The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 30, 2013

105th Garfield County Fair to feature some new events, races, carnival, exhibits, livestock show

ENID, Okla. — The 105th Garfield County Fair opens next week, with some new events designed to bring more people out.

After an absence of a few years, there will be a carnival again this year.

Carnivals are crowd-pleasers, especially among younger people.

This year, Lewellen Amusements will bring two midway games, seven rides and one food booth to the fair. That in itself should bring more people out to Garfield County Fairgrounds.

Another draw should be races at Enid Speedway. Promoter Justin Bingham said events for Friday and Sept. 7 will include bicycle races, car races, driver autographs and race car rides.

Races will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Admission will be $8 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under will be admitted free.

Those prices are reasonable, and race fans no doubt will take advantage of the event and turn out.

In addition, there will be special indoor carnival games Friday sponsored by Garfield County 4-H, and there will be Oklahoma State University exhibits called an “insect adventure.”

Beginning at 4 p.m. Sept. 7, there will be frog and turtle races at Chisholm Trail Pavilion, and at 6 p.m. the popular ice cream crank-off, sponsored by Garfield County 4-H Foundation, at the Coliseum.

Other returning events include Farmer for a Day, the chocolate dessert contest, pie baking contest, cupcake contest, fresh salsa contest and bread baking contest.

Always a big draw, too, is the livestock show, which will culminate in the premium sale 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Exhibits will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sept. 7 and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 8.

We’ve got to give fair organizers credit. They’ve brought back the carnival and worked with Justin Bingham to have races in conjunction with the fair, among other new events.

They are trying to get people to come out and enjoy. Things may not be how they were in “the good, old days,” but we’d encourage you to attend the fair. You might just have some fun.

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