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Gearing up for the Essex County Fair

WESTPORT Organizers are preparing for the 159th Essex County Fair, which is scheduled for July 25 through July 29.

Fair spokeswoman Bertha Rand said the Adirondack Agricultural Fair spotlighted the regions heritage and also highlighted current farming activities. New happenings this year include a horse show tournament, baby animal barn, bingo, poultry costume show, rocketry, rooster crowing contest, riding classes in the draft horse show, and a youth commission day with extra games, skits on stage and art show.

Were doing more hands-on things which people can do that don't cost a lot of money, said Rand.

The fair, organized by the Essex County Agricultural Society, has a variety of regular activities including live music, open horse shows, harness racing, 4-H demonstrations, tractor and truck pulls, garden tractor & ATV pulls, youth challenges and a Midway featuring rides and games.

Animal shows go on daily. These show feature both 4-H and open classes, and are an exhibition of the training, effort and bondage with the species each exhibitor is showing. Cattle, sheep and horses are on display, including a rising class in the drafted horse shows a first for the fair. Animal lovers can also explore the new baby animal barn, where young livestock will be on display.

Senior Citizen Day will take place on July 25 and 26. Seniors are presented with $2 off fair food coupons, good at any food vendor on the ground. Thursday is also youth commission day, where special coordination games and contests are planned. There will be a relay race, sidewalk chalk art, rocketry by 4-H, softball throwing contest, skits by groups on stage and a special art show of the summer projects.

Entries for Floral Hall are also being sought. Divisions include farm products, fruit, flowers, maple and milk products, homemaking, arts and crafts and wine making. Floral Hall will accept exhibits on Monday July 24 from 3-7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 25, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.

People can still sign up for the Egglefield Ford Demolition Derby, which is the fair's popular closing event on Sunday.

Admission is $10 per person, and the cost includes rides, which are operated by Castlerock entertainment. For a complete fair handbook and sign-up forms, go online to www.essexcountyfair.org .

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