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Friday, 24 July 2015 10:02

Rock County Fair 2015: Here's what's new

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If your kids love playing in the corn box at the Ag tent, they will have more to love this year. The fair will have an Ag Adventure Tent with more interactive activities. If your kids love playing in the corn box at the Ag tent, they will have more to love this year. The fair will have an Ag Adventure Tent with more interactive activities. File photo

 “Families Make the Fair Go Round” not only is the fair’s theme this year, it’s the emphasis of one new project that will be revealed during fair week.

 The Ag Adventure Tent will be set up adjacent to the council’s tent and will offer interactive activities for the younger fairgoers. It’s a collaboration between the fair board and the Ag Business Council of Rock County.

Fair board member Maureen Fox Rusch worked with Jessica Sarbacker of the council to come up with ideas that would enhance the fair experience for the younger set.

“We’ll have activities for them to do, like farmer for a day,” said Kelli Cameron, secretary of the Ag Business Council of Rock County. “They’ll be able to pick an apple off a tree, dig potatoes, gather eggs, things like that.”

(Rock County Fair 2015 preview HERE)

Mary Check, fair secretary, said the fair is invested in making the Ag Adventure Tent something to be remembered.

“There will be different activities each day for the kids to do and educational displays,” Check said.

The Ag Adventure Tent will be staffed by members of the 4-H?and FFA?clubs. That will give the older club members an opportunity to work with the younger members and pass on what they’ve already learned.     

New acts

There are events going on all day at the fair. The side stages host some acts you are sure to enjoy. Both the First National Bank and Trust Company Stage and the Downtown Beloit Assoc. Stage have performers to amaze you.

Be sure to check out the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team -- you might recognize them from season eight of “America’s Got Talent.” They were a semifinalist on that show. They perform amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines. Their thundering tumbling routines require impeccable timing.

Catch the Boyz at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the First National Bank and Trust Company Stage.

If their acrobats amaze you, look for another act to do the same, but this time you’ll only have one chance --?the Kenya Safari Acrobats perform at noon Saturday at the Downtown Beloit Assoc. Stage.

 Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes.

They perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat.

New foods

What’s a fair without food? New foods this year will join the usual suspects -- cotton candy, corn dogs, cream puffs -- with new taste sensations.

Irma’s Cinnamon Rolls, Ben’s Soft Pretzils and the Old Fashioned Soda Company will join the lineup of favorites.

2015 Rock County 4-H Fair

When:Tuesday through Sunday, July 28 through Aug. 2

Where:Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville

Tickets: Children under age 7 are admitted free. Single-day tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Season passes are $24 for adults and $12 for youth. Thursday, July 30, is Senior Citizens Day -- tickets for age 62 and older, $4.

Main Stage entertainment:

July 28, Pete Lee and Andi Smith

July 29, Cole Swindell

July 30, Montgomery Gentry

July 31, Dan + Shay

Aug. 1, Tyler Farr

 Contact: Call 608-755-1470 or go online to RockCounty4hFair.com.

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