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The four-day Franklin County Fair kicks off Thursday.

The event will run through June 10 at the Fairgrounds in Union. Tickets are still on sale.

Crews spent the first part of the week setting up for the annual Fair in order to get things ready for opening day. One of the groups getting ready is new to the Fair.

Fun Time Shows will be providing the rides for the Fair this year. Fair Board member Eric Schmuke told The Missourian organizers wanted to switch things up.

Fun Time Shows will bring all new rides.

“We’ve been hearing from people the last few years ‘Same old rides, same old rides,’” Schmuke said. “So we brought in a new company.”

The new rides figure to be the most noticeable change about the 2018 Fair. The biggest change is that the event is starting in June.

Organizers were forced to alter the dates because of a scheduling issue with the sled for the truck and tractor pull. Schmuke said moving things up a month was the only way to make all the pieces fit together.

While the schedule change was not planned, Schmuke said organizers may get an unexpected benefit out it — better weather.

“It’s supposed to be cooler at night, and that’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “It might get down to the 60s at night. I like that.”

The cooler weather could come into play during the evening concerts. Schmuke said instead of a main stage headliner, the Fair Board opted for more concerts in the entertainment tent.

The shows will be Steve Leslie Band, Friday at 8 p.m.; Nathan Gerling, Saturday at 4 p.m.; Shotgun Creek Band, Saturday at 8 p.m.; and KG Lillian, Sunday at 6 p.m.

For more information or updates on the Fair, visitors are encouraged to visit Facebook. Schmuke said all updates will be posted on the group’s Facebook page.

The Facebook page is

Schedule Highlights

Thursday — The Fair gates will open at 5 p.m. Rides will start at 5:30 p.m.

The official opening will be at 6 p.m. with the annual parade. The parade will start at city hall, head west on Locust Street, north on Church Street, west on Main Street, right on Christina Avenue and left on Park Street before ending at the city pool.

Following the parade will be the Franklin County Fair Queen Contest at 7 p.m.

The annual pig scramble will start at 8:30 p.m. Registration opens at 6 p.m. for all children between the ages of 6 and 14.

The Fair will close for the day at 11 p.m.

Friday — The second day of the Fair will have the main gates open at 7 a.m. It will close at midnight.

Rides will start at 5:30 p.m.

The day will feature the demolition derby at 7 p.m. A power wheel demo derby is set for 8 p.m.

The pedal tractor pull registration for kids between the ages of 4 and 10 will start at 6 p.m. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 — The gates will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. Rides will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 to 11:30 p.m.

The Little Mister and Miss Contest will take place at 4 p.m. The semi truck pull will be at 6 p.m. The L. Brautigam Tractor Pull will start at 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 10 — Gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Rides will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

An antique tractor pull is set for 1 p.m. The field class tractor pull will be at 3:30 p.m.

The baby contest will start at 4 p.m.