Make this year’s Fair your own

By Philip Case Published:

It’s hard to believe that the annual edition of the Franklin County Fair and Horse Show at Lakeview Park opens in a mere two weeks! The summertime event will continue through Saturday, July 21 and during the week there’ll be a little bit of something for everyone.

The catalog came out a couple of weeks ago. If you missed getting yours in that Sunday’s paper they are available at various locations around town including the County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct., and at the front desk here at Your Hometown Newspaper, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd.

There’s a one-price-fits-all $10/person entry fee – which is the pretty standard rate nowadays for county fairs. For your $10 you get unlimited rides on the midway operated again this year by Kissel entertainment, admission to all pageants and shows. Food, games and entry fees for specific events are extra.

Children under 2 are admitted free at the gate but there’s a $2 charge per ride at the midway – and more than likely that’s about all children under 2 want to do anyway.

And, of course, the information is available online at

But you already knew most of that, didn’t you?

Now the question is will you make the fair your own by participating and/or exhibiting?

A popular way to “compete” in the fair without having to put on a swimsuit, drive a car or ride a horse is to enter something in the Exhibit Hall located in the Farm Bureau Pavilion. There are categories for just about anything you’ve made or grown from cakes to cucumbers, tables to tobacco.

But there are rules and you need to be sure your entry gets in the right category and are displayed properly. For that you need a copy of the catalog or visit the rules online, I’m not going into all of the nitty-gritty details here.

If the Exhibit Hall’s all you’re interested in, you can enter and visit, too, free of charge until 5 p.m. during the week.

There are beauty pageants galore and while the deadlines to enter have already passed, they’re still fun to attend. There is one exception: Women 22 and over who would like to compete in the Ms. Franklin County Fair Pageant have through July 9 to register.

The first one is the Miss Franklin County Fair Pageant that begins at 9 p.m. Monday, July 16 in the Hancock Pavilion. There’ll be a pageant there every night through Thursday and on Friday there’s the Coca-Cola Talent Showcase.

There are horse shows every night beginning Wednesday, July 18 through the end of the fair in the Paul Gray Horse Show Arena and a variety of activities over at the Motorsports Arena.

And let’s not forget activities at the Entertainment and Food Court near the Hancock Pavilion and various livestock shows each day of the fair.

To be fully apprised and prepared, all you need is to pick up a copy of the catalog and thumb through it.

As former County Extension Agent Nancy Edwards used to write each year at the beginning of her column about the fair, “Come to the fair!”

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