McHenry County Fair returns starting Aug. 3

Daily admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and veterans

The McHenry County Fair will return to Woodstock for its 73rd year beginning Aug. 3 and running through Aug. 8.

This year’s fair includes several different events and exhibits, including a carnival, animals and daily grandstand events.

This year’s grandstand line up features a wide variety of shows. A horse pulling contest will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Truck and tractor pulls will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. The Monster Truck Racing League will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 5, while Professional Championship Bull Riders will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

1970s rock band Kansas will be this year’s musical performer at 9 p.m. Aug. 7, with gates opening for the show at 6:30 p.m. The grandstand’s week will cap off Aug. 8 with demolition derby shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

All grandstand events, except for the horse pull, require extra tickets.

General admission tickets to this year’s fair at the gate will be $8 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and veterans. Special free days also are planned. Veterans and scouts can come free Aug. 4, first responders are free on Aug. 5, and health care workers are free Aug. 6, all with ID and a paying adult.

Many different events will take place around the fairgrounds during the week as well. They include K-9 demonstrations from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, a magician, lumberjack show, the Jesse White Tumblers and the fair’s queen pageant.

Livestock and agriculture also will be another piece of the county fair. Several livestock shows throughout the week include competitions on beef, dairy, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits.

The McHenry County Fairgrounds are located on Country Club Road just east of Route 47 in Woodstock. Space is available for free parking at the fairgrounds during the fair.

Information about this year’s fair, as well as a place to buy tickets, can be found at the fair’s website,