The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 1, 2013

It’s fair time

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The 105th Garfield County Fair will start Wednesday at Garfield County Fairgrounds. The fair will continue through Sunday.

Public viewing of exhibits will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. On Wednesday, there will be crops and consumer judging and tractor driving contest, 1-6 p.m.

On Monday, an awards presentation is set for 6:30 p.m., and the livestock show premium sale will be 7 p.m.

Sheri Baumgardner, office manager at Garfield County Fairgrounds, said the livestock show will be Friday and Saturday.

A special contest this year features indoor carnival games, sponsored by Garfield County 4-H. The games will be 3:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday and include a balloon bust, spin the wheel, and ring toss. At the same time, there will be exhibits from Oklahoma State University called “Insect Adventure.”

“It has answers to questions that have been bugging you,” Baumgardner said.

Frog and turtle races will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Chisholm Trail Pavilion. The popular ice cream crank-off contest will be 6 p.m. in the Coliseum. A donation will allow visitors to sample the ice cream.

Other contests include: chocolate dessert contest, 7 p.m. Thursday; pie baking contest, 10 a.m. Friday; cupcake contest, 7 p.m. Friday; fresh salsa contest, 10 a.m. Saturday; and Oklahoma Best of Wheat bread baking contest, 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Farmer for a Day exhibit will be open for school tours Thursday and Friday and open to the public for the run of the fair.

The exhibit allows visitors to see hatching baby chicks in an incubator. Kids will get to gather eggs, dig for potatoes and see how farmers live, Baumgardner said.

The carnival will return to the fair this year, after an absence of several years.

Lewellen Amusements will bring two Midway games, seven rides and a food booth.

The carnival will be open Thursday through Sunday, Baumgardner said. One-price wrist bands will be available for $20. They will be good 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Enid Speedway will hold its second and third races during fair weekend. Promoter John Bingham said there will be a number of events added for the fair weekend, including car races, bicycle races, driver autographs and race car rides.

Races begin 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

The deadline for written fair entries is Wednesday, Baumgardner said.

“For those that have not entered the fair before, we will be more than glad to let them know what is available and help them with their entries,” Baumgardner said. “Anyone that is a resident of Garfield County can enter the fair.”

The phone number is 237-0238.