alert top story editor's pick 84 photos of the Macon County Fair from 1924 to today May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021 Updated May 25, 2021 0 Take a look back at the Macon County Fair. Paratrooper 1985: Laurie Kradle, Savanna, left, and Barb Bligh, Naperville, both ISU students, ride the Paratrooper at the fair. Herald & Review file photo Marvin Meyer 1983: Marvin Meyer, 13, won $5 for his efforts in the greased pig contest Monday at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo Boot race 1985: Ginger Watts; 8; struggles with her shoe during the boot race. Participants must find their shoes in the straw pile. Herald & Review file photo Jumps 1985 Herald & Review file photo Hampshire gilt 1985: Travis Perry, 14, of Monticello hoses down his Hampshire gilt, Vandergilt, at the county fair. Herald & Review file photo Sassy's All 1989: Kandy Schooley heads Sassy's All toward a two-length, wire-to-wire victory in 2-year-old pace at Decatur-Macon County Fair Friday. Sassy's All is owned by Decatur's Lavelle Staley. Herald & Review file photo Greased pole 1985: Stacy Stinson, 12, reaches for a prize slip during the greased pole contest Monday. Herald & Review file photo Kelli Benner 1985: Queen Kelli Benner Herald & Review file photo 1985 Ribbons 1985 Herald & Review file photo Hold on tight 1985: Both smiling, but bracing for the forward rush, Chad Harmon, 5, and his sister Janeen, 3, ride the Scrambler for kids at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo Pileup at the pole 1985: In the first heat of the first race at the Decatur-Macon County Fair Monday night, pacers JT Message and Mystic Rainbow dueled for position and went down round the turn. Horses and drivers Pete Leu and John Hacker escaped injury, and the race continued as the sulkies were removed. Winner was Janitor Jac, owned by Jack Butts. Herald & Review file photo Title seekers 1977: Four of the 24 contestants for this year's Macon County Fair Queen Title. From left in front are Tammy Burkhart and Anita Maxey. At rear, from left, are Maureen Weiss and Kathy Delaney. Herald & Review file photo Reserve champion 1985: Mark Beck, 16, of Niantic puts his reserve champion Shorthorn steer on the block at the Sale of Champions. Herald & Review file photo Grand champion barrow 1985: This grand champion barrow brought a record $6 a pound - $1,440 - for its owner, Maria Miller, 15, of Niantic. Herald & Review file photo Final racing 1985: Young and old alike were entranced by the action on the final night of racing. Herald & Review file photo Spreading manure 1986: Gary Casner, left, and Buddy Hanna, both of Decatur, helped ready the fairground infield by spreading horse manure. Herald & Review file photo In the wings 1985: Lori Grotjan (1st runner-up,) Kristen Fleming, Penny Anderson, Shelly Freeman and Jennifer French. Herald & Review file photo Setting the pace 1985: Good Nitie, owned by Rick Pearson of Willowbrook and being driven by Chuck Pearson, crosses the finish line a half-length winner over West Point Sue, owned and driven by Steve Morrison of Attica, Ind., in the second division pace for non-winners of $1,500 at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo Off-road entry 1985: "The Hummer," owned by Clark Altig of Oreana, is among the entries in the B.F. Goodrich off-road sprints Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo 1985 1985 Herald & Review file photo 4-H queen and king 1980: 4-H queen and King Joy Malone and Mark Lovelace Herald & Review file photo Suffolk ewe lambs 1985: Roger Flynn of St. Joseph, center, judges Suffolk ewe lambs. Herald & Review file photo 1985 1985 Herald & Review file photo Napping 1985: P.C. Weaver of Decatur naps while waiting for harness racing to begin Friday at the fair. The track was muddy but races were held. Herald & Review file photo E-e-e-e-e-asy does it 1986: Amy Shelton, hoping ot avoid a dousing, gingerly gasps a water-filled balloon tossed by her partner, Julie Wentworth, during 4-H Family Fun Night Monday at the Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo 1985 1985 Herald & Review file photo Electrician 1985: Electrician Ken Travis wires the lighting at the Macon County fairgrounds. Herald & Review file photo Mike Coppas 1985: Mike Coppas leaves the ground in the Bolt Auto Body car of Oreana. Herald & Review file photo Off the track 1985: Bobbie Dees of Kincaid unloads his car. Herald & Review file photo Don Meadows 1985: Don Meadows of Taylorville drives his two-place car. Herald & Review file photo Pace Way 1978: Pace Way, left wearing No. 9, spins around the turn on its way to winning a pace for non-winners of $5,000. Herald & Review file photo Final turn 1983: Horses make the final turn at Fairground harness racing show. Herald & Review file photo 1981 4-H Royalty 1981: 4-H royalty includes Queen Sherry Johnston, 18; King Robert Storment, 15; Princess Dena Miller, 13; and Prince Jay Johnson, 12. Herald & Review file photo 1982 prince and princess 1982: Prince Bobby Christian, 12, and Princess Tricia Cox, 12. Herald & Review file photo Princess and Prince 1980: Princess and prince Amy Schneider and Jay Angel Herald & Review file photo Goat stitchery 1984: Tammy Cowguer, 18, of Mount Pulaski, works on goat stitchery as live item watches. Herald & Review file photo Ribbons 1984 Herald & Review file photo Rain 1976: Rain pelts down at the Macon County Fairground this morning. Herald & Review file photo Abe Lincoln 1960: Out of the wilderness into Macon County came Abe Lincoln and his family in 1830. Shown is part of the procession depicting Lincoln's move from Spencer County, Ind. A few household furnishings may be seen in the wagon which is passing in front of an indian wigwam. This is part of the second scene of the Golden Prairie Pageant. A choir sings "Old Abe Lincoln Came Out of the Wilderness." Herald & Review file photo 1925 1925 Herald & Review file photo 1924-2 1924 Herald & Review file photo Beef barn 1975: The new beef, dairy and hog barn at the Macon County Fairgrounds, named after Warren E. Myers, former Macon County senior extension adviser, agricultuer, had plenty of customers last week. Myers was responsible for starting the 4-H foundation in Macon County, the first in Illinois. Herald & Review file photo Jog Time 1968: Hube Elliott, Decatur auctioneer and Superintendent of Speed for the Illinois State Fair harness races, jogs his filly Dayola in preparation for the Big Ten Colt stakes for 2-year-old trotters Sunday at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo 1932 1932 Herald & Review file photo Grandstand 1928 Herald & Review file photo Carnival operator 1963: Carnival operator, seated, left, looks over busy midway after deputies closed his game. Herald & Review file photo 1971 1971 Herald & Review file photo Fairground is a busy place 1973: The half-mile dirt race track is the focal point of this aerial view of the Decatur-Macon County Fairground. The fair, which opened last Thursday closes Wednesday. The track is used for harness racing and various grandstand attractions. The carnival midway and other centers of entertainment are located south of the grandstand. This year the fair association is paying tribute to Melvin J. Nicol, retierd vocational-agriculture teacher at the Maroa-Forsyth Community Unit High School. Herald & Review file photo Carnival lights 1977: Dusk falls and the carnival lights add a magic touch to activity on the midway at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo Judging cattle 1980: Dick Jostes of Argenta judges cattle of Joy Malone, left, and Greg Jackson. Herald & Review file photo Savage 1978: ...when Mike Gumm poured on his 'Savage's' steam in the tractor pull. Herald & Review file photo 1976 Fair 1976: The Macon County Fair literally madea splash with is opening this week. Herald & Review file photo Grand champion boar 1984: Grand champion boar, 'Pac Man' shows best profile. Herald & Review file photo Lights point the way 1976 Herald & Review file photo Record 1981: A new record was established Sunday night for the highest price per pound in the 1981 4-H Sale of Champions at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo Tap dancer 1984: Eight-year-old Christine Claytor of Decatur tap dances at talent show. Herald & Review file photo Saanen 1984: Saanen goat sizes up photographer from pen at Decatur-Macon County Fair Saturday. Herald & Review file photo Lights 1976 Herald & Review file photo Moment of truth 1983: The eyes of the competitors, including Mark Cannedy of Pawnee, front right, are on the judge at a critical moment in a Hereford class at the Decatur-Macon County Fair on Saturday. The judge, left, is Ralph Danner of Muscatine Iowa. Herald & Review file photo At track 1983: Women at the track usually watch. Diana Beasley of Olney has a different view. Before the race, she ponders what it will take to win. Then she takes the lead in the first division of the Big Ten 2-year-old trot at the Decatur-Macon County Fair Saturday with Star Josie. She won by a head in 2:17 2/5 minutes. Star Josie previously won at Newton and at Albion. In addition to being the driver, Beasley is the part=owner (along with her father Doyle McKinney) and the trainer of Star Josie, top filly in the Egyptian Colt Stakes. Herald & Review file photo Airview 1960 Herald & Review file photo Lights 1976 Herald & Review file photo Carnival kaleidoscope 1984: One of the big attractions at any fair is the carnival. And the lighted rides can provide a scenic picture at night, as is the case at this week's Decatur-Macon County Fair, where the Tinsley Carnival is set up. Herald & Review file photo 4-H Royalty 1979: King Keith Cullison and Queen Kathy Marley, bottom row; Prince David Schrodt and Princess Joanna Ploeger, top row. Herald & Review file photo Fair opens 1979: Carnival workers unload equipment for midway rides. Herald & Review file photo Cattle in line 1979: Cattle stand in line at the Decatur-Macon County Fairgrounds this morning waiting for the 4-H Steer Show weigh-in. Herald & Review file photo Royalty 1981: Sherry Johnston and Robert Storment Herald & Review file photo Sheep 1981: Steve Kruse of Charleston judges a sheep exhibited by Brian Mumm, 14, of White Heath. Herald & Review file photo Columbia Ram Lamb 1980: A Columbia Ram Lamb gets a calming hand from Joan Clothier, 11, of Harristown Herald & Review file photo Lights 1976 Herald & Review file photo Taking a break 1981: The Stolalrds take a break to have lunch in a barn at the fair. From left are William Stollard, sitting on the locker, his wife Pam, and children Matt, 7, and Adam, 5, along with friends J.C. Childress, 15, and Brent Spence. On the locker at right are John Walton and Jim Rade, both of Mount Zion. Herald & Review file photo 4-H competition 1984: Debbie Bales, Jacque Jacoby, Amy Schneider and Charlene Nixt won trips to the Illinois State Fair for their prize-winning modeling of clothing in 4-H competition at the Decatur Macon Fair. Herald & Review file photo 1975 1975 Herald & Review file photo Big fair attractions 1980: Overly large animals will be featured as the Decatur-Macon County Fair opens its week-long run today. The animals are from the Star Farm in Lark, Wis., and are shown at many fairs during the summer season. The steer is a Holstein and weighs 3,500 lbs. The Belgium horse tips the scales at a hefty 2,700 pounds. Herald & Review file photo 4-H Royalty 1975: These four were chosen at Macon County's 4-H royalty Wednesday night. The queen is Lisa Fombelle, 17, the king is Rod Adams, 16; the prince is Shaun Townsend, 12, and the princess is Lori Gail O'Riley. Herald & Review file photo Shy performer 1984: Eight-year-old Terra Edwards of Warrensburg of the Hickory Point Ag 4-H Club appears a bit bashful prior to her performance Monday in the 4-H Princess and Prince and Queen and King Contests at the Decatur-Macon County Fair. Herald & Review file photo 4-H Royalty 1978: A highlight of opening day festivities was the crowning of Kerry Johnston of Hickory Point as King and Jane Schneider as Queen. Prince and Princess winners were Brad Waller and Karin Wenberg. Herald & Review file photo 1981 4-H Royalty 1981: Princess Dena Miller of Niantic and Prince Jay Johnson. Herald & Review file photo Grandstand 1967 Herald & Review file photo Aerial 1928: Photograph shows an airplane view of the Macon County Fairground in 1928. Herald & Review file photo Midway 1978: After the rain slackened Wednesday evening, the midway reopened. Herald & Review file photo Debris 1969: Jim Baum, 1705 Leafland Ave., left, and Chris Janvrin, Route 3, sweep debris left in the grandstand Friday night at the fair. Herald & Review file photo 1924 1924 Herald & Review file photo Jack Butts 1961: Jack Butts works out on a horse owned by Howard Butts as Wayne Rice of Blue Mound sets up lights for the track. Both day and night racing cards are scheduled. 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