Barefoot Bluejean Nights at the Lincoln County Fair!

“Barefoot Bluejean Nights”…that’s the theme of the 2013 Lincoln County fair!  So, even though it seems like yesterday that we were all at the 2012 fair, are you ready for all that the 2013 fair offers?  This is the time of year that the auction company takes some time off…at least time away from our sales.  Thornhill Real Estate and Auction Company are involved in the fair in several ways – but I’ll get to those a little later.

The fair officially opens on Tuesday, July 9 and will run through Saturday, July 13.  But there are a few activities prior to Tuesday that kick off the fair week!  The Queen Pageant will be held on Saturday, July 6 at Bonfils Auditorium in Troy.  The newly crowned queen and her court will be presented to the public in the parade on Sunday and will participate in many activities throughout fair week…including presenting ribbons at the livestock shows and posing for LOTS of pictures!

Speaking of the parade, the parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.  I know that the girls have been working on ideas for our float for a few weeks now!  Last year our float took Reserve Grand Champion in the Adult Division so it may be hard to top.  Listen for us (you can look, too) as our entire company – real estate agents, office staff and auction crew – will be having fun along the entire parade route.  Between Dave and his microphone and our lively music playing, missing us will not be an option!

My blog from last year mentioned all the Thornhill history with our county fair – if you missed it, just go to our web site and check it out.  As Thornhill Real Estate and Auction Company celebrates their 50th year in business this year, it’s interesting to note that Earl Thornhill, served as fair chairman in 1968, exactly 45 years ago!  And in 1997, Cheri (Thornhill) Winchester was crowned the Lincoln County Fair Queen and in 1998, went on to win the State Fair Queen Pageant.

Before the gates to the fairgrounds officially open to the public on Tuesday – and all the fun begins – the fairgrounds will be extremely busy on Monday!  This is the day where all the 4-H, FFA and Open Home Economics exhibitors drop off their exhibits.  The Exhibit Hall opens at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday so be sure and stop by to see the work of these incredible exhibitors!

The “Dream Big in 2013” Food Drive is something new this year and will be going on each night of the fair.  In 2013, International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) members are joining together with their local communities to meet the global initiative of this group – to raise 20 million pounds of food through contributions of non-perishable items, donations and even the market animals from the fair’s junior livestock auction.  It is my understanding that ALL donations collected at the Lincoln County Fair will remain in Lincoln County.  How can you help?  Just bring one or more canned/boxed non-perishable food item to the fair and for your contribution, you will receive a coupon good for 50 cents off any fountain soda at fair managed soda stands (limit one coupon per person per day.)  What a great way to help and quench your thirst at the same time!

Daily attractions of the fair include Agri-Land (“a place for bluejeans”), a free arcadeland, and Gateway Dockdogs (always a big attraction) as well as the carnival rides on the midway.  The Beer Garden features a different band each night along with C&C All Around Sound on Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday’s event highlights include the poultry, rabbit and swine show (always a big hit) along with the open youth horse show, and three tribute bands.  We have enjoyed watching the swine show the last couple of years and that’s probably where we will be on Tuesday.

If you are headed to the fair on Wednesday, you can choose from the lamb & steer show, the speed events at the horse show, the classic tractor pull or ATV Supercross!  We’ll be taking our chairs to the horse show while enjoying a lemonade shake-up and corndog!

The Jackpot Steer Show is held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. but Thursday night we’ll be back down at the horse arena enjoying the Western Horse Show.  Most of the crowd on Thursday night will be there for the Livestock Auction – one of the best attended events of the fair, our auctioneers work hard to get top dollar for the youth of Lincoln County after they have worked so hard on their livestock projects.  David & Dusty were both livestock exhibitors  themselves, a few years back. But if horses and livestock aren’t quite you’re thing, you might enjoy the KFAV Texaco Country Showdown on the main stage.

Friday is probably my favorite night of the fair as I head to the grandstand for the NTPA Grand National Sanctioned Pulling Championship.  This is probably one of the best tractor pulls in the area and we’ve enjoyed it for many years!  You also find Dirt Bike Super Cross Racing on Friday night!

Saturday is a great day to grab a turtle or frog and head out to the track for the Kid’s Events.  Dave  & Dusty will be announcing the kid’s events on Saturday which include the frog & turtle races, watermelon eating contest, athletic events (candy scramble, money scramble, softball throw, sack race an 50-yard dash), and a greased pig scramble.  We always enjoy these events, just great hometown fun. There will also be a Pedal Tractor Pull on Saturday along with the Sheep Breeding Stock Show and a Backyard Barbeque Contest.  The fair ends the week with a Demolition Derby, the Semi-Society Horse Show and the grandstand show featuring Jerrod Niemann and Rodney Atkins this year!  Sounds like a good time to me!

I’ve just hit a few of the highlights of the fair but the entire 2013 fair schedule can be found on their web site at so check it out!  I’m sure you’ll find something you and your whole family can enjoy.  From the midway to the fair food to supporting our local youth, the fair provides something for everyone!  As Thornhill’s look forward to our next 50 years, we hope you enjoy the fair as much as we have!

And once the fair is over, you’ll want to join us for two auctions on Sunday, July 14th.  The first sale begins at 1:00 p.m. in O’Fallon where the small collection of household, lawn & garden tools and antiques will be sold before the real estate at 2:00 p.m.  The real estate includes a 6-room ranch home with 3-bedrooms, 1 ½ baths and a nice level lot with mature shade trees and an asphalt drive.  The sale will only last about 2 hours so please be on time!  As soon as we’re settled up in O’Fallon, we’ll head to Foley, MO for a real estate only sale at 6:00 p.m.

This 3-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home sits on 3.23 acres with approximate 569’ of Hwy. 79 frontage.  Other improvements include a 30’ x 69’ metal building with a lean-to and office area…the setup would make a great residential/business location!

Make sure you mark your calendars for an amazing sale in Palmyra, MO on Saturday, July 20th beginning at 9:45 a.m.  This is the estate of the late Charles F. Brown and Eleanor Griffith Brown who started Brown’s Furniture in 1951.  We will be selling in two rings a big portion of the day so bring a friend!  Ring 1 will be coins, jewelry and sterling while Ring 2 will be antiques, household and glassware items.  There will be two tracts of real estate sold at 1:00 p.m.  Tract 1 consists of a 1967 sq. ft. full brick ranch home with 3 bedrooms and 1 ½ baths on a huge city lot while Tract 2 is an unimproved building lot.

For more information on these and all of our upcoming sales, check out our web site at  We have some great auctions scheduled with more coming – the guys are already booking into October so plan to join us soon!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier


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