food" like lemon shake-ups, hot dogs, funnel cakes and elephant ears . For those looking for a more well-balanced meal, local churches have food pavilions on the grounds that serve hot roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, or pork chop sandwiches. Other area organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and the school booster club, serve more traditional fair food; onion rings, nachos and soda.
The fair grounds are located at the west end of New Windsor on Illinois 17.