The 2022 Marshall-Putnam Musical-A-Fair will take place July 13-17 and will feature a variety of activities for children.
Children’s activities will begin with the return of ImAGination Acres, the farming town under the Great White Tent.
Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau Foundation, Marshall-Putnam Ag in the Classroom, First State Bank-McNabb, and Walmart Community Grant helped bring kids’ favorite place back to the field.
Daily tent activities will include Fair Scavenger Hunt 4-7pm Wednesday, Seed Bombs 12-2pm Thursday, Salt People 2:30-4:30pm Thursday, Pillow Making 5-7pm Thursday, Friday – bees/watercolors 12-2 p.m. Friday, seed bombs 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, tic tac toe board 5-7 p.m. Friday, chime 12-2 p.m. Saturday, family birdhouses (a per family) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Play-doh making from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Cookie Stacking returns to “Kick-Off Wednesday” at 5 p.m. on July 13 in the Hunt Building. Kids and adults can test their steady hand as they compete to stack the tallest tower of cookies. 1923 Steakhouse & Sports Bar and Timber Ridge Golf Club sponsored this event.
At 2 p.m. on July 14, “The Twist Thursday” returns with Family Fun Night in its new location. Activities and attractions will be located at the west end of the commercial building. Other activities will be located in the big white ImAGination Acres tent and surrounding area.
This free event will feature face painting by Ms. Fancy Paints and her crew, MP 4-H STEM Club, Pheasants Forever, 4-H Shooting and Bow, WCIC 91.5 Radio with Giveaways, Goodie Bags, a 50/50 Raffle, plus a raffle raffle for tickets to MP Fair grandstand events.
The Upper Limits Climbing Wall will also be back with a new activity for kids ages 10 and up, Mobile Adventures Ax Throwing. The rock climbing wall and the ax throwing will require a parental signature to participate.
Local fire, police and rescue services will display their vehicles, equipment and share their knowledge with the children. This will give kids a chance to visit and learn more about what it takes to be a local hero.
The Girl Scouts of Greater Peoria will also be offering games and crafts for children.
The Friendly Farms Petting Zoo will be back with pony rides. Matt the magician will entertain with his magic animals and balloons. M&K Inflatables is also back with its activities, games and small train rides.
All these activities will be free from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Most activities will be available throughout Family Fun Night, with the exception of Friendly Farms Petting Zoo & Pony Rides which will run from 3-7pm and Le Petit Train which will run from 4-8pm.
The free family home evening is made possible by the following donors: Cindy Salisbury, Betty A Wilken Memorial, City of Henry, City of Lacon, City of Toluca, DeRubeis Grain, Eberle Enterprises, Eberle Bros. Trucking Inc, Henry Hometown Hardware, Henry Rotary Club, Italian Villa, Jim’s IGA, LaPrairie Mutual Insurance, Marquis Energy, Mennie Machine, Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance, River Valley Coop, Rotary Club of Putnam County, Rotary Club of Toluca, Route 71 Auto Body, State Farm-Jackie Padesky, Village of Granville, Village of Hennepin, Village of Sparland and Wilson Insurance.
On “Heavy Metal Friday” on July 15, kids and adults can enjoy Bingo Blitz at 1:30 p.m. in the Hunt Building. No cost to play and prizes go to first to get bingo.
“Good Vibrations Saturday” features Down in the Barn crowd-favorite activities starting at 10 a.m.
Kids ages 2-11 can start the competitions with the cutest little farmer contest. Come dressed as a farmer and wear your smile. Participants will be divided into 3 age groups and prizes will be awarded to the winners. No live accessories.
The longest ponytail competition is also open to all children from 2 to 11 years old in 3 age groups. Also starting at 10 a.m. is registration for the Kiddie Tractor Pull. This activity is located under the grandstand. The cost to compete is $1.00 and is open to children 13 and under.
Participants will be divided into 4 age groups: 4 and under, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13. A parent’s signature is required to participate. The Kiddie Tractor is sponsored by: Energy Specialists, Family Farms Together LLC, LaPrairie Mutual Insurance and Marquis Energy.
The raw potato decorating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the commercial building. Participants start with a raw potato and must provide their own edibles and imagination to turn that potato into a work of art. Registration is free and prizes will be awarded in 3 age groups, from children to adults.
The Chillers & Laughs competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. near the east end of the stand. No registration fees and prizes will be awarded to 3 age groups, from children to adults.
Winners must be the first person to thaw a frozen t-shirt enough to put it on. Frozen t-shirts will be provided. Saturday activities are made possible by: Jenny Balensiefen-Hardin, LaPrairie Mutual Insurance and Marquis Energy.
“Star Spangled Sunday” is presented by the Ryan family and Brittney Leech and will begin at noon under the Big White Tent. Games for kids of all ages including: Bottle Ring Toss, Red Solo Cup Water Gun Races, Water Boat Races, Baseball Toss, Horse Hoop, Hopscotch, Giant Pickup Sticks, Giant Kerplunk and stilts.
At 1 p.m. there will be a fairground scavenger hunt where children can solve clues to explore the fairgrounds and learn a little more about the history of the fair. 2:00 p.m. will be the start of the water games.
Sunday Funday is sponsored by: Dan & Joni Brooks Family, Eberle Enterprises, Marquis Energy, Ray & Susie Allen, State Farm-Jackie Padesky, Stevone Hardin and Wilson Insurance.
M&K Inflatables & Children’s Train will be open Friday through Sunday for children’s entertainment. Armbands are $5 for a one-day group or $10 for a three-day group and can be purchased near the inflatables.
The opening hours are: Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. M&K Inflatables are featured at the fair by Family Farms Together LLC, Marquis Energy and State Farm-Jackie Padesky.
Friendly Farms Petting Zoo and Pony Rides will get kids up close to their favorite farm animals. They will be open Friday and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friendly Farms Petting Zoo & Pony Rides is sponsored by State Farm-Jackie Padesky.