The Dixon May Fair, which was first held in 1876, will open the gates on Thursday for the 139th time, presenting all the traditions of the spring event plus a few new twists.
The fair showcases local and regional music; livestock shows; exhibits of quilts, jams, art, garden produce and flowers; professional bull riding and a hot rod tractor pull.
A wine pavilion is hope to an amateur winemaking competition. Students have created dresses out of recycled grocery bags and duct tape, and a classic car show is complemented by rock and roll music on Saturday.
There’s a free Kids Zone, a train ride, strolling entertainers and an Extreme K9s dog show.
The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds at 655 S. First St. in Dixon. Special promotions include $5 Thrifty Thursday, Kids Day on Friday, a canned food drive on Friday and a special treat for moms on Sunday.
For advance tickets and more information, visit www.DixonMayFair.com.