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Perry Co. Fair

Kelly Epplin holds her duck during the annual livestock auction Tuesday at Perry County Fairground.

PINCKNEYVILLE — The 161st Perry County Fair, one of the oldest in Illinois, is underway at Perry County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday evening was the 32nd annual Livestock 4-H Auction. Sara Marten, the youth development educator for University of Illinois Extension, said the auction showcases the projects of youth from Jackson, Perry and Randolph counties and gives them a chance to earn back a little of the cost of the project.

Perry Co. Fair

Alana Smith (far right) introduces her goats to 4 year old twins Julie and Kaylin Heins during the annual livestock auction at Perry County Fair on Tuesday. 

About 60 youth auctioned animals during the evening. One was Keely Epplin, whose first sale was her duck. She had the animal about two months.

"They're easy to take care of because you put them on the pond, and they take care of themselves, with a little food," Epplin said.

Logan Lehde had several pens of sheep and goats, including an ewe with a 6-day-old baby. He said the mother was his 4-H project and he was not selling her. The baby would be sold when it reached 60 pounds. He has different varieties of sheep and goats, and his favorite goat is named Billy.

Lynn Heins, county extension director, said the auction is run by volunteers. She brought her twin daughters, Julie and Kaylin, to see the animals.

The fair continues through Saturday. Some of the highlights include Music in the Park featuring Cassie Sharp, a free family concert, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Gospel Music Night, 7 p.m. Thursday; ITPA Tractor Pulls at 7 p.m. Friday; activities for children from 2 to 6 p.m., a bags tournament at 4 p.m. and fireworks at dusk on Saturday.

Admission is $15 for the tractor pull. Parking is free.

Registration for the Corn Hole Tournament (bags) will begin at 2:30 p.m. Entry is $20 per two-person team.

Perry Co. Fair

A ewe shown by Logan Lehde and her six week old baby hang out in a pen at Perry County Fairground during a livestock auction Tuesday evening. 

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets for live music on Wednesday and Thursday. Food vendors will be open Wednesday through Saturday. The beer tent will be open Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Monday, Emily Kuberski was crowned Miss Perry County Fair. Emily Lemmon won the title of Junior Miss Perry County Fair. The title of Little Miss Perry County Fair went to Marley Trail.

For more information, visit the Perry County Fair's Facebook page.



Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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