The Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair has taken a move away from its customary country music headlining concert to focus on automotive activities in its 121st year.
“Many local fairs are moving away from national headliners due to price and availability of acts,” said fair organizer Katie Weishaar. “Larger acts are picking up the smaller acts to tour with them as openers, which leaves minimal dates open. At the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair, our crowds seem more about the motor sports, so we tried to gear the entertainment more toward the needs of our audience.”
Previous fair concerts have included Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Sam Hunt and others.
New to the fair this year is an Antique Tractor Pull and show on Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Touch a Truck or Tractor event on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., Weishaar said.
Returning motor favorites include the Car Demolition Derby, which will help close out fair week on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Buck Miller Arena.
A slower-paced, but no less competitive vehicle will take over the Buck Miller Arena Sunday, July 29, for the Mason-Dixon Lawn Mower Races from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On the music side of entertainment, local acts fill out the Free Activity Tent stage and Finch Stage every night of the week.
All are free to attend, save for the Amish Outlaws, previous fair favorites, who will play the Finch stage Monday, July 30. Tickets are $10. The six-man set first came to the fair in 2015 and are returning with their high-energy, multigenre set. Four of the members were a part of the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who chose not to return after their rumspringa — or rite of passage — period
Last year, the bed races, hosted by the Tree of Friends Foundation were a unique addition to the schedule. The fair partnered again with the organization this year to host a wheelbarrow race, Weishaar said. Funds raised will go toward medical costs for Kaisy Knott, a 4-H’er from Taylorsville fighting brain cancer.
In the vendor area, a glass blower will do craft demonstrations Saturday through Wednesday.
For all paid events, fair organizers chose not to sell tickets in advance this year.
“We have sold so minimal advance tickets in the years past that we decided not to offer them this year,” Weishaar said.
All paid events will collect cash only at the Buck Miller Arena gates, beginning one hour prior to event start time.
Parking will be free until 4 p.m. every day or $5 per car after that.