The Ashley County Fair is only a month away, and now is the time to start planning for items to exhibit.
The Fair tabloid was released in the Shopper’s Guide this week and contains information on what, when, where and how to exhibit.
The fair has several new categories this year, and fair board members said they would love to have maximum participation in all categories to make this year’s fair an outstanding experience for all.
No charge will be required to get into the fairgrounds or to park, though there will be a $5 charge for pageants and the talent show. There will be a $2 charge to get into the home-hade ice cream taste-off.
The fair will have a number of free offerings as well.
The horse show and the new model horse show will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at the arena. The Ashley County High School Bands will perform at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, and following that, the parade make its way around the square in Hamburg. There will also be some fun and games in the livestock barn following the parade.
Attendees can also look at all of the exhibits, and check out the livestock at no charge.
Free how-to classes will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 14. One class is “Quilling Basics.” The other is “What to do with old and/or junk jewelry.” The events are open. Also at 5 p.m. Thursday, attendees can see a demonstration of archery — including the kind of archery that made Hamburg High School Archery Team state champions.
Friday, Sept. 15 is “Military Appreciation Day,” with several opportunities to recognize and honor the military. One way is that any military person need only show their Military ID for a foree hot dog and drink at the concessions stand.
The McClendon Praise Band will lead a gospel singing at 7 p.m. Friday, and the military will also be recognized during the gospel singing and the livestock show.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, residents can enter their pets or just watch other pets compete for cutest, best dressed/costumed, best trick or most interesting. The Life Share Blood Mobile will be on the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.
Entrants in the pageants and talent shows must be residents of Ashley County, and fair board officials said more details can be found in the fair tabloid. Miss Ashley County also competes for a college scholarship.
The homemade ice cream taste-off will give attendees a chance to get a taste of homemade ice cream and to cream confectioners to show off a favorite recipe. Exhibitors need to bring a half-gallon of each flavor of homemade ice cream. Tasters will pay $2 at the door and receive four vote tickets. After sampling as many varieties as possible, vote tickets will be placed in the exhibitor’s vote container to determine the grand and reserve champion homemade ice cream of Ashley County.
Sunday, Sept. 10, is the second Sunday at the fair lunch, which has been going on all year. A home-style meal is prepared and served by the fair board for a $10 donation to raise needed funds to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the fair buildings and fairgrounds.
This year, the fair board is adding an opportunity for arts and crafts vendors to set up booths Sept. 15 and 16. The charge for space is a $35 flat fee for any amount of time on Friday night or Saturday. The fair does not provide anything but the space, so vendors will need to bring tables, tents, or other hosting supplies. Vendors interested in participating should contact any fair board member.
The carnival is an added part of the Ashely County Fair. This year, it is provided by Johnson Brothers’ rides and concessions. They will be open 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13 through Sept. 16.
Armbands will be available for $20 from 6 to 10 p.m. that Thursday and Saturday.
For more information, visit ashleycountyfair.com, facebook.com/ashleycountyfair or twitter.com/AshleyCoFair.