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Clinton County Fair returns with affordable family fun

On Wednesday, among the headlining events are qualifying rounds in the Guitar Hero Contest, which returns this year sponsored by Tammy Perotte-Sears of RE/MAX North Country, Aaron's Sales and Leasing, and Reality Check. Qualifying will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the Stewart's Shops Gazebo, with the finale slated for Saturday from 12-3 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, North Country Has Talent, a new talent competition for the fair, will be in the spotlight at the Curtis Lumber stage, with qualifying beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"If they can touch their tongue to their head or juggle or whatever their talent may be, we want to see it," said Gillespie.

The contest - sponsored by Pepsi, Adirondack Tobacco Free Network, Wal-mart, 97.5 Eagle Country, Reality Check, and Kneucraft Fine Jewelry - will wrap up with a finale Thursday at 8 p.m. The finale will have prizes of $500 cash and a $500 gift certificate to Kneucraft Fine Jewelry for first place, $500 cash for second, and $250 for third.

On Wednesday night, the grandstand will feature a performance by country music artist Justin Moore, sponsored by Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, 97.5 Eagle Country and Key R-D Trailer Sales.

"The phones have been ringing off the hook for him," said Gillespie.

The fun continues Thursday, with major events including a performance by local rock band "Motion of the Ocean" from 12-4 p.m. on the Curtis Lumber Stage and a horse pull at 3 p.m. One of the fair's returning favorites, a michigan eating contest sponsored by McSweeney's Red Hots, will begin at 5 p.m. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to first, second and third places, respectively.

On Friday, the main event will be a street legal truck pull at the Casella Waste Management Stage in front of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Grandstand, sponsored by Budweiser, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is back for its fourth year with free admission.

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