A new tradition begins Sunday with the first Franklin County Fair parade followed by a dance at the fairgrounds.

The parade will start at 6 p.m. at Union City Hall. It will travel west on Locust Street, north on Church Street and west on Main Street. The parade will go to Washington Avenue where it will go north to Park Avenue where it goes west. The parade ends at the fairgrounds.

The band Loose Change will be playing until 10 p.m., and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Fair runs from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.

Tickets are on sale throughout the county and are $35 until July 11, and $40 at the gate for adults and $25 for children. There is no cost for children under 5.

There are several new events this year, as well as many favorites returning.

Franklin County Fair will feature country music singer Randy Houser as its main entertainment.

Some of the major events this year include:

Thursday, July 11 — Queen contest and the pig scramble;

Friday, July 12 — Mid-Missouri Off Roaders mud run and local band, Crazy Aunt Linda, in the entertainment tent;

Saturday, July 13 — National Federation of Professional Bullriders bull ride and Randy Houser on the main stage;

Sunday, July 14 — Truck and tractor pull.

New Events

There will be a public safety and drug awareness event Thursday, July 11, on the middle school practice field starting at 4 p.m.

There will be armored vehicles, a SWAT vehicle and other equipment that people can see inside and out.

During the event, the Union Ambulance District and Mercy Hospital Washington will be fitting and giving away bike helmets to the first 60 children who show up to the event.

Also on hand will be representatives from service providers, including the Children’s Advocacy Center, Franklin County CASA, Foundations for Franklin County and the Washington Elks Lodge.

There will be a Mid-Missouri Off-Roaders Mud Run 5 p.m. Friday, July 12.

The Fair, along with the St. Louis Barbecue Society, will be hosting a barbecue contest Saturday, July 13. Those who would like to compete in the event can contact Fair Chairman Eric Schmuke at 314-640-2532 or go to www.FCYF.org or www.stlouisbbqsociety.com. The cost is $5 to try the food and vote for a winner.

Also on Saturday, a National Federation of Professional Bullriders bull ride event will take place at 6:30 p.m. A mechanical bull, velcro wall, and obstacle course will be available from 2-8 p.m.

There will be a talent show this year in the Family Pavilion Sunday, July 14, for ages 5-18. For an application to participate, people may go to the Union Chamber of Commerce office, located at 103 S. Oak St. Union.

Also new this year in the Family Pavilion there will be scavenger hunts and water balloon dodge ball.

This year, people may preregister for the pig scramble and super farmer contest. Registration forms are available at the Union, St. Clair and Sullivan Chamber of Commerce offices or at www.fcyf.org.