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The Franklin County Fair is just one month out, and Fair Board members said planning is going great.

The board has compiled a to-do list to get the grounds in tip-top shape for the July 13-16 event, said Tom Abbott, treasurer.

Classic country singer/songwriter Trent Tomlinson is the main stage entertainment at this year’s Fair Friday night at 9 p.m.

“Hopefully we have a good crowd for Trent Tomlinson,” Abbott said, adding that the singer has been conducting flood relief concerts to help those affected by the floods in Missouri.

“He is a big supporter of small county fairs, especially in Missouri,” Abbott added.

Main Events

Main events for each day are as follows:

Thursday, July 13 — Fifth annual Leonard Brautigam memorial truck and tractor pull by Mid-Missouri Tractor and Truck Pull Association, 7 p.m.;

Fifth annual Fair safety show, 4 to 7 p.m.; and

Fair queen contest, 6 p.m.

Friday, July 14 — Fifth annual Kathy Prilwetz memorial professional bull riding, 7 p.m.; and

Trent Tomlinson, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 — Third annual demolition derby, 6 p.m.;

Little Mister and Miss Franklin County Fair contest, 4 p.m.; and

Power Wheels demolition derby, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 16 — Inaugural Kent Kundert memorial field class tractor pull, 3:30 p.m.

Antique tractor pull, 1 p.m.

Baby contest, 4 p.m.; and

Pig scramble, 7 p.m.


The annual Fair parade has been set for Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. A free after party with music by DJ Blu will be held at the fairgrounds.

Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. at Union City Hall and will be lined up in the order entries arrive.

The parade will begin at city hall, turn left on Locust, north on Church Street, West on Main Street, right on Christina Avenue, left on Park Street and end at the fairgrounds.

Parade entries are due by July 1 and is only open to those who have advertised or have an organization that is part of the Fair.

For more information, people may email franklincountyfair@live.com.


The queen contest, annual fair safety show and livestock shows all will be held at the Union Middle School practice field.

This year, the pig scramble was moved to Sunday night to close out the Fair.

“We look forward to a bigger crowd Sunday night with the pig scramble,” Abbott said.

Abbott thanked Straatmann Feed for donating a livestock arena for the show and the school district for allowing the use of the field.

The livestock shows will be held Friday and Saturday this year, instead of Thursday and Friday, as they have been in the past.

Exhibit Tags

Fair exhibit tags for building exhibits, livestock entry forms and forms for all other 4-H events are at the Franklin County University of Missouri Extension Center, 116 W. Main St.

Forms are due Friday, June 23.


Volunteers are still needed for various Fair duties.

Those looking for community service hours or who want to volunteer may call Tom Abbott, 636-584-4473.

The University of Missouri Extension also is seeking volunteers to help with exhibit day Wednesday, July 12, beginning at noon. Volunteers will help check in and carry exhibits to their spaces and work as judge assistants.

For more information, people may call 636-583-5141.

Ticket Sales

Ticket sales are underway.

Abbott encouraged people to buy a season pass and visit all four days of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations in Union:

United Bank of Union (all Union locations), the Union Parks Department, Union Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Sullivan, Purschke Oil and Tire Co., Fricks Market, and McDonald’s.

Other ticket locations include McDonald’s, Washington, St. Clair, Sullivan, and Pacific; Bank of Franklin County, Krakow; Voss Market, Beaufort; and Dollar Plus, St. Clair.

Tickets will be available until Wednesday, July 12, at 8 a.m.

Extended sales will be at Fricks until Thursday, July 13, at 10 a.m.

Last-minute season passes will be sold at the parade after party from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online with no additional fees at franklincountymofair.com. Click “tickets” to purchase.