The Logan County Fair opens its five-day run on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The fair, which ends Saturday, Aug. 18, is taking place at the Logan County Fairgrounds located adjacent to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport on east Highway 22.
Along with the improvements to the midway there are new events planned for this year’s fair, according to new Fair Board Chairman Wes Howard.
“We have a new carnival this year— Pride Amusements,” he said. “The carnival will have no less than 16 rides each night. They are also bringing a new show, called Hambone Express 3. There will be two pig races Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.”
The carnival opens Wednesday, Aug. 15 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 18. Shows open at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. through Thursday. The show opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Armbands Wednesday through Thursday will be $20. Armbands Friday and Saturday will be $25.
Howard said he’s expecting larger crowds than in the past.
“We’ve got more kids showing animals this year,” Howard said. “The number has risen by 30 kids. Small animals will be shown Thursday and large animals will be shown Friday. The premium auction will take place Saturday along with the Premium Auction Dinner.”
For the area home cooks, a Pie Baking Contest is new on the agenda. Entrants for Junior (ages nine to 18) and Open (ages 19 and up) categories are being encouraged by Lori Howard to enter their favorite pies into this competition. This competition is in addition to the baked goods exhibits that have been an established category in the Logan County Fair. For this contest a participant may have multiple entries and the goods must not need refrigeration. The winners will receive prizes for their accomplishments and the pies will be used for the Premium Auction Dinner desserts.
In the area of livestock, the Water Fowl Category will return to the competition this year, and a new category for Pet Rabbits has been added to the show competitions. This year with the addition of the Pet Rabbit category other young people will be able to show their animals at the fair.
On Wednesday evening, Aug. 15 an event has been planned for the youth of the community. This event will be led by The Link (Youth Group from Paris First Assembly of God Church) under the leadership of Keith and Crystal Bullock.
There are many county residents that are amateur wine makers. Many may not realize that this is a competition for the Amateur Wine Makers at the fair. The event is being done with advice from Bob Cowie from Cowie Wines. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded.
The 2018 Logan County Fair Association still has openings for vendors wishing to set up booths to display their wares at this year’s Logan County Fair. Booths can be commercial wares such as jewelry, household products, cosmetics, etc. The Fair Board is also looking for local residents wanting to show off their handcrafts, specialty items, garden crops, or fund-raising organizations. However, the Fair Board has made an agreement with the carnival provider that no prepared food that can be consumed on the fairgrounds be included in the items for sale.
If you are interested in reserving a booth space, Mary Howard can be contacted at 479-847-5217 for further information. Fees for the booth space are $25 for a 10 x 10 space for 3 days (Thursday-Saturday, August 16-18).