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Paw Paw fair returns after COVID forced hiatus

This week the Paw Paw County Fairgrounds will host a mud bog, livestock show, pageants, rides, food, local musicians and more. 

After canceling in 2020 because of the pandemic, the 2021 Paw Paw District Fair kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m. today at the Rivesville Volunteer Fire Department.

“We’re anticipating hopefully a good turn out. With the numbers starting to go up with the other variant of COVID, we’re kind of apprehensive,” said Lisa Whetsell, fair secretary. “It’s a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. It’s affordable, everything is included.”

The gate price, which is $8 today, Wednesday and Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday, includes access to all of the fair’s rides and events, she said. The fair is using a new carnival vendor this year and hopes it’s better than the previous one, she said. 

After the parade, tonight will be the power wheels mud bog and power wheels demolition derby and Miss Paw Paw Queen pageant.

On Wednesday, the fairgrounds will host the 4-H and FFA livestock show. The show will feature animals such as market hogs, feeder calves and market steer, said Laura Hines, 35-year leader of the Little Indian Creek 4-H Club and livestock barn manager for the fair.

It’s the second such show in the region since the pandemic and many kids weren’t able to do projects because the pandemic prevented 4-H meetings, Hines said. 

Fair attendees will be able to go into the barn and view various animals. Hines said she discourages petting the animals without owner permission and to be careful of nips caused by having sweet stuff on the hands. There will also be a second barn with show horses for viewing.

A motocross short track race and the Miss Paw Paw pre-teen and teen pageants are also scheduled Wednesday night.

Thursday’s events are the professional transfer sled truck pull, little miss and junior miss pageants.

There are two performances by Hillbilly Gypsies and a demolition derby on Friday. 

Saturday’s events include the trike tractor pull, truck mud bog and two performances by Cody Clayton Eagle.

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