By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor
July 9, 2013
Where can you go for a $5 admission fee that includes parking, entertainment, animal shows and family fun?
The Carroll County Fair of course!
The 163rd six-day expo officially kicks off Tuesday, July 16, and continues through July 21, with free admission Tuesday and Wednesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday has also been designated as Senior Citizens Day when persons 65 and older will be admitted free.
A shuttle service will be offered from parking areas for persons needing the service and handicapped parking will be provided in an area adjacent to the Senior Citizens Center, fair officials said.
This year’s grandstand entertainment will feature Phil Dirt and the Dozers who will give a tribute to the Beach Boys at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Other grandstand evening entertainment will be an open to the world horse and pony pull Tuesday night, open to the world antique and stock tractor pull Thursday evening and two nights of Full Pull Productions tractor and truck pulls Friday and Saturday. The annual auto Demolition Derby will be held Sunday evening. All night grandstand seating is $3 except Tuesday night’s horse pull and daytime entertainment.
Free entertainment will be provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on the entertainment stage located at the south end of the fairgrounds. Starting at 7 p.m. each evening, musical entertainment will include the Little Rock Band Thursday, Wild Oats band Friday and the Stark County Fair band Saturday evening.
Crowning of the 2013 Carroll County Fair Queen and King is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the grandstand.
The annual Senior Sing-Along will held at 11a.m. Tuesday with prizes awarded for the longest married couple, oldest gentleman, oldest lady, newest married couple and person with the most grandchildren.
Open class judging of dairy cattle will also be held Tuesday starting at 9 a.m., followed by the flower show at 1 p.m.
Harness racing is on tap for Tuesday starting at 12 noon with pari-mutuel wagering and no grandstand fee.
Wednesday’s activities include a pedal tractor pull for males and females featuring eight weight classes starting at 10 a.m. with weigh-in at 9 a.m. Tractor games, sponsored by the Carroll County Antique Tractor Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday with open class beef cattle judging starting at 11 a.m.
Thursday’s events will begin at 9 a.m. with a Carroll County tractor pull and an open to the world antique tractor pull. The open class sheep judging will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the antique and stock tractor pull at 6.
Friday’s fair activities get underway at 9 a.m. with a Carroll County tractor pull, followed by the flower show at 1 p.m. and tractor and truck pulls at 7.
Saturday’s grandstand events include an open class draft horse/pony hitch class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with the tractor and truck pulls at 7.
The Mod Rod Pullers will continue at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by the combine demo derby at 2 and demolition derby at 6.
The Junior Fair program is published in the Fair Tab included in this issue of The Free Press Standard, along with numerous stories, photos and advertisements from local and area businesses and private fair well wishers.
Fair Board President Ed Trushel said he is hoping for good weather next week and a good turnout for this year’s fair. Trushel said the fairboard has attempted to provide a well rounded exposition with family-oriented entertainment, along with a variety of food venders, concessionaires and mechanical rides.
Fairgoers can also purchase a $20 membership which entitles them free admission to the fair anytime during its six-day run and a vote at the annual election in October of the Carroll County Agricultural Society. Exhibitor’s tickets or fair passes are also available for $20 for anytime admission.