The 73rd annual Okawville Fair and Wheat Festival will be held at the Okawville Community Club Park on September 17th, 18th, and 19th.
The 3-day event will kick off Friday evening, September 17th with the Miss Okawville Fair Queen Pageant and Junior Miss Crowning beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the new Junior/Senior High School building. The 2019 Queen will reign over the fair and appear in the parade on Sunday afternoon.
J. Christopher, Most Dangerous One Man Band will be the feature free entertainment Friday evening from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Concession stands will open at 5:00 p.m. Arm bands will be used from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Single ride tickets may also be purchased. Some rides will need more than one ticket.
On Saturday premium exhibits may be entered from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. A Washer Tournament will be held at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. Young Farmers activities will be held. Ardy the Clown will be in the park from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Antique Tractor Pull will begin at 2:00 p.m. A local Talent Show will be held on stage at 2:00 p.m. This is the chance for Washington County residents to “show off” their talents. The Exhibit Hall will also open at 2:00 p.m. We will have antique corn shelling and grinding beginning at 4:00 p.m. Rides will be from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. Ride tickets will be available with some rides taking multiple tickets. Armbands for rides will be available from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. the Venedy Band will be in concert. The Okawville American Legion Post #233 will host bingo from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. (BL-3002). The evening’s free outdoor stage entertainment will be provided by The Steel Creek Band from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.
On Sunday the concession stands will open at 11:00 a.m. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. weather permitting, and will feature large decorated floats, bands, and other marching units. The theme of this year’s parade is “What did you miss in 2020?”. Anyone wishing to place an entry in the parade should contact Janine Brammeier at 618-243-9914. Anyone wishing to ride a horse in the parade should contact Sue Lehde at 618-424-7735.
Following the parade, the Exhibit Hall will open. Rides with single tickets will be from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. with some rides taking multiple tickets. Arm bands will be available from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The West Washington County High School Band will be in concert from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bingo will be available from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. sponsored by the Okawville American Legion Post 233. Free outdoor entertainment by Champagne Fixx from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Over $6,000 in premiums will again be offered to this year’s exhibitors. Washington County residents may bring in their farm products, fruit, fancy work, canned goods, baked goods, photography, painted pictures, and school exhibits, etc. and compete for the premiums offered.
It is suggested that exhibitors enter on Friday if at all possible to avoid the rush on Saturday morning. Exhibits will be accepted from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening and from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The Wheat Festival will not have the free “Corn Box” for the young children this year due to COVID-19 concerns.
A variety of food and refreshments will be available including fish, fried chicken, grilled pork steaks, chicken strips, bratwurst, hamburgers, French fries, slaw, funnel cakes, kettle popcorn, ice cream, pie, cake, soda, water, coffee, beer, etc.
No admission is charged to the grounds and ample parking space is available. The only parking permitted on the grounds is in the handicapped only parking lot next to the Exhibit Hall.
There are plenty of picnic tables for sitting but lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers are prohibited on the fairgrounds.
Area businesses, organizations, and individuals who are Okawville Fair Sponsors are listed below:
Addieville Lumber Co., AGRIMAXX Wheat Company, Annette’s Flowers & Gifts, AVC Optometry Inc., All Mart, Barkau and Unverfehrt, P.C., Brammeier Chiropractic LLC, Bridgeport Group, Campagna Funeral Home, CBI Foods – Mike Christ, Circle K Citizens for Charlie Meier, Country Companies – Dennis Hoelscher, Donnewald Distributing Co., Droste Family Seeds/Pioneer, Edward Jones – Paul Jansen, Edward Jones – Harry Easley, Edward Jones – Eric Unverferht, Financial Solutions Midwest Wealth, Inc., Farm Credit Illinois, Farmers and Merchants Bank, First National Bank, Frederking’s Eagles Nest, Gateway FS, GC Unverfehrt Farm Supply, Grupo Antolin, Haier Plumbing and Heating Inc., Koch Insurance Agency, Lyle’s Auto Body, Meier Chevrolet Meyer’s Greenhouse, Moeller Bros., Inc., Nascote Industries, Nashville Animal Clinic PC, NOTS Logistics, Oakley Services, Inc., Obermeier Truck Service LLC, Okawville Body Works, Okawville Chamber of Commerce, Okawville Community Club, Okawville Equipment, Okawville Medicenter Pharmacy and High Street Laundry & Storage, LLC, Okawville Lions Club, Old Exchange National Bank, Prairie State, Riechmann Bros., LLC, SC Crop Insurance – Eric Brammeier, The Maschhoff’s Inc., The Okaw-ville Times, TOP AG Co-operative Inc., Tri County Electric, Village of Okawville, Washington County Farm Bureau, Washington County Title & Abstract, Weeke Sales and Service, Wehmeyer Seed Company, Wennemann’s Meat Market, and WJ Bookkeeping & Tax Service.