Getting ready for the Marion Fair

By Emily Grove
Special to the Osceola Edition

MARION — With the Marion Fair just around the corner, Fair Board President Howard McCrimmon is confident the fair will deliver a week of powerhouse events yet again. This year the fair runs from June 19-26, with the large grandstand events like the Modified Tractor and Truck Pull on Friday evening and the Demolition Derby Saturday night. Those are the events that draw people in, McCrimmon said. “We had very solid crowds for all our events last year,” he said. But the biggest draw for the fair is always the country concert, which McCrimmon thinks will likely be sold out soon. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday and will feature country duo Bomshel as the opening act. This year’s headliner is Easton Corbin. Corbin has released two number one hits, “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It.” His most recent song “I Can’t Love you Back” was also a Billboard Hot 100 hit and peaked at 14 on the country charts. “People are always wondering who our act is every year,” McCrimmon said. “It’s first thing that comes out of people’s mouths when they ask about our fair.” The Marion Fair has a history of featuring up-and-coming artists who later go on to be very successful acts. Toby Keith and Jason Aldean are two that come to mind, he said. Throughout the week numerous other events will be held including: the farm stock tractor pull on Monday, Tuesday’s heavy weight draft horse pull and Wednesday’s Super Kicker Rodeo. The fair also provides plenty of fun activities for children of all ages. A free scavenger hunt will be held on Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. in the arena. On Thursday and Friday a free kid’s craft tent will be open from 3-7 p.m. In its 72nd year the Marion Fair will also feature the traditional midway with carnival rides and attractions provided by Schmidt Amusements. “We’ve been getting a lot of good (phone) calls here at the office,” McCrimmon said. “I think it’s going to be another good year for this fair.”