By Emily Banner
Aug. 27, 2012. Excitement in Avery builds as the 20th annual County Fair starting on Sept. 4 to 8 grows closer and closer. This year’s theme is “Sew It, Grow It, Show It” and everyone around is encouraged to do just that. Admission is $5 per person with children five years old and under getting in free.
The Avery County Fair Board extends an invitation to you to prepare your best pie, paint your favorite picture, snap a gorgeous photo, pick your biggest vegetable and head over to the fairgrounds. Show your pride as you enter your crafts, farm goods, art, and photography. All entries will be taken on Saturday Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday (baked goods and flowers only) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition to all of these displays, don’t forget to visit the heritage area for a display of antique farm tools along with demonstrations of quilting, candle making, soap making, wood turning and other cherished crafts.
Show your competitive side in any number of the competitions taking place at this year’s fair. There will be horse patty bingo, corn hole, tree baling, crosscut sawing, pig wrestling, coon field trails, a hollering contest, hula hooping, cupcake wars and kids fishing. New this year is the lawnmower race that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m.
On top of all that fun, the entertainment schedule looks promising. Tuesday night will kick off with the annual beauty pageant at 6 p.m. Wednesday night welcomes Relentless Flood with Craig Clark to the stage at 6 p.m. Darren and Brooke Aldridge will be performing on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday two other local favorites, Uphill Both Ways and True Blue will play at 6:00 p.m. There will be a talent show on Saturday at 10 a.m. and later that evening Rhodes Brothers Band performs at 7 p.m.
The Avery County Fair promises to be the best yet. Don’t miss the chance to take a break from life’s busy demands and just have some fun with the family and local community of Avery County.