Every day at the Wood County Fair, Aug. 4-10, promises to be fun and action-paced, but Saturday – Concert Day – offers something extra special with country music’s Little Big Town performing at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for reserved seats on the track and $20 in the grandstand. In addition, everyone must have a ticket and daily gate admission is $6 per person for those age 10 and over.
Though there is swine and junior fair state fair lamb weigh-in on Aug. 3, the fair opens to the public Aug. 4. Fair highlights by day:
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Veterans Day, includes harness racing at 1 p.m. and the official opening ceremony at 7:15 p.m., followed by the Youth Parade at 7:30 p.m. A baked goods auction at 9 p.m. in the Home and Garden World area caps the day.
Wednesday, Aug. 5: D.A.R.E. Day, Business and Chamber Member Day, includes a mule pull at 9 a.m., a pony pull at 2 p.m. and harness racing at 6 p.m. Karaoke will be offered from 6-10 p.m. in the free tent at the Junior Fair Building area.
Thursday, Aug 6: Senior Day and Quilt Day, with a quilt day display from 1-9 p.m. with an auction at 5 p.m. An antique tractor pull will be held at 9 a.m. in the grandstand, where an altered stock tractor pull begins at 4 p.m. followed by a semi truck and 4-wheel drive truck pull at 5 p.m. and a mini-tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. The Cross Creek Band performs in the free tent from 7 to 10 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7: Activities open with a junior Western horse show at 9 a.m. at the horse show arena. The flower show opens at 5 p.m. Cheerleaders compete at 7 p.m. in the grand stand. The Mynd Crym Band with Tony Knisely performs from 8 to 10 p.m. in the free tent in the junior fair building area.
Saturday, Aug. 8: Concert Day, besides featuring Little Big Town, includes The Metzgers playing from 2 to 3 p.m., Joe-Bob Duda performing from 4 to 6 p.m. in the trustees building, On Stage Studios Dance Ensemble from 4 p.m. and R&R Entertainment karaoke from 6 to 10 p.m., both at the free tent at the junior fair building. A woodcarving demonstration is planned from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the fine arts building and a melon-carving demonstration is planned at 7 p.m. at the Home and Garden World building on the fairgrounds.
Sunday, Aug. 9: A combined demolition derby is being offered and grandstand admission is $5 (children under 6 are free). Draft horses and ponies show at noon at the grandstand. Native American flute performance with David Claude Rodgers on the Home and Garden stage from 1 to 3 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by a cake-decorating demo there. Fulton County Bluegrass performs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the trustees building. Middle Eastern dance demonstration from 7 to 8 p.m. at the free tent at the junior fair building.
Monday, Aug. 10: A ride special for the last day of the fair - $10 from noon to 6. Livestock sale day kicks off at 8 a.m. followed by a horse open fun show at 10 a.m. at the horse arena. The popular "Catch a Pig" contest starts at 4:30 p.m. A demolition derby gets underway at 7 p.m. with $5 admission (children under 6 are free).
Daily attractions include Pioneer Park, Babyland, Masters of the Chainsaw demonstration, and more.
Gate admission is $6 for age 10 and older, free for 9 and younger. Weekly passes are available for $18. Ride prices are $12 from noon to 6 p.m., $15 for 5 to 11 p.m. or $18 from noon to 11 p.m. A Monday special is available for $10 for noon to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, ride from noon to 6 p.m. for $10.
The Wood County Fairgrounds are located at 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Visit www.woodcounty-fair.com for more information.
Visitors to the Wood County Fair can enjoy a taste of “all things Wood County,” including animals of all kinds, entertainment, show booths, carnival rides, food and refreshments, educational opportunities and more. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)