For the younger set, Saturday morning will be the place to play dodgeball. Supervised by Altamont High School coaches John Niebrugge and Peggy Bueker, kids from third grade through high school will be separated into age groups for the competition that runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10.
Another new event will be held during breaks in the ever-popular demolition derby on that same Saturday night. Hartke said the promoter will bring in 12 riding lawn mowers that will be used to play lawn mower soccer. The mowers will be driven around in an effort to move a 30-inch ball toward a goal.
This year's demolition derby has a twist, as well. Longtime driver Joe Cripe has built a second car that a member of the public will drive. Prospective drivers will be able to buy $10 tickets and three for $25 for a chance to drive the car.Those tickets are available at the fair office anytime before 3 p.m. Aug. 10, several hours before the derby.
As always, the derby will wrap up the fair for another year.
For complete information on the fair, fair booklets are available at the Effingham Daily News and a number of other locations throughout the county or visit www.effinghamcountyfair.com.
For a look at this year's pageant contestants, see the Farm Fair section in today's edition.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or email@example.com.