Organizers are expecting good crowds Thursday when the Franklin County Fair kicks off.

“We expect our typically crowded Thursday with the pig scramble that night and the new addition of safety day,” said Fair Chairman Eric Schmuke.

Also Thursday will be the Franklin County Fair Queen contest under the Family Pavilion at 6 p.m.

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

Fair Main Events

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.

Schmuke added that he anticipates a large turnout to the Mid-Missouri Off- Roaders mud run Friday night. There was a similar event held by the Fair Board last fall that attracted a lot of spectators.

“The mud run was packed last time we had one, so we are hoping for that to happen again along with local band Crazy Aunt Linda in the entertainment tent,” he said.

Saturday will feature country music singer Randy Houser, as well as a new professional rodeo.

“We aren’t totally sure how huge of a crowd will be there with the new professional bull ride, but we have been getting a great response to Randy Houser,” Schmuke added.

This year, the tractor pull will be held Sunday night, instead of Friday night like in years past, he explained.

“Sunday we are hoping our former Friday crowd will come out for the tractor pull,” Schmuke said.

During the Union Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night, Alderman and Fair Board member Bob Schmuke said the first Franklin County Fair parade was held Sunday evening.

“Yesterday was the first parade and it went really well,” he said. “Then we had a dance in the park.”

The parade began at Union City Hall and ended at the Jaycees Fairgrounds. A dance following the parade featured music by Loose Change.

Mayor Mike Livengood urged residents, and city officials, to come out to the Fair this year,

“It looks like we are going to have some pretty nice weather,” he said.

Livengood added that many local organizations benefit from the Fair.

“They all put up booths and really depend on it,” he said. “So, if you get a chance, please come down and support the Fair.”

Alderman Karen Erwin recognized Union Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Arand for working with the Fair Board and other organizations.

“It puts a lot of strain on the parks department,” she said.