Fall is in the air and it is again County Fair time in Van Buren County, now in its 80th year and taking place at the Fairgrounds from Monday through Saturday, Sept. 18-23.


This year several events are planned in celebration of the fair’s eight decades, including a return of all past Fair Queens for a luncheon and, of course, to participate in the parade Sunday. Included will be the parade Grand Marshall May Patterson, the 1946 Fair Queen. The remaining past fair queens will act as parade marshalls.


The Fair Parade will kick off Sunday at 3 p.m., leaving from Cash Saver and moving through the Clinton Square before turning back. Candy, fair organizer Corrine Weatherly said, will be thrown during the parade, a treat for viewers.


The fair itself has entertainment events Wednesday through Saturday night: Wednesday night will have Pastor Rocky “Rapidfire” Thomas, Thursday will be the band Left of Center, Friday the Community Band ending with Saturday’s youth talent show and a fun dog show.


With, of course, the usual events and rides throughout the week. In the past “Farmer for a Day” being one such event that has proven to be especially popular.