The annual Barbour County Fair is a time for camaraderie with friends and family - not to mention lots of live music, cool carnival rides and everyone's favorite, fair food.
The fair returns to the Barbour County Fairgrounds in Belington Saturday and continues through Aug. 31.
Barbour County Fair Association treasurer Sheri Summerfield said that bull riding will be introduced to the schedule of events this year. She said that one of her favorite aspects of going to the fair is enjoying the Nashville recording artists as they perform on stage.
The musical shows start Thursday, Aug. 29, with Jeff Fray performing at 7 p.m., and Nashville recording artist Greg Bates performing at 8:30 p.m. on stage at the John Loyd Entertainment Center. The music keeps playing on Friday, Aug. 30, starting with Chase Likens at 7:30 p.m., followed by country recording artist Charlie Worsham at 9 p.m. on the same stage. The lineup for Saturday, Aug. 31, includes Full Cirkle at 7 p.m., followed by country music star Jason Michael Carroll.
The fair closes at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, closing out a week's worth of attractions and entertainment.
"Come and see the entertainment and all the motor sports, while enjoying good food and fellowship," Summerfield said.
Admission is free this Saturday, Sunday and Monday; however, there will be no carnival rides on those three days. After that, admission is $10, and thrift tickets may be used.
The fair begins Saturday with a 5k run and walk at 9 a.m., which is sponsored by the Philip Barbour High School volleyball team. Irish road bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Grand Feature Parade, featuring the theme "Fall Days and Country Ways," marches in at 6:30 p.m. Monday. It is sponsored by the Junior Lions Club. The after-parade awards and a karaoke show take place from 8-10 p.m. at the stage area.
Tuesday is Senior Day at the fair. Seniors ages 55 or older may participate in planned activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for only $4. The demolition derby, sponsored by Thomas Motorsport, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the open arena.
Thursday, Aug. 29, is Kids Day for Barbour County third-graders who visit the fair. At 3 p.m., there will be an openclass sheep show, followed at 4 p.m. by the open-class goat show. At 7 p.m., the youth ATV drag races begin. The 4-H and Future Farmers of America market lamb, market goat and dairy goat show and showmanship contest takes place at 7:30 p.m.
Also that Thursday, commercial and competitive exhibits are open at 4 p.m., followed by the dairy replacement and beef replacement Heifers show and showmanship at 5 p.m. and the open class beef show and open class feeder calf show at 5:30 p.m.
A draft horse show begins at 6 p.m. Guests can then roll on down to the adult ATV races at 7 p.m., sponsored by Bill Kelley Racing.
On Friday, Aug. 30, from 7-11 p.m., guests can test their skills riding a mechanical bull at the Old Stage Area. The bull riding is sponsored by the Junior Fair Board. The 4-H and Future Farmers of America market steer and feeder calf show and showmanship contest takes place at 7:30 p.m.
The lawn and garden tractor pulls with the Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Department take place at noon on Saturday, Aug. 31. Then at 1 p.m., guests can enjoy the Jack Lucas Antique Tractor Show or look at crafts hosted by the Junior Fair Board from 1-3 p.m. at the Old Stage Area. Draft horse pulls begin at 6 p.m.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.barbourcountyfair.com.