New and old fare return

In addition to the standard fare of livestock shows, demolition derby and truck and tractor pull, the Frederick County Fair will host some new and returning attractions this year.

The fair will run from Monday through Saturday at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Admission on a daily basis will run $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 11 and children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. Weekly tickets will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children, and seniors 55 and older can get $3 admission on Monday.

New this year is a skid steer rodeo on Wednesday evening, where adult contestants with experience operating the machine will navigate an obstacle course and compete against the clock. Fair president Richard Leight said he got the idea from attending the Virginia Farm Show in January.

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park will open a petting zoo at the fair each day from 4 to 9 p.m. Owner Keith Wilson said setting up the zoo on Saturday of last year’s fair was a big success, and they look forward to bringing their exotic animals for people to see at the fair’s poultry and rabbit barn.

“A lot of people who have never been around camels or some of the exotic animals — it gives them a chance to see them,” he said. “We’re just excited to be able to work with the fair to do this.”

Wilson will be bringing camels, sheep, goats, tortoises, alpacas, and jack rabbit-like Patagonian cavies to the fair petting zoo.

4-H & FFA will host a beef cattle and market steer show on Tuesday, sheep and goat show on Wednesday and market hog show Thursday. The overall champions for both senior and junior divisions will be decided Friday morning, and the lamb, goat, steer and hog sale will occur at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

A series of day camp sessions at the fair will teach children about topics such as agriculture, livestock and home economics. Fair-favorite rides and concessions will open every evening and attendees can enjoy a barbecue dinner at the Ruritan building.

Contests and races this year include bandit and go-kart racing and a bubble gum blowing contest on Monday, a box turtle derby race Tuesday, an apple pie eating contest on Thursday, a truck and tractor pull on Thursday and Friday and a mutton busting contest and pig scramble on Saturday.

The pageants for Little Miss, Pre-Teen Miss and Tiny Miss Frederick County Fair will occur before the fair on Sunday afternoon into the evening. The Junior Miss and Miss pageants will take place Monday evening.

Tuesday evening will feature the monster truck show and a dance demo by Apple Valley Square Dance Club, both at 7:30 p.m. A demolition derby at the grandstand will be held on Saturday evening.

The fair will host several evening music performances at the south lawn stage from Wednesday through Saturday, including Dixie Moon Band, Torn, John Richards & The Virginians and Springfield Exit Band.

See the full fair schedule and learn more about event rules and regulations at http://www.frederickcountyfair.com/.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com