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Entertainment aplenty at the 4-H & FFA Fair

Summer offers a potpourri of activities for family fun in the sun, both in and around Carroll County.

An annual favorite in Carroll County is the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair, held at the Agriculture Center in Westminster. In its 117th year, the fair will be held from Saturday through Friday, Aug. 2.

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Attendees can venture through various buildings, tents and the fairgrounds perusing a myriad of animals, crafts, photos and so much more. The fair isn't just about cows, sheep, swine, chickens, etc.; it provides entertainment, reasonably affordable, for spectators as well.

On Saturday you can take a trip to the Koons Toyota Activity Tent from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to view the Robotics Contest, be entertained by Antique Dancing Tractors at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the "Buck" Miller Arena, and sign kids up for the Children's Pedal Pull to be held at 1 p.m. in front of the Shipley Building. In addition, Southern Barnyard Pig Racing will feature races throughout the week, weather pending, in the vendor area.

From 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday you can test your skills on a mechanical bull or check out the pony rides, both in the Vendor Area.

Bingo! Yes, you can play Bingo at the fair, though it is a little different and you don't use daubers to mark your spot. Instead, cows do it for you during the Cow Pie Bingo to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Shipley Arena. A Family Fun Fest will be featured at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon in the Koons Toyota Activity Tent and the evening will feature the Combine Demolition Derby* at 7 p.m. in the "Buck" Miller Arena.

Sunday will feature a First Responders Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arena and the Gene and Jered Harrison Memorial Coon Mule Jump & Fun Show at noon in the lower horse rings. You can also view the Children's Pedal Pull, the pig racing, mechanical bull rides, and kids' pony rides (these events run throughout the week, please view the complete event schedule on Pages 7-9. Additionally, take a minute to relax and enjoy the musical stylings of Billy Harrison and the Haywire Band in the Koons Toyota Activity Tent at 3 and 7 p.m. and watch chainsaw carver Marty Long at 4 and 6:45 p.m. in the Vendor Area. Long will perform throughout the week, at various times, as well. Your evening entertainment, in addition to the band, is the Ms. Carroll County Farm Bureau Contest to be held at 7 p.m. in the Shipley Building.

Grab the overalls and sign up for the Be a Farmer Contest to be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Vendor Area. In addition to events that occur throughout the week, you can check out Ken Fischer and Teachers Pets Band at 7:30 p.m. in the Koons Toyota Activity Tent, and enjoy cars running into each other during the 7:30 p.m. Car Demolition Derby* in the "Buck" Miller Arena.

Yeehaw! Wild West Night will kick off the evening entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the "Buck" Miller Arena. If you'd like to participate in this event, you must pre-register by emailing

. Grab a seat and rock out to the music of Half Serious beginning at 7 p.m. in the Koons tent. Immediately following the Wild West event, take a moment to watch, and be awed, by Suttler Post Farms Clydesdales in the arena (tentatively scheduled for 8:30 p.m.).

The Clydesdales will make appearances again Wednesday through Friday Aug. 2, so be sure to refer to the schedule for exact times.

Get those bidding paddles ready for the annual Cake Auction to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the dining hall. An inside bake sale will also be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m., featuring items not included in the auction, in the Red Building. If you don't have a sweet tooth, other entertainment will include Rich Fehle in the Koons tent and the annual Horse Pull in the Arena. Both will be held at 7 p.m.

The fair is enjoyed by all ages and on Thursday, the focus is on Senior Day, where seniors ages 60 and older can enter their exhibits from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and they will be judged from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Blizzard Building. Senior Day entertainment will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Koons Tent and a Senior Social will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Activity Tent. Get the adrenaline racing with the Vintage Grain Truck Race at 7 p.m. in the Arena, and enjoy music by the Salem Bottom Boys Band, in the Koons tent, at 7:30 p.m.

The final day of the fair, Friday, will showcase the Livestock Sale at 5:30 p.m. in the Shipley Building; the Be a Farmer contest finals, 6 p.m. in the vendor area; and music by the Foggy May Band, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Arena. Did you buy a raffle ticket or bid on a silent auction item or two? The bidding for the auction closes at 8 p.m., with winners to be posted at 9 p.m. Friday; and the raffle winner will be announced at 10 p.m. at the information booth.

Though Friday is the final day for the fair to be open to the public, come back and visit the "Buck" Miller Arena on Saturday and enjoy music by Jay Henley & The Stone Broke Band, who will be opening for Parmalee.* The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and opening band performs at 7 p.m.

$25, reserve seating (limited amount of Reserve Seating, up front close to stage, chair will be provided)

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$10, adult advance general admission tickets

$15, at the Gate

Free, children 7 and younger

Editor's Note: Events with an asterisk beside them denote an event that requires an admission fee.

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