AUBURN — “America’s Largest Family Reunion” is happy to be back with the 90th anniversary celebration of the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair Sept. 27-Oct. 2.
The event will take place in downtown Auburn and at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds, offering food of all kinds, free live entertainment on the ProFed stage, parades, 4-H exhibits and open livestock judging, games and the largest merchant tent in the state.
Poor Jack Amusements will provide 27 rides at the fair midway. Everyone can ride from 11 a.m. to close on Saturday, Oct. 2, with a $30 wristband. Barbeque Alley will provide more food and game choices.
New this year is the Skateboard Showdown competition, which is hosted by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the DeKalb County Fair Association. The competition will take place Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Eckhart Park Skate Park, 1500 S. Cedar St. Participation is free. Register at auburnin.recdesk.com
The second annual 5K run and walk, sponsored by Indiana Physical Therapy, will take place Sunday, Sept. 26. The race begins at 3 p.m., with registration at 2 p.m., at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Michigan Avenue. The event is open to all ages and the entry fee is $25. Registration forms are available on the fair website www.DekalbCountyFair.org.
The fifth annual Indiana Fall Classic Draft Horse Pull will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. with a $3,000 purse split between lightweight and heavyweight horses.
The entertainment line-up on the ProFed Stage includes country music from The Band Cheyenne and Eddie Montgomery Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.; rock from Static Fly and ONE Metallica Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.; crossover night Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. with music from Megan Mullins with Side Piece and Whoa Man; and rock on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. with Big Caddy Daddy and REKT.
“Our executive board is excited that the fair is back,” said fair board President Eric Rowe.
“We have all kinds of entertainment lined up. The merchant’s tent is pretty well sold out. Things are moving forward.”
Fair schedules are available at all ProFed locations or at www.DekalbCountyFair.org.