Winnebago County Fair returns for 98th year

PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) - Ninety-eight years of great music, fried food, animal showing, and so much more. The Winnebago County Fair returns, starting Wednesday, at its familiar location in Pecatonica.

The first Winnebago County Fair took place in Pec in 1921, making it one of the longest running county fairs in the state. There's been vendors coming every summer for more than 45 years. The fair runs every day through Sunday from noon to midnight. Audio Drive headlines the Friday music slate and sunset strip takes the main stage on Saturday Night.

"In the grandstand this year, we've got extreme rough stock rodeo. That's a new rodeo for us this year," said Winnebago County Fair Association Board Secretary Deb Runte. "On Thursday we have truck races. Friday, we have farmer's class tractor pulls in the afternoon and then Badger State tractor pulls in the evening. And then on Saturday we have Illini State pullers and on Sunday we have our demolition derby."