Kent County Fair be­gins July 21

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

TOLCHESTER — The Kent County Fair is re­turn­ing for three days of new at­trac­tions and old fa­vorites. The fair will run from Thurs­day, July 21, through Saturday, July 23, at the Ag Cen­ter.

Beth Hill, who leads 4-H youth devel­op­ment for the Univer­sity of Mar yland Ex­ten­sion of­fice in Kent County, talked about some of this year’s main at­trac­tions.

This year’s fair will in­clude a new joust­ing tour­na­ment, hosted by the East­ern Shore Joust­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, be­gin­ning at noon on Saturday, said Hill.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be a new Lum­berJack show with three shows daily.

Open to the pub­lic is the new Show and Shine Truck Show. Par­tic­i­pants need only clean up their trucks and show them off for the judges, said Hill.

This year’s fair will fea­ture mu­sic by var­i­ous bands. Dove­tail, an acous­tic band, will per­form on Thurs­day, and a steel drum band and Ch­e­sa­peake Sons will both per­form on Fri­day. Re­turn­ing is the youth band Apex Rev­o­lu­tion, set to per­form on Saturday, said Hill.

The East­ern Shore Bee Keepers As­so­ci­a­tion will make its fair de­but, show­ing hives and the honey-mak­ing process, said Hill.

A crowd fa­vorite, the ex­otic an­i­mals ex­hibit will re­turn with camels, tor­toises and more.

The main fo­cus con­tin­ues to be show­cas­ing the tal­ent of the 4-H’ers.

“It’s a cul­mi­nat­ing event for the kids. They get to re­visit projects they worked on dur­ing the year,” said Hill. “We have about 130 4-H’ers in Kent County, and about 75 per­cent are in the fair.”

Prepa­ra­tions for the fair started back in Novem­ber with a cover de­sign con­test that ties into this year’s theme of, “4-H An­other Great Clas­sic,” said Hill. The 4-H’er who won the con­test will have his or her art­work on dis­play as the back­drop for the main stage.

“The fair is for the 4-H’ers. It’s the big­gest event of the year, and the chance for the kids to ex­hibit their mas­tery of skills and show­man­ship with their an­i­mals,” said Hill. “We have kids who have been in 4-H their en­tire lives. The up­per age groups get tough. There is a high level of skill in these com­pe­ti­tions.”

The fair of­fi­cially opens at 9 a.m. Thurs­day, July 21, and of­fers an­i­mal and live­stock shows through­out. The ex­hibits build­ing will also be open through the course of the fair, so the pub­lic can see the work of both the 4-H’ers and the open com­pe­ti­tion en­trants.

Ad­mis­sion is $2. For a com­plete sched­ule and other in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kent­coun ty­fair.org.

PHOTO BY DANIEL DIVILIO

Dustin Phillips leads his grand cham­pion cow around the ring last sum­mer dur­ing the live­stock auc­tion at the Kent County Fair. This year’s fair runs Thurs­day, July 21 to Saturday, July 23 at the Kent Ag Cen­ter in Tolchester.

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