Plenty to see at this year's Essex County Fair

WESTPORT - The 162nd Essex County Fair, the Adirondack Agricultural Fair, is scheduled for Aug. 11-15, and has many fun attractions, events and activities to choose from.

Some new entertainers will light up the stage at this year's fair, which, along with some long-time favorites, are sure to please audiences of all ages.

Music and comedy act Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show headline the grandstand acts this year. For 10 years, the group performed on TNN's series "Nashville Now" and now tours the country with its award-winning blend of live country music and laugh-out-loud puppetry.

As part of their three-month summer tour, Steve Hall, Shotgun Red, and the Shotgun Red Band will make an appearance Thursday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. at the Essex County Fair's main grandstand.

Another new performance features the gospel music of Howie Campbell Sunday, Aug. 15, with shows 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the grandstand.

Also new this year is the Torres One Ring Family Circus, presenting daily acts and operating a pony ride. Mad Scientist Jeff Boyer will be performing his shows daily. Also, The new Wild Animal Experience Petting Zoo, open each day, boasts at least 20 baby animals that children can pet.

As always, there will be plenty of animals on exhibit with horse and cattle shows being held Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Don't miss the entertaining cattle costume class 4 p.m. Saturday and the all new "Dancing to Music" horse show 2 p.m. Sunday.

The conservation area will be bustling this year with archery and air gun shooting for youth, a fish pond for kids, wildlife and forestry displays, live demonstrations featuring birds of prey and a river hydrology display, all available daily.

For the third consecutive year, Plattsburgh-based oldies trio The Norsemen will be performing at the fair. Catch them 4 p.m. Sunday.

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