After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Scott County Fair will return July 28-Aug. 1 near Jordan.

The event boasts a carnival, animals and various exhibitions, including the Miracle of Birth Center, where attendees can see a range of newborn lambs, piglets, calves and chicks.

4-H is set to bring even more horses to the table alongside rabbits, cattle and other farm animals, and a variety of horse shows and exhibitions are scheduled for the weekend as well.

The Draft Horse Shows will take place at 4 p.m. July 30 and 31 and at 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

Jacqui and Travis Shaw, who have owned and managed Ames Percheron Farm since 2007, report around 230 horses are registered for this year’s event, a few more hitches than previous years.

The fair’s Ranch Rodeo involves quarter horses and working cattle, while the Draft Horse Show displays draft horse breeds such as Percherons and Clydesdales. Open Class Shows focus on lighter, smaller horses.

Another crowd favorite, The Demolition Derby returns at 7 p.m. July 31 with the same mission: to put on a show.

Drivers’ Advisory Board President Matt Hennen has been participating in derbys himself since 1999.

“It’s a really good adrenaline rush,” he said. “It’s a good way to get rid of road rage legally.”

The DAB, founded in 2012, meets with drivers for input to better the show each year. The derby has been going on for as long as the fair.

Twenty-two drivers are currently registered for the event, but Hennen said he hopes for more as it’s relatively early in the game.

Six classes of vehicles, built specifically for the derby, are prepared annually in preparation for the Grandstand event. They range from stock chain trucks to the ‘80’s Chain-N-Go Class.

The derby’s admission fee is $15 general admission and $10 for kids.

Musical entertainment on the main stage each day includes Rhino, 32 Below and Charlie Sticha.

There is no admission fee for the fair. The full schedule can be found online at scottcountyfair.org/schedule.

Rachel Blood is a summer reporting intern. She likes writing about big differences in small towns, buying too many young adult novels and showing pictures of her dogs to anyone who does or does not want to see them.

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