By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor
July 17, 2012
|Brandon Myers, a member of the Kangaroo Krew 4-H Club rocks his chicken during the intermediate showmanship class Tuesday afternoon during the Carroll County Fair.
The 162nd Carroll County fair got underway Tuesday in the usual 90-degree temperatures.
Despite the sweltering heat, there was a good turnout on the opening day of the six-day run through Sunday, July 22.
Single admission to this year’s fair remains at $5 while memberships and exhibitor passes are $20, which entitles the holder to free admission anytime during the fair.
Anyone wishing to ride the various midway and kiddie rides must purchase a $5 ticket which is good for all day.
Two new rides – the Round Up and Sky Diver, both located on the midway, have been added to the 12 kiddie and adult rides provided by Lisko Amusement Co.
Open class entries reportedly were up this year, but the number ofexhibitors was not available at press time this Tuesday.
Whether you plan to attend certain events or just browse around, there is plenty to see and do at tthe county fair.
A must should be a visit to the new junior fair livestock building located at the north end of the fairgrounds where three old barns were razed during the past year to make way for the new facility which houses junior fair hogs and lambs.
Other changes include the moving of the show tent across the driveway to the south of the exhibit hall at the south end of the fairgrounds where entertainment will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Performances will be given by the Wild Oats band at 7 p.m. Thursday, New Wave Nation at 7 p.m. Friday and The British Invasion band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The remaining grandstand entertainment includes the Rafter R Bar W bull riding show at 7 p.m. Thursday with grandstand seating costing $3 and track sets at $5 each.
Friday’s grandstnad events will begin with a Carroll County tractor Pull dead weight at 9 a.m., followed by the Full Pull Productions tractor pulls starting at 7 p.m., which requires admission of $3 and $5 (track seats).
Sunday’s highlights will feature Mod Rod Pullers (garden tractors) starting at 10 a.m., followed by the annual Combine Demo Derby at 2 p.m. and the Auto Demo Derby – open to the world- handled by Mangled Metal Productions at 6 p.m.
Junior Fair Highlights
Thursday – Dog show in metal barn, rabbit judging and showmanship in small animal barn, horse production and performance classes in horse ring, all starting at 9 a.m.; dog obedience in metal barn at 12 noon and sheep showmanship – breeding sheep and market lambs in metal barn at 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Super showmanship in metal barn at 10 a.m., horse groom and clean contest at 12 noon, Pee Wee showmanship in small animal barn at 1:30 p.m, small animal dress-up in small animal barn at 3 p.m. and large animal sale of dairy beef feeders, market lambs, dairy production baskets, market steers and market hogs in metal barn starting at 6 p.m.
Saturday – Horse dress-up contest followed by mounted games at 12 noon; small animal sale of market goats, rabbits, chickens and turkeys in metal barn at 1:30 p.m.; square dance in metal barn at 9 p.m.
Sunday – Beef grooming and fitting competition in metal barn at 9 a.m., dairy cow dress-up in metal barn at 11 a.m. and trophy presentation in metal barn at 1 p.m.
Fair memberships and exhibitor passes can be purchased at the secretary’s office located under the grandstand.
Fair Board President Ed Trushel said Monday evening he hopes for a good turnout at this year’s fair and is also hopeful for good weather.