County Fair to feature new attractions this year

The Garvin County Fair is less than a month away. August 21 – 25 will bring the fair back for its 103rd year.

Fair-goers can look forward to popular events such as Kid’s Day at the Fair, which will be held Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25.

“Our 4th year of Kid’s Day events will appeal to kids of all ages,” states Fair Board member Pamela Popejoy. “Not only are the activities fun, they will offer enjoyable educational experiences. We will also provide lunch for the children both days.”

New this year, the OU Flight Academy will host a STEM booth on Crop Dusting. An Oklahoma City Zoo booth will feature animals both days. Thursday will feature the state’s only live bug petting zoo – Oklahoma State University’s Insect Adventure.

Southwest Dairy Farmers, DairyMax, Ag in the Classroom and Grown for You mobile classrooms will be on site, and Pauls Valley Fire Department will host the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Fire Safety program.

Magic shows, bouncy horse races, corn hole and other lawn games, and a live DJ are just some of the other attractions to look forward to this year.

Also a first this year and what is hoped to become an annual favorite, the Wiener Dog Races are scheduled for Saturday, August 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. “Our races will be held just two weeks before the Cleveland County State Wiener Dog Championships in Norman, September 8,” said Popejoy.

Open to anyone across the state and beyond, Garvin County’s races will give pups a “tune up” for the state championships. Cleveland County Fair Board President Richard Peters is helping to spread the word, and is lending support to fair organizers. “I love helping out. I am excited to see the Garvin County Fair expand and improve,” stated Peters.

Antique Tractor enthusiasts are also invited to enter another first this year, the Antique Tractor Show and Contest. Prizes will be awarded for Best Original, Best Restored, Oldest and Fair-Goer’s Favorite.

Youth and Adult Corn Hole Tournaments, Best Apple Pie, Salsa-Making and Children’s Coloring Contests, as well as Ag Olympics are also new to this year’s fair.

As always, exhibitors may choose from a vast array of possibilities to showcase their talents. Livestock shows, and the annual horse show will take place Saturday, August 25.

“When we say there is something for everyone, we aren’t exaggerating,” adds Popejoy. “Our goal is to make this the best fair we possibly can and I’m excited about all that we will be able to offer this year.”

To find out more about the Garvin County Fair visit http://oces.okstate.edu/garvin/garvin-county-free-fair and call 405-238-6681.