The 136th annual Dixon May Fair is just around the corner, and planning is well under way for the five-day event that officials promise will offer fun and good memories for people of all ages.
The May Fair will open Wednesday, May 4, and entertain thousands of visitors through Mother’s Day on May 8. While the fair has traditionally been a four-day affair, the fair’s board of directors unanimously approved extending the event by one day in October.
The hope is that the extra day not only would add another element to the fair, but also help the Dixon community by bringing in more business.
Future Farmers of America and 4-H members from throughout the region will show their steers, sheep, goats and swine in the Junior Livestock Showcase. The livestock auction, set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, will be dedicated to the memory of Jack Hopkins, who died in 2009. Hopkins and his wife, Anna, owned Sheldon Oil, and purchased animals at the auction for more than 40 years.
Locals also will compete in dozens of categories, including interior living, fine arts, photography, floriculture, today’s youth, industrial education and ag mechanics. More than 6,000 competitive exhibits were submitted last year.
Tickets are still available for the live concerts and demolition derby. May Fair CEO Jack Murphy described this year’s entertainment line-up as one of the best the fair has ever had.
Blues artist Jonny Lang and guest Robben Ford will open the fair on Wednesday, May 4. John Kay and Steppenwolf will rock the arena with special guest Eric Burdon and the Animals on Thursday, May 5. Country superstar Trace Adkins will headline a night filled with favorites on Friday, May 6, that will open with legend Merle Haggard.
Disney star and pop singer Selena Gomez and her band The Scene will headline a concert Saturday, May 7. The band Days Difference will open that evening in the arena.
All prices for concert tickets include all-day admission to the fair. Reserved seats for Lang and Robbin are $35 and $25; general admission is $19. Reserved seats for Kay and Steppenwolf are $39 and $25; $19 for general admission.
Adkins and Gomez seats are both available at $45 reserved and $39 general. Tickets are on sale at the Dixon May Fair box office and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
The annual Demolition Derby, which for many is a Mother’s Day tradition, will be May 8. Tickets are $22 and include all-day admission. Car registration is available at http://www.dixonmayfair.com.
The May Fair office also has advanced discount carnival ride wristbands available for purchase. The wristbands, which will allow an individual to ride unlimited rides for the day, are $25. Most attractions at the May Fair cost three to five tickets per ride.
Advance admission tickets are also available for $7. Once the fair opens, admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12, and $8 for seniors and military. Advance tickets will be available until 5 p.m. May 3.
For more information, visit http://www.dixonmayfair.com.