Sad­dle up for the Utah County Fair

Events for all ages run Au­gust 16-19 at the Span­ish Fork Fair­grounds

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Karen Wil­loughby

SPAN­ISH FORK – Ev­ery­one prob­a­bly has their own idea about what makes the Utah County Fair so ex­cit­ing.

Rodeo action seems to be a big draw, but what about those mon­ster trucks? Lit­tle kids – and folks not so lit­tle – en­joy see­ing the an­i­mals. The City of Fun Car­ni­val -- of course! -- with its lights and sounds and games and fun stuff to eat, the car­ni­val is not to be missed.

“Just see­ing ev­ery­one out, en­joy­ing them­selves, that’s what I like,” Orem res­i­dent Ed Coolidge told Serve Daily. “I like look­ing at the can­ning that’s been done each year,” his wife Edie added. “That’s what I like to do.”

The Utah County Fair starts at 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 16, through 10 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 19, at the fair­grounds, 475 S. Main in Span­ish Fork. All ac­tiv­i­ties close at 10 p.m. each night.

Gary Allen, Lau­ren Alaina and Rae­lynn are to per­form in con­cert at 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, on the main stage, with fire­works to fol­low, kick­ing off the an­nual County Fair. Sev­eral other per­form­ers will fol­low on sub­se­quent days and in var­i­ous venues.

Ex­hibits this year are to in­clude cre­ative arts, food and can­ning, quilts, cloth­ing and hand­work, fine arts, flori­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy, special needs, and small an­i­mals.

An­i­mal ex­hibits and shows are to in­clude 4-H, horse show, ju­nior live­stock and small an­i­mals.

Among the events at the fair: An­tique trac­tor and power pull, de­mo­li­tion derby, mon­ster trucks, an­i­mal shows, ta­lent show, LEGO ex­hibit, kid’s cor­ner, Miss Utah County Pageant, Oak Hills Vaulters, taxi­dermy com­pe­ti­tion, mounted shoot­ing and a va­ri­ety of demon­straon tions and re­lated ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. Thursday, Aug. 17, is Se­nior Cit­i­zens and Veter­ans Day at the Fair, and in the evening, the Western Night Rodeo. Friday is Mon­ster Truck Night, and Satur­day, the De­mo­li­tion Derby. See the UtahCoun­tyFair.org web­site for com­plete de­tails, in­clud­ing an hourly sched­ule, ex­hibitor rules and more. The top three win­ners in each open and an­i­mal cat­e­gories will be listed in the Septem­ber issue of Serve Daily.

Photo: Cour­tesy Utah County Fair. A stunt team rider per­forms at the Utah County Fair.

A Lego ex­hibit will be in­cluded in this year’s Utah County Fair.

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