Karsen Colby hangs out with a clown before going to see the horses at the Clinton County Fair.
The 66th Annual Clinton County Fair promises to deliver a non-stop musical experience in addition to the annual fun and excitement of the week-long event from July 16 through 21 at the fairgrounds, 84 Fair Grounds Road.
Clinton County Fair Manager Glenn Gillespie said there will be non-stop fun kicking off with opening day.
“Tickets will be half price at opening day, and there will be free parking, free grandstand entry, an evening fireworks show and carnival rides will be free from noon to 1 p.m.,” said Gillespie.
Major highlights for the fair will be the animals, entertainment, rides and horse shows.
Lorrie Morgan will perform on Wednesday, July 17. Morgan is a platinum-selling country music artist whose hits include “Five Minutes” and “What Part of No.”
Morgan was also voted female vocalist of the year by the fans in TNN’s (The Nashville Network) Music City News Awards in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since we announced Lorrie would be performing,” said Gillespie. “She’s definitely generated a lot of buzz, and we’ve sold a lot of tickets but we still have plenty left.”
Another gem to add to the grandstand lineup is country music artist Greg Bates to perform on July 18 at 8 p.m. Bates’s hit singles include, “I did it for the Girl.”
“There will be music at all times all over the fairgrounds,” said Gillespie. “If you walk into the Clinton County Fair Grounds and you don’t hear anything, there is a problem.”
The grounds host a variety of activities, exhibits and classes through the week. Rides will be open from noon to midnight. For $20 visitors can get a wristband to ride for the entire day.
Gillespie said the fair is made possible by the participation of many community members, including a partnership with Relay for Life.
“For the past few years, members of the Relay for Life volunteer to maintain all of the fairgrounds bathrooms, keeping them clean behind the scenes for everyone,” said Gillespie. “In return, we donate money every year to put toward cancer research.”
Some of the major highlights of the fair are the children’s activities.
“Kids have such a good time at the fair, and it’s all about making memories for them and teaching them about agriculture,” said Gillespie.
There will be something new every day, with daily activities for people to enjoy all week.
Daily shows will include:
•Animal Alley Productions with show times: Tuesday through Friday at 1:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 3:30, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. and Sunday at noon, 3 and 5 p.m.
•Buffalo Barfield & Unherd of Entertainment with show times from Tuesday through Saturday at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon, 4 and 6 p.m.
•Pipsqueak’s Party Time Crew with free balloons, full face painting and more will perform Tuesday through Sunday at 2, 4 and 7 p.m.
•Mark Tyoe, aka Master of the chain saw, will hold shows from Tuesday through Saturday at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 4 p.m. there will be an auction of all items made during week.
•Master Hypnotist Michael Blaine will perform on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 4 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
•FFA, Cattle, Horse, Sheep, Goats & 4-H Exhibits Open Daily, vendor buildings will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Domestic and Fine Arts Exhibits will be open daily.
New this year will be Adirondack Coast Wine Tasting from our local wineries; along with maple syrup, cheese and vegetables. The tasting room will be open daily from 2 to 10 p.m.
“Here we are going to have a place where people can taste all local products and meet local crafters and artisans in their trade. That is what the fair has always been about,” said Gillespie.
General admission is $4 on opening day and $8 a day for the rest of the week. Week-long season passes are available before July 15 for $30. Seniors get in free on Friday.
For full list of show times and prices, go to www.clintoncountyfair.com or call the fair office at 561-7998.