Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, but my absolute favorite thing to do during the summer is spend an evening at the county fair with my family. There's nothing quite like a fair, and the Hendricks County 4-H Fair always delivers. It's definitely a can't-miss summer event.The animals are one of our favorite parts of the fair!

The Hendricks County 4-H Fair, which will be held from July 17-23, has everything you expect to see at a midwestern fair -- animals, rides, vendors and delicious food. The week's complete fair schedule can be found here.

But there are also some really special things that I think you won't want to miss. Here are seven things you should be sure to check out at this year's 4-H Fair:

5K Run/Walk

The fun of the fair actually starts before the fair does! The Saturday before Opening Day on July 16, you can participate in a 5K run/walk that benefits Indiana Special Olympics. Register early to make sure you get a race shirt!

State Bank of Lizton Free Stage

Every night of the fair at 8 p.m., you can enjoy live music on the State Bank of Lizton free stage. Come out and enjoy songs from Carbon Creek, The Breaks, Red Hot Reign and more.Macaroni Kid is offering free fun for little ones!

Macaroni Kid Family Fun Event

If you have little ones, you'll want to bring them to the fair beginning at 3 p.m. July 17 to enjoy the Macaroni Kid Family Fun Event. There will be bounce houses, a magician, a LEGO competition, and many more kid-friendly activities. It's free and lots of fun! 

Full Throttle Monster Trucks

No two words get my little boys more excited than the words "monster trucks." Sunday and Monday you can enjoy all the loud and messy fun of these big machines at the Co-Alliance Grandstand.

You can even save money by purchasing your tickets ahead of time online. 

Hendricks County Olympics

These Olympics are a little different than the games going on in Rio this summer! Teams of four in one of three classes: kids, teens and adults can compete in four events: the nut and bolt match, the straw bale toss, the sorting of items and, my favorite, pen the pig! You can watch this event at 7 p.m. on July 20, or sign-up to be a contestant -- but if you do, prepare to get messy. 

4-H Fair Championship Rodeo

Another great activity to enjoy with kids is the July 22 Championship Rodeo. The various events are always exciting, and it's fun to see the talent of the participants on display. This is another ticketed attraction where you can save by purchasing your tickets in advance

36th Annual Demolition Derby

Demolition derbyOne of the most popular traditions of the Hendricks County 4-H Fair is the annual Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. on July 23. It's a great way to close out the fair, and if you've never been, you should make this the year to check it out. It's the perfect ending to the best week of the summer!

So, are you ready for the fair? Here are all the details:

What: Hendricks County 4-H Fair

When: Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23

Where: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville

Admission: Fair admission is free for those who park in the 4-H Fair parking lot or at Danville Friends Church. Parking in those areas is only $5 per car. 

For those who come to the fair and don't park in either the 4-H Fair parking lot or Danville Friends Church, admission at the Fairgrounds Gates is $5 a person.