Workers prepare for McLean County Fair

By Alyssa Donovan

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. -- Set up for the McLean County Fair began Monday with the arrival of commercial vendors, food trucks and carnival rides.

The fairgrounds will be completely set up by Tuesday night and ready to open on Wednesday.

The family-friendly event promotes agriculture with the 4-H exhibit as well as family-friendly fun.

Fair Manager Mike Swartz said there are some new things to see this year.

"Pig races are new. We're also bringing in a three man carving competition. They'll be making over 60 wood carvings over the next five days that will all be sold on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.," said Swartz. "Also we have back this year, by popular demand, we have what we call banana derby. It is Capuchin monkeys who race on the back of dogs."

The fair opens Wednesday at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday night.

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