FAIR FUN:

Take on the Ce­cil County Fair with your kids

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By DARA MCBRIDE

The Ce­cil County Fair re­turns this sum­mer, July 22 – 30. Started in 1953, the fair has long of­fered fun for the whole fam­ily. But each year brings some­thing dif­fer­ent, as new acts join in.

Here are three kid- friendly of­fer­ings at the fair you won’t want to miss. And re­mem­ber, July 25 is Chil­dren’s Day at the fair, so you may want to sched­ule your trip for this day that in­cludes free ad­mit­tance for young­sters.

1. Catch Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker

While walk­ing around the fair­grounds, you may run into Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker, who will be bring­ing his unique soap bub­ble street art to the fair. Fair or­ga­niz­ers prom­ise the pro­fes­sor will en­ter­tain kids ( and kids at heart).

He started per­form­ing 11 years ago. Now the show has grown from the small walk­ing act he pre­sented in Huntsville, Ala., to a bub­ble and light show chore­ographed to mu­sic. In 2013, Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker was even fea­tured in “The Road­show” on AMC. Then in 2015, he be­came the first person in the world to put a full grown cow in­side a bub­ble – and later that same year, he put a Percheron draft horse in a bub­ble.

If you miss him while walk­ing around, he is sched­uled to per­form the “Bub­ble Bal­let and Rock & Roll Bub­ble Show” in the evenings. The shows fea­ture bub­bles of all shapes and sizes – re­ally. You will see the pro­fes­sor make bub­bles with tra­di­tional bub­ble wands, gi­ant rope wands and noth­ing more than his hands. You might even end up in a bub­ble your­self.

2. Stay for dessert

Chil­dren can get messy at the fair thanks to the an­nual pie eating con­test. Each sum­mer, kids dive in to creamy desserts for the chance to win.

This year’s pie eating con­test will be held 7 p. m. on July 27.

3. See 4- Hers com­pete

Be­tween rides on the Fer­ris wheel and stops for fun­nel cake, take the kids through the 4- H barns.

Al­though to­day’s fair comes with live mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ers and rides, the fair con­tin­ues to cel­e­brate lo­cal agri­cul­tural her­itage and pro­vides hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Per­haps see­ing the hard work many young 4- Hers put into rais­ing their own pig or grow­ing their own pro­duce will in­spire an­other young­ster. At last year’s fair, over 7,000 en­tries from about 1,200 open and 4- H ex­hibitors were ac­cepted.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion, age 13 to 59, is $ 5. Se­niors and kids ages 6 to 12 get in for $ 2. Chil­dren un­der 6 are free. There is no charge of park­ing any day of the fair. The en­trance fee cov­ers ev­ery­thing ex­cept rides and food. There are free shut­tle rides from the park­ing lot to the front gate ev­ery day from 6 to 10 p.m.

What do you like to do with your kids? Send us a sug­ges­tion or pitch your fam­ily-friendly event by email­ing ac­cent@ ce­cil­whig.com.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker will en­ter­tain kids and adults with his fan­tas­tic bub­bles at the Ce­cil County Fair.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Kids can com­pete in the pie eating con­test at the Ce­cil County Fair.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Young­sters can meet an­i­mals in the 4-H barn at the Ce­cil County Fair.

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