Five things to like about the county fair

10:11 am August 6th, 2014

Five things to like about the Pierce County Fair

The ZuZu African Acrobats, who've appeared on television shows such as "America's Got Talent," will perform at the Pierce County Fair this week. (Courtesy photo)

The ZuZu African Acrobats, who’ve appeared on television shows such as “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at the Pierce County Fair this week. (Courtesy photo)

By Pat Jenkins
The Dispatch
The Pierce County Fair is back for its 67th year. From Thursday through Sunday, the four-day event – held at Frontier Park in Graham – will feature its customary mix of family attractions and entertainment. To be more specific, here are five things to like about the fair:

1. Low cost
You don’t have to spend much to get in and enjoy the sights and sounds. The price of admission, which also covers free shows and exhibits, is $5 for everyone age 6 and up. Better yet, on the first day, kids 6 to 15 get in for $1, and on Sunday, military members in uniform or with military identification are admitted free. Official fair parking costs $5.
Gates open at 10 a.m. each day and stay open until 10 p.m., except Sunday, when the fair will wrap up at 6 p.m.

2. Shady place on a warm day
The fairgrounds are heavily wooded with tall fir trees that cast long, cool shadows on hot, summer days. Lawns are cool places to lounge, especially around the entertainment stage.

3. Animals
4H and Future Farmers of America are among the organizations heavily involved in the fair, and that means animals – lots of them. Judging and exhibits of rabbits, cats, dogs, dairy goats, pygmy goats, horses, cows and poultry are a big part of the fair.

4. Carnival rides and games
If rides that spin, dip and twirl are your thing, then get your tickets and go. The mechanized thrills share the fair’s midway with carnival games.

5. Entertainment
The performers and shows include hypnotist Ron Stubbs, the ZuZu African Acrobats, a 4H fashion review, Elite Dance School, magician Jeff Evans, the Jeweled Scarab Dance Company, 17-year-old pop singer Dylan Cragle, and Elvis Presley impersonator Danny Vernon. For the times and dates, go to the fair’s web site at

The fair, which promotes rural lifestsyle, agriculture and family fun, is a joint effort of county government and the non-profit Pierce County Fair Association. It’s organized by the association’s board of directors and community organizations, including Pierce County Extension, Pomona Grange, Pierce County FFA, and the Hill and Dale association of garden clubs.
The fair’s only year-round employees are a part-time manager and a part-time bookkeeper. Workers are hired for temporary positions with the fair annually.

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