County fair opens Saturday: Parade kicks off annual festivities in BV

Friday, August 26, 2016

Carroll County residents will have an easier time driving to the fair this year.

Regina Williams, secretary of the 2016 Fair Board, said the Carroll County Road Department has paved the road leading to the fairgrounds.

"They've paved the road from the highway to about midway through our parking lot," she said.

Williams said the fair board is grateful for the project because it will help make the fair a little more accessible.

"It's wonderful, and we're so thankful for the work they did," she said.

Williams said the board also expects the weather to be pleasant for the week of the fair this year.

"We hope it stays clear. If it rains through the first of the week, that's fine because we don't have any outside events," she said.

The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 27, with the parade.

Williams said the parade begins at the Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center and goes through town in front of Price Cutter and by the Berryville Community Center.

"A lot of people get confused about what's going to happen with the parade, so we want them to know that's the path it will be taking," she said.

The schedule of events for the fair is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 27

* 10 a.m. - Parade

* 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Horse check-in

* 7 p.m. - Truck pull

Sunday, Aug. 28

* Noon - Horseshoe pitching contest

* 2 p.m. - Horse show: Speed events

Monday, Aug. 29

* 9 a.m. - Horse show: Showmanship events

* Noon to 7 p.m. - Education check-in

* Noon to 7 p.m. - Dairy and meat goat check-in

* 6 p.m. - Family Fun Night in the arena

Williams said the speed and showmanship events for the horse show were divided between two days this year to afford each a proper amount of time.

"They were both on one day in the past, and it dragged things out so long. They needed to split it up," she said.

Family Fun Night is organized by the Junior Fair Board, Williams said, and offers families many fun activities and prizes.

"There will be all kinds of prizes for the children at family fun night," she said. "The junior fair board oversees that, and they always have lots of fun things to do."

Tuesday, Aug. 30

* 10 a.m. - Meat and dairy goat show

* 10:30 a.m. - Pie contest judging

* Noon to 7 p.m. - Sheep check-in

* 2 p.m. - Horses released

* 5 p.m. - Education Hall opens

* 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival opens

* 7 p.m. - Little Mr. and Ms. Carroll County in the arena

Williams explained that there are three divisions for the pie contest: youth for ages 9 to 13, junior for ages 14 to 19 and adults for ages 20 and older. The categories of pies, she said, can be fruit, nut or other.

"The top winners in each division will win $50 for first place, $25 for second place or $15 for third place," Williams said.

The Education Hall opens Tuesday, she said, and will have quilts, all kinds of crafts, baked goods, canned goods and other items from across the county.

"It's also where the schools and preschools put their entries," she said.

Williams said the carnival will also open at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 3.

"Occasionally, if the weather is good and the operators see a need, the carnival may open at 5 p.m. on Saturday," she said.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

* 10 a.m. - Sheep Show

* 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Beef and dairy cattle, poultry, rabbits and swine check in

* 5 p.m. - Commercial booths set up and open

* 7 p.m. - Queen's Contest in the arena

* 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival open

Williams said the commercial booths showcase Carroll County businesses and their merchandise. The Carroll County Queen's Pageant begins at 7 p.m. in the arena on Wednesday, she said, and features about 19 contestants between junior and senior high this year.

Thursday, Sept. 1

* 9 a.m. - Hog show

* 5 p.m. - Carroll County Showcase

* 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival open

Williams said that Thursday, Sept. 1, is Senior Day. Anyone 65 years of age or older receives free admission to the fair on this day, she said.

Friday, Sept. 2

* 10 a.m. - Beef Cattle Show

* 1 p.m. - Dairy Cattle Show

* 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival Open

* 7 p.m. - Rodeo

Saturday, Sept. 3

* 10 a.m. - Premium livestock sale

* 2 p.m. - Tractor driving contest

* 5 p.m. - Poultry chain auction

* 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival open

* 7 p.m. - Rodeo

* 9 p.m. - Exhibits released

Williams said the premium livestock sale is a chance for the young people of Carroll County to show off their animals and receive a premium on each one.

"It's what the fair is all about," she said. "They've worked with their animals for a year, and this is when they get to show them off. Hopefully, we'll have lots of businesses there to put a premium on each one."

The poultry chain auction at 5 p.m. is for children involved in the 4-H program, Williams said.

"The children get chickens throughout the year and bring about five back, I think. They get to auction those birds off, and that helps offset expenses for them," she said.

The Fair Board and Junior Fair Board have been preparing for the county fair throughout the year, Williams said, and began working on getting the fairgrounds ready about a month ago, including cutting grass and general cleanup.

"We're looking forward to the fair. We've done a lot of work in preparation, and our Junior Fair Board has been helping us a lot," she said. "The planning stages for each year's fair starts as soon as the last one is over, so this has been a year in the making. We can't wait."

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