The 62nd annual Stokes County Agricultural Fair opened at the American Legion in King on Monday, Sept. 10 and closes on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Gates and midway open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit hall will be open to the public starting late Tuesday, once judging of fair entries is complete.
People set up exhibits and entered items for judging on Monday, Sept. 10 and will pick them up on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., or Monday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Legion building.
General admission to the fair will be $12 for unlimited rides and $6 without rides. Senior citizens 65 and over get in free. Children through high school age will be able to ride any of the Smokey Mountain Amusements midway rides unlimited times for only $10 Tuesday through Thursday which are considered discount school days. Children under three feet tall get in free. There will be a petting fair and camel rides. The parking fee will be $2, collected by and donated to the King Fire Department.
There will be a wide variety of livestock shows for public enjoyment. Sheep arrive on Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday brings the Jr. Commercial Ewe Show and the Open Sheep Show at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, there is a goat show at 5 p.m.
For horse-lovers, the Horse Parade of Breeds is Thursday at 4 p.m., with the Parade of Breeds at 6 p.m. Friday is the day for the cattle show at 5 p.m. On Saturday, market lambs arrive from 9 a.m. to noon and will be shown at 4 p.m.
Senior Citizens Day is Friday. At 10 a.m. that day, the Senior Citizens’ Fun Festival will begin for seniors 60 and over. Seniors will meet at the Senior Center, lower level, on White Road. There will be 15 contests in this festival, with monetary prizes awarded. Judges will be from out of town, and the Senior Citizens’ Band will perform.
Another tradition that is ongoing is the cake sale in front of the Legion building on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The baked goods for sale will be taken from the fair entries.
Musical entertainment will be provided near the grandstand Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., except for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The bands are as follows: Tuesday — One Hit Wondez (‘50s to the present music), Wednesday — Strings of Victory (bluegrass and gospel), Thursday — The Shadowfax Sound (rock), Friday — Sounds of Grace (Southern gospel), and Saturday — Six Lives Colliding (blues/folk/bluegrass) and Country Pickin’ (country bluegrass).
For more information about the 62nd Stokes County Agricultural Fair, visit www.stokescountyfair.org or call 336-983-3608.