The turnstiles are spinning, the lights are glowing, the food is cooking and the all the entertainment is ready. It’s time once again for the fair.
The 123rd annual Washington County Fair got underway Monday and whether you’ve already made one trip, three trips, or none, there’s still four days left to revel in everything the fair has to offer.
The event features a bevy of agricultural exhibits, hundreds of displays, local entertainers, amusement rides and games, vendors and food.
“All the entertainment is family friendly,” said Mark St. Jacques.
Today (Aug. 22) is one of the most popular promotions of the week—Children’s Day.
Every child, high school age or younger, receives free admission to the fair, making it one of the most affordable days of the week for fair-going families.
Many families with school-age children will eventually find their way onto the midway with its assortment of rides and carnival games.
This year’s fair features nearly 40 rides, ranging from the benign to the thrilling.
“We have rides for teens and have added even more kiddie rides,” St Jacques said. And throughout the day, rides will require one less ticket.
Rides are but one form of entertainment fairgoers will find during the last few days of the fair.
There are concerts every night, magic shows, chainsaw carving demonstrations, aerial acrobatics and pig racing.
Patrons can also check out more than 1,000 animals and watch a number of juried animal shows and other agricultural demonstrations.
Thursday’s entertainment is highlighted by the Fitzgerald Brothers’ Bike Give-a-way at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sarah Kaufmann will demonstrate cheese carving in Ag Center and there will be four-wheel drive truck pulls in the Motor Sports Arena at 6 p.m.
Friday’s itinerary will feature the Stewart’s Ice Cream Cone give-a-way, Out of Field Tractor Pulls (10 a.m. and 7 p.m.), the Froggy 107.1 Karaoke Contest and performances by the Adirondack Drill Team, a choreographed horseback riding routine. The team is based out of Hartford and features members from Hartford, Fort Ann and Granville.
Saturday is another busy day with sanctioned tractor pulls and a presentation by the Nipper Knolls Therapeutic Riding program.
Sunday, the final day of the fair is also one of the most exciting, especially for motor sports enthusiasts.
The day begins with the Big Rig Semi-Truck Pulls at 9:45 a.m. and the action gets ratcheted up notch at 2 p.m. as Stephen’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge presents the Rammunition Monster Truck Demonstration.
A five-ton Ram Heavy Duty with a 564 cubic inch Super Charged Hemi engine that cranks out 2,000 horsepower, will be on display throughout the weekend prior to Sunday’s demonstration. A demolition derby will follow the demonstration at 3 p.m.
Sunday is also Family Fun Day and attendees can ride unlimited rides for $20.
Admission to the fair costs $10 and children 13 and younger are free. Gates open at 9 a.m and carnival hours are noon to 11 p.m. today through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, including a full schedule of activities, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com.