Sat. and Sun., August 4-5

Harness Racing With Wagering

Illinois’ Fastest County Fair Track Hosts Pari-mutuel Wagering for Two Days

The Brown County Fair will host two days of harness racing Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th at 2pm.  Pari-mutuel wagering will again be offered pending Racing Board approval.  This year Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago has agreed to partner with the local fair to make wagering possible.

The Brown County Fair annually hosts the best county fair harness racing in the State of Illinois and has the state’s fastest half-mile track.  Local owners Alan and Doug Bowen, Francis Greer, David Clinard and Ed Teefey have several horses expected to race in the 2 day program.

The fair will host the Illinois Stallion Stakes on Sunday, which return after an almost 20 year absence.  The Stallion Stakes features the best 2 year old trotters and pacers in Illinois for some of Illinois’ largest purses.

The Midwest Racing Association Stakes will also return.

The Fair has held harness races on the half-mile track since 1878, and has long been regarded as the best racing program in the area, chosen by the United States Trotting Association as one of the nation’s Blue Ribbon Fairs.

The Brown County Fair continues to be the only county fair in the state approved to have pari-mutuel wagering.  

The Brown County Fair is the place to be to see the best horses, trainers and drivers as they make their final preps for the Illinois State Fair.

Track Records

1:58.3 – Battleshoe Victor (2009)
Driven by Sam Widger
Trained by Tom Harmer
Owned by Michael E. Polansky, Loudonville, NY

1:58.3 – Speed N The Tunnel (2009)
Driven by Sam Widger
Trained by Brett Wilfong
Owned by Brett H. Wilfong, Donovan, IL & Lynn G. Wilfong, Kentland, IN

1:51.1 – I Can Only Imagine (2009)
Driven by Brandon Simpson
Trained by Tom Harmer
Owned by Michael E. Polansky, Loudonville, NY
(Illinois’ Fastest County Fair Track Record)