The Chesterfield County Fairgrounds is getting its final touches this week, making sure everything will be in working order before nearly 40,000 visitors arrive to a bigger and better showcase of the 99th Annual Chesterfield County Fair. The fun begins Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. for a nine-day run, closing September 1 at 11 p.m.
The theme of this year’s fair “Let’s Be Kids Again,” brings something for everyone to enjoy and provides more opportunities for families to gather and make memories of their fair experience. The growth includes changes in the fairgrounds with the opening of a new entrance (Gate 4) that provides additional parking on the back of the grounds, shuttle service during opening hours and more seating throughout the fair.
Jolly Shows continues to provide the rides for the midway and will introduce two new rides, the “UFO” and the “Tea Cup.” Even though the midway provides much entertainment for the kids, the outside areas provide even more fun for the entire family.
Imagine trying to balance yourself on floating logs or playing with alligators; betting with your friends on which pig will win the race or bicycles doing flips in the air; The Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, the Great Lakes Timber Show, and Kachunga and the Alligator are just a few of the returning acts. One of the new arrivals, the King BMX Stunt Show, as seen on America’s Got Talent, will be a jaw-dropping experience for boys and girls of all ages.
There are over 40 daily attractions with areas for children and inflatables and barrel rides, hay wagon rides and animals from around the world. New last year, the Heritage Village, has added an Indian Long House and a violin maker to the returning blacksmith, weaver, Revolutionary and Civil War displays. There are the poultry display, the rabbits display, pony rides and model trains, and the fair would not be a fair without the judging of fruits and vegetables and art in the Arts and Crafts Building. Businesses will also have displays in the Exhibition building.
Topping the fair off are the Grandstand attractions each night. They include an Eagles tribute from the 7 Bridges, Miss Princess Pageant, Keith Henderson and the Illusions of the King, Doug Price :Seven”, Miss Chesterfield County Fair Pageant, the Southland Band, Shepherd’s Center Senior Idol winners, Honkytonk Heros, Glen Shelton, BAK N DA DAY and Brinn Black.
Julia Williams, president of the fair association said last year was a challenging year for them with Hurricane Irene hitting the opening Saturday. With the help of the vendors, their board members and many volunteers, the fair open on schedule the following day. “It’s this kind of team work that makes our county such a great place to live,” she said. “We want to thank the general public for attending our fair last year and hope you will join us this year.”
To find out more about the fair schedule of events, pick up the 99th Annual Chesterfield County Fair Premium List 2012 at your local library or businesses in the area or visit chesterfieldcountyfair.org.