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Carroll fair begins Aug. 20

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Registration for exhibits is Aug. 18

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Aug. 20 and continues through Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.  
Registration for exhibits will be Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with judging to follow.
The fair will provide a variety of events for the entire family.
Brinkley Entertainment from Walnut Cove, N.C., will provide carnival rides and shows during the fair.
The carnival schedule includes: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
The fair site is located near the intersection of Interstate 77 and U.S. 58, at exit 14.
Some of the featured events during the five-day fair will include:

Wednesday
Music jam session from 7-9 p.m. on the Turman Stage; youth dairy show at 6:30 p.m.; a youth beef cattle show after the dairy show under the livestock tent; demonstrations throughout the fairgrounds.

Thursday
Poultry and rabbit shows judging at 6 p.m. (check-in from 3-6 p.m. for poultry and 5-6 p.m. for rabbits); beauty pageant at 6 p.m. in the loading dock of the wholesale building.

Friday
Youth meat and dairy goat show at 6 p.m. in the livestock tent (check-in 5-6 p.m.); recipe contest at the loading dock at 7 p.m. (check in from 6-6:55 p.m.); storytelling during the recipe contest judging time from 7-7:30 p.m.; a sanctioned lawnmower race at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
Youth market lamb show at 11:30 a.m. under the livestock tent (weigh-in 8-10 a.m.); music jam session from 1-5 p.m. on the Turman Stage; local authors all day; drug dog demonstration at 11 a.m. between the wholesale building and barnyard; pet show from 2-3 p.m. for teens and adults and 3-4 p.m. for children 15 and under, between the wholesale building and barnyard; forestry events beginning at 10 a.m. children’s tent from 1-3 p.m. (tent across from the main gate entrance near the exhibit hall; cruise-in from 1-5 p.m.; horse pull at 7 p.m.; 4-H family fun games at various times throughout the day between the carnival area and arena.

Sunday
Coon dog bench and treeing contest at 4 p.m. (sign in from 3:30-4 p.m.); horse show at 1 p.m. (registration begins at 11 a.m.); wrestling at 3 p.m. in front of the wholesale dock and parking lot; demonstrations throughout the fairgrounds all day.

According to a fair committee statement, “We hope that the fair will continue to develop each year into an event that the entire committee and area can enjoy and take pride in.”
Tickets are: age 13 and up, $5; age 6-12, $3; 0-5 years, free. Gate admission covers all fair-sponsored events, including unlimited carnival rides. For more information, visit carrollcountyvafair.org.