Blue Rib­bons & Brag­ging Rights

Hamil­ton County Fair at Ch­ester Frost Park

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORT

Brag­ging rights and blue rib­bons are up for grabs when the 2018 Hamil­ton County Fair is held Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 29-30, at Ch­ester Frost Park.

Just over 500 en­tries will be judged in 11 cat­e­gories rang­ing from field crops and poul­try to veg­eta­bles and home- cen­tered prod­ucts this week­end. Ad­di­tion­ally, dozens of an­tique cars will com­pete for county fair plaques.

Those en­tries are just one facet of the fun on tap in the park. More than 50 crafters will have booths stocked with home decor items, hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, jewelry, wood­work­ing, tex­tiles and other orig­i­nal hand­work.

The chil­dren’s area will in­clude a climb­ing wall and zuc­chini races.

Last year’s pop­u­lar pig races will re­turn. New this week­end will be in­ter­ac­tive soc­cer dogs and camel rides.

In ad­di­tion to buskers roam­ing the fair­grounds, there will be two stages of mu­sic and dance per­for­mances both days. And of course, no fair is com­plete with­out ket­tle corn, corn dogs, pop­corn, hot dogs and ham­burg­ers and drinks.

Vis­i­tors must park and catch a shut­tle to the park from ei­ther North­gate Mall or Mid­dle Val­ley Recre­ation Cen­ter. The bus fare of $6 for adults and $4 for chil­dren 3 to 12 in­cludes gate ad­mis­sion at the fair. Tick­ets will be sold un­til 4 p.m. both days.

Be ad­vised that for added se­cu­rity, back­packs and other carry- ons will be sub­ject to search be­fore board­ing a shut­tle. Strollers are al­lowed. Also, the county fair is a smoke-free event.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Hamil­ton County Fair and 10 other events this week­end, see the ac­com­pa­ny­ing list.

STAFF PHOTO BY C. B. SCHMELTER

Agri­cul­ture and live­stock dis­plays are pop­u­lar ex­hibits at every Hamil­ton County Fair. Sadie Bal­lard feeds a goat in the pet­ting zoo at the 2017 Hamil­ton County Fair.

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