Union County Fair embraces change


Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 11.48.56 AMLA GRANDE — The Union County Fair has two major schedule changes for participants this year, and some new events and vendors to bring the crowd.

The change of schedule for this year, according to Margaret Spence who has been orchestrating many of the items on the fair’s schedule, said the senior breakfast will be on Wednesday this year instead of Thursday. The parade has also changed days, from Wednesday to Friday evening.

While Spence did not know the reason behind the change for the breakfast, she said the attendance for the parade increases on a Friday evening and generally the crowds will follow the parade to the fair afterward.

The wristbands will also be brought back this year, as they were successful in helping keep people who haven’t paid out of the fair. A different color wrist band every day will be sold, she said.

Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 11.49.07 AMThis year’s new events will include “Mutton Bustin,” on Thursday at Mavericks beginning at 6 p.m.

“Thursday is family day,” Spence said. “The log cabin will have family friendly activities.”

Also new this year, Tap That Growlers will set up a beer garden, and there will be a dog competition.

“There’s a lot of new, fun and exciting things,” Spence said. “The inside booths are full, and there’s not a lot of room left on the lawn (for booths).”

Spence also said there are more food vendors, too, this year.

“We really tried to get new vendors this year,” she said. “I went on social media and had a tremendous amount of people come to me to be a vendor.”

Spence also said there will be some free activities for the children to do as well.

“I’m excited. There will be some really cool stuff going on,” she said. “For those who have shied away in the past, come back and see what we have to offer.”

This year will also bring live entertainment, including a music comedy act by Joe Stoddard on Thursday, Cale Moon will perform Wednesday and Carrie Cunningham on Friday.

“I love the fair and I want it to grow,” Spence said. “I want to see it continue.”

The cost is $6 for adults or $18 for an adult season pass; $4 for ages 7-17 or $12 for a kids season pass; $5 for veterans with identification; and free for children under 6.

Wednesday will feature discounted rates at $5 for adults, $3 for kids and free for ages 60 and older.

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