At the end of July, while some families frolic on a sandy beach, toes in the water, or are fulfilling their thrill-seeker sides at amusement parks, others are preparing for a week of fun at the annual Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair.
A tractor pull will kick off a week of competition, camaraderie, fun and memories when the annual 4-H & FFA Fair kicks off Friday, July 25.
The tractor pull, of both farm stock and semi-trucks, will take place in the Buck Miller Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center at 5 p.m. Friday night. The gates to the Arena open at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, July 26, 4-Hers will be busy putting various exhibits in place. The Red Building will be busy with the judging of club books, plants and flowers, family life, natural resources, and many more exhibits. There will also be many activities for children of all ages to participate in, including the Children's Pedal Pull, which is held Saturday and Sunday; mechanical bull rides, offered daily in the vendor area; kids pony rides, and much more. The end of the day brings the larger-than-life entertainment with the Monster Truck Show in the Buck Miller Arena. There is a charge for the event and tickets may be purchased in advance on the Fair website, http://www.carrollcountyfair.com.
Sunday, July 27, is chock full of things to do throughout the day, all of which are free. An archery contest starts the day at 8 a.m. in the Gessell Lot; watch the excitement of lawn mower racing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Buck Miller Arena, and take in a performance by Billy Harrison and the Haywire Band at 2 p.m. in the activity tent.
After the annual parade, which begins at 5 p.m. and meanders through the fairgrounds, grab a seat for the return of the skid steer rodeo, renamed the Bob Green Memorial Skid Steer Rodeo. The rodeo had been missing the last two years from the lineup but has returned and will be held in the Buck Miller Arena at 7 p.m. If the rodeo doesn't appeal to your viewing pleasure, head over the Shipley Building for the Ms. Carroll County Farm Museum Bureau Contest to be held at 7 p.m.
Rabbits, horses, and steers! Oh my! The Clover Rabbit and the English Horse shows will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, July 28, in the Rabbit Barn and Lower Horse Rings, respectively. At the same time, beef and dairy steers will weigh in, in the Shipley Building.
Want to see the latest fashions 4-Hers are coming up with? Head over the activity tent at 5 p.m. Monday for the Mini Fashion Review, and then stop over at the Be a Farmer contest in the vendor area, at 6 p.m. If you'd like to participate in the contest, you must register between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m.
If you can't attend the Fair during the day because you're in the office all day, head over Monday night for some great food and listen to a performance by Iron Ridge, which starts at 7:30 p.m., in the Activity Tent. An alternative to the music scene that night would be taking in the crashing and engines revving at the Car Demolition Derby. A fee is charged to view the derby, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Buck Miller Arena.
Children are featured on Tuesday, July 29, as it hosts Children's Day Activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the activity tent, including various crafts and face painting.
Southern Barnyard Pig Racing, featured in the vendor area, is sure to be a hit with fair goers. The pigs race daily, times vary and can be found on the fair events schedule. Tuesday evening will feature the ever popular Wild West Night, which is fun for the whole family and begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Buck Miller Arena. If you would like to participate, you must preregister at email@example.com. A new performer this year, Abby Rutter performs at 7 p.m. in the Activity Tent. Rutter sings a variety of genres of music.
Midweek brings more excitement to the fairgrounds and more animals. A Western Horse Show will kick of the day at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Lower Horse Rings, and a Rabbit Fitting and Showing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Rabbit Barn. Feeding your appetites, the Cake Auction, an annual favorite, is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Dining Hall. From 2 to 4 p.m. spectators can peruse the decorated cakes in Extension Rooms A-B and an Inside Bake Sale will be held from 6:30 until 10 p.m. in the Red Building. The bake sale doesn't include items intended for the auction.
If you have a gift of gab, a melodious voice, know how to strum those strings, you could take advantage of Open Mic Night, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Activity Tent; and for those not participating, or enjoying that event, you can trot over to the Buck Miller Arena, at 7 p.m., for the Horse Pull event.
The fair is for those young and old. Seniors take the cake on Thursday, July 31, with Senior Exhibits. The exhibits will be entered between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., judged from 9 to 11 a.m., and then open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., all in the Blizzard Building. There will also be Senior Day entertainment, though open to all ages, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Activity Tent.
Animals of all shapes and sizes are represented each year at the fair. The smaller animals will strut their stuff from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the small pet exhibits. They will be entered and judged in the Red Building; and released immediately after judging.
I took it out because they do have the judging each day and it's not needed. Thursday concludes with a Vintage Grain Truck race in the Buck Miller Arena and a performance by the Salem Bottom Band at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Tent.
The last official day of the fair is Friday, Aug. 1. The day will feature the livestock judging contest, the dairy goat fitting and showing, followed by the breeding show, and much more. Music from Bootleg will permeate the air waves at 7 p.m. as they perform in the Activity Tent. At 8 p.m. the silent auction will close, with the winners posted at 9 p.m., in the Shipley Building. For those that took a chance on the raffle drawing, tickets can be purchased at the Information Booth, the winner will be announced at the 10 p.m. at the booth.
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The fair festivities culminate with a concert to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Finch Stage. The gates to the Buck Miller Arena open at 5:30 p.m. with the opening band, Rich Fehle performing at 7 p.m. Headliner Sam Hunt will rock the fairgrounds starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concert are general admission, $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; free/ages 7 and younger; and reserved seating, up front with a chair provided, is $25.