Clayton County Fair offers food, music, thrills, family fun, more

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By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County's annual salute to its rural heritage, the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, opened Tuesday for a week-long run of family-focused events ranging from  livestock shows, to free midway rides, live entertainment, 4-H judging, great fair food and more.

Daily admission includes free parking and free grandstand entertainment. Parents will be pleased to learn that children under 12 are admitted free, and all carnival rides are free. 

Musical entertainment highlights include the Bellamy Brothers Thursday evening and Terri Clark on Friday evening.

The day-by-day schedule includes the following highlights:

Wednesday, Aug. 3: The horse show will begin at 9 a.m. A barbecue meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. The flag-raising ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Fair Queen pageant. At 7 p.m. 4-H'ers will present a style show and "Share the Fun" show.  

Thursday, Aug. 4: Rabbits and dogs will be judged, and a skid loader rodeo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Grandstand entertainment at 7:30 p.m. will be the Bellamy Brothers. 

Friday, Aug. 5: A big day for judging with poultry, meat goats, bucket bottle calves, sheep, beef heifers, and market beef in the livestock arenas. Terri Clark will entertain the grandstand crowd with an 8 p.m. show. A teen dance from 10 p.m. to midnight will end the day.

Saturday, Aug. 6: Judging will include swine, dairy, and dairy goats. A kiddie tractor pull is set for 1 p.m., as is a demolition derby.  At 5 p.m. a stick horse rodeo will be featured, followed by the Clayton County Bull Bash in front of the grandstands at 7 p.m. A teen dance will close out the day from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday, Aug. 7: 4-H and FFA dairy and livestock judging contests are planned, along with a kiddie calf, piglet and youth Olympics contests. Don't miss the "celebrity" donkey races in front of the grandstand at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8: The fair concludes with the annual livestock auction. 

For a complete listing of events and times, see the ad in last week's  issue of The Guttenberg Press or visit

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