The Union County Fair got off to a wet start when a cold front accompanied by gusty winds and rain moved through the area Monday evening, but that same front was expected to bring unusually cool weather to make life better for fair-goers the rest of the week.
The fair began unofficially with border collie field trials and a pony pull this past weekend. For the formal part, the midway was open Monday and attendees could participate in traditional “back-porch” games like dominoes and washer pitching.
Tuesday saw another new feature, Extension Gardening Day, and the Miss Union County Fair and Scholarship Pageant that night.
Even if you missed those events, more activities are scheduled for the rest of the week leading up to a full day of activities Saturday.
Wednesday includes Senior Citizens Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with games, information and a free lunch. That night, one may choose to go hear gospel singing including The Landmarks or the Youth Program.
Thursday night will feature the Little Mr. and Miss Union County Fair Pageant and barrel race events.
A new event Friday will be the Barnyard Ultimate Challenge in which teams of students from all the area schools will compete in a variety of obstacle challenges. Also Friday will be the archery contest and a performance by Magic Mr. Nick.
The fair will conclude with a Saturday packed with events.
The Beef Show will begin in the morning followed by the Kids Karnival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tiny Mr. and Miss Union County Fair Pageant will be that afternoon, along with the watermelon-eating contest and, later, the pet show.
That evening will see the Mid-South Fair Preliminary Youth Talent Show, the Barnyard Scramble (Ducks, Rabbits, Chicken and Pigs), the Flame Warriors Classic Fireman Competition and a new event, the Ranch Rodeo that will pit eight four-person teams against each other attempting a variety of cowboy skills such as sorting, mugging, trailer loading, branding, doctoring and wild cow milking.
Of course, throughout the week the carnival midway will be open, the 4-H Petting Zoo will be available and a variety of contest exhibits can be seen.
For more information, call the Extension Office at 534-1916 or go to www.unioncountyfair.com.