Let's Go To The Fair!
For many county residents and their families, the fair has become a part of their life. Whether it's a year of concocting that special chocolate recipe to delight the judges, raising the biggest and best produce or champion blue-ribbon livestock, the fair is never far from their minds or daily routines.
Their hard work will come to a head Sunday when the 89th annual Fulton County Fair will get under way with the 9 a.m. open horse show, followed by an evening vesper service at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Mc- Connellsburg Ministerium.
According to Fulton County Fair Board secretary Sheila DeShong, due to state budget restrictions the fair will not have funding available to cover premiums for winning exhibits at this year's event. Judging, however, will take place following the traditional schedule, and ribbons and trophies will be awarded as usual. Individuals wishing to enter fair exhibits such as needlepoint, vegetable, baked goods and fruits can do so between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. next Monday.
In looking at new and improved events, next Thursday evening's entertainment will include four-wheeler drag races at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by Sean's ATV Connection, RH Bunch Construction, Harryman Brothers True Value, Mamma's Pizza and Ridersville Cycle.
In addition, Thursday has been proclaimed "Senior Day," which means individuals ages 65 and older will receive free admission as well as free bingo and entertainment by "The Aughwick Band" between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Seniors, farmers and other interested residents are also urged to stop by and participate in activities hosted by Fulton County Medical Center and Tri-State Community Health Center Tuesday through Thursday. A variety of activities ranging from health screenings and health education to giveaways will be offered, said DeShong.
The fair is continuing to offer several popular events always known to draw a crowd of spectators such as the compact car and truck derby Monday night starting at 7:30 p.m. and the full-size car demo derby Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The classic tractor pull and minimodified trucks will make an appearance on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Friday marks the return of the Sta-Bil National Lawn Mower Racing series for both modified and stock models. Tractor racing is set to get under way at 7 p.m. Saturday's final evening of entertainment will include the 4X4 ORLO INC truck pull at 7 p.m. and a teen dance at 8 p.m.
While fair board representatives are counting down the days until the start of the 89th annual county fair, local 4-H groups and extension office officials are also finalizing their plans for a series of fun activities for area children. Youths between the ages of 5 and 18 are eligible to participate in the fruit and vegetable decorating contest, extension Director Lori Hansroth told the "News." Entries can only be dropped off at the 4-H Youth Building on Sunday afternoon or Monday and are not entered through the fair office.
In addition, Hansroth is also planning on offering a multitude of activities and exhibits at the Youth Building on Kids' Day such as baby peeps, science activities and even cookie decorating. Hansroth further noted on Kids' Day a new program entitled "Buddy-up" will be offered, allowing local youths not currently participating in 4-H to spend a day shadowing a club member and learning about their animals.
Gates will open daily at 5:00 p.m. except for Tuesday, which is Family Day, when the gates open at 2:00 p.m. Children 12 and under can ride all night on Tuesday for $6 and, Thursday, Senior Citizen Day, the gates open at 1:00 p.m. and all seniors 65 years of age and older get in free from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. All other days admission is $6 or $8 with rides; Monday through Saturday admission is free for children age 2 and under. Season passes are available and will be sold through Monday, August 17, until 8:00 p.m. Season passes with no rides are $25 and the season passes with rides are $40.
Midway entertainment and rides will again be provided by Mid Valley Amusements of Middleburg.
Additional information about the 89th annual Fulton County Fair is available online by visiting www.fultoncountyfairassociatio n.com. Anyone needing additional 4-H activity information is urged to contact Lori Hansroth 485-4111.