---- — As the daylight slowly starts to shrink and the start of school for most Vermilion County students draws closer, the county’s last big festival of summer opens its gates today in Georgetown.
The Georgetown Fair stands as one of the area’s largest events, running through Saturday at the fairgrounds on the city’s east side.
Visitors will find the traditional attractions — carnival rides of all description and fair food with enough cholesterol to make registered dieticians swoon — along with several unique elements that make Georgetown’s event special.
The fair features the usual livestock and home economics competitions, but they are open class contests. Anyone can enter, which broadens the appeal of the event and attracts visitors from outside of the immediate area.
The fair’s talent contest always serves as a big draw, with competition featuring several age levels. And those finishing at the top of the standings can go on to compete at the Illinois State Fair, if they chose to do so.
The helicopter Ping-Pong ball drop always brings in a crowd with area children taking advantage of the opportunity to win prizes.
Georgetown organizers also make sure the grandstand stays busy during the week with a variety of attractions from concerts to tractor pulls. And they also make sure the fairgrounds always are in top shape.
The volunteers who serve on the Georgetown Fair board deserve credit for putting together a great event. Don’t let the fair pass by without a visit to see all that it has to offer.